Our Curriculum

The National Curriculum

Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life

The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that each school plans for its pupils. The national curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum.

All state schools are also required to make provision for a daily act of collective worship and must teach religious education to pupils at every key stage.

Our Religious Education scheme is 'Come and See.'

Schools in England are legally required to follow the statutory national curriculum.

All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice.

The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens.

Children in Key Stage 1 use the Letters & Sounds phonic scheme

The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to go beyond the national curriculum specifications

. At St. Mary’s School we teach the national curriculum as outlined above in addition to providing a range of learning experiences to ensure we engage and challenge our children as learners.

Our curriculum is cross curricular which means we make links between subject areas and our overviews for years 1-6 show these as pieces of a jigsaw. based around a question. Our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is designed differently as the learning and themes are planned in response to discussions with the children and their needs and interests.

New curriculum map Autumn 2017:

“Full of grace, we grow and learn together.”

How are we part of God’s World?





Overall School Termly Theme

Our Wonderful World

Our Changing World

God’s World – Now and Then


How wonderful is God’s Creation?


-          Amazing animals

-          My brilliant body



How we travel around God’s wonderful world?


-          Naughty bus

-          Flight



How does God provide for us?


-          Materials and toys from the past and present

-          How does your garden grow?




Why is God’s creation so special?


-          British Coastline

-          Forests around the world



Why are people inspirational?


-          Great fire of London and Samuel Pepys

-          Florence Nightingale


What can we learn from the past?


-          Changes in the local area (hats)




What wonderful things did God create in 7 days?


-exploring natural formations in the UK





What can we learn from digging up the past?

-          Stone age to the iron age

-          Land use over time



What can we learn from our ancestors?


-          Ancient Egypt

-          Rivers




How diverse is our world?


-          Europe



What can we learn from our ancestors?


-          Anglo-Saxons and Vikings



How do we look after God’s creation?


-local history Marple





How has God’s world developed?


-          South America

-          Evolution and inheritance



How has the past shaped God’s world?


-          Local history

-          Light/electricity




Are cultural changes over time good ones?


-          Global citizenship

-          British History




Anti-bullying week

House celebrations

Who inspires me?

Themed weeks – relevant global themes

House celebrations

Who inspires me?

Themed weeks – relevant global themes

Sports week

French day

House celebrations

Who inspires me?

Themed weeks – relevant global themes