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.
As a school our enrichment programme includes ‘Do Something Different’ weeks where all the curriculum is taught through one curricular area (e.g. science). As a school, we use the National Gallery’s ‘Take One Picture’ project successfully to this end. The ‘Take One Picture’ project is run across a half term and normally culminates in an Exhibition of the children’s work.
In addition to these DSD days, the school council lead Charity based days, where they look outside our community to support others who are less fortunate than themselves. Previously, the school council has organised Charity days in aid of Macmillan, Comic Relief, Sport Relief, Shooting Stars, The Catholic Children's Society and many more. This year, 2017/18, many more events are planned.
At Sacred Heart, we believe 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.
On Monday 5/11/18 and Wednesday 7/11/18, we waved goodbye to our World War 2 evacuees, as our Year 6 pupils were evacuated to the Lincolnsfield Centre in Bushey, near Watford.
During the evacuation period, the pupils were immersed in life as it would have been between 1939 - 1945.
They got to experience: life as a child at that time - the sleeping facilities, the chamber pot, the chores, the rationing, 'Digging for Victory', riding on Dodge Weapons Carrier, the 'Blitz', finding safety in Morrison and Anderson Shelters, codebreaking, the land army, handling military artefacts and memorabilia, schooling, forming a chain gang to put out a fire and, much, much more...The evacuation period ended with a celebration the end of the second world war.
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.
In this section you will find the Termly Curriculum Outlines for each year group. These are published and distributed to the respective classes at the beginning of the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms. They include information on:
These newsletters detail for all stakeholders the school curriculum that is being taught in each year group.