At The Divine Mercy Catholic Primary School we aim to deliver a knowledge-engaged, cross-curricular approach to learning that is exciting, engaging and challenging. Our curriculum is delivered within the context of our Catholic community and allows each child to develop their gifts and talents alongside their faith in a safe and fun environment.
At The Divine Mercy we used the changes to the National Curriculum as a chance to change the way we learn. Our topic based work in now an exciting ‘Learning Challenge’ Curriculum.
The Learning Challenge approach is designed to develop thinking skills and encourage greater participation and involvement. It requires deep thinking and encourages our pupils to work using a question as the starting point. This means that our learning will be focused around questions.
All of our ‘topic’ lessons will begin with a question that we will try to answer or solve so that we can answer a bigger learning challenge. We will be researching, presenting, designing and making in order to answer and solve lots of question challenges.
Our Learning Challenge lessons focus on Geography, History, Art and Design and Technology but they also include links to other subjects that we are also learning such as Music, Dance, Science, Maths and English.
Here are some example learning challenges:
Look out for some of our showcase events throughout the year that will tell you more about the topics we have been learning.
To find out more about the Learning Challenge Curriculum please visit the website
What Drives our Curriculum?
At the Divine Mercy we want our children to be...
Spiritual and Secure
With Jesus in our hearts and the children at the centre we welcome and reach out to our diverse community in the Christian spirit.
Healthy and Happy
It is important to us that all members of our school community are healthy - physically and mentally. Throughout life, our children will face many difficult challenges and need to have the mental and physical strength to be successful and happy.
We encourage our children to be curious, to ask questions and we provide opportunities to explore the world around them through experiences and aspirations beyond the classroom.
It’s important that our children can speak with confidence and fluency in a variety of situations. We believe that helping our children find their voice is as important as them becoming avid readers or great writers and will work to broaden vocabulary and encourage talk in all areas of learning.
And we want to support our whole school community to help our children achieve these.