The SJV School Curriculum
The Curriculum at St John Vianney School is built on the following fundamentals;-
- We believe that all children should be provided with the opportunity to reach their full potential. This is dependent on teachers imparting knowledge in an effective, flexible and inclusive manner that inspires all Children and Young People to learn well. Teachers are expected to use creativity and imagination to develop engaging lessons that capture pupil interest and foster a love of learning.
- We believe that staff create very strong relationships with pupils in the school and use their knowledge of the needs of every individual learner to plan high quality and differentiated lessons, that allow all pupils to achieve well.
- We believe that the very strong, supportive relationships staff create with pupils, allows them to gain insightful knowledge of the needs of every individual learner and to facilitate the planning of high quality, differentiated lessons, enabling all pupils to achieve well. The impact is that our Children and Young People develop detailed knowledge and skills across the curriculum, which helps them prepare for life beyond the school. We work to secure that each child and young person is developing the ‘Cultural Capital‘ to be able to make positive contributions when they move from SJV.
- We believe in adopting a broad and balanced curriculum, which maximises the engagement of learners and meets their needs beyond SJV. At SJV we work from a dynamic, modern and engaging curriculum that is suitable for the varied requirements of all our Children and Young people.
To support these fundamentals
- We aim to create a caring and highly supportive environment that is highly inclusive and provides for all our pupils’ abilities and needs.
- We aim to support the needs of all learners. ASC is the predominant SEND characteristic in our school and as such our curriculum provision intent and implementation is geared to meet their needs (as evidenced in the ASC accreditation review in January 2020)
- We aim to provide a curriculum which provides all learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding to be active citizens within their own community, and to have the cultural know how required to succeed in life beyond SJV.
- We aim to develop a curriculum that is adapted to meet learners’ personal development needs at SJV, but also provides comparative learning opportunity, (where possible), to their peers in mainstream education.
- We aim to provide extensive enrichment learning opportunities that builds resilience, resourcefulness and increasing independence and fluency.
- We aim to provide a high quality education and opportunities that inspires and engages learners, impacting positively on their full development; fostering greater self-confidence and independence.
- We aim to provide a curriculum and the way in which learning is facilitated ensures children are motivated, co-operative and consistently engaged in learning. Children thrive in lessons and also regularly take up opportunities to learn through extra-curricular and enrichment activities.
- We aim to provide a diversity of pupils’ experiences which are highly valued and the curriculum provides Children and Young People with a clear understanding of people and communities, beyond their immediate experience. Every attempt is made to bring learning to life and to contextualise the learning in the eyes of the SEND learner.
- We aim to ensure we support the wider development of every child. Securing the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development is essential and our PSHE curriculum delivers this explicitly. Our Catholic teaching is principally delivered in RE lessons. Both areas of the curriculum however are addressed in every aspect of teaching and learning in the school, ensuring that every child can ‘have life and have it to the full’ – John 10;10
- We aim to provide a curriculum that fosters a love of learning and active involvement in all that the SJV community offers.
- Ultimately, we aim to provide learners with the skills and knowledge to contribute positively in future learning opportunities and employment.