St Teresa of Lisieux Catholic Primary School, is a community of learners, within which staff and pupils are warmly welcomed and supported to love, learn and grow together.

Our rigorous, engaging, authentic curriculum design is deeply rooted in our commitment to the development of pastoral, spiritual and academic success for all.

Here, every individual is recognised and valued as special and unique, created in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:27).

Guided by this principle, we are committed to removing barriers to learning, so that all children leaving our school are equipped with knowledge, skills and rich cultural experiences, and are ready to continue their educational journey, with confidence, resilience, curiosity and high aspirations for their future.

Our goal is to ensure that, through a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum, in addition to the development of fundamental knowledge and skills in Reading, Writing and Maths, children develop an understanding of the wider curriculum, the world around them, and how they can positively impact on their community, locally, nationally and globally.

Our curriculum is shaped and enriched by opportunities and experiences developed with careful consideration to the needs of our pupils and the community that we serve, including for those with special educational needs or disabilities and socially disadvantaged children.

In recognition of the fact that we are all lifelong learners, at St Teresa of Lisieux, we are committed to continuous improvement and development of our curriculum offer, in the light of educational research advances. We embrace the development of subject specific pedagogy and recognise that fact that our curriculum offer must always be aligned with the evolving needs of our pupils.

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How is our curriculum supporting and inspiring the learning of children at St Teresa of Lisieux

Curriculum Implementation

Teachers at St Teresa’s are given the freedom to plan their timetables week by week. During the week there are a number of ‘non negotiables’ which much take place each week which include maths lessons, guided reading, handwriting practice and phonics. It also includes P.E. lessons, PSHE, Music and Spanish    (Year 3 – 6). The teachers have the flexibility to teach other curriculum areas through their REAL project for varying amounts of time each week.

Children also have the opportunity to take part in a range of educational visits each term. We encourage our teachers to take our children on as many trips as possible during the school year and where this is not possible get visitors into the school. Examples of educational visits so far this year include:

School Trips

Reception – Gilmore recycling trip.

Year 1 – Dantastic visit about castles.

Year 2 – Dantastic visit about explorers

– Trip to Blue Planet Aquarium.

Year 3 –  Trip to the Leisure Centre.

Year 4 – Dantastic visit about Romans.

Year 5 –  Dantastic visit about Anglo Saxons.

–  Visit to Planetarium.

Year 6 – Residential to PGL.

– Art Museum.

All year groups take part in various sports festivals and fixtures for sports teams through the LSSP. These include- football, dance , rugby, futsal and American Football. KS2 children also have the opportunity to take part in Primary choir of the Year and ISING

We are committed as a school to Fundraising for the Good Shepherd Fund ,  Cafod  (dress up as something bright). NSPCC –  ( Dress up as Rock stars for TT Rockstars)  and Children in need

We have a number of author visits throughout the year.

Curriculum Subjects

Learning Environments

This is a key approach that promotes engagement for learners. At St Teresa of Lisieux we use environmental stimuli to enrich a child’s experience by promoting the stimulation of senses: touch, sight, smell and hearing. The classrooms have a variety of flexible learning spaces, including dens and quiet spaces, which allow children to feel empowered to make daily decisions about how they would like to learn, therefore engaging them further.

 Curriculum Impact

Community Voice
  • Working in St Teresa’s was brilliant, we had an overwhelming response from both pupils and staff members. We loved working with the school, the children were fantastic and after spending a full week in there, we saw a massive change in their mindset about health and wellbeing.

Jack and Ethan, Directors of Train Eat Educate

  • In the summer of 2018 I was working on several multi-million pound building projects – work that any small regional practice would be grateful for – and yet the greatest pleasure by far for me in that year came from working with the teachers and children at St Teresa’s and a small group of dedicated volunteers to realise the dreams of the children in year 5, to create a prayer room out of an old dis-used store room. The process of engaging with these young people, their excitement and enthusiasm – and the opportunity to encourage and help them, was more rewarding and satisfying than anything else I have taken part in, for quite some time.

Dave Anderson, ABW Architects

Governor Voice
  • REAL Projects is great in the school, the children love this way of learning and love the classroom themes. They look forward to coming in after half terms to see the classrooms and learn what their new topic is.
  • We can see changes in the delivery of the curriculum in a way that inspires, motivates and challenges children’s learning and thinking.
Parent Voice
  • We have taken our child to the local museums because of their project and we now look through books and the internet together to research the question.
  • Because of the project my child did in school we do more recycling at home and save water more.
Pupil Voice
  • I love our classroom spaces, we can try different areas to see which suits our learning best.
  • We love doing projects as they help us change the lives of people in the community.
Staff Voice
  • REAL Projects provides our children with high quality experiences which they deserve; an environment which inspires them and outcomes and legacies which leave a lasting impact.
  • The essential question and vibrant environments fully immerse the children in their projects, creating passionate learners.