Curriculum at St Helena's

Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum, along with everything we do, has our vision and values at the centre:

“It is our responsibility to learn and achieve our dreams as a family”

As a Church school, we believe in nurturing growth in mind, body, and spirit. Christian values form the cornerstone of our teaching and ethos as we strive to learn and achieve as a family.

Our curriculum, paired with high-quality teaching, is designed to support children in becoming well-rounded, empathetic individuals with a genuine love of learning. We foster a strong sense of moral purpose, respect, and understanding for others. We take our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain very seriously, ensuring that fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed, and embodied through the ethos and work of our school.

The curriculum encompasses all planned activities we organize to promote learning, personal growth, and development. This includes not only the formal National Curriculum requirements but also a range of extra-curricular activities to enrich our children's experiences. Additionally, it involves the ‘hidden curriculum’—the lessons children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. Our goal is to teach children to grow into positive, responsible individuals who can collaborate with others while developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to reach their full potential.

Curriculum Implementation

Our curriculum is designed to provide children with essential knowledge and skills for lifelong success. Through a well-planned approach, we aim to foster deep understanding and strong knowledge retention.

In Nursery and Reception, we adhere to the 'Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum' document. Learning experiences are thoughtfully crafted to promote development and achievement in early learning areas through play and investigative activities. Both indoor and outdoor classrooms are equally emphasized, ensuring a balanced educational environment. The Early Years curriculum is knowledge-based and tailored to children’s interests, integrating whole-school approaches such as Read Write Inc. and Power Maths, following the small-step principles of White Rose Maths.

From Year 1 onwards, our curriculum seamlessly integrates the 2014 National Curriculum requirements. It is structured to provide all children, including those with SEND, PP, and EAL, with the key knowledge and experiences necessary for success. Alongside the National Curriculum subjects—English, Maths, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Music, and Languages—we follow the Lincolnshire RE syllabus and have developed a comprehensive whole-school RSE policy. These elements are all underpinned by our Values curriculum, ensuring a cohesive educational experience.

As a values-based school, we take pride in our Church School distinctiveness. Our curriculum is ambitious and cohesively planned to achieve excellence, recognizing the importance of fostering a love of reading from a young age. A robust reading culture is cultivated throughout the school, with numerous opportunities for all students woven into the curriculum. Inspiring and knowledgeable subject leaders drive the rigorous development and maintain high expectations across all curriculum subjects. Our pedagogy is grounded in evidence-based research, proven to enhance quality first teaching. We foster a culture of collaboration and professional dialogue among subject leaders to ensure the curriculum builds on prior learning, deepens knowledge, and enhances skills that foster achievement.

We engage in a continuous cycle of review and evaluation, valuing opportunities for collaboration within and outside the school. This constant reflection aims to improve teaching and learning, ensuring the highest-level outcomes for all children.

Curriculum Impact

Our children will grow into confident, articulate individuals with a strong moral compass. They will be well-equipped for the next stage of their educational journey, possessing a robust foundation of knowledge and skills. With a genuine love for learning and an understanding of their potential, they will hold aspirational hopes for the future.