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Our Curriculum

Curriculum Intent 

In this section of the school website we would like to provide you with some information about our curriculum at St Mary's - we teach the National Curriculum of England. The National Curriculum provides children with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces children to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. 

As we develop our curriculum our new school vision statement will become the driving force behind it. 

 'Develop the individual light in every student, so they can learn as much as possible and reach their unique potential. We want to ignite curiosity through our curriculum and create a culture of gratitude and good deeds. With hope and humility we want our students to take on the world and make it a better place.' 

St Mary's C of E Primary Academy - Three Curriculum Pillars 

 1. Learn as Much as Possible through a Knowledge Rich-Curriculum.

Access to knowledge takes children beyond their own experiences, and is at the heart of our curriculum. The knowledge in our curriculum is carefully chosen, is highly specialised and is sequenced in a meaningful way that enables children to progress incrementally.

We want our children to be able to be articulate this knowledge in two ways:

  • verbally - we want children to be able to explain in detail about the knowledge they have gained and their learning
  • recorded - we want children to be able explain their understanding through high quality work (this could be in books or digital) 

2. Ignite Curiosity though curriculum enhanced experiences. 

At St Mary’s we want to ‘Ignite Curiosity’ and develop teaching approaches that bring the curriculum alive. We want the curriculum to be exciting, and we want the learning to have a meaningful purpose. 

3.  Gratitude and Good Deeds and have Hope and Humility.

At St Mary's we want our curriculum to help children develop spiritually. We want children to reflect and think about the positive impact they can have on the world they live in now Where possible, we plan opportunities to serve and link our curriculum into our local community. 

Curriculum Implementation 

2021 - 2022 is the year of curriculum development as we begin to develop the St Mary's Curriculum that will be launched in September 2022. Throughout the 2021-2022 year we intend to do the following:

  • organise knowledge in the curriculum by developing detailed long term and medium term curriculum plans so that the 'what' and 'why' of the curriculum is in place. This will allow teachers to focus on the 'how' of the curriculum and use their professional judgment to decide how best to deliver it.
  • develop a consistent 'Teaching and Learning Policy' that will support our curriculum launch in September 2022.
  • develop a text-based approach in English, implement the Little Wandle phonics scheme and develop a school library so our children begin to develop a love or reading. 
  • increase access to technology to enhance the curriculum. 

Curriculum Impact 

The work we have set out on this will take some time. The curriculum will be officially launched in September 2022.  Our aim is for the curriculum we are developing to raise attainment and ensure that every child that leaves St Mary's C of E Primary Academy in year 6 will be a living example of our school vision.