Governing bodies are required to produce a curriculum statement annually. This replaces the requirement under the School Framework and Standards Act 1998 for a curriculum plan.
From September 2014 there was an expectation from the government for all mainstream primary schools to deliver the the new National Curriculum. We have therefore adapted our School curriculum accordingly to ensure that we meet the current aims and statutory requirements.
We follow the National Curriculum, which was introduced in September 2014.
Our full Curriculum Policy is available in the link below and all the information you should need is available on this section of the website.
At the start of each academic year, we invite parents to have Tea with the Teacher to outline the curriculum in each year group . We will feed back to parents at two parents meetings and a final written report over the year but encourage parents to get in touch with their child's class teacher for more information about the school curriculum if needed.
IntentOur school curriculum is bespoke and designed to provide ‘Excellence, Enrichment and Enjoyment’ for each pupil in each subject area. We want every pupil to achieve well academically so that they have the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to become literate, numerate and problem solvers.
Every child is unique and made in the image of God. Therefore, we value each pupil’s individuality and it is our mission to help each one of them reach their full potential through the pursuit of excellence in everything we do for them and in everything we teach them. Our curriculum is designed to be exciting, engaging and challenging, enriched with opportunities to develop each child’s God-given talents, build their character and improve their cultural capital.
Our school curriculum is designed to meet the full requirements on the national curriculum but goes beyond this so that the content is pertinent to their lives and our local context. We will take every available opportunity to improve their cultural capital, develop strong communication and language skills and instil British values and the Catholic virtues of friendship, responsibility, respect, honesty, forgiveness, self-respect, justice, compassion, patience, generosity, empathy and tolerance.
The foundation subjects are planned, taught and assessed to the same excellent standards as the core subjects in recognition that the arts, humanities, languages and sports are important for human flourishing and the development of cultural capital.
Progression Maps for each subject identify the knowledge, skills, understanding and vocabulary that pupils are expected to master each year in each subject. They also identify opportunities to develop cultural capital in each subject area. Teachers use these maps to weave together a cohesive curriculum for their year group that makes cross-curricular links around a theme when possible but recognises that some knowledge, skills and understandings should be taught discreetly.
Children should be happy and learning should be enjoyable! Our curriculum is designed to engage, excite and challenge our pupils so that they are comfortable to take risks with their learning in a safe environment. They will have opportunities to follow their own lines of enquiry and learn new knowledge from expert teachers.
Having a close relationship with God enriches our lives so Catholic Social Teaching and Gospel Values permeate all areas our school curriculum. Our Catholic values and virtues are a golden thread throughout our curriculum and inform our teachings on British Values and shape our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
We acknowledge that parents are the primary educators of their child and work hard to ensure they are highly engaged and work in close partnership with us to ensure every child makes sustained progress. All children receive home learning each week to support their learning in Reading, Mathematics, Religious Education and Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling. During half-terms, pupils are set a creative project to help them prepare for their forthcoming whole-school topic.
Our Teaching Assistants are highly trained and deliver a number of specific interventions with expertise to ensure Disadvantaged and SEN pupils access the curriculum and make sustained progress. We have high expectations for all pupils so choice and challenge are key parts of a sequence of lessons. Pupils that are high attaining are given opportunities to be challenged further through same-day intervention and enrichment opportunities.
Opportunities to develop language and communication skills are embedded throughout the curriculum as well as the opportunities to develop a growth mindset. We recognise these are key skills and attitudes that our pupils need.
Our bespoke school curriculum is enriched by the resources available to enhance learning. School visits and visitors regularly enhance our curriculum. Our Immersive Classroom (The Imaginarium), Science Laboratory (The Lab), Music Room (The Studio), Art & Food Technology Hut (The Hut) provide dedicated learning spaces for inspiring and enjoyable lessons that will help secure learning.
We are committed to providing outstanding play provision so that our pupils develop strong social, communication and problem solving skills. We have excellent outdoor facilities such as a pond, nature garden, playing field and astro-turf pitch so learning can take place effectively outside of the classroom.
Pupils are taught languages and to play musical instruments by specialist teachers and class teachers are encouraged to develop expertise where their particular passions lie.
Each year group uses the Subject Progression Maps to create a Curriculum Map for their year group. These are chosen to ensure the national curriculum and our own bespoke objectives are organised and taught in a progressive order so knowledge, skills and understanding are built upon year on year. Each year group creates a Curriculum Coverage Chart, which outlines when the specific objectives will be taught throughout the year.
Wherever possible, links are made to other areas of the curriculum and the overarching topic being taught during the half-term. We recognise, however, that much of the curriculum is best taught discreetly in the first instance to ensure the knowledge and skills of the pupils are secure before being applied to other areas of the curriculum to achieve mastery.
Each subject leader has created a Subject Policy to identify the Intent, Implementation and Impact of their subject. They also write a Teacher Guide for their subject to detail how the subject should be implemented. This ensures there are consistent approaches to teaching, learning and assessment of each subject throughout the school.
At Saint Michael’s, we want each pupil to flourish, so our curriculum is designed to provide opportunities for each pupil to develop their interests and God-given talents. Our curriculum should inspire a love for learning and pupils should be good communicators, have a positive, growth mindset and have reached their full academic potential. They will have formed a strong moral code, informed by Catholic teachings and have a strong faith to support themselves. They will have the confidence to continue to the next stage of their education and continue to succeed academically, socially and emotionally.
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS OF THE CURRICULUM TAUGHT IN EACH YEAR GROUP, IN EACH SUBJECT AND WHAT WE EXPECT LEARNING TO LOOK LIKE FOR EACH SUBJECT DISCIPLINE
Please click here to see our RSE Powerpoints and Planning for each year group.