"Reading, writing and arithmetic are important, but only if they help to make our children more human."
A survivor of Auschwitz
The curriculum at St Austin's is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development, in the context of Catholic belief and practice.
"Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary use words." - St Francis of Assissi.
It includes not only the formal requirements of the national framework but also the range of extra-curricula activities that are offered to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes the 'hidden curriculum' - or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach the children how to develop their relationship with God and each other and how to grow into positive, responsible people who can work and co-operate with others whilst developing knowledge.
We aim to foster a lifelong love of learning through adopting a highly practical and cross-curricular approach to learning. Our creative curriculum aims to deliver an education that will equip our children with the skills required to be an independent and responsible citizen. The curriculum is the means by which the school achieves its objective of educating children in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives.
We value the way in which all children are unique and our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual child, as well as for people of all cultures. We respect each child in our school for who they are as well as for what they achieve and we treat them with fairness and honesty. We value and foster the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth.