Curriculum Intent

We are a community of hardworking families who are able to take their children to visit places around the world and appreciate what the world can offer. Therefore our curriculum’s starting point is for our children to appreciate how special Teesside is and how talented Teessiders are past and present. We are bringing a sense of belonging to each of our children that is realistic in its starting points with Acklam and Middlesbrough at the heart of their learning. 

At St Clare’s we follow the National Curriculum and offer a broad and balanced bespoke curriculum for all our learners.  A curriculum which centres around having a sense of belonging to Teesside and that equips our children with the correct knowledge and skills ready to tackle their next stages in life. We are proud of where we come from and embrace the local area in our learning to make the most of all opportunities to learn further. We believe fully that our children should have a curriculum that celebrates what is great about Teesside and the NE as well as the diversity that Teesside offers. We offer our children opportunities to learn the rich history of Teesside as well as exploring famous places and people in Teesside now and understanding the ever changing needs of the area.

Our curriculum builds on our strong relationships that currently exist with our families and our strong St Clare’s community so that families learn together and grow together. We offer many opportunities for our families to learn and play together through curriculum based homework, curriculum weeks in school where parents can get involved in their child’s learning and school celebrations.

Our curriculum also has a strong emphasis on our children growing up to be strong global citizens with catholic social teaching at the heart of everything we do; supporting our children ready for the world they will work in as adults. We want our children to experience how to campaign and use their oracy for advocacy skills to be proactive in making big changes locally and globally.

We follow the Fruits of the Holy Spirit qualities each day showing: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Our school motto is walk in the light and by walking in the light of Christ we work hard to protect and support the most vulnerable families in our school community, in Teesside and around the world.

Our Curriculum continues to be fully inclusive and accessible to all learners where our children feel happy and safe, ready to express themselves and be ready to tackle their next stages in life.

Curriculum Implementation

St Clare’s has a coherent school wide model of pedagogy across all subjects. This can be seen in the responsive teaching model:

Teaching and learning protocol:Teaching and Learning Protocol St Clare’s 23-24



Retrieval tasks support children in knowing more and remembering more over time. Retrieval tasks are designed into each lesson and help children to make links between previous units of work over time and to make stronger connections with their learning.

‘Using your memory shapes your memory ‘

Robert Bjork 

Explain and Model:

The most effective teachers have a deep knowledge of the subject/content they are teaching, this is one of the core foundations for preparing and delivering effective lessons.


Check for understanding:

Teachers need to develop the skills so they can be responsive, adjust explanations and tasks according to how pupils are responding. The central mechanism in effective classroom talk is good use of questioning.

There will be a gap between what you taught and what they understood. Regardless of why it will be your job to fix it.’ 

Doug Lemov ‘Teach Like a Champion’ 

Applied Learning:

Following guided and scaffolded practice there needs to be opportunities for independent application in order for skills and knowledge to become automatic and embedded.



Every pupil shows the qualities of the fruits of the Holy Spirit in their daily life and walks in the light of Christ.


Every pupil appreciates the past, present and potential future of where we live.


Every pupil understands their commitment to support catholic social teaching principles.


Every pupil acquires knowledge and skills to prepare them for the next stage in their life.


Every pupil, regardless of background or barriers to learning, reaches their full potential.


National Curriculum link:

National curriculum in England: framework for key stages 1/2 – GOV.UK

Our curriculum offer is fully inclusive and we fully comply with the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and disability Regulations 2014. (please see SEND section for further details

If you would like any further information on the curriculum in each year group, please access each year group page on this website or alternatively contact your child’s class teacher via the school’s phone number on 01642 815412. We also have a curriculum development group in school that would be more than happy to talk through our curriculum further.  .