Our Learning Curriculum
We are enthusiastic about being curious, life-long learners at our school. We provide a broad, rich, relevant and meaningful curriculum which, as a team, we are very proud of. Children have a thirst for learning at St George's and we are committed to nurturing young: writers, performers, readers, mathematicians, scientists, historians, geographers, artists, designers, musicians, sports persons and computer users. Children are actively encouraged to follow their passions whilst becoming holistic learners, well-equipped to reach their full potential.
Within the caring, supportive environment we provide, we aim to offer pupils a curriculum that empowers them to become confident, well-rounded individuals who demonstrate a positive mental attitude, can work collaboratively and communicate effectively. We want to offer high-quality teaching and learning for all our pupils that highlights the importance of human creativity and achievement and leads to the development of educated citizens within our own community and on a wider national and global scale.
With this in mind, we have implemented a relevant, exciting, cohesive curriculum model that enables pupils’ learning to connect with the wider world and to progress, year on year.
Alongside White Rose (Maths) and The Write Stuff (English), we use Dimensions ‘Learning Means the World’ Curriculum as the main vehicle for achieving our outlined intent.
This curriculum is underpinned by four highly relevant world issues, known as the four Cs:-
Communication is at the very centre of success in life. We all need communication skills to access the wider world; it is how we meet people and form relationships, how we get a job, and how we work through difficult situations.
When pupils leave our school, we want them to be able to progress well in life, communicating their needs and wants effectively, and resolving conflicts through positive communication. More and more, as children come into school, language delays are increasing alongside screen time, which is leading to less and less face-to-face communication. Pupils need to learn how to speak in full sentences, using the correct vocabulary. We also want to expose them to the types of communication that exist outside of Salford, different accents and regions, and model correct language.
Although the majority of the school’s intake is White British, this is changing, and we are now welcoming children from a more diverse range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. We believe that it is vital that we seek to help our pupils understand other cultures and communities, highlighting similarities as well as differences.
Our curriculum is outward-facing and centres on opening minds and developing a climate of welcome and acceptance, whilst acknowledging differences and celebrating them.
We also want to develop the culture of the school, so it is a place of mutual respect where positive relationships are nurtured and developed between everyone. We want to promote a culture of ambition and opportunity, helping our children to flourish by giving them a wide range of experiences.
Conflict is an everyday occurrence for our pupils in a range of settings, whether it be an argument at home or a football fall out on the school playground.
On a more global scale, we have refugees with us who have first-hand experience of the consequences of serious conflict. We believe we should help all children to understand conflict and not be afraid to talk about it. They need to learn how to manage conflict through, not only being able to communicate what has happened, but also the ability to listen and put it into context. We want them to resolve conflict by using effective, positive communication. We also want them not to be afraid to disagree or have a different opinion from others, realising that conflict can be a positive thing, leading to learning.
In our throwaway society, where everything is replaced without thought for the environment, we need to focus more on learning about conservation. Our pupils have no real sense of stewardship and learning about sustainability is currently disjointed, with sporadic recycling, litter picks and planting.
We need pupils to understand that they are stewards for the next generation and the importance of this role. They need to value the world and make it sustainable for future generations to survive and thrive. They need to see how we can all do our part to contribute to the necessary global effort to change. As advocates and ambassadors for change in the community and at home too, we want every pupil to be involved in learning about this important role.
Our curriculum narrative begins with Communication, as this is the key to unlocking learning. We have followed this with Culture because we believe that understanding identity is so important. Next, Conflict which has a focus on the past and present, specifically learning from mistakes and looking at cause and consequence, and finally Conservation which looks to the future and a better, sustainable world.
We also encourage our pupils to have high aspirations by teaching them about human creativity and achievement through additional Competency Units about famous figures that focus on Creativity, Commitment, Courage and Community.
With the progressive ‘Learning Means the World’ Learning Pathways (Pathfinders, Adventurers and Navigators) and through aspects such as pupil-led activities (independence) and high ability tasks (resilience), we are able to really challenge our pupils to extend their learning.
If parents/ carers require any further information on any of our curriculum areas, please do not hesitate to contact the school office:
T: 0161 921 1660