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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, Mrs M Mayall

Year 5/6    Mrs E Falshaw, Mrs J Jolley,    Mrs M Mayall

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 whichwe aim to promote our children’s health, physical development, sense of fair play and confidence. PEin 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 PEactivities 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 Blackburn Diocese agreed syllabus for RE 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 6and all children have the recommended proportion of whole-class and group-direct teaching. We follow the New National Curriculum2014 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 specialistmaths 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 everchanging nature of our differingcultures. Our aim is to bring maths to life and for children to progress towardsindependence 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 is usually taught discretely in school, but concepts can be approached through our Creative Curriculum topic areas, especially in the EYFS (through Knowledge and Understanding of the World) and KS1. We hope to engage and motivate the children in all aspects of science learning.Science objectives from the National Curriculum are followed and are revisited throughout Years 1 and 2 to ensure they are revisited over the key stage. We have added additional topics in Physics to ensure the children are fully prepared for their learning in KS2. In KS2, the children further develop their scientific knowledge in the areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics ensuring that they have a good knowledge base for when it is time to go to high school. 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, inparticular our redeveloped School and Community garden.
Computing - As a school within the Bury Local Authority, we have decided to adopt the “Bury Primary Computing Solution” to ensure that the objectives from the National Curriculum are taught across our school.Computing is taught discretely and applied across the curriculum. Discrete lessons are taught to ensure coverage, and then ICT is used across the curriculum as appropriate to develop these skills.In EYFS the children begin to recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.In KS1 and KS2 our Computing curriculum is split into 6 strands:Digital Literacy: Text and Multimedia, Visual Media, Sounds, E-communication,Information Technology: Searching and Sorting Information,Computer Science: Giving Instructions and Making Things happen including coding and programming.E-Safety is an important part of our computing teaching. The children in upper KS2 have a series of lessons specifically on this each year as well as when new developments occur. As a school we use Safer Internet Day to remind all the children, at an appropriate level, how important it is to keep themselves safe while using technology, whilst 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

EYFS YEARLY OVERVIEW 2017-18

RECEPTION LONG TERM PLAN

FOUNDATION STAGE CURRICULUM

PARENTS GUIDE TO EYFS

RECEPTION TOPICS

YEARS 1 & 2

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW CLASS 1 AUTUMN 2018

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW CLASS 2 AUTUMN 2018

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEAR 1 SUMMER 2018

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEAR 2 SUMMER 2018

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEAR 1 SPRING 2018

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEAR 2 SPRING 2018

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEAR 1 SPRING 2019

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEAR 2 SPRING 2019

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEAR 1 SUMMER 2019

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEAR 2 SUMMER 2019

CLASS 3 (YEARS 3 & 4)

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW CLASS 3 AUTUMN 2018

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEAR 3 & 4 SUMMER 2018

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEAR 3 & 4 SPRING 2018

CLASS 3 CURRICULUM OVERVIEW AUTUMN 2018

CLASS 3 CURRICULUM OVERVIEW SPRING 2019

CLASS 3 CURRICULUM OVERVIEW SUMMER 2019

CLASS 4 (YEARS 5 & 6)

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW CLASS 4 AUTUMN 2018

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEAR 5 & 6 SUMMER 2018

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEAR 5 SPRING 2018

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEAR 6 SPRING 2018

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEAR 5 & 6 SPRING 2019

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW YEAR 5 & 6 SUMMER 2019

2 YEAR CURRICULUM PLANS

2 YEAR PLAN - CLASS 1

2 YEAR PLAN - CLASS 2

2 YEAR PLAN - CLASS 3

2 YEAR PLAN - CLASS 4