At St Mary’s Catholic Primary we follow a broad and balanced curriculum which is personalised to the needs of our learners. We aim to live our mission by Celebrating Excellence through our Faith and Learning.
We follow the National Curriculum (2014) which includes:
English, Maths, Science, RE, Computing, Art, Design and Technology (DT), Geography, History, Music, Modern Foreign Language (French) and PE. We teach PSHE and Citizenship linked to RE.
English, Maths, Computing, RE, Science, Music, French and PE are taught as discrete subjects but also taught in a cross curricular way. Other subjects are very closely linked to our long term cross curricular plans. (see below).
Further information can be found at:- https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
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 have arranged our curriculum into year groups as we have one class per year; we will teach the subject requirements to ensure continuity and progression.
These are further broken down into topics and shown on our year group overviews.
We will ensure that the children have a wide, broad and balanced curriculum with a varied diet of learning not only knowledge and content but developmental skills and characteristics,which will stand them in good stead for their future lives at secondary school and beyond.
For the rest of the school we will assess termly for English, science and maths using the national curriculum statements as a guide to the expected levels for each year group. We will use pupil based self-assessments alongside teacher assessments for English, maths, science and RE. These will be completed on a long termly basis. 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.
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- Term 1
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.
Planning By Year Group Overview 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.
Maths English Religious Education Science History Geography