St Mary's Curriculum
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We all grow together, rooted in Christian Values.
Intent: Our Vision for the Curriculum:
At St. Mary’s, we provide an exciting curriculum which is effectively adapted in order to include and inspire all children academically. Our curriculum is underpinned by our Christian Values and Growth Mindset Learning Power Heroes (themed around the aspects of persevering, trying, co-operating, concentrating, being curious, improving, using imagination and enjoying work). This ensures our curriculum is relevant to our pupils now and in their future, providing the opportunity for every child to become a caring, resilient and respectful member of the community and society as a whole.
Implementation: How do we achieve our Intent?:
- Quality first teaching in every classroom with a clear lesson structure which provides opportunity for reflection and adaptation, including challenge
- Clear learning objectives and success criteria for every lesson which are shared so the children understand what is being taught during the lesson and which are directly related to the Early Years Framework for Nursery and Reception and the National Curriculum for Years 1-4
- A progressive curriculum developing children’s knowledge and skills across all subjects from Nursery to Year 4:
|History||Geography||Art and Design||
|Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)||
(Key Stage 2)
- A Key Stage, topic-based approach, planned across a two-year cycle, which facilitates Key Stage staff and pupil collaboration, whilst ensuring progress across the Key Stages. In Years 1 to 4 History, Geography, Art and Design and Design and Technology are specifically taught through these topics:
|Cycle 1:||Cycle 2:|
|Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS - Nursery and Reception)|
|Autumn Term||Me and My World||Me and My World|
|Spring Term||Special People||Once Upon a Time|
|Summer Term||Amazing Animals||Come Outside|
|Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2)|
|Autumn Term||Magnificent Things!||Castles and Crowns|
|Spring Term||Fire and Ice||Let's Get Moving|
|Summer Term||Clophill to Coast||Wild and Wonderful|
|Key Stage Two (Years 3 and 4)|
|Autumn Term||Egyptian Exploration||A Local Look|
|Spring Term||Keep Calm and Carry On||The Italian Job|
Stone Age to Iron Age
Storms and Shipwrecks
Anglo Saxons and Scots
Open Wide, Look Inside
- Meaningful links between other subjects and our topics where relevant and useful to the pupils (e.g. texts used in English lessons)
- “In lesson marking” which allows pupils to receive immediate feedback and the chance to amend and enhance their work during the lesson
- Providing Professional Development to staff, including subject leadership, to ensure everyone’s classroom practise is relevant and effective
- Regular monitoring of teaching and learning involving subject leaders and outside professionals (School Improvement Partner, local cluster schools)
- Encouraging parental involvement in their child’s learning through meetings, Tapestry, open day events, assemblies and termly class letters which include curriculum information
- Personalised interventions for those requiring additional support, academically as well as socially and emotionally, which are monitored and reviewed regularly by our trained and experienced Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo)
- Enhancing our curriculum through:
- Providing a range of additional activities before school, during lunchtime and after school which provide additional opportunities for children to extend and develop their own learning:
|Choir||Messy Church||Gardening Club||
piano and recorder
A link to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework for Nursery and Reception can be found here:
A link to the National Curriculum for Year 1-4 can be found here:
Please see our termly curriculum letters for Parents or individual curriculum plans for further information on what is taught throughout the school.
Impact: How do we measure our Implementation?:
- Rigorous and detailed tracking of progress and attainment in all areas of the curriculum, including discussions with pupils and reviewing work in pupils’ books
- By attaining annual end of year results in all core areas that are consistently above both Local and National standards
For more information about the impact of our curriculum, please visit our page on Our Results.
For more information about our website, please see our Class Curriculum Letters page or the individual Curriculum pages on our website.