St Francis Xavier

Catholic Primary School

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Curriculum Intent

What is the Intent of our Curriculum ? 

At Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School, our knowledge based curriculum is designed to ensure that knowledge and understanding builds over time allowing children to create clear links in their learning. Children know their learning journey and have an understanding of how lessons build upon each other. We build knowledge so that our pupils don’t just recall facts but deeply understand them therefore embedding them into their long-term memory. The school’s curriculum is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before, and children work systematically towards defined end points.   

Our curriculum is designed to provide new experiences and develop the skills of enquiry, as a result, our pupils can talk confidently and articulately about their learning.

We provide this by ensuring high expectations through challenge, questioning, nurture and motivating experiences. We shape the children to be good citizens that leave with the knowledge and skills required for the wider world. We ensure children can enquire, self-reflect, and make connections in order to give them the confidence to make decisions and enhance their cultural capital and know about life beyond Balby.

At our heart we are a reading school and our core belief is that reading is the key to unlocking our children’s future. We provide many opportunities throughout the curriculum to create both skilled and lifelong readers.