Curriculum

Our curriculum follows the 2014 National Curriculum. You can read the complete curriculum on the DFE website.

Our Curriculum Policy is on the school policies page.

We have identified Curriculum Drivers around which the teaching in each year group is planned.

Key learning & skills for each year group, as given out at Parent Information Meetings in the autumn term, are here: Reading | Writing | Maths 

For an overview of the curriculum statements for each year group in every subject, look here:

reception  |  year 1  |  year 2  |  year 3  |  year 4  |  year 5  |  year 6

These documents show more detail on how the curriculum is taught through a cross-curricular approach:

year 1 | year 2 | year 3 | year 4 | year 5 | year 6

At the beginning of each year, teachers hold parent information meetings to explain the cross-curricular approach to learning, and the curriculum expectations for their year-group.

Religious Education is taught through a number of topics linked to the liturgical year and including study of other faiths. All year groups follow the same progression of topics, which link from year to year.

Autumn term: Creation; Sacraments; Prayer Saints & Feasts; Advent; Christmas
Spring Term: Epiphany; Revelation; Lent; Holy Week
Summer Term: Easter; Pentecost & Mission; Prayer, Saints & Feasts

Class blogs (links on the class pages) will give an insight into how teaching & learning looks in class.

We are using the Maths No Problem scheme of work throughout the school from year 1. This scheme has been developed using the principles of how maths is so successfully taught in Singapore. There are some excellent videos that explain some of the thinking and methods. If you prefer to read about it, have a look under the ‘Our Approach’ tab on the Maths No Problem website. The Purbeck Maths Calculation Strategy (updated September 2015) shows examples of the progression in calculation methods.

Specific details relating to reading & phonics can be found here. You can look at key slides from the ‘Reading With Your Child at Home‘ session here.

If you would like more information about the curriculum at St Mary’s, please make an appointment with your class teacher or with a member of the Senior Leadership team via the school office.

page last updated: 10 October 2019