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Curriculum

The curriculum is broad and well balanced.  We have a very talented and dedicated teaching staff.  The school is organised into four main teaching groups for the National Curriculum core subjects, Foundation subjects and Religious Education as follows:

Reception / Year 1    Mr R Butt

Year  1/2   Mrs S Marfell-Cadman

Year 3/4    Mrs C Clark

Year 5/6    Mrs E Falshaw, Mrs J Jolley

The PE curriculum in our school is based on the National Curriculum document (2014). Pupils from Reception through to Year 6 enjoy taking part in our physical education programme, in which we aim to promote our children’s health, physical development, sense of fair play and confidence. PE in our school is enhanced through involvement with our local sports partnership and links with other local Primary Schools. The children have opportunities to participate in competitions against other schools in a range of different sports.The childrenexperience a wide range of PE activities including dance, gymnastics, games, athletics and swimming, some of which are provided by specialist coaches. We also offer the children a range of extra-curricular activities running throughout the year such as football, gymnastics, rugby, cross country, dance and rounders.

At St Mary’s we teach English through dedicated English lessons across the school. These have slightly different formats depending on the age and stage of the pupils.In the Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception) there is a great emphasis on speaking and listening as well as phonics. This is delivered daily, following the Letters and Sounds programme. Work is planned around a chosen topic using relevant, exciting texts which encourage a love of speaking, listening and writing.In Key Stage 1 all pupils have a daily English lesson. This involves speaking and listening, reading and writing. Phonics lessons continue on a daily basis, Comprehension skills are introduced and Grammar is taught according to the National Curriculum 2014 guidelines.Key Stage 2 classes have dedicated English lessons which build on the skills taught in Key Stage 1. Children read whole class texts, learning about different genres of writing and developing their understanding. Focussed work also includes Comprehension, Spelling and Grammar and Punctuation lessons. Guided reading sessions take place each week where pupils have the opportunity to discuss texts with an adult and all our children are encouraged to read a variety of texts to help themdevelop a life-long love of reading.

Religious Education is taught throughout the school. We focus on appropriate values and use the Manchester Diocese agreed syllabus for RE and Understanding Christianity as the basis for our teaching. We celebrate a variety of religious festivals throughout the school year and enjoy strong links with St Mary’s Church.

We aim to encourage our children through a wide variety of art activities to develop skills and to explore their creativity.Through the teaching of art the children will have the opportunity to explore colour, shape, space, form, pattern and texture. They will have the chance to paint, draw, print, use textiles and clay and work in both 2D and 3D. They will learn about different artists and craftspeople as well as art from other cultures.Year group teachers plan for art on a termly basis and plan appropriate cross-curricular activities linked to the class topic. The children’s work is celebrated and much of it can be seen on display in classrooms and around school, making a bright and stimulating learning environment for all of us.

Music plays a very important part in the life of our school. We aim to foster pupil’s sensitivity to and enjoyment of music, through a variety of individual, group and whole class activities.Music is planned and taught by class teachers and is augmented by extra-curricular activities including the Choir and weekly Music and Worship. Peripatetic music teachers visit the school each week providing tuition on violin, guitar, brass and woodwind. All children are given opportunities to share their music making in assemblies and concerts.

Geography is a foundation subject within the National Curriculum. At St Mary’s we believe Geography is important as it teaches us about places, the human and physical processes that shape them and the people who live in them. Geography helps children to gain a greater understanding of the world and the people who live in it. It also enables children to understand their place in the world from a local, national and global perspective. In the foundation stage Geography is taught through a topic approach using activities planned through ‘Understanding the world.’ In Years 1 –6, Geography follows the National Curriculum objectives and is also taught through topics.

History is taught from reception through to year six using a creative, cross curricular approach based on the National Curriculum programmes of study. We offer children learning opportunities which will develop skills in historical enquiry, knowledge and understanding through a varied and engaging breadth of study. Information regarding the topics studied in each class is sent out on the termly newsletters and parents are often invited to share in their children’s learning through projects at home and classroom displays.

Mathematics at St Mary’s is taught daily from the Early Years and Foundation Stage up to Year 6 and all children have the recommended proportion of whole-class and group-direct teaching. We follow the New National Curriculum 2014, the Maths No Problem scheme in Key Stage One as well as the Abacus Planning scheme in Key Stage Two and teachers plan lessons in line with this using a wide variety of resources, including the Abacus Planning Scheme. The maths taught in school reflects the statutory, as well as non-statutory guidance. Lessons are designed to be stimulating, motivating and interactive. They are also differentiated to suit the varying levels of learning styles within a class. Through our lessons we aim to nurture a positive attitude towards the subject, as well as an appreciation for life. Classrooms have an assortment of displays and specialist maths equipment to excite and encourage learning. The children are exposed to a variety of maths tools and stimulus, including IT based learning and computer programs. We believe that all children at St Mary’s should be able to see how and make connections with the relationships maths has is in our everyday lives and to the ever changing nature of our differing cultures. Our aim is to bring maths to life and for children to progress towards independence in their attitude and ability in this subject area. Children at St Mary’s, through their growing understanding and knowledge, should develop their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems, making real sense of the World around them.

Science
We deliver an ambitious, full, high quality science curriculum which provides the foundations for understanding the world for all children through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Through teaching a full curriculum and building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts through coherent planning, children are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.
We follow the National Curriculum so that children are provided with an opportunity to experience a broad and balanced curriculum. A 2 year rolling programme is in place to ensure continuity, progression and coverage within year groups, across a key stage and across the whole school. By the end of each key stage, children are expected to know, apply and understand the knowledge, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. The curriculum is designed to build on and revisit concepts so as to help learners embed content and to integrate new knowledge as they meet new concepts. We have added additional topics in physics into KS1 to ensure children are fully prepared for their learning in KS2.
The children are encouraged to “work scientifically” and carry out observations, investigations and research. We strive to develop a love of the subject and enhance our learning through real-life situations, trips and visits and the use of the outdoors.
Science is taught weekly. There are 6 Faith values which underpin all aspects of the discrete and creative curriculum. Creative curriculum homework is used to deepen the children’s knowledge through personal study and interest.

ICT
We provide an ambitious, full, and high-quality computing education which equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
We follow the National Curriculum so that children are provided with an opportunity to experience a broad and balanced curriculum. A 2 year rolling programme is in place to ensure continuity, progression and coverage within year groups, across a key stage and across the whole school. We subscribe to ‘Purple Mash’ as an aid to lesson planning. ICT is taught weekly and/or cross curricular. There are 6 Faith values which underpin all aspects of the discrete and creative curriculum.
Varied teaching methods are used to teach ICT. Computers and iPads are used along with exciting and up-to-date programmes and apps. The ‘Eaware’ tool is used to check children’s e-safety knowledge along with the annual ‘Safer Internet Day’ to remind all the children, at an appropriate level, how important it is to keep themselves safe whilst using technology but also celebrating what a wonderful tool it is as it permeates modern life

Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like further information about the curriculum.

Early Years Foundation Stage

RECEPTION LONG TERM PLAN

FOUNDATION STAGE CURRICULUM

PARENTS GUIDE TO EYFS

RECEPTION TOPICS

YEARS 1 & 2

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW CLASS 1 AUTUMN 2019

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEAR 1 SPRING 2019

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEAR 1 SUMMER 2019

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW CLASS 2 AUTUMN 2019

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEAR 2 SPRING 2019

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEAR 2 SUMMER 2019

CLASS 3 (YEARS 3 & 4)

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW CLASS 3 AUTUMN 2019

CLASS 3 CURRICULUM OVERVIEW SPRING 2019

CLASS 3 CURRICULUM OVERVIEW SUMMER 2019

CLASS 4 (YEARS 5 & 6)

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW CLASS 4 AUTUMN 2019

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEAR 5 & 6 SPRING 2019

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEAR 5 & 6 SUMMER 2019