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The Curriculum at Franciscan 

Nurturing a Love of Learning at Franciscan Primary School 

At Franciscan Primary School, our pupils are at the heart of everything we do. We firmly believe in the importance of a well-structured curriculum that ignites a passion for learning and encourages our pupils to explore, question, and expand their knowledge. While we utilise the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage as a foundation, we have adopted a personalised, theme-based approach tailored to the specific needs and interests of our Franciscan pupils. This approach enables them to delve deeper into various subjects, master key concepts, and establish meaningful connections across the curriculum. 

Engaging Learners Through Relevant and Interesting Cross Curricular links 

To captivate the minds of our learners, we have carefully selected specific unit links that resonate with their experiences and the modern world. This selection is further enriched by the integration of UNCRC articles across all curriculum areas, fostering a deep understanding of human rights and responsibilities. The curriculum design, ensures a cohesive progression of knowledge, skills, and vocabulary. This approach allows pupils to revisit and build upon previously learned concepts, solidifying their understanding and enabling them to make connections across different areas of learning. We empower our pupils to explore their thoughts, challenge their thinking, and develop a sense of respect for themselves, others, and the wonders of the world around them. 

Nurturing Well-Rounded Individuals 

Franciscan provides a comprehensive and balanced curriculum that focuses on the holistic development of the whole child. Our inclusive approach ensures that all learners, regardless of their background or abilities, have access to quality first teaching. We have identified and addressed the potential barriers to learning that many of our pupils’ face.  We aim to develop resilience, teamwork, problem solving, creativity and curiosity and independence.  

Valuing Parental Partnerships 

We recognize the invaluable role that parents and carers play in their children's education. We work closely with families to enrich the curriculum and provide ongoing support for our pupils' learning journey.

Curriculum Enrichment: Building Cultural Literacy

Our curriculum places a strong emphasis on foundational skills, with a particular focus on language acquisition throughout the school. Our curriculum is designed to nurture the following qualities in our pupils:

  • enable children to become confident, resourceful, inquiring and independent learners;
  • foster children’s self-esteem and help them build positive relationships with other people;
  • develop children’s self-respect and encourage children to respect the ideas, attitudes, values and feelings of others;
  • show respect for all cultures and, in so doing, to promote positive attitudes towards other people;
  • enable children to understand their community and help them feel valued as part of this community;
  • help children grow into reliable, independent and positive citizens
  • high expectations of all regardless of race, gender, religion or disability

Franciscan Primary Whole School Curriculum Overview