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Aims of Education

St. Monica’s RC Primary School


Curriculum Policy


Here at St. Monica’s, we recognise that we are all cherished members of God’s family.

We love and care for one another, and trust God to guide us in all we do and say.

By learning together, we aim to achieve and working together, we will succeed.


What we value

At St. Monica’s, we value our faith and the message of tolerance and peace that it brings to all in our school.

We value the service of the children, the staff and the parents and the sacrifices that are made to support all who learn and work here.

We value our safe environment where we come together to rejoice as a family, secure in our faith.


Our Vision

To enable us to adapt and respond to future challenges, we aim to provide a safe, supportive learning environment for all members of our school family, based on the teachings and values of the Gospels.




To provide a curriculum which:

  1. Is rooted in the Gospel values of respect, love, truth and justice.
  2. Promotes the dignity, self-esteem and full development of each person who is made in God’s image and uniquely loved by God.
  3. Promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school.
  4. Provides a daily act of collective worship and teaches religious education in according with the guidelines of the Diocese of Salford.
  5. Is balanced and broadly based, utilises the local community to ensure learning is meaningful, and inspires pupils to learn through an engaging and enjoyable curriculum.
  6. Follows the statutory national curriculum which sets out the subject content for those subjects that should be taught to all the children in our school within the programmes of study and provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens, including the development of PHSE, MHWB and British Values.
  7. Is clear and progressive, making relevant links between different areas of the curriculum. 
  8. Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.


Our school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences planned for the children. These may include, but are not limited to, the formal curriculum, trips and visits, research topics and extra-curricular activities. The national curriculum forms one part of our school curriculum and provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.



  1. The National Curriculum and RE will be taught to all pupils. Programmes of study for the subjects of the National Curriculum will be used selectively as the basis for the long-term and medium term planning.
  2. RE will make up 10% of the weekly curriculum. The Agreed Diocesan Syllabus, Come and See, will be used as the basis for the planning and teaching of RE, and where appropriate it will be supplemented by Building the Kingdom.
  3. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education will be developed within and across the subjects of the curriculum.
  4. Short-term planning will be brief. It will set out clear learning objectives, a strategy for differentiating the work and it will show how resources are to be deployed efficiently and effectively to personalise learning for each of the children.
  5. Senior and middle leaders will be given responsibility for leading, managing, monitoring, evaluating and reviewing the curriculum to ensure that our objectives are achieved. Teachers will be given good opportunities to use their subject expertise to enhance the curriculum.
  6. The school assessment policy and strategy will be used effectively to ensure that all pupils including those with SEND are making good progress and achieving the highest standards for their ability
  7. Cross-curricular links will be made between subjects where appropriate and the cross curricular themes including PSHE, Citizenship will be planned for within the curriculum.
  8. Under the 2010 Equality Act all protected characteristics will be recognised and acceptance taught as an embedded aspect in all we do including: disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation including homosexual, bi-sexual and transgender.
  9. Opportunities will be taken to enhance the curriculum through the use of educational visits out of school, parents, visitors, artists, crafts people, actors, musicians and through the use of the school grounds, the locality and the wider environment.
  10. An extensive range of high quality resources including ICT will be used to underpin the curriculum.
  11. Homework will be set where appropriate to link the curriculum with learning at home.



All children will benefit from a rich, broad, balanced curriculum that exceeds statutory requirements and which is appropriate for their ages, abilities and aptitudes. Children’s work and achievement within the curriculum will be celebrated and displayed to enable it to make a significant impact on the visual appearance of the school and to contribute positively to the ethos. The exciting curriculum that we provide will help children to understand who they are and where they live. It will help them learn about their community, the nation and the world in which they live. It will deepen their cultural awareness and increase their understanding of history, time and place. They will develop a respect for and an understanding of different cultures and beliefs. They will learn about issues facing the world and the importance of caring for their environment.