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Our core values and powerful learning attributes are at the heart of all our teaching and learning. We have embraced powerful learning and encourage our children to be powerful learners.


The powerful learning attributes we aspire to are:

  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Problem solving
  • Effective communication
  • Resilience
  • Reflective thinking
  • Independence
  • Decision-making


Our values-centred and powerful learning approach means that social, moral, spiritual and cultural education (SMSC) is at the centre of all we do. All of these reflect our Christian ethos as well as British and global values. These are taught explicitly through: projects; worship; charters (class, play and anti-bullying); rights and responsibilities time; personal, social, health education (PSHE); PE and sport and our house system.




All children and staff at St Katharine's are put in to team 'houses', redyellowblue and green. The house names represent famous people who have had an impact on the world: Churchill, EdisonPankhurst and Yousafzai. These people were chosen by former house captains because they demonstrate or demonstrated our school values and powerful learning attributes.


Much of our curriculum is taught through projects to make learning experiences more meaningful. Projects are introduced through a brilliant beginning and end with a fantastic finale; often parents are invited in to share in the finale. Some subjects are taught separately all or some of the time. Some subjects may be delivered through a themed week or day or through a shorter block, rather than a lesson each week. Over the course of the year children will have received a broad and balanced curriculum.


Children in Early Years follow the Early Years’ Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Prime areas of learning are: personal, social and emotional development; communication and literacy and physical development.

Specific areas of learning are: literacy; expressive arts and design; mathematics and understanding the world.

Learning opportunities are designed to enhance the key characteristics of learning – creating and thinking critically, playing and exploring and active learning, ensuring that even our youngest children are powerful learners.


In years 1 and 2, the children follow the key stage one national curriculum and in year 3 to 6, the key stage two national curriculum. You can download the current NC framework here.


Please see our half-termly year group curriculum newsletters for more information about what your child will be learning and how you can help at home.


We hold information sessions at different points in the year, for example, maths, spelling and phonics and an introduction to the year ahead. We use the Letters and Sounds phonics programme and have a variety of books from different schemes in book bands.