Our Curriculum at St Luke’s
St. Luke’s is committed to the Church of England Vision for Education ‘Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good’, which calls us to:
Educate for Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
Educate for Hope and Aspiration
Educate for Community and Living Well Together
Educate for Dignity and Respect
At St. Luke’s, we believe that each child is a unique gift from God:
Every good gift and every perfect present comes from heaven; it comes down from God
Regardless of starting point and context, we believe that every child is unique and that our curriculum provides each learner with the opportunity to grow spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. Our curriculum pedagogy is underpinned by our Characteristics of Learning and our curriculum drivers of Spirituality, Possibilities, Excellence and Diversity, together with our work as a Rights Respecting School.
The curriculum is structured in a way which gives clear purpose, be contextual, relevant and allows for quality outcomes. The holistic approach will allow for individual growth at all levels. We are ambitious for all of our pupils and have shaped a curriculum which enables our learners to:
Improve their life chances, regardless of start point
Release and realise their potential and be able to demonstrate it to others
Feel fulfilled and have a sense of self worth
Give them transferable skills for future employment and living
Build strong relationships and be relational in their encounters
Realise that learning continues and has no boundaries
Be exposed to a range of opportunities and experiences
Navigate future change in society and the evolution of technology
Inspire and support others
Be aspirational, enjoyable and experiential
Develop thoughtful perspectives on the world, through which they can pursue wisdom and join in the conversation “What is it to be human?”
Participate in great intellectual adventures and a quest for wisdom – be memorable
At St. Luke’s, we have a strong emphasis on community and learning together and believe that our Christian values play an integral role in helping to shape our vision. We want our children to take advantage of our local resources, such as London and the Windmill Cluster to benefit their learning. We also want our children to be aware of their local community, the diversity that exists within it and discover how they can play an increasing role within this larger ‘family’.
Our Curriculum Implementation
The National Curriculum lies at the heart of what is taught at St. Luke’s. It sets out a clear, full and statutory entitlement to learning for all children aged five to eleven and determines the content of what will be taught. It is preceded by the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is taught to children aged three to five
Both are designed to:
- be broad and balanced
- promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, intellectual and physical development of children
- prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
- Help learners to understand their roles within their school, local and the global community
- Ensure that all learners have an opportunity to celebrate their own achievements and those of others, this enabling ‘life in all its fullness’
The curriculum at St. Luke’s is not static and is subject to ongoing development in order to enhance the delivery to our children and remove potential barriers to learning. The current National Curriculum is divided into Core and Foundation subjects and is taught to children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
The Core Curriculum subjects are:
- Religious Education
The foundation subjects are:
- Modern Foreign Languages
- Art, Design and Technology
- Physical Education
- Citizenship and Personal Social and Health Education.
Each subject has a programme of study which specifies the knowledge, skills and concepts that the children will be expected to acquire as they progress through both primary and secondary school. There will be times when these subjects are best taught discretely and systematically, and other times when they will be taught in a cross-curricular way enabling the children to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in a broader sense.
In order to ensure that our curriculum offer is of high quality and has strong impacts on all learners, we work to ensure that the elements below shape the leadership of each curriculum area.
We work hard at the school to develop relevant assessment opportunities for our pupils. This enables us to check that learning is pitched appropriately and informs future planning. We want assessment to be meaningful at St. Luke’s and look to ensure that the children play a key role in this process.