“To live, love and learn with the guidance of God.”
At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, our ‘Mission Statement’ is at the heart of everything we do. It underpins our teaching and learning; provides an environment, which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.
At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, the curriculum is designed to: provide breadth of knowledge, inspiring and exciting experiences; promote resilience, responsibility and respect within a happy and ambitious school community. Every child is recognised as a unique individual made in the image of God. Our curriculum is designed in response to the needs of each and every child considering their place in this nurturing family school, local community and the world beyond. Opportunities for enjoyable, independent and collaborative learning are integrated wholly within a connected and relevant curriculum, which raises curiosity and builds aspirations.
Children leave St Mary’s with the confidence and self-belief necessary to have high expectations of themselves and their future.
Principles and purpose
Our curriculum will:
- Develop skills, knowledge and understanding to think and act spiritually and morally, to engage in the culture in which they live and to understand and appreciate the cultures of others.
- Provide a rich, engaging and memorable programme of study which is tailored to the needs of our pupils and one which overcomes potential barriers to learning that we as a school identify.
- Develop pupils’ subject specific knowledge, understanding and skills, inspires a love of learning and is aligned with national intent so that pupils can reach and exceed their potential to directly impact their life chances and own future aspirations.
- Develop the behaviours that pupils will need to succeed in the world and will create confident and successful lifelong learners.
- Inspire pupils to learn with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.
Entitlement and enrichment:
We promise, that by the time you leave St Mary’s School you will have had the opportunity to:
- Be involved in daily acts of worship
- Experience and lead liturgy
- Make a positive contribution to the school, local and wider community
- Write a song
- Participate in memorable real life experiences
- Be innovative and lead learning
- Actively engage in learning outside the classroom
- Learn a musical instrument
- Sing in a concert
- Play an instrument in a concert
- Join the choir and perform to a variety of audiences
- Learn a new language taught by a specialist
- Visit a Museum, travelling by public transport
- Go to a museum or place of interest outside Redcar and Clevelend
- Prepare and cook a meal, at a restaurant
- Sleep at least one night away from school with your class
- Have a speaking part in a play
- Compete and collaborate in inter-house activities
- Compete in inter and intra sporting competitions
- Hold a position of responsibility within school
- Have your voice listened to and influence decision making
- Celebrate your culture and family traditions with others
- Take part in a celebration for another faith/culture from your own
- Grow – cook – and eat a vegetable in school
- Join a School Club
- Have a real-life theatre experience
- Perform in a concert/production outside of school
- Enter a school-based competition
- Had a piece of your artwork displayed for all to see
- Be an ambassador for your school
- Work alongside an expert
- Participate in curriculum enhancement weeks
- Visit a city
- Our curriculum is developed to deliver our principles and entitlement whilst ensuring it covers the statutory requirements of the national curriculum
- The long term curriculum maps provide progression across the school
Religious Education is a core subject. The primary purpose of Catholic Education is the step by step study of the mystery of Christ, the teaching of the Church and its application in daily life, therefore the principal aims of the school in terms of the Religious Education which it provides are:
- to lead the pupils to a deepening knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Faith.
- to provide opportunities for the pupils to develop a loving relationship with God and their neighbour.
- to encourage pupils to respect and be fully aware of the needs of others as equal members of God’s creation.
There are many opportunities for all pupils to explore their faith and deepen their relationship with Christ. This includes daily acts of worship, weekly assemblies, regular classroom/parish based liturgies and celebration of mass. The parish team works in full partnership with the school in supporting and enhancing the education and formation of our pupils.
Key Stage 1 (KS1 Yrs 1 & 2) and Key stage 2 (Yrs 3-6):
Religious Education is taught for at least 10% of the weekly timetable. Our Religious Education curriculum is based on the delivery of the Curriculum Directory supported by the Come and See scheme of work. Our RE curriculum enables the pupils to explore key questions of life from the Christian tradition and how to put what they have learnt into context. We work closely with our local Parish to prepare liturgies and we value the partnership between home, school and parish and the wider community.
Other Faiths to raise pupils’ awareness of the faith and traditions of other religious communities in order to respect and understand them, the whole school spends time learning about different beliefs and cultures preparing pupils for life in modern Britain.
English is taught daily with different focuses of spoken language, reading and writing. Each topic in enriched with a high quality whole class text which is explored and often used as stimulus for writing. Detailed long term planning ensures different genres are covered throughout the year. A fortnightly ‘extended writing’ lesson, alongside ‘short-burst writing’ provides the opportunity to write at length on a regular basis both linked to the topic or with topical tasks that reflect the interests of the pupils.
In EYFS and KS1 Phonics is taught on a daily basis following Letters and Sounds.
The reading scheme in KS1 used for home independent reading is aligned with national book banding using a range of texts both fiction and non-fiction. At all stages children’s reading books are matched closely to their own independent reading age/phase.
Throughout the school, pupils have whole class reading sessions using a variety of reading materials, (class texts, non-fiction articles and poetry) these concentrate on developing both word recognition and comprehension skills.
Children have opportunity to listen to a story read aloud to them daily, for twenty minutes.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (GPS) teaching is interwoven into English lessons taught in a meaningful context with opportunities to apply learning across the curriculum.
Science curriculum is structured to allow pupils to explore science through practical and investigative work. The aim of the curriculum is to develop ‘working scientifically’ skills such as planning, conducting, recording, concluding and evaluating as well as secure curriculum knowledge. The children regularly encounter science through real and meaningful experiences by going out on educational visits or welcoming visitors into the school. British Science week is a very popular event at St Mary’s, which creates a ‘buzz’ around the subject. Hands on activities, allow the children to bring their learning to life. The children learn important science skills such as observing, predicting and classifying whilst having fun. We encourage natural curiosity and allow the children to investigate for themselves to find answers to their questions about the world around them and beyond.
History is designed to build upon skills and knowledge learned, ensuring our pupils gain a coherent understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We explore a vast range of historical events linked through their half termly topics. Children are encouraged to develop their skills and learning with a hands-on approach through regular investigative work. We aim to inspire curiosity, encouraging children to ask perceptive questions, compare and examine sources, debate and critique arguments, stimulating their ability to develop their own sense of perspective and judgement. Primary history enables children with an opportunity to begin to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. Here at St Mary’s, we provide our children with an opportunity to know more about the past in a variety of innovative ways, such as: our range of educational excursions, inviting visitors to come in and speak with the children, role play, research tasks, and even partaking in debates. History is planned for chronologically; we revisit the strands of democracy, food and transport in every year group.
Geography curriculum is brought to life in each year group with supporting memorable experiences for each topic, such as a field trip or guest speaker. This fosters a love of learning whilst developing knowledge and skills related to the National Curriculum. Each lesson the children are exposed to relevant vocabulary to embed their understanding of each topic. This is further supported with cross-curricular links to other subjects. We are proud to celebrate the range of nationalities we have at St Mary’s with our International Day each year.
Art pupils have the opportunity to express themselves artistically. Our curriculum is designed to deliver a high-quality education that engages, inspires and challenges all pupils. Pupils are inspired to experiment their creative ideas through a range of resources. Pupils are encouraged to develop their ideas through a hands on approach, practising, improving and developing their skills. As pupils progress throughout St Mary’s, they develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. We encourage pupils at St Mary’s to have a growth mindset and celebrate mistakes to ensure pupils become more resilient, inspiring them to become lifelong creative learners. At St Mary’s we make fantastic use of our local museums and university. This year we are working with Mima to create our own pieces of art to be displayed in their gallery; all children from Reception – Year 6 will partake and achive Arts Award (discovery level).
D&T curriculum develops the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. Children will build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users. Children are given opportunities to critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others. They will understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook. With this, children are offered many enrichment opportunities with the potential to gain a hands-on experience by exploring where food comes from by visiting a local restaurant ‘Fellini’s’, visiting Tesco, working with a local caterer, to understand where and how they gain their produce, giving children a deeper understanding of healthy eating.
Computing incorporates computer science, information technology and digital literacy. There are strong links with maths, science and D&T which are combined in termly ‘topics’ supporting cross-curricular learning. The National Curriculum aims for all children in KS1 and KS2 to be able to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science; can analyse problems and write computer programs using computational thinking; can evaluate and apply information technology; and are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of technology. Our Computing curriculum at St Mary’s is tailored to provide a rich, engaging and memorable programme of study for our children including opportunities to work creatively and collaboratively using a range of software and hardware. Computing Club has promoted Computing within St Mary’s and has proved to be a popular club for KS2 children. Online Safety is taugh both discretely and cross-curricularly. Each year we hold events for Safer Internet Day – which last year included year groups working together to create mini-projects.
Maths is taught using the WhiteRose framework to ensure coverage and progression. Throughout the week pupils have the opportunity to learn, use and apply what they have been learning in an open –ended/cross-curricular way involving real life maths. Arithmetic is an important part of our maths curriculum with weekly tests across the school. As well as this, pupils complete weekly Times table challenges’ for both KS1 and KS2. Years 2-6 use the math programme: Timetable Rockstars to help embed their knowledge of their tables in a fun way. We believe that in order for pupils to be confident mathematicians, they need a firm foundation and concrete understanding of number and mental maths strategies and so across the school we use the APE approach, where pupils are encouraged to explain and prove their workings.
Music is taught within class lessons, pupils have the opportunity to compare, perform and evaluate their work. We also have a school choir that practice weekly and have regular opportunities to perform. We have a music teacher who teaches music to every class and facilitates weekly hymn practice across the school. Pupils have lots of opportunities to learn a range of instruments including ukulele in Year 4. At St Mary’s we are fortunate enough have a singer/song writer work with our children to write their own lyrics and put these to music.
PE is taught by both the class teacher and provides the pupils with a minimum of 2 hrs of PE each week. Pupils learn to swim in Year 4. In addition to this, there are often extra opportunities for other sports including invasion sports, ball games and dancing. There are range of sporting opportunities on offer including, but not limited to; football and gymnastics for KS1. During spring and summer term, we will have inclusive sporting competitions between our four houses leading up to Sports Day towards the end of the academic year.
PSHE is taught weekly using the Jigsaw framework. This is based on the PSHE Association’s PSHE Education Programme of Study with emotional health and wellbeing woven within it. Pupils have the opportunity to participate in discussion, reflecting and circle time as a vehicle to explore relevant themes including relationships (social and emotional), Health and well-being, Economic wellbeing & being a responsible citizen. We are committed to equipping pupils with skills and knowledge but also the wider learning behaviours and personal attributes they need for success in life-long learning.
Our 8 core values encourage pupils to use their skills to make the most out of all experiences. These skills are developed, demonstrated and celebrated in a variety of ways across the school.
French is introduced in KS2 and taught weekly by the class teacher. Continuing with French throughout KS2 will enable the pupils to communicate confidently and effectively in a modern foreign language. They will also have the opportunity to learn about the culture of France and other French-speaking countries.
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