Our Curriculum Offer
At St. Cecilia’s Catholic Infant & Nursery School we offer our children a rich curriculum, which has developed and will develop over time. This encompasses the EYFS (Nursery & Reception) and National curricula (Year 1 and 2) as laid down by the government. Our teaching follows the ‘Come and See’ RE programme developed by the Archdiocese and is lived out through our schools mission statement and motto “Love One Another As I Have Loved You.”
We want our children to be happy, confident and successful with a “can do” attitude. We aim to know the children, build self-esteem and provide a flexible curriculum to meet their needs. We give the children time to develop skills and knowledge and aim to fulfil the needs of every child. Each has their own unique personality and we want to nurture this and help them to understand that they are loved and can share their love with others. We want them to appreciate the people and the world around them and understand that we may have different thoughts and views to other people. We will teach them how to express their views respectfully through our Philosophy for Children skills and through our ethos of mutual respect.
Our curriculum is based around acquiring knowledge and skills, which builds from Nursery up to Year 2. A key aspect of this knowledge base is the development of language and oracy, as children need the skills of talking, to be able to write for all parts of the curriculum. As well as acquiring knowledge, children will also be learning new skills throughout their time with us and we firmly believe the two are inextricably linked. Children need to be taught the skills to apply their knowledge to new situations. In this way we know that what the children have learned is embedded.
We are keen to develop the following values in our children: understanding, forgiveness, respect, a sense of justice (fair play), resilience and democracy. We firmly believe that children need to be happy and feel valued in order to learn effectively. Children’s personal, social and emotional development is key to their mental health and general well-being and this plays a crucial role in every year group across the school. We hope to nurture our children and want them to grow into kind, understanding and respectful adults who can take their place in society with a positive attitude and the ability to work and empathise with others.
We are delighted to be able to offer the children a wide variety of enhancements to the curriculum and cultural experiences. We take all children in Year 2 swimming. We believe that swimming is an important life skill and want all children to feel confident in the water before they leave us to join Key Stage 2. Every child in Key Stage One also benefits from sign language lessons during the year.
The curriculum is enhanced with trips out, such as trips to local churches, Liverpool One, The waterfront, Croxteth Park, Farms, local shops and the surrounding areas.
We also invite many visitors to school e.g. theatre groups, authors, RSPB, artists, chefs, cultural groups, charities etc.
We offer a wide variety of extra-curricular activities such as multiskills, football, science and creative clubs.
Children have the opportunity to represent the school in inter-school competitions and events e.g. dance festivals, football and school council conferences, enterprise competitions, awards ceremonies such as Liverpool Counts Quality Mark, Reading Quality Mark etc.
The children have the opportunity to participate in assemblies, plays, performances and celebrations. We believe this develops confidence and enhances performance and public speaking skills. They are given the opportunity to take on responsibilities throughout their time in school e.g. School Council, Badge Leaders, Learning Buddy, Enterprise Team etc.
We are proud to raise money for a number of local, national and international charities each year
e.g. Nugent Care, NSPCC, Local Food Bank, British Legion Poppy Appeal, CAFOD
This document gives an idea of what we offer our children and the opportunities we provide to develop their lifelong love of learning, their spiritual and emotional wellbeing and their understanding of how to live a healthy, active and fulfilled life.
Foundation Stage Curriculum
The Foundation Stage includes the Nursery and Reception years of a child’s education. It is a distinct stage and important both in its own right and in preparing children for later schooling. The Foundation Stage places emphasis on how children learn and engage with their own learning journey through:
- Playing and exploring
- Active learning
- Creating and thinking critically
There are seven areas of learning that make up the curriculum:
The Prime areas
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
The Specific areas
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
To ensure a broad and balanced curriculum, activities follow the children’s interests wherever possible. Throughout the year a variety of topics and themes are introduced to the children as appropriate.
Children are provided with opportunities to learn outdoors and all children can engage in planting and growing activities in our thriving Nursery allotment.
At St Cecilia’s we are committed to ensuring the children in our care have time, every day, to explore their learning both indoors and outdoors with knowledgeable, interested and enthusiastic adults.
To view the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework click here (opens in a new window)
As a Catholic school our learning experiences are based on two fundamental beliefs:
God made me. I am special, I am unique.
God made the world.
Please click here for the Long Term Literacy and Maths plan for Reception (opens in new window).
Key Stage 1 Curriculum
The Key Stage 1 curriculum covers Years 1 and 2 and provides a balanced and broadly based programme of study which helps to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural and physical development of pupils.
The children are taught in topics which may be Science/ Geography/History based. From these literacy and maths activities will be taught.
Please click here (link opens in new window) for The Primary National Curriculum.
Please click here for the Year 1 Long Term Curriculum Plan (open in new window).
Please click here for the Year 2 Long Term Curriculum Plan (open in new window).
Phonic Information for parents
Phonic Screening click here (link opens in a new window)
Key Stage 1 Parents Information Leaflet
End of Key Stage 1 Tests Information click here (links opens in new window)