Curriculum

We aim to….

Create a happy, stimulating, caring learning environment where risk taking & challenge is encouraged.

Awaken and nurture a love of learning that will last a lifetime and provide everyone with the skills to pursue that learning independently and collaboratively.

Enable everyone to reach the highest standard of which they are capable.

Encourage all learners to develop their own interests, passions, enthusiasms, creativity and individuality.

Help learners to understand and care about the world and to show love and respect for others.

Empower learners to develop a strong sense of right and wrong, good and bad, equality and justice and develop an ability to act according to these values.

Provide learners with the skills and understanding to live a healthy, successful life, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

We aim to do this in an atmosphere of love, respect, reconciliation and joy in the risen Lord.

 

We believe that children learn best…..

  • If we give them a wide experience of different subjects and activities.
  • If we focus on teaching them skills and how to do things.
  • If they are actively involved, interested and enjoy their learning!

Annual Curriculum Overviews 2020-21

Please download the documents below to find out more about the curriculum taught at St Mary's school by year group and subject.

File icon: pdf Nursery Annual Curriculum Overview 2020-21.pdf [pdf 82KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Reception Annual Curriculum Overview 2020-21.pdf [pdf 81KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 1 Annual Curriculum Overview 2020-21.pdf [pdf 125KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 2 Annual Curriculum Overview 2020-21.pdf [pdf 99KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 3 Annual Curriculum Overview 2020-21.pdf [pdf 87KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 4 Annual Curriculum Overview 2020-21.pdf [pdf 83KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 5 Annual Curriculum Overview 2020-21.pdf [pdf 115KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 6 Annual Curriculum Overview 2020-21.pdf [pdf 85KB] Click to download

Subjects

From Year 1 our curriculum is planned to include all aspects of the 10 subjects outlined in the National Curriculum.

These are Maths, English, Science, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Computing, Art and Design, Music, Languages and Physical Education.

We teach Religious Education through the new Salford Diocesan scheme “Come and See”.

The Gospel values underpin all our curriculum and are the basis for our Spiritual and Personal development.

We also place a strong emphasis on developing children’s understanding of their own and other’s needs and feelings through teaching PSHEC (Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship).

This may be taught as discrete lessons, integrated into other subjects and presented in Assemblies. Each class also follows a “Feelings Barometer” each day so that empathy and understanding for others is highlighted in each class.

Whenever possible we try to make links across subjects so that learning in one area enhances learning in another subject. Subjects such as Maths and English are taught each day and others are planned over the whole year through our Creative Curriculum planning themes and topics. We use “Non Negotiables” for each year group to ensure that there is a clear structure for the progression of skills throughout the school.

Each year group has a long term plan for the year for these themes and topics.

In these topics and themes we encourage the children to ask questions and begin with a “WOW” point of entry – this includes trips and real experiences whenever possible.

A Parent's Guide to the National Curriculum

English, Maths and Science remain very important and are considered the core subjects in both primary and secondary education. The National Curriculum sets out in some detail what must be taught in each of these subjects, and they will take up a substantial part of your child’s learning week. Alongside these are the familiar foundation subjects: Art, Computing, Design & Technology, Foreign Languages (age 7+ only), Geography, History, Music, and Physical Education. For these foundation subjects, the details in the curriculum are significantly briefer: schools have much more flexibility regarding what they cover in these subjects. Much of the publicity about the changes to the curriculum has focussed on ‘higher expectations’ in various subjects, and it is certainly the case that in some areas the content of the new primary curriculum is significantly more demanding than in the past. For example, in mathematics there is now much greater focus on the skills of arithmetic and also on working with fractions. In science, a new unit of work on evolution is introduced for Year 6; work which would have previously been studied in secondary school. In English lessons there will now be more attention paid to the study of grammar and spelling; an area which was far less notable in previous curricula.
 

File icon: pdf Parents Complete Guide to the National Curriculum.pdf [pdf 788KB] Click to download

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Click on the image above to view our Phonics curriculum page.

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Click on the image above to view our History curriculum page.

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Click on the image above to view our Religious Education curriculum page.

Click on the image above to view our Computing curriculum page.

Click on the image above to view our PSHE curriculum page.

Click on the image above to view our Physical Education curriculum page.

Click on the image above to view our Music Provision page.

Click on the image above to view our Sacremental Programme page.

Click on the image above to view our British Values page.

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