Message from the Head 2021-2022: Our Aspirations and Dreams
We want our children to be happy.
We want our children to grow up believing in themselves.
We want our children to have dreams and goals.
We want our children to feel a sense of achievement.
We want our children to be good, caring, kind and forgiving human beings who think about people and the world we live in.
We want our children to be resilient and determined; to keep trying when they find something difficult.
We want our children to be respectful, tolerant, considerate citizens who enjoy their individual liberty, engage in the democratic systems of our society and respect the rules set out in British law.
We want them to grow up with a desire to make the world a better place.
We want our children to be creative and playful.
We want our children to be courageous explorers who can confidently and enthusiastically accept challenges.
We want our children to be a living witness of Christ to the world.
We want our children to overcome the challenges and setbacks created as a result of the pandemic.
At St Brigid’s RC Primary School, we strive to ensure that our learning is enjoyable and we try to make it as much fun and as meaningful and relevant as possible. We offer children an excellent education in a safe, calm, creative, inclusive and nurturing environment.
Every child is valued as an individual- unique and made in God’s image; we aim to grow well rounded, respectful and confident children who will develop skills for life-long learning.
We nurture our children on their journey and encourage them to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent people, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local parish and community and the wider world.
We are deeply committed to developing children’s faith and we take our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain and in the global context very seriously. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed, explored and lived out through the ethos and work of our school.
The School Curriculum
Our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual child, as well as for people of all cultures. We value the spiritual, moral, social and emotional development of each person, as well as their intellectual, creative and physical growth.
We organise our curriculum so that we promote co-operation and understanding between all members of our community. We are fortunate at St Brigid’s to serve a wonderfully diverse community who can contribute to helping create a broad and balanced curriculum.
The curriculum includes everything we plan for our children to experience and learn about. It includes all the subjects that children should be taught. These include RE, English, Maths, Computing, Science, PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Education), History, Geography, Art and Design, Design Technology, Music, SRE and Spanish (KS2).
Religious Education is the core of our curriculum and we plan our curriculum so that we can take every opportunity to view, with awe, the wonders of all elements of God's world.
Our curriculum has been designed around the requirements of the National Curriculum and the needs of our children. Each year, staff from each phase get together to plan and design the long term topic plans. Here we will look at National Curriculum objectives and the children that will be taught in each year group.
With this in mind, topics and themes are adapted to take into consideration children's interests and individual needs. During this time, we ensure that there is a range of creative and active themes planned to allow all types of learners to be catered for. Subject leaders also ensure the children at St Brigid's are receiving a broad and balanced curriculum that is innovative and creative.
We also want our children to be prepared for the world of tomorrow as well as being completely present in the world of today. With this in mind, we have some golden strands in our curriculum which makes it unique:
We believe that our school belongs to the community it serves and therefore children can create legacies for each other. The children contributed to the design of the school logo, the wonderful outdoor space, the children’s chapel- created for children by children and the library which the children also helped to design, along with other parts of the school environment.
We aim, through our curriculum, to teach respect for for each other, our world, and how we should care for it for future generations, as well as our own.
At St Brigid’s our values permeate all areas of school life and are reflected by the school’s simple motto:
DREAM IT. BELIEVE IT. ACHIEVE IT.
Our school mission statement celebrates our school’s vision and values.
Happy, kind people
Flourishing, resilient learners
Playful, courageous explorers
A faithful, thriving community
Filled with the spirit
To be the best we can be
As shining examples of God’s love
In short, our children are truly incredible and our greatest endeavour is to give them the opportunities to thrive and to be the best they can be.