The children and staff at Belchamp St Paul are proud of their Christian foundations. The values of hope, respect, friendship, and wisdom are at the heart of all that we do as we strive to see Christianity reflected in the words and actions of all within our school.
Our curriculum is broad and ambitious and is designed to support not only academic success but also to foster creativity, problem solving and resilience, as well as physical development. We believe in the holistic development of our children. This is achieved not only by focussing on appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the ‘national curriculum’ but by modelling the virtues given to us by Christ. We aim to provide both individual and collaborative learning experiences, encourage a sense of responsibility and provide challenges that take them beyond the classroom.
As a small rural school, we have classes of mixed-age groups from reception to Year 6. The table below shows how these are organised.
|Class 1||Class 2|
|Years 1 & 2||Years 3 & 4||Years 5 & 6|
|Early Learning Goals|
The school’s curriculum is therefore designed to be taught over two yearly cycles ensuring coverage and progression of skills. Our school is an integral part of village life and the community informs and influences much of our curriculum provision as we respond to the needs and interests of learners. We enrich the pupils’ curriculum experience by drawing upon our local historical and geographical heritage, raising awareness of issues within the local area and by utilising the skills and passions within our lovely community. As well as this, our curriculum is designed to be outward-looking to both the national and global picture. In this way, we encourage children to be both curious about and appreciative of the wider world to which they belong and to explore opportunities and experiences beyond Belchamp.
Building confidence and equipping children with the skills they need to be successful are our primary aims both in and outside the classroom. We encourage our children to be open about their feelings and emotions and good mental health is a top priority for both children and staff. Mindfulness is practised in different ways throughout the school including through prayer. We also promote physical health and wellbeing through a variety of initiatives and embedded practices including the Daily Mile, Forest School, Local Walks, and Whole School Cross Country. At the heart of our curriculum is the belief that through encouragement and the right opportunities, children of all abilities will thrive, enabling them to find their feet, their strengths and their voice.