Our Curriculum Intent and Implementation
At St Mary's we provide a broad and balanced, rich and deep curriculum that is supported by everyone.
Our vision is to provide a bespoke curriculum that is inclusive and enriching, creative and engaging, active and investigative underpinned by the Gospel Values and British Values.
This is achieved through rich learning opportunities for all children including trips and workshops, super learning weeks and themed days.
Our curriculum is cross curricular which means we make links between subject areas and our curriculum plans are based around a theme and question. Our curriculum is planned in response to discussions with the children and their needs and interests. Collectively, we celebrates everyone’s successes and we want the curriculum to provide the children with life skills for the future.
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.
As a Catholic school our Religious Education scheme is 'Come and See.'
Reading and Phonics at St.Mary's RC Primary School
EYFS and KS1 have daily phonics lessons using Supersonic Phonics Friends to develop early reading skills.
Early reading is also developed through a wide range of decodable reading books linked to the phonics level of the child. Pupils in KS1 are also provided with colour coded 'real' books, we use reading recovery banding and PM Benchmarking to assess the appropriate level of these books.
Twice weekly comprehension lessons and weekly whole class guided reading lessons are taught with a focus on the VIPERS:
We encourage a love of reading through visits to Stockport Library, lunchtime access to our school library and an inviting reading area in every classroom. These reading areas are stocked with a range of age appropriate, mixed genre and challenging texts.
Every class has a class story that the teacher reads to them daily.
There are some great ideas and information for parents to support with phonics at:
We also send home a weekly letter to show what the children are learning in phonics and what they will be learning in the following week. Please take a look and enjoy some of the suggested activities with your children.
Maths Vision Statement
Here at St Mary's RC Primary School we aim to develop:
- A positive attitude to mathematics as an interesting and valuable subject
- An understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry reasoning and problem solving.
- A range of learning strategies working, cooperatively, collaboratively and independently.
- Confidence in mathematics where children can express ideas fluently and talk about the subject using mathematical language.
- An understanding of the importance of mathematics in everyday life.
English Vision Statement
At St Mary's Primary School, we aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written word. We aim to develop:
- The habit of reading widely and often for both pleasure and information.
- A wide vocabulary.
- The ability to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style for a range of audiences.
- The ability to use discussion in order to learn. They should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.
The DEAL (Drama, Engagement, Active Learning) Approach
At St. Mary's Primary School we have decided to embark on the journey of teaching using the DEAL approach. There are 5 key characteristics that have been established and these embody our vision, they are:
- That children are actively engaged in their learning
- Drama processes ignite curiosity, provoke enquiry and demand critical thinking
- Emotional and experiential learning increases attention and retention
- Imaginative contexts inspire purposeful learning
- Collaboration and co-operation are seen to be vital to learning and life
Below you will find links to a break down of learning objectives for each year group, please just click on your child's year group and the subject of interest.
Please look at your child's class page for their overall Curriculum Map for the Spring Term
School Development Plan.
You can view our school development plan here:
This is a live document which we work on, adapt and update throughout the year.