Bishop Ellis is a place where all are valued as a child of God, where everyone is enabled to mature towards their full growth in Christ and achieve their potential. Through our curriculum we ensure that, with enthusiasm and celebration, the message of Jesus Christ is at the centre of all we do. We aim to live out our motto, “We Love, We Pray, We Learn, We Play.”, through our curriculum. At Bishop Ellis Catholic Primary School, our intent is to offer a knowledge-rich curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge and understanding of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage linked to the “Gospel Virtues” of Compassion, Gentleness, Justice, Integrity, Simplicity, Humility, Preferential option for the lost and least, Love, Forgiveness and Hope and to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
We want to empower children with the knowledge they are entitled to: knowledge that will nourish both them and the society of which they are members of, through providing opportunities throughout the curriculum which will enable children to accumulate cultural capital. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The intent of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite knowledge to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education. In short, we want children to remember what we have taught them. Through the cohesion of carefully chosen texts, pupils enjoy a curriculum which is rich in language and broad in subject knowledge, providing core skills for academic success. Throughout our curriculum, we place great importance on the emotional well-being of all of our children and staff through a strong focus on PSHE, emotional literacy and mental health.
The school curriculum reflects the requirements to provide a broad and balanced curriculum as per the Academies Act 2010, and the National Curriculum programmes of study which we have chosen to follow.
It also reflects requirements for inclusion and equality as set out in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2014 and Equality Act 2010, and refers to curriculum-related expectations of governing boards set out in the Department for Education’s Governance Handbook.
Further information on how we achieve this can be found in our statement of equality information and objectives, and in our SEND policy and information report.