Our Lady of Peace Catholic Primary School
At Our Lady of Peace Catholic Primary School, we are deeply committed to developing the
gifts and talents each pupil has been given by God. The school’s direction stems from its Mission Statement: ‘With Christ in our hearts, together we grow.’ Our children strive to give their best in all they do and are encouraged to express their God given talents and to show qualities of honesty, tolerance, forgiveness, caring and patience.
We have developed a bespoke curriculum that aims to create learners who will succeed in the 21st century. In order to facilitate this, we offer an enriched and meaningful curriculum so that all learners reach their full potential both academically and personally. Our curriculum encompasses not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but goes beyond the experiences of the classroom to ensure that all our children, in particular the disadvantaged and those with special educational needs, are exposed to the richest and most varied opportunities that we can provide.
We aim to implement education through a Catholic Christian curriculum which is based on the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, in which the values of the Gospel underpin all aspects of school life.
Programmes of study are taken from the National Curriculum and carefully sequence learning to suit the interests of our pupils and the context of our locality. Teaching and learning opportunities are thoughtfully mapped to enable pupils to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to contribute successfully in the modern world. Pupils revisit, apply and deepen their prior learning with and across subject areas, whilst maintaining each subject as an independent discipline, with its own unique set of skills.
Religious Education is delivered within the framework of the ‘Come and See’ programme which is used throughout the school, along with other religious resources. Prayer and worship deepens the pupils’ understanding and encourages their spiritual growth. Through purposeful community links, our pupils are encouraged to embrace diversity and make positive contributions. We involve parents and the community, celebrating and reflecting our diversity and Catholic ethos.
Our school follows the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach which places great emphasis on pupils’ acquisition and appreciation of language. Maths lessons are based upon the White Rose Maths scheme of work, which is aimed at deepening pupils’ understanding and increasing their fluency in key mathematical skills.
When teaching foundation subjects, pupils are given opportunities to engage in active learning by asking questions and applying their skills and knowledge to different contexts. Through this we provide collaborative and independent learning, experiences promoting curiosity and creativity whilst aiming for mastery through providing opportunities for proving, explaining, exploring and re-applying.
As a result of these strategies, most of our pupils will be:
- Reflective learners who are not afraid to make mistakes and use them as a learning opportunity
- Independent, articulate, confident and well balanced
- Aware of their rights and responsibilities and those of others
- Knowledgeable about how to be, and stay, healthy
- A creative thinker
- Happy, motivated and enthusiastic about life and learning
- Proud of their personal achievements and those of their school
- Respectful, sociable and polite, caring and co-operative
- Have a strong understanding of Catholic values and apply this in their daily life
- Proud of their background and culture whilst being aware and knowledgeable about the culture of others.
At Our Lady of Peace, pupils will be happy, well-rounded individuals who can articulate how their Catholic education has impacted on their beliefs and values. Pupils will be confident, self-motivated individuals who are eager for lifelong learning and understanding their place in the world and their importance and value to society as global citizens.