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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

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St Mary's Curriculum

St Mary's Curriculum 

At St. Mary's we will ensure that your children are happy, stimulated and challenged so that they can make progress across the curriculum and achieve the highest standards possible. Your children will be taught by teachers with high expectations who will plan a curriculum that is interesting, relevant, extends your children’s understanding of the subject and ensures high quality work and outcomes. 

As your children progress through the school they will develop high expectations of themselves in terms of their learning and behaviour; they will be encouraged to be independent learners who can also work cooperatively with others. They will develop support skills and nurturing skills towards their peers and younger pupils and also organisational skills to support their learning.

As part of this Statement of Intent we have outlined below examples of how the school will enrich the curriculum in order to give all pupils the opportunity to excel and to ensure that they are stimulated by their learning and motivated to learn more.

 

During the seven years at St. Mary's Catholic Primary School each child can expect to experience the following:

 

  • Regular opportunities to share his/her achievements in assemblies and other whole school events
  • Regular opportunities to contribute towards his/her learning and be involved in decision-making that effects the whole school either through School Council, Eco-Council or Parents Forum and through regular pupil perception surveys etc.
  • Opportunities to represent the school through sporting events and musical/dramatic performances
  • A wide range of clubs and extra-curricular activities both after school and 
    during lunchtimes
  • The opportunity to play a musical instrument
  • The opportunity to join a choir – KS1&2
  • The opportunity to join an orchestra – KS2
  • Regular opportunities to work with the local community 
  • The opportunity to be a peer mentor, where older pupils might support younger pupils in their reading or writing
  • The opportunity to undertake cycling proficiency
  • Opportunities to perform in plays and other dramatic and musical performances and the support for those who find that challenging
  • On-going opportunities to learn through practical, hands-on, investigative activities - growing fruit and vegetables, cooking, looking after the school ducks etc. 


Visits and Visitors

 

During the seven years at St. Mary's Catholic Primary School each child can expect to experience the following visits and visitors to the school:
 

  • The opportunity to work with a professional artist in residence on more than one occasion during their primary schooling – KS 1 & 2
  • A residential visit – Year 5/6
  • Visits that are sometimes linked to topics – at least one visit per term – KS 1 & 2
  • The opportunity to play in local sports tournaments across the year – Years 5&6
  • Opportunities to perform in a theatre or concert hall – KS2
  • Regular opportunities to work alongside parents on a day-to-day basis and during practical whole school projects
  • The opportunity to hear from past pupils who have excelled and can share their achievement

 

Intent 

Our Curriculum is designed to be Exciting, Engaging and Experiential. 

It is underpinned by depth of knowledge, carefully planned progression of skills, ensuring an ambitious and challenging education. Utilising the locality to tailor learning to meet the needs of our children. 

The curriculum is designed to give all children, regardless of starting points the academic tools and cultural capital to succeed in life.  

 

Implementation 

Teachers and support staff have good knowledge of the curriculum subjects, carefully delivering learning that is systematic, accurate, identifies misconceptions, promotes deep understanding and encourages children to develop resilience and tenacity in their learning. 

Staff provide regular feedback, carry out formative and summative assessment within a culture of developing confidence and providing support and challenge for all children.  

Making Memory days and strategically planned educational visits cement learning and offers the children experiences that promote a lifelong love of learning. 

 

Impact 

Children develop knowledge and skill across the curriculum. High expectations ensure children achieve well and reach their God given potential. Results demonstrate high in reading, writing and maths but also across all subjects. This enables children to transition seamlessly onto the next stage of their education. 

 

Two year rolling programme 

 

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