Our vision is driven by our aim to provide the pupils and adults with a loving, stimulating and supportive environment where they can feel safe and valued as individuals within our school community.
In addition, we develop the Christian faith to enable all our pupils to grow spiritually, socially, intellectually and emotionally to 'trust in God and give of their best'.
Our Christian ethos is rooted in our nine values: Faith, Hope, Love, Trust, Courage, Respect, Forgiveness, Friendship and Peace, which were chosen by the school community. They are shared regularly in Collective Worship, in learning across the curriculum and in all aspects of school life and permeate everything we do. As a school we share these values, can articulate what they mean to us and endeavour to live by them.
In doing so, our Christian vision: "For each one of us to shine as a light believing we can make a difference in the world…" Matthew 5:16, becomes a reality.
We want our pupils to:
- Have a desire to learn a range of new skills and experience new things so that they can reach their full potential both academically and as a 'whole person'
- Come to understand and apply Christian values through learning, worship, prayer and reflection
- Become independent, responsible and confident individuals who show respect both to others and themselves as well as their environment
- Understand their own place in God's World and to appreciate the religious, moral and cultural traditions and different needs of others
- For these reasons, our intention is to deliver a stimulating and exciting curriculum, which is both inclusive and challenging in order to get the very best from each and every pupil by developing imaginative and creative thinkers who can 'shine as a light believing we can make a difference in the world'.
It has been designed to make the learning experience for all the children at All Saints; exciting, challenging, memorable, contextualised, cross curricular and fun with a clear "exit point" that brings together and consolidates all the learning. At All Saints Carshalton, we place a strong emphasis on 'community' and 'learning together' and believe that our Christian values play an integral role in helping to shape our vision. We want our children to be aware of their local community, the diversity that exists within it and discover how they can play an increasing role within this larger 'family'.
We have deliberately shaped our curriculum to be ambitious for our children, so that it provides them with a range of new concepts that we feel are relevant to our community of learners. We want our pupils respectively to 'shine as a light', but to understand that this is best achieved if we work together and celebrate the but to understand that this is best achieved if you work together and celebrate the achievements of others. While we have strong outcomes within our core subjects, we are equally ambitious in our vision to ensure that our offer encompasses a range of curriculum opportunities.
In order to learn successfully, we believe our children need:
- to develop positive self-images through knowing they are valued for themselves
- to have equality of opportunity to gain full access to the curriculum
- opportunities to form positive relationships within a stable and secure environment
- opportunities to express themselves creatively and apply their skills and knowledge
- access to a range of stimulating activities and appropriate tools
How we implement our Curriculum
The National Curriculum lies at the heart of what is taught at All Saints Carshalton. It sets out a clear, full and statutory entitlement to learning for all children aged five to eleven and determines the content of what will be taught. It is preceded by the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is taught to children aged three to five.
Our curriculum is not static and is subject to ongoing development in order to enhance the delivery to our children and remove potential barriers to learning. The current National Curriculum is divided into Core and Foundation subjects and is taught to children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
The Core Curriculum subjects are:
- Religious Education
The foundation subjects are:
- Art, Design and Technology
- Modern Foreign Languages
- Personal Social and Health Education
- Physical Education
Each subject has a programme of study which specifies the knowledge, skills and concepts that the children will be expected to acquire as they progress through both primary and secondary school. There will be times when these subjects are best taught discretely and systematically, and other times when they will be taught in a cross-curricular way enabling the children to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in a broader sense.
In order to ensure that our curriculum offer is of high quality and has strong impacts on all learners, we work to ensure that the elements below shape the leadership of each curriculum area:
All leaders at the school work hard to ensure that their specific curriculum leadership helps to secure a strong offer for pupils across the school. Subject leaders are accountable for ensuring that their curriculum areas offer a strong and engaging experience for our children. They are also responsible for ensuring curriculum progression through the school (breadth and depth). This ensures that specific skills get more challenging as pupils move through the school. We want our curriculum to be delivered in such a way that it is inclusive to all children at the school, regardless of starting point. We want our practitioners to be strong in their delivery across the curriculum and invest in their professional development.