The School Curriculum
At St Mary & St Andrew’s we are proud of our faith; it is the basis on which all our curriculum is taught. As our Mission Statement explains: “God guides us to be the best people we can be.”
The Intent of our curriculum is:
Our Curriculum has been designed to ensure each and every child can ‘be the best people they can be’ by offering stimulating and awe-inspiring learning experiences with our Catholic values at its heart.
It is designed to meet the needs of the pupils at St Mary and St Andrew’s, not only by focussing on appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum, but by modelling the virtues given to us by Christ. Our aspirational curriculum intends to develop individual and collaborative learning experiences; a positive growth mind set; a sense of responsibility and provide challenges that take learning beyond the classroom.
We are a small and semi-rural school with a constantly evolving curriculum which is inclusive of all children. We look to reflect their interests by listening to the voice of all pupils and enhancing learning experiences from local to national and global arenas. We intend our curriculum to develop outward looking pupils who are able to engage in learning about themselves and have an understanding of the wider world and its complex cultures.
The Implementation of our curriculum looks like:
Working alongside families, parish and local community, our curriculum is implemented by staff with strong pedagogy (the science of teaching) and pedagogical content knowledge (strong subject knowledge). The learning environment is stimulating and supportive for all children and provides a safe space for children to learn, make mistakes and learn from them. Reading and quality texts are the platform from which the academic curriculum is projected and promoted. Providing children with coherently planned sequential learning opportunities to develop ‘sticky learning’ (long lasting knowledge); carefully informed assessment practices and the development of effective characteristics of learning drives our quality teaching and learning.
Extra-curricular activities are a strength of our school. They are designed to complement our curriculum. enhance pupils’ learning experiences, form personal connections between pupils and their peers and teach skills essential for life after school.
The Impact of our curriculum is:
Our children’s progress and achievement will be rigorously monitored, highly valued and reflect the success of every individual. Children will be supported to ‘be the best that they can be’ academically, personally, emotionally, socially and faithfully. When children leave our school, we aim to have helped to develop well-rounded, deeply-faithful young people who are confident and resilient when facing personal, academic and professional challenges.
During their first year at St Mary & St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School, the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. The curriculum is planned to ensure that we are developing the children’s personal and social areas of learning as well as their emotional well-being.
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Key Stage 1 and 2
The children are taught according to the National Curriculum which comprises the following subjects:
RE and Prayer & Liturgy
Art and Design
Design and Technology
French (Key Stage 2)
Great importance is placed on literacy and classes throughout the school have a daily timetabled literacy lesson with further extension lessons as appropriate.
Phonics is taught each day in KS1 primarily using ‘Letters and Sounds’. Lessons are supplemented with a range of other resources from a variety of schemes such as Phonics Play and Jolly Phonics. Children are encouraged to take an active part in their learning.
The ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ scheme is used to teach reading. It is supplemented with real books and graded reading books from other schemes, organised into ‘book bands’.
We encourage children to develop a range of skills, which include speaking and listening, reading and writing. Experience has shown us that giving children real and vibrant experiences is vital to engaging them in their learning and in this way they are excited to apply the skills they have learnt. Children are taught to write for a variety of purposes from recording information to expressing themselves creatively. Spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting are taught and pupils are encouraged to apply their knowledge to their written work.
Mathematics is a key life skill and is given high priority. All children receive a structured daily maths lesson, based on the mathematics programmes of study. Mental work features highly in each lesson; tasks are differentiated to allow children to acquire and apply skills. Children develop higher level maths, by applying problem-solving and investigational skills to real life situations.
Children are encouraged to be actively involved in practical investigations and problem solving during science lessons. Our aim in teaching science is to foster children’s ability to observe, enquire, discuss and evaluate their findings.
The Computing curriculum teaches children to: create and debug simple programs; use logical reasoning; use technology safely and respectfully and what information technology can be used effectively for.
This is a Catholic School and the religious education it provides is in conformity with the rites, practices and doctrines of the Catholic Church.
Religious Education is provided within the timetable according to the Diocese of Lancaster Education Service R.E. Syllabus.
The school promotes Christian values through the teachings of the Catholic Church. The children also learn about the beliefs and traditions of some of the other major world religions. We plan for the spiritual and moral growth of each pupil through planned teaching and the Catholic ethos of the school.
Geography involves the development of skills as well as knowledge and understanding about places and themes. Children learn about the local area around school, parts of the U.K. and other parts of the world.
In the early years, pupils are given opportunities to develop an awareness of the past and of the ways in which it is different from the present. They are helped to develop a sense of chronology.
Older pupils are taught about important episodes and developments in Britain’s past, from Roman to modern times, about ancient civilisations and the history in other parts of the world. Historical skills are developed through Study Units. Children investigate local history and learn about the past from a range of sources of information.
Art and Design
The children are encouraged to express their ideas and feelings through their art work and are also encouraged to observe their surroundings and convey their ideas using a range of different techniques and materials. A sense of awe & wonder is developed in our children through the exploration of colour, shape, pattern, texture, tone, line, space and form. Children are inspired by the study of the work of famous artists.
Design and Technology
Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Children use a range of materials to do this.
We aim to make music enjoyable for all pupils in the school. The children sing, play instruments, listen to music and have opportunities to make their own musical compositions, which they are encouraged to appreciate and evaluate. During their time in school, all children will be given the opportunity to take part in a musical performance. Children are also able to take advantage of woodwind, keyboard and guitar lessons at a fixed price.
All our Key Stage 2 children study French. Language teaching is often practical and involves learning phrases and vocabulary through games, songs and rhymes. French language acquisition enables pupils to express simple ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. KS1 have the opportunity to join our ‘Bravissimo! Beginners Italian Classes’. For a small fee this club introduces our young minds to the magical world of language learning.
Our high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. We believe that opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. We aim to include everyone in sporting activities and understand that competition isn’t always the ultimate goal but that improving skills and teamwork is highly motivating and rewarding.
The school is well equipped for P.E. with a hall, extensive grounds and a good stock of up to date resources. The school believes in the importance of P.E. and exercise for all. All teachers receive up to date training and each class has two P.E. lessons a week, one run by TeamTheme. We join in many inter-school sports and swimming galas as well as organising friendly games whenever possible.
We view swimming as a life skill and vital to keeping our children safe. For this reason our Year 1 & Year 2 children attend swimming lessons in the summer term.
The P.E. curriculum also covers gymnastics, games, athletics, dance, and outdoor adventurous activities. Year 5 & 6 pupils have the opportunity to attend a 5 day outward bound residential course at Lockerbie Manor.
An overview of the current year’s curriculum can be found on each Class link below and is updated termly. If you have any further questions about curriculum, please speak to class teachers.
Wrens – Year R
Robins – Year 1 & 2
Owls – Year 3 & 4
Jays – Year 4 & 5
Eagles – Year 6