Our Curriculum is bespoke to the needs of the pupils at St. Ambrose. It focuses on appropriate subject-specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum, but by modelling the virtues given to us by Christ and by developing individual and collaborative learning experiences, a sense of responsibility and challenges that take them beyond the classroom.
The Curriculum is developed from the Statutory Framework for the EYFS and the National Curriculum. All St. Ambrose RC Primary classes are taught through the "Come and See" Catholic Primary Religious Education Programme. In addition, all children will be taught their SMSCE (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education) and Citizenship curriculum through our own bespoke 'Building The Kingdom' programme, which develops critical thinking and grows advocates for change.
The first entitlement of all children is to be spiritually, morally, socially and culturally educated. This is the second of the two aims of the National Curriculum. In our Roman Catholic school, the Church insists that its beliefs and values provide the context for and substantially shape learning throughout the school.
We are a small inner-city school with a constantly evolving curriculum that responds to the needs of learners and their interests by enhancing learning experiences and raising awareness to 'think global and act local' (Bishop John Arnold, Salford Diocese). Thus, we will develop outward-looking pupils who can learn about themselves and understand the wider world and its complex cultures.
Ultimately our Curriculum is intended to:
- Develop our head and body: What we learn
- Develop our hearts and character: Who we are
- Develop our actions and attitudes: How we live and learn
- Develop our moral compass: Where we fit in the world.
In each subject, the knowledge and skills have been carefully sequenced to let our children know more and remember more. In addition, there is built-in repetition to help the children retain knowledge and skills.
Equality and diversity are important to us at St Ambrose. Therefore, the Curriculum has been designed to give pupils an understanding of different groups in modern society, including gender identity, disability, culture, faith, ethnicity, sexuality, and different ages.
Disadvantaged pupils with special needs and disabilities cover the same content as all pupils. Some pupils, who have specific or physical conditions, will be withdrawn occasionally from lessons for particular exercises or interventions. A pupil with severe needs will have a bespoke curriculum matched to their ECHP plan.