Skinner Lane, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF8 1HG

01977 794 179

St Giles C of E Academy

Growing Together


Curriculum Vision, Ethos & Intent Statement

St Giles is not just a place, it’s a feeling.

A feeling that is part of you and stays there forever.

A feeling of respect: a hope for the future.

A feeling that fills you with the confidence to achieve anything.

A feeling of faith, love; where we grow together.


‘The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.’

Mark 4:30-34


Our strategic curriculum intent is underpinned by our Christian vision and values so that;


  • Children have the opportunity to experience the love of God in Jesus Christ
  • Children grow in their sense of personal worth and their respect for others
  • Children develop an appreciation of being a responsible member of a community
  • High quality teaching and learning is experienced by every child
  • Children develop a love of learning
  • School and families work closely with each other to foster positive, supportive relationships that benefit the child


Every child at St Giles is recognised and valued as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and making connections with our real life experiences from our differing backgrounds. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.  Our Christian values encourage positive attitudes to life and learning which nurture the attitudes and skills needed to get on well together, promote responsibility for learning and enable all to flourish.


Community interaction is an essential part of our curriculum and values the chance to involve and be involved. Children are given a wide range of opportunities to take an active role in events throughout the year including sporting and artistic activities.  Children leave the school with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, learn from mistakes, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.


At St Giles CE Academy the curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to grow spiritually, develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. Our curriculum has been developed by the staff, with our children and their community in mind, to ensure that the School’s Vision and Values are the driving force for our pupils learning. To underpin our school vision and teaching of RE we use a combination of ‘Wakefield agreed syllabus’ and, ‘Understanding Christianity’ to deliver our RE curriculum.


 Our Curriculum Vision 

St Giles Academy -  our curriculum intent is to develop and nurture confidence in a happy, safe environment. Where our inclusive curriculum takes us on a learning journey to broaden our experiences and our minds, whilst rooted to our local community and it's needs. Where faith underpins our hopes and our aspirations to reach for the stars. Always surrounded by love and respect for ourselves and for others.

The National Curriculum

UKS2 Long Term Plan

LKS2 Long Term Plan