The Curriculum

‘Living, Loving and Learning with God.

At St. Mary’s we are committed to planning and delivering an exciting and stimulating curriculum for all our children. Our Catholic ethos is woven into everything we do and we work to ensure that every child has the opportunity to develop his or her own strengths and develop in self-esteem and confidence. Lessons and learning experiences are well-structured, which leads to confident, enthusiastic and independent learners, well prepared for secondary education and the challenges of modern life. We make the curriculum exciting and relevant to the children’s needs by choosing cross-curricular themes that engage the interests of the children and spark their enthusiasm. Literacy lessons are planned to take full advantage of the cross-curricular links. Pupils practise and apply the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired through literacy lessons to other areas of the curriculum.

We frequently have visiting specialists in the arts, science and other areas to enrich the curriculum and bring topics to life. Class visits are organised each year to places of interest related to the curriculum. For Year 6 there is an annual residential trip to an activity centre. Our curriculum is boosted by regular theme days on a wide variety of topics which are always popular. Recent themes have included: ‘Victorians’, ‘Mardi Gras’, ‘Saints’ and ‘Fairtrade’ and ‘Mr Men books’. The days include a mixture of music, art, dance, drama, textiles and other crafts and provide an opportunity for integration amongst the different age groups.

St Mary’s is a ‘musical’ school; we recognise that musical activities can have a huge benefit on children’s intellectual, personal and social skills and compliments our school assemblies and Acts of Worship. Music improves phonetic awareness and helps to develop language and literacy skills. We have a specialist music teacher who offers our children an enriching and inspiring musical experience. All children are encouraged to sing well, play an instrument and join in with the various music clubs and events on offer at the school and in the wider community. Further details of this can be found on the ‘Music’ page of the website.

Please see links below on what has changed since 2014 with the New Curriculum.

For more in-depth information on each class' learning please see our class pages here.