This page contains links to a number of documents providing information about the curriculum at St Hugh of Lincoln. Further information about the curriculum taught in any class is available from the relevant classteacher.
The curriculum covers all planned learning opportunities at our school. The curriculum at St Hugh of Lincoln is underpinned by the school’s Mission Statement and Values, which are themselves rooted in the school’s Catholic identity.
At St Hugh of Lincoln we are committed to ensuring that the curriculum is broad and balanced, in order that the needs of all children are provided for. We aim to make provision for children to ‘work for success’ (School Mission Statement) in its fullest sense: academic achievement and spiritual, social, moral, cultural, physical and creative development.
Whilst the principles behind curriculum planning must always reflect the school’s identity, the content of the curriculum itself is expected to be dynamic, as the curriculum is reviewed in the light of experience, both within and outside the school, and the needs of individual learners and groups of learners.
As a school within the Xavier Catholic Education Trust, we are committed to sharing our best practice and knowledge with colleagues, and to being receptive to learning from the best practice and knowledge of others. This helps to ensure that our curriculum is dynamic, and is informed by what has been proven to have had a positive impact on pupil learning.
At St Hugh of Lincoln children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 are taught the knowledge, skills and understanding set out in the National Curriculum (2014). Religious Education is taught in accordance with the requirements of the Religious Education Curriculum Directory (2012). The school’s curriculum has been added to in order to create a local curriculum, which recognises the context of the school and the needs of the learners within it.
Curriculum design and implementation within the school recognises and respects differences to create an all-inclusive learning atmosphere.
At St Hugh of Lincoln we recognise that the most effective learning takes place through memorable experiences in stimulating environments, and makes use of the full school environment, educational visits and the expertise of the wider community.
International Primary Curriculum
In September 2018 we began to introduce the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) to the school. We are ing the IPC gradually, building to a stage where it will form our Science and foundation subject curriculum. The IPC is leading us to a topic-based approach to teaching the foundation subjects. It helps children to make links between different pieces of learning, seeing learning within a topic as part of a whole, rather than separated out into different academic subjects. From the teacher’s perspective, the curriculum content for each subject can still be delivered, but in a more coherent manner. The IPC is designed to capture children’s interest and engagement from the start of each topic, build on what they already know, and finish with a celebration of learning.
IPC is an international curriculum. Each unit is designed to broaden perspectives, helping children to understand that they are part of a wider world.A big focus of the IPC is on attitudes and dispositions towards learning, and how what we teach children now needs to equip them for a future world of work. Learning about learning and achieving personal goals (enquiry, resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, respect, co-operation and adaptability) go alongside the subject goals to provide a very rounded approach with an eye not just to the ‘now’ but also to each child’s future.
The IPC fits with the school’s curriculum policy statement as it encourages a focus on the ‘whole child’, in line with the school’s Mission Statement. IPC encourages a dynamic and flexible curriculum, able to be adapted and changed as classes change. It is designed to capture interest and to engage, and to provide memorable learning experiences for all children.
The school has a mastery approach to teaching and learning in Maths. All children in Years 1-6 learn with Power Maths, which has been created in line with a whole-class mastery approach to learning.