At St. Mary’s we have structured an ambitious and relevant curriculum to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding the children will need to achieve well in their primary school education, to ensure this continues at their next place of learning at secondary school, and ultimately to help them prepare to take their place as adults in a rapidly changing workplace.
We have adopted a mastery approach to learning, ensuring that there is frequent opportunity to revisit and reinforce new skills, engaging the children with vocabulary rich and high quality texts and discussion, whilst endeavouring to provide opportunities for children to rehearse and apply their skills and knowledge in practical contexts.
The curriculum is rooted in the Jesuit virtues and values (see also the Virtues and Values page in Catholic Life).
We differentiate when necessary and provide additional support to ensure children of all abilities can access the curriculum.
Our curriculum is open and accessible to all children, regardless of gender, ethnicity or religious beliefs.
You can find full details of our entire curriculum below.
How parents can find out more:
Phonics and Reading Schemes:
We use Letters and Sounds as our Phonics scheme, supplemented by other materials to ensure children move through the phases quickly from Nursery through to Year 1.
Useful support material can be found on the following website which has been funded by the Department for Education:
Other useful information can be found on the English page on the school website.
We use a variety of banded books to support the children's learning in Reading, with Reading Planet being amongst the newest reading material we have in school.