Curriculum

 

At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School we are proud to teach within the distinctive ethos of Catholic Education. Our curriculum seeks to help our children become young people who are resilient, adaptable adults living in the values of Christ. Our belief in everyone as a unique child of God underpins the curriculum we provide.

We follow the National Curriculum to deliver a rich and varied experience to our children which will ensure a broad and balanced education. English and mathematics are taught discretely. We follow “Maths No Problem” to deliver mathematics and we are delighted to be a “Write Stuff” school in English lessons. High quality teaching of a systematic scheme of synthetic phonics is ensured by following “Read Write Inc”. Foundation subjects will usually be delivered through a topic that will last a half term. However, teachers regularly find cross-curricular opportunities to mix core and foundation subjects. As a school we believe that it is necessary for the curriculum to evolve and teachers constantly reflect upon the delivery of lessons and topics to identify improvements. Trips, residential stays and visitors are an important part of our provision and are identified to support specific learning. Effective teaching is underpinned by a thorough understanding of how children think and learn and so we embrace Rosenshine’s “Principles of Instruction” and encourage our children to adopt a growth mindset.
 
 
 
Our half termly 'Big Pictures' can be found here and our RE topics here.
 
You will find an overview of the learning for each year group in every subject here:
Foundation - Phonics and Reading Schemes we use:
 
Phonics: Letters and Sounds with the Jolly phonics actions and songs.

Reading: Oxford reading tree, GINN 360 , Rigby Star, Get Reading Right, Jolly Phonics.

Maths: NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics).