Curriculum overviews

At St Mary’s we believe in providing an inclusive curriculum which enables all children to reach their potential. This curriculum is inspired by the example of Christ, underpinned in the school’s vision and values and encompassed in our motto of; Learning together in God’s love. We believe that our curriculum should be broad, balanced, creative and relevant and should meet the needs of all, regardless of ability, ethnicity, gender, faith, language or social class.

The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and our religious education syllabus, but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes the wider curriculum, or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave.

We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential. This curriculum is promoted through our Christian values, vision and motto, and these give children the skills they need to become responsible members of the community. Our curriculum meets all statutory requirements.

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.

Curriculum Overviews

We also ensure that there is suitable progression of curriculum knowledge and skills throughout the school we use our subject-based progression of skills documents to formulate our lesson objectives and we assess children’s progress against these. From our assessments, we ascertain whether a child is working at age-related expectations in each area.

For those who need additional support or challenge, we provide scaffolded and extension activities related to the specific learning objective.

For children who do not make the progress that is expected, we implement focussed intervention and in-class support. As a result, the vast majority of children make good progress and achieve high standards in all aspects of their work.

Key Stage 1 Literacy

We follow the phonics programme Letters and Sounds. This is supplemented for guided reading with decodable books. For home practice your child(ren) will be set appropriate reading work on Bugs club and also lent books from the school library.

To find out more about the Curriculum we teach please speak to your class teacher.

Subjects – Progression skills and knowledge

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