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The Divine Mercy

Roman Catholic Primary School

‘with Jesus in our hearts and the Children at the centre, we welcome and reach out to our diverse community in the Christian Spirit’
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Curriculum

Our Curriculum Intent

 

The Divine Mercy is a Roman Catholic Primary School which reflects the teachings of Jesus Christ in the Gospels.

With Jesus in our hearts and the children at the centre we welcome and reach out to our diverse community in the Christian spirit.

We value and nurture everyone, inspiring them to reach their full potential through the education and formation our school brings about.'

 

At The Divine Mercy we have designed our curriculum with pupils’ learning at the centre with the aim of ensuring that all pupils make progress. We recognise that a curriculum has to be broad, balanced and offer pupils opportunities to grow as individuals as well as learners. As a Catholic School, the teachings of the gospels are at the centre of everything we do. Pupils are taught to treat each other with respect and to support each other in their learning. We aim to ensure that pupils enjoy learning and feel prepared for life after school. We intend to offer our pupils new and exciting experiences that are designed to build resilience, confidence and self-esteem both in the classroom and through extra-curricular activities. We recognise that pupils should be challenged in their school; learning from failures and celebrating successes. We intend for our curriculum to enable pupils to develop their interpersonal skills, creativity and independence. It is our intention that pupils leave The Divine Mercy with a sense of belonging to a community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.

Our Curriculum Implementation

 

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 enquiry. 

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 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:

  • Who's fault was the Great Fire of London?
  • Were the Vikings always victorious and vicious?
  • Why do we love to be beside the seaside?
  • Why should the rainforest be important to us all?

 

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 our whole school curriculum, see our whole school overviews by clicking the link below...

 

Whole School Topic Map

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.

 

Amazing Adventurers 

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. 

 

Confident Communicators

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.

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