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St Mary's Catholic Primary School Curriculum

At St. Mary’s, our curriculum aims to build upon children’s prior learning, provides first hand learning experiences and allows the children to develop inter-personal skills, with Jesus at the centre. We aim to build a growth mindset, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers.


Curriculum rationale

  • The curriculum at St Mary’s is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils and gives them the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for their future lives.
  • It ensures that academic success, creativity and problem solving, reliability, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning.
  • The curriculum celebrates the Catholic ethos, offering diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.


    Curriculum Statement

    At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, everything we do is rooted in our ambition to be ‘Christ like’ and therefore, instill the Gospel Values of love, trust and respect - encouraging pupils and staff to live with humility and compassion. 

    As a school, we firmly believe children learn best when they are engaged, involved and motivated.  Therefore, we strive to embed a child led approach to develop the intrinsic characteristics of learning, such as, independence, resilience, perseverance, critical-thinking and the ability to apply to a real life context.  Children are encouraged to nurture a ‘growth mindset’ towards their education and to see challenge and barriers as a positive step in the journey to fulfilling their potential.

    Moreover, all adults seek to recognise and nurture every child’s talents and gifts, ensuring there is no ceiling put on a child’s progress.  We aspire to follow a holistic curriculum, designed to be meaningful, investigative and that encourages children to become responsible risk-takers.

    Furthermore, we are ambitious for all children and have the desire to prepare all to become life-long learners, able to make a positive contribution to society and lead successful, fulfilling lives.

    We offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage.  The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school.  The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated Catholic learners in readiness for their next stage of education.

    The National Curriculum is delivered using an integrated topic approach and assessed using Target Tracker and the Rising Stars assessments as a basis to ensure coverage and progression throughout the school.  Milestones at the end of Year 2 and Year 6 ensure that children are meeting expectations in their learning.  All children are challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success. National requirements and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school and then individual year groups plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly.  The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s aims are taught on their own and through other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies.  The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum.   Our distinct Catholic ethos is further reinforced by the teaching of Religious Education through the Diocesan approved scheme, ‘Come and See’.

    The English and Mathematics curriculum are taught in mixed ability groups in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  In all year groups, there are small group interventions in order to support pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians.

    Specialist teachers and instructors support Computing and the teaching of Italian.  All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school.  Theme weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning.  Extra-curricular clubs and events extend these opportunities further.  Additional whole-school programmes and approaches support quality teaching and learning and the school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology.

    The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils.  The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas.

    Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools.  Developing their independence and motivation as Catholic learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.

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