Our curriculum

The staff have worked hard to develop a curriculum that builds on learning overtime. All subjects are taught discretely, with links being made across curriculum areas when appropriate. We place emphasis on enrichment activities that develop learning, build character and broaden experience. Our curriculum is underpinned by our school values of creativity, perseverance, responsibility, respect and wisdom.

Each term, the class teacher will send a curriculum newsletter to parents, detailing each subject areas being taught. 

 

Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement for our Curriculum

Intent

Our vision statement is ‘love your neighbour as you love yourself’ and we intend that our curriculum will help to develop self-confident individuals who are able to go out into the world to live a good life as global citizens. At St Mary’s CofE Primary we believe that our curriculum should build on children’s curiosity for and wonder of the world around them. We want children to develop a love of learning that will go with them throughout life.

Our curriculum reflects our five school values

 

RESPECT. Our curriculum will have a local, national and global dimension and promote mutual respect and understanding.

RESPONSIBILITY: Our curriculum will explore the sustainability of our planet and our role as citizens within it

CREATIVITY: Our curriculum will promote children’s curiosity, problem solving and imagination.

PERSEVERANCE: Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to challenge themselves and learn through first hand experiences.

WISDOM: Our curriculum will encourage children to ask and answer questions and will require thought and explanation.

 

Curriculum drivers for all curriculum areas:

Communication so children will have the high-level vocabulary and skills to ask questions, explain their learning and communicate effectively through a wide range of media.

Challenge so children are self-motivated and willing to take risks; solve problems creatively, taking pride in their learning; and motivate themselves towards success and increasing independence.

Community so children will feel a sense of belonging as empathetic, respectful and supportive members of our immediate school environment as well as the global community.

 

Implementation

Our curriculum is composed of discrete subjects with links between subjects being made as appropriate. Subject leaders have developed plans for the school and work continually with stake holders to develop these plans and make them increasing personal to our community. Our understanding of cognitive science and the cognitive load has helped us to shape plans that build upon children’s pre-existing knowledge and skills. Subject leaders have identified the progression of skills and knowledge for their subjects, as well as in impact, implantation and impact statement.

Our curriculum is enriched through a wide variety of activities, clubs, trips and experiences. Many of these can be found in the MAT Passport of Enrichment activities.

Impact

The impact of our curriculum can be identified by talking to the children about their interest in their learning and seeing evidence in their books, on learning walls in classrooms and on displays around the school. Each class also keep a class evidence book of the learning activities that they have engaged with. Subject leaders use this evidence to monitor the impact of their curriculum.

Teacher’s use formative assessment methods to identify children’s understanding such as KWI grids, quizzes, PNI grids and discussion. Children’s attainment is updated on Target Tracker throughout the year and attainment steps are updated termly. This allows the class teacher and subject lead to monitor the progress of all children across the school.

Summative data, in the form of national tests and NFER data, and the benchmarking of this data help to provide an indication of how effective our curriculum is.

 

The St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Multi Academy Trust has developed a passport of enrichment activities that all their children will engage with during their time at primary school

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We are developing a simple long term plan for each year group, so parents can see easily the broad areas of learning that their children will be engaging in as well as enrichment activities from the MAT enrichment passport. For more detailed information, please see the subject page on the website.