At St. Cyprian’s our aim is to provide the very best education and the most exciting opportunities to inspire our children. The curriculum we offer is bespoke and is based upon our ‘Learning for Life’ vision which is central to every decision we make. Our Christian values and faith help children to develop their social and moral code, as they build their sense of uniqueness and self-worth as an individual. We believe all children deserve the opportunity to nurture their individual talents and to achieve their true potential.
At St. Cyprian’s our inspiring curriculum is all about developing creative, critical thinkers with access to rich embedded knowledge who are equipped with the confidence, ability and desire to make the world a better place. Children are given opportunities to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills through:
- An understanding of global citizenship in the 21st century including ecological awareness and responsibility, British values, consideration and respect for others, equality and rights and responsible and positive use of technology
- Building Aspiration and Resilience including learning for life, exposure to jobs and careers and experiences of the working world, development of a Growth mind set and work ethic, opportunities beyond everyday life for all children and the development of enterprise skills
- Equality of access to the arts including a culturally rich curriculum with creativity at its heart, making the most of London on our doorstep, creative partnerships that enrich the curriculum, all children learning an instrument and taking part in regular performances
- A Christian Ethos including a stimulating and inspiring curriculum with faith and spirituality at the centre that nurtures a culture of respect, kindness and responsibility
Key skills and competencies give children the means to successfully unlock learning and ensure they are prepared for the next stage of education. The 4 key competencies that we focus on are:
- Communication– understanding and communicating ideas
- Creativity– thinking outside the box
- Critical Thinking– solving problems
- Collaboration– working with others.
All of the above is built upon a foundation of solid reading, writing and mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills.
The teaching of English is at the heart of our learning and teaching and is essential to every area of the curriculum. We aim to develop a child’s love of reading through widespread reading for enjoyment. We promote and encourage children to discover the value of strong communication skills and the importance of reading and writing in all aspects of their futures.
At St Cyprian’s we want our children to receive a high quality mathematics education that ensures all pupils are fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, have the ability to reason mathematically and can apply their knowledge and understanding to solve problems. We also want them to have an appreciation of the power of mathematics and a sense of fun and curiosity about the subject. We use a mastery approach to teaching maths.
We teach RE through our own bespoke curriculum. Pupils are inspired to become critical thinkers and to reflect deeply upon their own faith journey. They are challenged through the topics taught, to think about how they put the teachings of the church and Jesus into practise in their own daily lives. The children are encouraged to continually think about their own spirituality. All pupils learn about a variety of religions and cultures and are encouraged to show respect and acknowledgement for the beliefs of others through open discussion and shared experiences.
Greek Language and Culture:
At St. Cyprian’s we have a dedicated department of Greek teachers who teach Greek as a modern foreign language from nursery to Year 6. We also teach all children a unique cultural enrichment programme which provides children with a broad, coherent and rewarding study of Greek culture that encompasses elements of classical Greek civilisation, mythology, philosophy as well as dance, drama and art.
We follow a topic based approach to the curriculum for Geography, History, Art and DT (with strong links to the Science, Computing and English curriculum also). We follow separate schemes of work for PSHE, Computing, Music and Science making links to topics where appropriate. Topics have been carefully selected so that there is even coverage of the National Curriculum, opportunities to explore ideas in depth, revisit and expand upon previous learning and make links between subjects. In English children study quality books, plays and poems that are chosen to deepen children’s understanding of the topic. All topics are built around planned practical learning opportunities such as field work, museum visits and workshops that enrich children’s learning further. We take full advantage of our location in London through curriculum topics that explore the richness of London past and present. The organisation of the curriculum in this way helps knowledge to “stick”, to join up learning and ensure breadth and depth in the study of all subject disciplines.
Please see the Teaching and Learning policy and curriculum statements for each subject for more information.
A portrait of a St. Cyprian’s Child
When a child leaves St. Cyprian’s at the end of Year 6 we aspire for them to have developed the following characteristics:
Please find the year group curriculum maps below:
Our curriculum maps are developed from the curriculum written by Catherine Lawrence at Moreland Primary School.