Teaching & Learning

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

Saint Catherine’s College provides a curriculum which realises the aims of the school, reflects the ethos of the Society of the Sacred Heart and is enjoyed by all of our pupils.  Our pupils experience a balanced academic curriculum and a rich extra-curricular programme which together promote a Respect for Intellectual Values.  Our staff believes that Learning is served best when teaching is of the highest quality.  It has, at its heart, the forming of the minds and hearts of our pupils through the provision and pursuit of educational excellence.  It highlights the need for a pupil-centred approach and for the recognition that there are many different types of intellect and ways of learning.

Our curriculum engages pupils, equips them for life, takes account of what they already know, supports learning, assesses for learning, promotes pupil independence, respects the pupil voice, values out of school learning, is delivered in effective learning environments and is taught by teachers who continuously develop their own knowledge and skills.  We create a stimulating learning environment where academic study and intellectual pursuits are cherished and valued.  We recognise and develop the potential of each individual pupil.  It enables them to become questioning, reflective young people who can appropriately use their knowledge to understand, interpret and interact with today’s world

We create an atmosphere of respect for learning in the school environment through the provision of:

*          Physical thinking space

*          Visuals that challenge the intellect

*          Access to new technologies

*          New ways of teaching/learning

 

We provide opportunities for staff development/In-service Training on:

*          How pupils learn (understanding of the brain functions)

*          Thinking skills

 

We ensure through a culture of caring and well-structured pastoral system, that:

*          Individual needs are catered for

*          Achievements are recognised and rewarded

*          Learning is enjoyable

 

We develop school policies and practices which reflect the needs of each individual learner and in particular address the needs of:

*          Pupils with special educational needs

*          Gifted and talented pupils

*          Pupils with English as a second language

 

KEY STAGE 3

A Year 8 pupil entering Saint Catherine's College takes a total of sixteen subjects, satisfying the statutory Northern Ireland revised curricular requirements at Key Stage 3.  The subjects studied are:

  • Religious Education
  • Mathematics
  • Technology
  • Home Economics
  • Irish
  • History
  • English
  • Science
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Learning for Life and Work
  • Geography
  • Spanish
  • French
  • I.T.
  • Art

Pupils in Year 8 study three languages, French, Spanish and Irish.

Subject strands are delivering their curriculum objectives through a number of themed units.  The Year 8 Curriculum consists of nine of these; most departments will study three or four.  All of our themes and webbed learning programmes have been designed in-house and are totally unique to our school.  The school is committed to Assessment for Learning work and this is now firmly embedded in the school curriculum.   At the end of Year 10 pupils make their subject choices for Key Stage 4 and GCSEs.     

KEY STAGE 4

The Key Stage 4 curriculum is a balanced and broadly based curriculum which:

  1. promotes the spiritual, emotional, moral, cultural, intellectual and physical development of pupils at the school and thereby of society
  2. prepares such pupil for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life by equipping them with appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills.
Subjects on offer at Key Stage 4 are:
  • Art and Design
  • Business & Communication Systems
  • Business Studies
  • Child Development
  • Drama
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Gaeilge
  • Geography
  • Health & Social Care
  • History/Stair
  • Home Economics
  • Applied ICT
  • Information Technology
  • Irish
  • Learning for Life and Work/
  • Ag Foghlaim don Saol agus don Obair
  • Mathematics
  • Additional Maths
  • Music
  • Occupational Studies
  • P.E./Corpoideachas
  • R.E./Reiligiún
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • Technology & Design
 
SIXTH FORMThe growth of the Sixth Form in Saint Catherine’s College has been significant.   Year 12 pupils are given a great deal of information regarding the programmes of study available in Sixth Form.  A ‘Pathways to Success’ conference is held for Year 12 pupils and their parents during which addresses are given by past pupils, Head of Sixth Form and the School Principal.  The pupils are also given the opportunity to discuss Sixth Form subject specifications with Heads of Department and ‘A’ level teachers.Saint Catherine’s College has invested an enormous amount of curricular and staff time on the development of its applied courses.  The school offers a mix of traditional and applied ‘A’ levels - an increasing number of Sixth Form students now take a mix of traditional and applied ‘A’ levels and we expect to see this trend continuing. Subjects on offer in Sixth Form are:
  • Applied Business: Vocational A Level (Single Award)
  • Applied ICT: Vocational A Level (Single Award)
  • Applied Science:  Vocational A Level (Single Award)
  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Construction
  • English Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • French
  • Health and Social Care: Vocational A Level (Single and Double Award)
  • Health and Social Care: BTEC First Diploma (Equivalent to 4 GCSEs)
  • Leisure Studies: Vocational A Level (Single Award)
  • Irish
  • Key Skills Qualification
  • Mathematics
  • Modern History
  • Moving Image Arts
  • Music
  • Physics
  • P.E.
  • Politics
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Technology and Design
  • Theatre Studies
  • Travel and Tourism
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