St Mary's Catholic Primary School

St Mary's Catholic Primary School

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Newsflash: School will close for the summer holidays on the 22nd July at 2pm. School will reopen on the 7th September.

Our Curriculum

Our Intent
 
At St. Mary's, our curriculum is rooted in the belief that the child should be central to all we do. Every child is valued as an individual and is provided with the opportunities and experiences to flourish from their own unique starting points. The intent of our curriculum is to develop the whole child as an individual; an advocate of their school; a member of their parish and community; a resident of the British Isles and a global citizen. We make provision for the development of children’s relationships, experiences, attitudes and cognition underpinned by the gospel values.
 
You will see these beliefs evident in all we do: from the lessons we teach and the experiences we offer, to the relationships we build with one another. With the support of our governors, we are a community where everyone is cared for and nourished, no matter their background or the challenges they may face.
At the heart of our curriculum is the Child. We adapt all areas of the curriculum to meet the needs of each child. Our curriculum is built on in layers starting with the child, the relationship of me to others; my school and my community including my parish; the British Isles and finally globally.
Our Implementation
 
Our school uses a topic approach to teaching and each class chooses six topics throughout the year. Topics are chosen to give a breadth of learning experiences and a depth of curriculum, where children develop skills and knowledge in a wide variety of areas. We are very lucky to live in Cornwall and every class chooses key topics which focus on Cornwall and our local area. Teachers also choose topics which encourage the children to build strong relationships with one another and give opportunities to explore Gospel Values, such as compassion and justice.
 
The St Mary’s curriculum encompasses a variety of different resources. For teaching and learning subject areas the school uses ‘White Rose Maths’, AET maths); Third space learning and Literacy shed. We also use ‘Talk for Writing’ to teach creative writing alongside Alan Peat resources for structuring the text. We review the teaching and learning on a half termly, termly and yearly basis, adapting the curriculum to meet the needs of the children in the cohorts. At the heart of our curriculum design (both hidden and subject explicit) is the child. We plan, teach and assess the skills and knowledge of each curriculum subject. We ensure that learning is delivered through an engaging and motivating topic/ project is and that subjects are linked together to form powerful understanding of concepts in a variety of contexts.
Our impact
 
Learning becomes relevant, engaging and purposeful. Children learn about their culture from where they live to how it affects others globally. Children will have a good grasp of skills and be able to draw on knowledge to enable and motivate them. Outcomes are improved across the board.
 
Our goal is for our children to leave our school ready for the next stage in their learning journey.