At St. Mary’s, we teach and encourage the transferable skills for independent, life-long learning. We shape our curriculum to reflect the ethos, aims and values of our school. In every year group throughout the school, our teachers plan a series of half termly thematic-based approaches to learning, which are based on the 2014 National Curriculum and firmly rooted upon a set of skills which are progressive.
In order to provide a broad and well-rounded curriculum for the children we teach science, geography, history, art, DT, computing, French, P.E. and music, alongside our core subjects of English, mathematics and R.E. Each half term our curriculum topic is centred around a ‘hook’, which we use to draw in our learners and pique children’s interest. These include ‘Journeys’, ‘Transformations’, ‘Animals’, ‘Nature’, ‘Mysteries’ and ‘Here We Are’.
At. St. Mary’s RC First School our learning is focused on a ‘Literary’ curriculum, developing a love of reading and strengthening literacy skills. We ensure a rigorous approach to the teaching of reading so that our school develops learners’ confidence and enjoyment of reading. In addition, our English curriculum follows the ‘Literary Curriculum’ from the Literacy Tree, where we teach topics focused on a book-based English curriculum. To highlight the importance of reading in our school we are mindful to make useful links between our class readers and the rest of our curriculum subjects. We ensure half termly thematic links are also evident and linked to our current class readers, making links to this within and across subject areas.
Below are (termly) Cross-Curriculum Map documents for each year group highlighting the links between the current class reader and the curriculum for each class. In addition, there are also termly overviews outlining the termly 3I’s (Intent, Implementation & Impact) for each year group across subject areas. We support curriculum development across the school ensuring cross-curricular links and opportunities are developed with a class reader or English reading text being a central part of the planning process.