At St. Mary's we pride ourselves on providing a curriculum which interests and engages all our pupils and challenges them regardless of which subject area they are learning. We follow the National Curriculum as revised in 2014. In this section you will find information about our Topics, our philosophy towards Mastery Maths, as well as information about how we learn to read, spell and write in the early Years and Key Stage 1.
We work on a highly thematic approach in all areas of learning so that pupils will retain new learning and make sense of new skills and information. In our topic lessons we use the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) to support us in planning learning that is exciting and relevant to pupils. Please take a look at the documents on this page and enquire about our curriculum when in school with a member of teaching staff. We look forward to sharing it with you!
Link to IPC Website for further information:
The curriculum at St. Mary's is highly tailored to the needs and interests of our pupils so they learn through highly engaging and meaningful lessons. Teachers and support staff work hard to ensure pupils find lessons interesting and challenging! We believe in providing pupils with a broad curriculum that helps to develop the whole child. The curriculum is exceptionally well planned to ensure pupils learn all areas of the National Curriculum equally, enabling pupils to excel in their personal areas of interest and strength.
Spiritual, Moral, Social, Curltural Learning at St. Mary's (SMSC)
Curriculum information 2019/20
2018-19 Topics Across the School
Autumn Term Curriculum Newsletters
Spring Term Curriculum Newslettters
For information on our Early Years curriculum please click on the following link: https://www.foundationyears.org.uk
Learning to Read, Spell and Write at
At St Mary's we provide children in our Early Years and KS1 with a range of opportunities to develop their reading and writing skills. This Term we will be beginning an exciting new programme to teach these skills called Read, Write, Inc. More information will be sent home about this shortly and parents with children in these phases will be invited to a Read, Write, Inc Café to find out more!
Alongside the Read, Write, Inc programme we also use the Story Time Phonics programme to further enhance and enrich the children's experience of phonics through quality real life texts.
More information about these programmes can be found below:
Read, Write, Inc .
Read, Write, Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, is an exciting phonics programme designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers. We will be starting the Read Write Inc programme in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 in the Spring Term to teach our phonics, reading, comprehension, writing skills and grammar.
Please click below to see a video guide to the pronunciation of the different phonemes.
Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher or click on the link below to see Ruth Miskin’s ‘Information Parents’ on her website.
Story Time Phonics
A lifelong love of books. We learn to read, and read to learn. This is easy to say, but how can we teach reading in a way that will inspire our children to be lifelong lovers of literature? It’s simple – we instil a sense of awe and wonder around books and we provide children with memorable experiences which connect learning to read with pleasure. At the heart of StoryTime Phonics we instil a love of books and then contextualise the learning of phonics making learning to read meaningful and memorable. To learn more about this exciting, innovative approach please click here:
Mrs Robinson, our Deputy Head, has recently been awarded Professional Development Accredited Lead status and has been supporting St Mary's, and other local schools, to develop their teaching of Mastery Maths.
At St Mary’s Primary Academy we value the importance of providing children with real life contexts in which to apply and develop their mathematical thinking. Through a maths mastery approach children are given opportunities to work with real life objects, manipulatives or scenarios in which they can consolidate their understanding of concepts or calculations. The maths mastery approach is marked by careful planning, ensuring no pupil’s understanding is left to chance, and involves children being taught as a whole class, building depth of understanding of the structure of maths. It is already used in a number of England’s schools following a pioneering teacher exchange programme between England and Shanghai led by a network of maths hubs.
Teachers use the National Curriculum to support planning. The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
* become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
* reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
* can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Science Curriculum Statement
The 2014 National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all children:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. We understand that it is important for lessons to have a skills-based focus, and that the knowledge can be taught through this
At St Mary's we encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at the school and beyond. The Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at the school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.
Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following;
- Science will be taught in planned and arranged topic blocks by the class teacher, to have a project-based approach. This is a strategy to enable the achievement of a greater depth of knowledge.
- Through our planning, we involve problem solving opportunities that allow children to find out for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom. Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons, often involving high-quality resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills, and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all children keep up.
- We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
- Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. This is developed through the years, in-keeping with the topics.
- Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts.
- Children are offered a wide range of extra-curricular activities, visits, trips and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum. These are purposeful and link with the knowledge being taught in class.
The successful approach at St Mary's results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. Frequent, continuous and progressive learning outside the classroom is embedded throughout the science curriculum. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts and local charities, children have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Children at St Mary's overwhelmingly enjoy science and this results in motivated learners with sound scientific understanding.