St Richard’s Curriculum 2019-20

OUR CURRICULUM IS CHRIST-CENTRED. At St Richard’s, we are committed to living out our school mission, which states, ‘The Word of God is at the heart of our learning and we always try to do our best’. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that this happens. Christ is at the centre of all we do and because we believe that we are made in His image and likeness, the staff of St Richard’s feel responsible for ensuring that all our pupils reach their fullest potential through access to outstanding teaching and learning and an outstanding curriculum.

OUR CURRICULUM IS FLEXIBLE AND RESPONSIVE. We respond and adapt in order to meet the needs of our pupils…always in the pursuit of excellence.

OUR CURRICULUM IS RICH, BALANCED AND THRIVING. We are committed to high standards in core skills and our results demonstrate this. Our Maths, Reading, Writing and GPS results are consistently well-above national averages. Essentially our pupils apply a wide range of skills in all subjects and gain knowledge and understanding and a love of learning in all areas. We are fully compliant with the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum.

OUR CURRICULUM IS HIGHLY ENGAGING. Pupils are passionate about what they learn at St Richard’s and so we make learning really exciting as well as purposeful. Our curriculum is enriched and intensified through lots of visits from experts in their field. Currently, these take place on a regular basis in Science, Computing, History, Art and Design, Music, French, Design Technology and PE.

OUR CURRICULUM IS HIGHLY ENRICHING AND IS INTENSIFIED through lots of visits to places of interest. We have three mini-buses and our drivers are always busy taking pupils on educational visits designed to enhance their understanding in a range of subjects.

OUR CURRICULUM IS AWARD-WINNING. Senior leaders and subject leaders have worked hard in order to ensure that we gain accreditation for our curriculum from a range of awarding bodies. Currently we hold accreditation and external validation for Geography, Art, Computing and PE. We were highly commended for the quality of our rich curriculum in the Parliamentary Review in 2018.

OUR CURRICULUM IS PROUDLY EMBEDDED LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY. We love to learn about Longsight and Manchester, past and present – especially as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary this academic year. At St Richard’s, there are more than 33 different languages spoken in the homes of our pupils and approximately 45% of our pupils have English as an additional language. Our curriculum therefore embraces diversity, acknowledging and building on the vibrant multi-cultural intake of our school. We respect each other’s backgrounds and unique perspectives.

OUR CURRICULUM IS CUTTING EDGE IN ITS USE OF TECHNOLOGY. We are generously resourced and our computers and hardware help to support stimulating learning in a number of subjects. We have received the BECTA award and ICT e-safety mark.

OUR CURRICULUM SEEKS TO OVERCOME DISADVANTAGE. We are situated in an urban landscape without much access to green space. As a consequence, we take year groups to many interesting places, like Lyme Park and Formby Sands, and also bring outdoor and adventurous activities (such as orienteering) into an urban environment. A significant number of our pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium but this has never been allowed to be a limiting factor. Our curriculum is designed to encourage all our pupils to realise their dreams and to know that anything is possible with determination, hard work and education. In fact, we were nationally recognised for this philosophy in a high-profile DfE publication last year.

Parents or other members of the public can find out more about the curriculum our school is following by emailing comments@st-richards.manchester.sch.uk

Click here to view our Reading and Phonics Schemes Reading-Schemes-in-use-at-St.-Richards

To read the British Values Statement for St Richard’s Primary School please click here