As a totally independent small school we are in a unique position to offer a curriculum that is both relevant and specially tailored to address the educational needs of the whole child.
At Dame Catherine’s we have developed our own curriculum. We listen to ideas suggested by our children and families in developing our curriculum, ensuring that we provide engaging activities which capture the interest of our children. For example by asking the children what knowledge, understanding and skills they already have around a theme or question, asking for their ideas about what they would like to learn and asking for ways in which parents might support, we can build on prior learning, share strengths and develop a real sense of ownership for our children.
We have adapted the National Curriculum to provide a richer and more thorough educational environment for our pupils whilst ensuring that the school’s philosophy is not compromised. Recognising the importance of transition for children, for the core subjects of English and Maths, we largely follow the National Curriculum. For English we have integrated small parts of other curricula, for example the Australian curriculum, as we feel that it is important to emphasise interaction in speaking. Our science focuses heavily on investigational science and working scientifically. Whilst all children in school learn French, we provide further opportunities for them to learn and explore other languages, and cultures. Our headteacher has a specialism in languages teaching and spent several years supporting primary schools to develop modern languages provision. Other subjects such as history, geography and art are largely taught through our curriculum themes or questions, which respond to children’s interests.
We listen to ideas suggested by our children and families in developing our curriculum, which ensures that we provide engaging activities which capture the interest of our children.
Outdoor learning is a strength at Dame Catherine’s and one of our teachers is a Forest School Leader.
Dame Catherine’s has a 2 year rolling programme based around themes, whilst also allowing for flexibility according to the needs and interests of the class. With a revised team this year, we are currently reviewing this programme.
Autumn 2018 Class 2