Our School Curriculum
St Mary's offers every child a broad and balanced curriculum. Both creativity and sport are high on our priorities. We believe that all children perform better when they are offered a wide range of exciting learning opportunities.
The teachings of our faith go through everything we do. We look for the awe and wonder in life, at how God's diverse and fascinating creation should be respected and valued and how we, as human beings, have responsibility for both ourselves and the lives of others.
Our curriculum prepares the children well for the next phase of their education. We believe it is our moral imperative to ensure that every child in our school has the best life chances.
Details of our school curriculum by subject and year group are as below, if you would like any further information please contact the school on 01473 728372.
Curriculum Intent Statement
We believe that learning is a change to long-term memory. Our aims are to ensure that our pupils experience a wide breadth of study and have, by the end of each key stage, long term memory of an ambitious body of knowledge.
Curriculum drivers shape our curriculum breadth. They are derived from an exploration of the backgrounds of our pupils, our beliefs and values. They are used to ensure we give our pupils ambitious curriculum opportunities.
Cultural capital gives our students the vital background knowledge required to be informed and thoughtful members of our community who understand and believe in British values.
Curriculum breadth is shaped by our drivers, cultural capital, subject topics and our ambition for pupils.
Our curriculum distinguishes between subject topics and threshold concepts. Subject topics are the specific aspects of subject knowledge that are studied.Threshold concepts tie together topics into meaningful schema. The same concepts are explored in a wide breadth of topics. Through this revisiting of threshold concepts pupils return to the same concepts over and over and gradually build an understanding of them. For each of the threshold concepts the three milestones provide a progression model.
Learn about our school drivers!
St Mary's Learning Behaviours
British Values...Gospel Values!
In 2013 the Department for Education said: "Keeping our children safe and ensuring our schools prepare them for life in modern Britain could not be more important. This change is an important step towards ensuring we have a strong legal basis for intervening in schools where this is an issue." "The vast majority of schools already promote British values. This is about making sure we have the tools we need to intervene if children are being let down."
Schools are required to actively promote and not undermine 'British Values. The Government has set out its definition of British Values as:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
As a Catholic school, we actively promote values, virtues and ethics that shape our pupils' character and moral perspective, through the teachings of the Church. We are confident that our continued focus on the Gospel values will give our pupils the necessary awareness of what it means to be a good citizen in Britain today and embed in them the building blocks of a future successful and productive life.
Through our curriculum, along with promoting the Common Good, we are able to make real links between the values of our pupils and the lives of others in their community, country and the world in general. We teach about democracy, civic responsibility, rules and laws, the monarchy, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness and understanding of other faiths.
Through our mission statement and values we live out our "British Values".
Promoting British Values
Reception Curriculum Development Matters in EYFS
To find out more about the curriculum, visit our subject and class pages.
Year Group Overview
My Activity Passport
DfE ‘My Activity Passport’
Primary school children are challenged to go on a nature trail, visit a local landmark or make a treasure map through a new ‘passport’ of activities launched by Education Secretary, Damian Hinds to encourage more family time and help build children’s character and resilience.
Endorsed by a number of organisations, the list of activities is intended to support parents and schools in introducing children to a wide variety of experiences and fulfilling activities like flying a kite, learning something new about the local area or putting on a performance.
The ‘My Activity Passport’ list is part of the Education Secretary’s vision for every child to have the opportunity to enjoy new and varied experiences, no matter their background - comprising of key areas: drive and tenacity; sticking at the task at hand; understanding how to work towards long term goals when reward might be a long way off in the future; and being able to pick yourself up and bounce back from life’s challenges.