Our St Leo’s and Southmead Curriculum
At St Leo’s and Southmead, we place great importance in delivering a curriculum which supports the needs of our community by offering memorable experiences and lifelong skills. As a Catholic School, our mission and core values guide us in fostering an environment where all children are nurtured, inspired and able to succeed.
Our broad and balanced curriculum challenges children to be resilient and exceed their full potential. It enables us to build strong relationships, celebrate diversity and encourage respect. Through a clear progression of knowledge and skills, our children are offered a wealth of learning opportunities that provoke thoughts, create dreams and promote ambition.
At the heart of our curriculum is RE, English, Maths and Science.
We also truly value our wider curriculum, covering all other National Curriculum subjects. In order to ensure progression of Knowledge and Skills, National requirements and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school by subject leaders. Individual year groups plan the delivery within their particular classes in order to make meaningful cross-curricular links where possible.
Foundation subjects are taught discretely on a weekly basis. History/geography and art/DT are taught in alternate half termly blocks. All children have access to two hours PE every week, with at least one hour being taught by a specialist PE coach.
Each half-term we have a ‘driver’ subject which is threaded into all subjects where genuine links can be made. This is planned for by class teachers based on current affairs and local or international events (IE Olympics, General Election, World Cup, Chinese New Year).
We wholeheartedly value the need for our children to enjoy a variety of wider opportunities and memorable experiences in order to fully absorb the knowledge and skills taught throughout their time at St Leo’s and Southmead. Therefore, all units of work have a planned ‘memorable activity’ in order to excite and engage learners. We also engage in a wide range of educational excursions, cultural experiences, visitors to school and residential opportunities in order to introduce our children to the world of education outside of the classroom.
For further information on how all of our subjects progress, please visit our Curriculum Pages where you will find a wealth of information which has been compiled by Subject Leaders.