At St Mary’s we aim to deliver the National Curriculum in a fun, inspiring and inclusive way, whilst also ensuring our Christian values are at the heart of everything we do.
The St Mary’s curriculum is the planned topics and activities that we organise over the year in order to promote learning, personal growth and development.
The St Mary’s curriculum includes the National curriculum for KS1 and KS2 and the Early Years framework for Reception. Our curriculum complies with our duties in the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations, supporting children with SEND to access learning. We include extra-curricular activities to enrich learning experiences for our children and in addition to our teaching team, we have specialist teachers across the school in PE, music and Spanish.
Our school vision is at the heart of our St Mary’s curriculum, aspiring for all our children to flourish and to empower our children to let their light shine in all they do.
Our School Vision
We believe that everyone is precious and loved by God.
We aspire to let our light shine in all that we do.
We nurture and empower one another to flourish.
Together we shine in our world by showing compassion and by serving others.
Let God’s light shine through us.
We aim for our children to grow into responsible people who can positively contribute to their school community and beyond, as well as work co-operatively with others developing a continued love for learning.
At St Mary’s we aim to offer a curriculum which enables our children to:
Be ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives
Acquire a wide vocabulary and gain a good understanding of words to empower them with the language to succeed in their learning and to widen their vocabulary to use throughout their lives.
Develop cultural capital experiences and knowledge to support their social development
Acquire learning behaviours to succeed as continued learners
Develop spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development to support children to be confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as values members of society
Our St Mary’s Curriculum – to build bridges between learning and the world around them
Our curriculum acts as a vehicle for building what it is children need to know, but also a tool with which they can better shape their experience, their relationships with others and the future world they will inhabit. We call this a humanity-rich curriculum, and at its heart are five elements of practice which – in a humanity-rich, hopeful curriculum – will be plaited together as a set of entitlements for children.
Our curriculum supports the growth of children, and will have these five elements built in.
Our children at St Mary’s are encouraged to engage head, heart and hand in learning to make use of the intellectual, emotional and physical processes that can help them to learn, and indeed, live.
The 5 Elements – to learn together to build from within
Coherence: Our curriculum is planned so that it connects in sensible ways, which helps our children to build an understanding of ideas, concepts, chronology and themes. Teachers work hard to plan for links in learning, the plan for vertical links (in terms of age progressions), horizontal links (linking subjects across a year) and diagonal links (allowing concepts to make connections across age and subject) these diagonal links lead to our most exciting Curriculum Enrichment Days!
Credibility: Our curriculum is clear about what children will know, what they will be able to do and how these elements link to the national curriculum.
Creativity: Our curriculum offers children a great deal of creativity. Children are encouraged to think about how to creatively link their knowledge, how to present it, how to communicate the knowledge in order to capture the interest of others – all aspects of the creative process.
Compassion: Our curriculum uses a range of experiences to allow children to develop empathy with other points of view and perspectives, and to use that empathy to move into active compassion. Courageous advocacy is solution-focused and its moves our children beyond empathy towards action.
Community: Our curriculum is built with the broader community beyond the school in mind. Whether that takes the form of inviting in community members, building charitable or community links. We may call upon the skills from parents, the community or trips within the local area. Community is a vital component of the cultural capital to our school, so we strive to work in partnership with local organisations, theatres, museums and galleries to broaden children’s experiences. We also plan for children to be of service to our community, and to contribute to shaping a better future.
When these five elements are in place, we see our curriculum model emerge in which empowerment is the goal. Empowerment through knowledge, through action, through thought, through language, through play and, critically, through hope.
The school has been inspired by the work of Debra Kidd: A Curriculum of Hope: as rich in humanity as in knowledge.