Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact

Welcome to our Curriculum page!
Here you will find all the information regarding the learning in all of the key stages. The phonics scheme used at St Mary’s is called ‘Letters and Sounds’.  If there is anything else you need to know, please contact the Head of School or the Executive Headteacher

Intent

At St. Mary’s Our curriculum is inspired by the example of Christ, underpinned in our school’s vision, values and Big Ideas. We provide our children with an inclusive curriculum ensuring all children reach their full potential and

Learn. Grow. Shine.

We believe that our curriculum should be broad, balanced, creative and relevant. We recognise and celebrate the rich diversity of our community and our curriculum will constantly evolve, responding to the needs of learners and their interests and by responding to changes in the world and our local community.

Our curriculum not only fulfils the formal requirements of the National Curriculum (2014) and our religious education syllabus, but it ensures our children develop attitudes to enhance their learning, including collaboration and service; a positive and aspirational mind set, typified by endurance; a sense of responsibility, tolerance and empathy; a love of learning and a willingness to take risks.

It aims to give our children the experiences and voice needed to make them successful individuals, who have big dreams and aspirations and who understand their place in the world and the amazing contributions that they can make!

Implementation

We plan our curriculum in three phases, EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Using the frameworks for each phase, we make decisions about which topics are to be taught in which year group. These are then divided up into six half-termly curriculum webs.

From these webs, year group teachers write short-term/weekly plans which set out the learning objectives and success criteria for each session alongside the lesson activities including differentiation and resources for different groups of children.

After each week, lessons are evaluated in order to plan appropriately for future learning and to build upon children’s attainment. As a school, we plan the curriculum carefully, so that there is coherence and full coverage of all aspects of the National Curriculum and EYFS development matters framework.

For our systematic phonics, we follow the Letters and Sounds programme. This teaches the children their phonic letter sounds and begins in the nursery continues to Key Stage 1 and is followed in Key Stage 2. This also focuses on securing word recognition skills as these are essential for children to decode (read) and encode (spell) words correctly and with ease so that later they can concentrate on comprehending and composing texts.

Impact

All children, including SEND and disadvantaged pupils, make good progress.

Our pupils are being prepared for the next stage of education through:

  • By meeting the expected standard or higher in their year 1 phonics screening, KS2 SATs and the end of the EYFS. Link to results page
  • Our children will have experienced the cultural capital provided in each subject area in its curriculum content, breadth and balance.
  • Our children will have flourished not only academically, but socially and spiritually.