Our Curriculum

For the children at St. Mary's, their education lasts from the age of 4 to 11 years. It is within this time that we see the most rapid development in an individual. This is brought about by a large number of interwoven experiences. The two major sources of these experiences will be the home and school working in partnership and understanding. The aims and objectives of the Governors and Staff at St. Mary's School are to provide a whole range of interesting experiences and learning opportunities which will enable a child to learn and grow, acquire skills and knowledge, find fulfilment and pleasure in the things he/she thinks and achieves and then eventually to be able to play his/her part in the adult world, having an embedded desire for lifelong learning. The school places great emphasis on fostering the personal and social development of each child. As each child develops, greater responsibility, maturity and self-reliance will be encouraged.

The curriculum at St. Mary's provides each child with broad, balanced and differentiated learning experiences, within the National and wider curriculum.  English, Mathematics, Science and Information and Communication Technology are the core of this curriculum. The philosophy of the school is based on our belief that each child is an individual. Therefore, the teacher approaches the teaching and learning in a variety of ways, ranging from class lessons to small groups or individual work, using appropriate materials. A Cross Curricular approach to our skills based curriculum is used throughout school as exciting topics provide many opportunities to meet all the requirements of the National Curriculum. We have re-designed our learning challenge curriculum to ensure it is meaningful, challenging and relevant to our children in preparing them for life as 21st Century citizens. Children will access experiences that ensure progression and continuity in knowledge and skills.

 

‘The curriculum is outstanding. Pupils’ outstanding enjoyment mirrors a very strong commitment of everyone to broadening and enriching everyday learning through many exciting and memorable experiences.’  Ofsted Report 2009

Learning Challenge

Our curriculum is planned through a series of themes and topics, which each offer experiences in all areas of learning.  Some topics lend themselves to particular learning areas, but we ensure that we achieve a balance of curriculum areas across the year.  We put a daily focus on Mathematics and Literacy through whole class carpet sessions, focussed group work and child-initiated play opportunities reflected through the various classroom areas. We celebrate many festivals across the school year.  We also teach greetings in many different languages and put a greater focus on simple Spanish.  This allows the children to develop an understanding of multi-culturalism and teaches them to respect different languages, cultures and traditions.

School uses the Read, Write, Inc Phonics programme and a range of published reading schemes and books to teach children phonics and reading.

 

Early Years Foundation Stage

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Key Stage One Curriculum

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Lower Key Stage Two Curriculum

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Upper Key Stage Two Curriculum

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Phonics at St Mary's

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Maths at St Mary's

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Modern Foreign Languages

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Learning Challenge Curriculum and Learning Coverage Maps

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File icon: pdf Learning Challenge Curriculum Overview 2016-17 [pdf 293KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Reception St Mary's Curriculum Coverage Map 2016-2017 [pdf 86KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 1 St Mary's Curriculum Coverage Map 2016-2017 [pdf 244KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 2 St Mary's Curriculum Coverage Map 2016-2017 [pdf 246KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 3 St Mary's Curriculum Coverage Map 2016-2017 [pdf 246KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 4 St Mary's Curriculum Coverage Map 2016-2017 [pdf 242KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 5 St Mary's Curriculum Coverage Map 2016-2017 [pdf 303KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 6 St Mary's Curriculum Coverage Map 2016-2017 [pdf 241KB] Click to download