Please use the links on this page to find out more about our Curriculum at St Raphael's and the enrichment our children receive.
St. Raphael’s School is a vibrant, worshiping and welcoming community – a living example of our faith. At St Raphael’s the curriculum is underpinned by our school Mission Statement:
As we walk with Jesus, we love, live and learn.
Our curriculum offers a stimulating and inclusive experience with Christian values at its core. By modelling the virtues given to us by Jesus, our pupils become life-long learners, understanding that we are all unique and have a variety of talents. Our curriculum is a vehicle for teaching British values and develops in our pupils a sense of responsibility and duty, and as a result our pupils contribute positively to our school community, the wider local community and as global citizens.
Our curriculum is planned to ensure the development of core skills, creativity and curiosity which takes into account the context of St Raphael’s and the richness of the local area with its proximity to London. While focusing on subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum, it is designed to be cohesive, relevant and inspiring to pupils. The topic-based approach within our curriculum is continually evolving to respond to the needs and interests of our current pupils which ensures it is meaningful, challenging and stimulates pupils to reach the highest possible standards in reading, writing and maths.
Our curriculum and provision demonstrates our commitment to each individual child, their mental health and well-being, and to ensuring that all pupils develop a positive attitude. Our aim is for our children to be offered the richest experiences and to leave St Raphael’s with a sense of responsibility, ready to embrace the opportunities and challenges of the wider world.
Our values are based on Gospel values: faith, service, courage, justice, hope, love, reconciliation and community.
To develop our knowledge and understanding our values are:
We have developed our curriculum so there is a progression of substantive and disciplinary knowledge. Our overviews portray our learning for each year group and each term. Not only do we progress the learning, but teachers also ensure prior learning has been reviewed and consolidated to aid retention. Where appropriate, we have links between subjects and units of work, where this supports the pupils to connect their learning and ultimately develop a deeper understanding of concepts and schema. We work in collaboration with our parents and our community to support learning at home, as well as holding workshops to further help them. Where possible, we plan linked trips and activities to build on the cultural capital of children and develop their understanding of their local area. Themed days also highlight the importance of the wider world and world events.
Our curriculum provision engages our children and supports them to be both creative and inquisitive. Progress is made from very low starting points in reading, writing and maths. Our high proportion of EAL pupils (52%), develop their language and communication skills to become confident learners. We want our pupils to become resilient life-long learners who have high expectations and aspirations for their futures, and we believe our curriculum equips and enables them to reach these goals.
At St. Raphael’s we follow the primary National Curriculum for England:
National curriculum - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Further Curriculum Information
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