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St Mary & St Michael

Catholic Primary School

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St Mary & St Michael

Catholic Primary School

Curriculum

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.

 

Intent

 

The curriculum at SS Mary and Michael Catholic Primary School is designed around our school mission statement and has been created to enable the child to develop as a unique, whole person. Our curriculum is creative, inspiring and challenging. 

 

It is designed for pupils to be exposed to a range of topics, experiences and enrichment activities that broaden their understanding and equip them with the skills they need to be successful, confident, life-long learners who can reach their full potential. 

 

As a Catholic school, we strive to ensure that the children receive an enriching RE experience /curriculum which reflects the person of Christ and the message the church received from him.  Within this we endeavour to enable all our pupils to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to enable them to thrive in society. This includes: the study of British Values, and whole school enrichment days (along with visits to places of worship) of other faiths. We believe access to a high quality, broad and balanced curriculum is the right of all pupils.

 

A curriculum that is English and language rich is a must for our school if we are to open doors for the children’s futures. We, therefore, place a high focus on developing the children’s vocabulary and reading skills, using quality texts to do this. Through this, their understanding and oral skills are greatly enhanced. Giving our children the numeric skills to reason and problem solve, as well as their application to other academic areas is also of central importance.  Our children use images and modelling to help develop the depth of their mathematical understanding. The wider curriculum provides an opportunity for pupils to practise and consolidate skills learnt in a range of different contexts.

 

Implementation

 

Cross curricular – Our approach to the Foundation Subjects is cross curricular and we seek opportunities, to make authentic links with the core subjects whenever possible.

 

Lead – In each cross curricular topic a foundation subject will feature more heavily. 

 

Stand-alone – Some Foundation subjects are primarily stand alone for example PE, MFL and Music, although links are still sought whenever appropriate.

 

A cross curricular themed Week takes place in the summer term. This is determined by the school’s needs or relevant, upcoming themes (such as the anniversary of people setting foot on the moon).  It is usually linked to the School Association’s children’s festival float theme and culminates in our school’s annual open day and main fundraising event.  This also shows the collaborative/caring nature of our school).  

 

RE - As a Catholic School, the RE curriculum is central to the whole school curriculum and underpins all teaching. It is a core subject and we follow the ‘Come and See’ programme of study to supplement our Diocesan plans. We worship together as a whole school community with our parish; as a whole school and in class with both teacher and (where age appropriate) child led worship.

We have created a curriculum that builds high level knowledge, skills and understanding for ALL pupils. It is broad, balanced and promotes depth of study.

 

Literacy Links - Reading and Writing are a feature of all Foundations Subjects. Links between reading and writing and the foundation subjects are encouraged.

 

Communication and Language - Developing communication and oral skills is a feature of all Foundation subjects. Extending vocabulary and ensuring subject specific vocabulary is taught and is a feature of planning and display.

 

Home School Links - Children are required to complete their homework tasks which are based around they key English and Maths skills but also supplemented with research questions or craft tasks, linked to their class topic, where appropriate.

 

Impact

 

Assessment – through the teaching of key knowledge and skills, teachers are able to assess pupil outcomes against the Focus objectives. Outcomes in each subject are monitored and tracked. Medium term plans are evaluated and adapted

 

Both summative and formative assessment approaches are used.

 

Quality of Leadership – A team approach to Foundation Subject Leadership is encouraged with all teachers contributing. All teachers have a curriculum subject to lead.

 

Monitoring Cycle – A cycle of monitoring takes place which include lesson observations, book scrutiny, learning walks and pupil consultations in English and Maths and is being developed across all other subjects.

 

For year group Curriculum Overviews for 2019/2020 click below.

For any further information regarding the school's curriculum, please browse the subject and class pages, or call into school.

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