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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 the curriculum at St Mary's we teach the National curriculum of England. The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. As we begin to develop our curriculum we have considered our school vision statement will become the driving force behind our curriculum. 

 '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 Primary Academy - 3 Curriculum pillars 

 1. Learn as Much as Possible through a knowledge Rich-Curriculum. Access to knowledge takes students beyond their own experiences, at the heart of the primary curriculum. The knowledge in our curriculum is carefully chosen, sequenced in a meaningful way that enables children to progress incrementally and is highly specialised. We want children to have a breadth of knowledge that will help them take on the world.

2.  Curriculum that helps students to develop into well-read, confident speakers who show gratitude and good deeds and have hope and humility to take on the world 

3. Ignite Curiosity though curriculum enhanced experiences At St Mary’s we want to ‘Ignite Curiosity’ and develop teaching approaches to bring the curriculum alive.

Curriculum Implementation 

2021-22 is going to be year of curriculum development as we begin to develop the St Mary's Curriculum. Throughout the year we intend to do the following:

  • Organise knowledge in the curriculum by developing detailed long term and medium term curriculum plans so the 'what' and 'why' of the curriculum is already in place. This will free up teachers to focus on the 'how' of the curriculum and use their professional judgment to decide who best to deliver it.
  • Develop text based approach in literacy, implement a new 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. 
  • Develop a common theme throughout our curriculum by using  ‘Wow Experiences’, Driving Questions, ‘Aha Moments’ and Learning Products

Wow Experiences’ are designed to engage and excite children in their learning through additional resources, planned visits and trips relating to the subjects and topics that the children are learning about. These experiences can be developed at the start of a sequence of lessons or during the teaching sequence to deepen their knowledge and understanding.

Driving Questions At the start of a sequence of lessons teachers will develop a driving question that will guide learning through a sequence of lesson or topic.

‘Aha Moments’ are carefully planning questions or discussions that allow children explore and develop their spirituality. Whilst learning about mountains the teacher may introduce the question ‘If you are all alone when climbing a mountain does that mean you will feel alone?’ We think developing these questions will enhance learning and our curriculum. 

‘Learning Product’ As teachers plan a sequence of lesson, where possible we want them to include and end product our outcome. A learning product could something as simple as a final piece of writing in English or a presentation to parents in geography. Developing a learning product can be something that the teachers decides or where possible something that can come from a discussion with the class. The learning product will link to and answer the driving question and build the link between the curriculum and the world our children are going to live in

Curriculum Impact 

The work we have set out on this will take some time, but our hope is that the curriculum we are developing will raise attainment and ensure that every child that leaves St Mary's Primary Academy in year 6 will be a living example of our school vision.