Statement of Intent
St Mary’s school provides a broad and balanced curriculum which is based upon the 2014 National Curriculum.
Subjects taught include:
English, Mathematics, Science, RE, Computing, Art, Design Technology (DT), Geography, History, Music, Modern Foreign Language (French) and PE. We also teach Personal, Social and Health Education and make use of our outdoor learning areas when appropriate.
Further information can be found at:-
Our curriculum is driven by our Mission statement: ‘Celebrating Excellence through our Faith and Learning.’ Our school has adopted the Jesuit Values, which underpin all aspects of school life. Our values promote the gospel and the life and teaching of Jesus.
At St Mary’s we aim to provide a challenging curriculum, enriched with cultural capital, and which builds upon our links with local STEM industries and our global community. Our curriculum reflects the diverse and multi-cultural background of many of our pupils and staff, providing a secure foundation to grow the children’s sense of their place and role in modern society. British values are promoted hand-in-hand with our Jesuit Values, and together permeate throughout our school life. Our school provides an inclusive curriculum for all. Expectations for pupils’ behaviour and learning are consistently high across the school; this is reflected in their excellent manners and high levels of engagement with their learning. An emphasis is placed on developing children’s oracy skills and extending their vocabulary. We recognise that children make the best progress when they are happy and secure, and so we support children’s mental well-being as a priority. We greatly value ‘Pupil Voice’ and provide many opportunities for children to develop their leadership skills.
When planning the curriculum, the knowledge and content of the subject, as well as the skills, are mapped out for each year group to ensure there is continuity and progression and ensure new knowledge is built upon prior learning.
English, Maths, Computing, RE, Science, Music, French and PE are mainly taught as discrete subjects, however, cross curricular links with other curriculum subjects and within these subjects are made whenever possible. Themes within subjects are revisited in order to ensure knowledge and skills are embedded. (See long term cross curricular plans below).
The Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception) curriculum is organised differently according to national expectations and covers 17 areas of learning.
Further information can be found at: - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework--
We assess the impact of our curriculum in a number of ways: marking and feedback in children’s books; pupil conferencing; pupil progress meetings with teachers; Parents’ evenings; and, more formally, through termly assessments for English, Maths, Science and RE, using the National Curriculum statements as a guide to the expected levels for each year group. We use pupil-based self-assessments alongside teacher assessments and end of Key Stage SATS. The rest of the curriculum will be assessed at the end of a unit of work or topic, once again using National Curriculum statements or skills based ones as will be the case for Music, Art and PE. In addition to these more formal ways of measuring the impact of teaching and learning, impact of the curriculum can be seen through the extensive monitoring (Book Looks, Moderation, Pupil Conferencing, Learning Walks) that is undertaken by our SLT, Governing Body and School Challenge Partner.
We teach phonics from Reception using the government recommended Letters and Sounds programme and Jolly Phonics. From Year 1 we group the children according to their need and work our way through the phases throughout key stage 1. In Years 3 and 4 a similar approach is taken, allowing teachers to provide the children with the teaching and learning they need. There is a move towards to teaching spelling and usage of key strategies. These are developed further in Year 5 and 6.
Reading is very important to the staff and children of St Mary’s. We have very high standards and encourage reading for pleasure and information each and every day. We use a mixture of books from a variety of reading schemes from Reception up to the end of Year 3. This is when the majority of the children become free readers and are able to read books from the school library and from home. We operate a reading reward scheme where children who read frequently are rewarded with stickers, certificates and prizes.
Further information on how we teach British Values can be accessed by clicking the link below:-
Termly Topic Overviews and Knowledge Organisers
The termly topic overviews are available on the individual class pages, along with any knowledge organisers that are a reference for pupils on what they are learning that term.
Yearly Planning Overviews 2019-2020
Are you a parent or other member of the public who wants to find out more about our curriculum? Please find attached a planning overview for each year group. Planning also highlights the thoughtful and wide-ranging promotion of pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Paper copies of our curriculum are available on request from the school office. We are also more than happy to give you a greater insight into how our curriculum works during the numerous parental visits we organise. Please contact the school office for further details.
Our Curriculum By Subject 2019-2020
Are you a parent or other member of the public who wants to find out more about our curriculum? Please find attached a planning overview for each subject. Paper copies of our curriculum are available on request from the school office. We are also more than happy to give you a greater insight into how our curriculum works during the numerous parental visits we organise. Please contact the school office for further details.