Curriculum Statement

Our School Curriculum follows all the requirements of the National Curriculum but we are proud to offer a much broader curriculum than that, making the most of many and varied opportunities to broaden and enrich the curriculum for our children. We aim to teach our curriculum in an engaging, interesting and stimulating way.

The National Curriculum provides the school with the outline of knowledge, skills and understanding that we are required to cover in school. We choose to teach much of this through a learning challenge process where children will learn different strands of the curriculum in a blocked approach. The children are introduced to the topic with a WOW experience followed by a learning journey of questions leading to a presentation of knowledge and understanding.

St Mary's fully revised programmes and schemes of work in line with the 2014 curriculum change. The school hasworked with the new objectives for a number of years in draft form and are now confident that the topics are the best they can be.

Long Term Curriculum plans for each subject area and Year Group Long term plans are available on the school website.

The National Curriculum comprises core and foundation subjects. The three major core subjects are English, Mathematics and RE and these take up a larger share of curriculum teaching time, Collective Worship is also treated as part of our core provision, with each class taking part in a daily act either as a class, phase or whole school. The foundation subjects are: science, art and design, computing (previously Information and Communications Technology, or ICT), design and technology, languages (previously foreign languages), geography, history, music and physical education. The main curriculum is extended with other aspects of learning, including personal, social and health education. There is also significant emphasis put on social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of individuals, including the area of British Values.

We also specialise in some areas of the wider curriculum, and actively promote the use of the outside (Forest Schools and Eco-Schools), school sport and music as other focus areas.

We offer a wide range of sporting opportunities, particularly for our older children. Some of our teams have proved to be very successful. We also offer a good range of musical opportunities.

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