At Our Lady & St Patrick's, our key intention is that our curriculum should open doors and broaden horizons for children in our school.
We strive to do this in a number of ways, through offering our children experiences which they might not otherwise achieve:
Educational trips, visits and visitors are key to our curriculum - we want children to experience a bigger picture of the world by exploring both our local area as well as by branching out and extending this exploration to wider themes and topics on a national and global scale.
A programme of carefully designed Residential Visits also extends our children's life experiences further. They will have the opportunity to stay at a range of different places both locally and further afield. The intention of these residential visits is not solely to link to and extend children's academic learning but also to support their personal development, and to expand their horizons to places which they may not otherwise have the opportunity to visit or explore. These visits are open to children in Years 4 to 6.
We invite a range of experts into school, to work alongside children. Again, this is not only to support children academically, but to open doors for them to see and experience at first hand careers and professions which they may not otherwise consider or encounter. Visiting experts include scientists, geologists and historians, as well as a visit from a 'real' dinosaur and a space rocket! We also work alongside Cumbria Business Partnerships, to deliver aspirational workshops to our older children about career choices, such as their 'Dream Big' workshops for Year 6, as well as engineering & technology workshops across the year groups, focusing on team work and problem solving.
In addition, children enjoy lessons taught by qualified professionals in specialist subjects; we currently employ a professional Music Teacher, Spanish Teacher, Dance Teacher and Sports Coach every week, to deliver high quality lessons to children who may not otherwise have access to classes in these subjects, outside of school.