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Our Lady, Star of the Sea

Catholic Primary School

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"Play is the highest form of research"

Albert Einstein



Our curriculum is designed to provide all children with the opportunities and experiences that they need in order to develop happy, positive dispositions and attitudes to be able to succeed as learners and in life. Learning opportunities are planned around developing pupils' ability to acquire a wide vocabulary, communicate effectively and interact positively. Once these foundations to learning are embedded, other knowledge and skills can be built.


We aim to foster excellent attitudes to learning by providing effective and timely adult interactions in play. Adults have warm and respectful relationships with children to ensure that every opportunity to learn and acquire new language is enhanced. All staff have high expectations of our learners and provide a stimulating, inclusive environment that allows all children to explore and consolidate their own learning in play.


Children are encouraged to take an active part in their learning journeys and become independent learners. We provide play and learning opportunities linked to children's interests as much as possible. We recognise that every child is unique and that they develop in different ways and at varying rates. We strive for children to become curious, resilient and self-assured in order to prepare them for success in the next stage of education. 



Our Early Years curriculum is taught using the Great Teaching Toolkit, 2020. We endeavour to be consistent in our approach to create a supportive environment that is inclusive. We support all our pupils using adaptive teaching techniques, Voice 21 talk tactics and oracy sentence stems. We activate hard thinking through our thinking schools strategies and Q Matrix questioning to bring the Early Years curriculum to life and develop a real sense of enquiry. At Our Lady Star of the Sea, we have a consistent recipe for teaching history which follows Rosenshine's Principles of Instruction.



By the end of the Foundation Stage, the vast majority of children read accurately are starting to develop fluency in their reading. their vocabulary and understanding of language is good and most chidlren achieve the Early Learning Goals, particularly in mathematics and literacy. Children will have a deep unerstanding of mathematical concepts and robust phonics knowledge. They are able to ask questions to satisfy their curiosity about the world around them. They have an appreciation and enjoyment of expressive arts. They are sociable, kind and respectful children confident in their unique skills as a learner.