School Vision Statement:

Our school is committed to bringing out the best in each other so that every member of the school community can know ‘life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10). Through learning of the teachings of Jesus, we believe that our children can explore and develop their understanding of Core Christian values as markers and guides for their own lives. We aim for the school’s Core Christian values to inform and influence our pupils’ moral compass and allow them to enjoy ‘life in all its fullness’. These values are known as the ‘Sunshine 6’. They are: Forgiveness, Perseverance, Honesty, Compassion, Courage and Respect.

We also uphold Article 29 from the UN Convention of Rights of the Child ‘Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures and the environment.’

Curriculum Intent:

Our curriculum is intended to equip our learners for the challenges which lie ahead of them in the next stages of their education and in the world beyond. We want to ensure that every child leaves our school with the academic skills needed to succeed and that they demonstrate high quality learning behaviours which will sustain them in their future lives.  The curriculum is rooted in our core Christian values and is designed to support children in becoming individuals who are compassionate and able to communicate and collaborate effectively in the community that surrounds them.  The moral basis of our curriculum, which challenges our learners with big questions, prepares them to become positive role models and open-minded global citizens who are able to take their place in modern society.

Curriculum Implementation:

We have broken the year down into three Learning Projects; these projects each have driving subjects where the knowledge and skills for this subject are the main focus.  Each Project also has project values which will be used to link the learning and to ask ‘Big Questions’.  Vocabulary development is central to our work; we have planned vocabulary that we want all children to learn and use in relation to their projects.  Representation of diversity in our curriculum is key to opening the world for all our pupils and as such, we make curriculum choices based on this understanding.

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During this project, the driving subject is History.  We learn about the past and reflect on how it impacts us now.  We also learn how to share this learning with others. During this project, the driving subjects are Geography and Design & Technology.  We learn about real-world issues and how we can make a difference, learning about different places and communities and how technology can improve people’s lives. During this project, the driving subjects are PSHE and Relationships, Music and Art & Design.  We learn about how others express themselves and how we can express ourselves using a range of media to share our self-expression with others.

Our English teaching is linked to our learning projects and offers opportunities for children to write with real purpose and impact.  Mathematics, Science, Computing, French and Physical Education are taught discreetly but where there are real opportunities to create links – we do.

Religious Education (learning about and from world faiths) is used as a driver to teach our project values at the start of each project and also maintains the school’s distinctive Christian character by continuing to learn about and from the Christian faith at major festival times.  We explore the project values by studying Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist and Humanist beliefs, traditions and rituals.

Our Project Overviews: Curriculum Implementation

Our Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

Subject Implementation

Every subject taught at St Mary’s has a Subject Leader who works alongside the Curriculum Leader and other Senior Leaders to support the school in delivering the overall curriculum intent by promoting excellence in their subject.

Linked below are pages that provide an overview of the Intent, Implementation and Progression of Knowledge and Skills for each curriculum area: