At Sacred Heart, we plan our curriculum around the National Curriculum guidance published in 2014 (a copy of this document can be accessed from the link below). Our curriculum is broadened through the inclusion of ‘Do Something Different’ (DSD) days or weeks. The focus of the DSD days are developed with the input of the School Council.
In 2015/16, we started ‘Do Something Different’ weeks where the focus of the curriculum would be one curricular area (e.g. science) with all the core curriculum subjects (e.g.English, Mathematics, IT) taught through this focus. As a school, we have used the National Gallery’s ‘Take One Picture’ project a successfully to this end. In 2016/17, the ‘Take One Picture’ project was run not across a week, but across a half term culminating in a procession and an Exhibition of the children’s work.
In addition to curriculum based DSD days, the school council lead Charity based days, where they look outside our community to support others who are less fortunate than ourselves. In 2015/16, the school council organised a Charity DSD day in aid of Sport Relief – they designed an obstacle course which all ages could access and throughout the day a sponsored event was held. The event raised over £1300. This year, 2016/17, many more events are planned.
At Sacred Heart, we believe that it is important that our pupils leave us as responsible, well-prepared and well-rounded young people. We endeavour to achieve this through the opportunities offered through a broad and balanced curriculum.
Phonics and Reading Schemes
At Sacred Heart, we do not rely on one individual reading scheme. We use a variety of schemes as we find that this enables us to meet the individual needs of our pupils and cater for their interests. Reading books are provided from a range of publishers including : Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Heinemann, Oxford University Press and Rising Stars among others.
When teaching phonics, again, the school does not rely on one individual phonics scheme. We use a variety of schemes as we find that this enables us to meet the individual needs of our pupils. The phonics schemes used include: Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics and Fresh Start Phonics.