Curriculum

DSC_5612Intent:

By the time children leave St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, they will have mastered a range of skills that will support their future development.

These are –

  • To be enthusiastic, inquisitive, lifelong learners
  • To be strong communicators
  • To be well-rounded, independent and resilient learners with aspirations
  • To develop and use their God given talents by being creative
  • To be responsible citizens who are eager to make a positive contribution to their community and wider society

Reading is prioritised across the curriculum offer to support pupils in in accessing all learning opportunities. Children enjoy reading in class through a systematic approach using Read, Write, Inc and a shared reading approach based on high quality texts. Children develop a love of reading through exciting, well-resourced class reading corners, daily shared reading sessions alongside quality and engaging texts across the curriculum.

Implementation:

Our vision ‘Aspiring to Greatness’ clearly outlines the expectations at St Mary’s. We have a belief in teaching for depth and mastery so that our children are supported to reach at least age-related expectations in all areas.

We use the National Curriculum to ensure every teacher teaches the knowledge and understanding appropriate to that age group.

Teachers plan the curriculum for their year group and use knowledge organisers to ensure consistency. We use an interleaving approach in Science, History and Geography. This involves teaching subject content not in a continuous block, but in chunks which pupils revisit over time. We find that this approach helps embed new learning into the long-term memory, through repetition.

We also use trips and visits to enhance learning experiences. At St Mary’s, we have invested in a range of specialist’s teachers to enhance our curriculum. These include drama, dance, Spanish and music teachers, as well as tennis and cricket coaches.

We believe in ‘Quality First’ teaching for all children. Through robust, ongoing assessments, we identify SEN children and then put in place rigorous, clear interventions to address any identified gaps in learning at the earliest opportunity.

Assessment is used daily in the form of Assessment for Learning. This informs  planning for future lessons and identifies where further individual or group support is needed. We use Target Tracker track pupil progress and attainment in Reading, Writing, Maths and Science. Foundation Subjects are assessed using low risk quizzes as well as pre and post topic tests.

Subject Leaders receive up to date training to have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities in curriculum design and delivery. They have the knowledge, expertise and practical skills to carry out this role to the best of their ability, closely supported by senior leaders.

Subject Leaders produce a ‘Curriculum Map’ for their subject area to ensure that skills are built upon year on year and that children have opportunities to develop their memory by revisiting knowledge at different points in the year.

Our curriculum provides children with memorable experiences, diverse and rich opportunities from which they can learn and develop a range of transferable skills.

Impact:

The impact of our school’s curriculum can be seen in the pupil’s books and in the class floor books; as well as in pupil data and through pupil voice. Outcomes for all groups of pupils within the school are strong. Everything we do has the child at the centre, and strong relationships are built between pupils and staff, which creates an atmosphere for learning which is conducive to success.

Pupils’ progress in the core subjects is measured through ongoing assessments and through three key assessment points during the year. Pupil data is analysed across the core subjects to ensure attainment and progress is on track in each year group. Interventions are planned, implemented and evaluated for targeted pupils. Learning tasks are planned to address misconceptions/gaps in learning.

Pupils not only leave St Mary’s with a secure understanding of the primary curriculum; but also with the understanding of how to be socially, morally, spiritually and culturally responsible and aware; how to make positive contributions to our community and how to endeavour to be the best that they can be. They leave being pupils who are respectful, skilful, ambitious; who have a thirst for life, learning and all it has to offer.