About our Curriculum
Our school's curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning, acquiring knowledge, developing skills and personal growth.
We offer children a broad, balanced, differentiated and relevant curriculum which recognises individual developmental needs and takes account of National Curriculum requirements.
We focus on developing children’s learning capacity so that they can become positive learners who can work and cooperate with others, while at the same time developing their knowledge and skills, in order to be the best they can be.
The curriculum in all maintained schools in England must be based on the National Curriculum 2014, with the following exceptions:
The school follows the National Curriculum which consists of Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Music, Computing, Foreign Languages, History, Geography, Physical Education, Religious Education, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Personal Social Health Education and Citizenship. Our RE scheme is based on the locally agreed SACRE syllabus.
Children in the Foundation stage follow the Foundation stage curriculum.
The subjects are planned into topics linked to all subjects across the year, which are taught across the school. Some subjects are taught as stand-alone units and others are linked together where useful links can be made that help deepen children’s learning.
Since September 2014, we are following a creative and comprehensive curriculum, based on the Cornerstones Curriculum: ‘Engage-Develop-Innovate-Express’. This curriculum ensures coverage of all of the programmes of study within the National Curriculum. It offers an exciting range of themes and topics such as Scrumdiddlyumptious, Frozen Kingdom and Did Dragons exist ?
Our aim is to create a vibrant and creative curriculum that puts children at its heart, excites their imaginations, inspires them to learn, extends their horizons, deepens their understanding and meets their intellectual and personal needs.
The four stage teaching and learning philosophy, Engage-Develop-Innovate-Express, facilitates a consistent approach; promoting a high level of teacher subject knowledge, creativity and flexibility.
Each topic follows the same format, as described below:
A stage of learning that provides children with an inspiring and thought provoking starting point that stirs curiosity and initiates interest. Children engage in purposeful and contextualised learning experiences; in and outside the classroom, making best use of partners, experts and the community to provide the stimulus to learn. To ensure that children are immediately ‘engaged’, teachers provide a range of memorable experiences and starting points that stimulate children's interests in a particular theme or concept.
A stage of learning that provides children with an opportunity to develop and master key skills, subject knowledge, research techniques and independence. Children become industrious learners making sense of information and experiences, leading to sound understanding and progress. Children DEVELOP their knowledge, understanding, key and subject skills required to progress their learning and attainment through quality differentiation, focused learning tasks and high quality relevant learning experiences.
A stage of learning that challenges children’s ability to work creatively, exploring possibilities and finding solutions. Using and applying previously learned skills, knowledge and understanding children work collaboratively to innovate, managing their own learning to achieve given success criteria. Teachers provide an imaginative and relevant provocation or scenario that provides opportunities to observe how successfully children can use, apply and problem solve in creative and imaginative ways.
A stage of learning that empowers children to share, celebrate and reflect with a range of partners and audiences. Children cement their learning through shared reflection with peers and other adults and are able to suggest next steps of learning. Teachers discuss, review and support individual and group evaluations using their observations and evidence to make summative assessments.
Progression of Skills
By combining Cornerstones and Chris Quigley’s progression of skills materials used previously to plan our curriculum, we are developing a more personalised curriculum for our school. Using this alongside our new tracking system – Target Tracker – we are ensuring that lessons are pitched appropriately and there is clear progression from the Foundation Stage through to Year 6.
If you wish to find out more about the curriculum we are delivering at St. Mary's C.E. Primary School, please do not hesitate to contact us at :