At Our Lady & St Kenelm, we designed our own curriculum, to make learning at OLSK really special. We weave the new subject content and skills through all core & non-core subjects, to form our Creative Project Based Learning Curriculum. As a result, these strands are woven together to form an exciting, innovative and relevant curriculum for our pupils.
All our pupils have access to the full 2014 National Curriculum as it stands, differentiated to take into account individual learning needs. We organise learning into termly themes as part of our creative curriculum approach, designed to make learning stimulating, relevant and exciting for all.
The new primary school curriculum came into force in September 2014 and details the subject content and skills for all the National Curriculum subjects.
Our Lady & St Kenelm Curriculum
Intent, Implementation &
Impact, Statement 2021-22
Our curriculum is Rooted in our Gospel Virtues – sense of community and parish, respecting and caring for others, spirituality and being the best that we can be, lead assemblies and Masses, time for prayer and reflection.
It is based on the following principles:
We designed our own Enquiry Based Learning curriculum which is delivered through inspiring and imaginative learning experiences. They are designed to engage children’s imaginations and inspire high quality teaching and learning. Children have opportunities to decide what they would like to learn within each of the three themes that they explore throughout the year.
The thematic projects are directly aligned with the Programs of Study for each year group. They include meaningful, cross-curricular links between Programs of Study and each subject area and essential skills for each year group.
Some individual subjects might be taught as standalone lessons such as RE & Science; we are the lead school in Halesowen for science and we are part of the Ogden Trust. We have a National Leader of Science in school, who is a member of SLT and she supports the teaching of Science across the whole school, including planning relevant theme days for the children and the children in the wider community e.g. Space Dome, CPD for teachers and teaching Assistants, science project days at Birmingham University.
The curriculum offer is regularly reviewed to check that children have learned what was intended and iteratively improved to keep it ambitious. The transition from Y2 to Y3 is carefully designed to minimise the junior school dip. We ensure equality of access for all children, including providing rich experiences to complement the curriculum and life beyond school. We ensure an extensive music and sport provision and prioritise social and emotional development to build character. We celebrate diversity and difference through whole community events.
Above all, we are committed to providing the pupils at Our Lady & St Kenelm Catholic Primary School with a learning experience which stimulates and inspires them whilst preparing them for life outside school. We aim to develop pupils as true lifelong learners, hungry for knowledge and understanding, and skilled in transferring learning skills into a wide range of areas.
We believe that ‘Enquiry Based/Project Learning’ underpins the knowledge, understanding and skills of our curriculum. The idea of this learning is to reflect our desire to explore, develop & enhance our fundamental concepts in every year group, over time.
The following principles formed the basis in developing our ‘Enquiry Based Learning:’
We have personalised our Curriculum to ensure it is:
To reflect our desire to explore, develop and enhance our fundamental concepts in every year group over time, the following principles formed the basis in developing our curriculum:
To prepare our children for High School and the wider world, we will strive to give them opportunities and encouragement which builds on prior learning, provides them with knowledge to ensure that they can make informed choices in the wider world, through defining personal development; our secret to success.