Our aim is to provide our children with an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that equips them for today and tomorrow. The school aims to provide for the spiritual welfare, academic progress, physical development, aesthetic awareness and pastoral care of every child, within a secure and stimulating atmosphere conductive to effective learning that reflects St Marie’s strong Catholic ethos. Our school ethos is firmly rooted in our values with a love of learning being the foundation of everything we do, so that we really are ‘Walking, hand in hand with Jesus.’
At St Marie’s Catholic Primary School, Our curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in school. Our curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first-hand learning experiences; allow the children to develop interpersonal skills; build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our diverse school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values, with a vision to prepare them for life beyond primary school. We constantly provide enrichment opportunities to engage learning. We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives, where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.
Our curriculum is taught through challenging themes with an emphasis on developing English and how the curriculum is taught. To ensure our curriculum is exciting and motivating, we bring learning to life through a host of visits and visitors. Our curriculum is designed to ensure: deep learning, focusing on extending those who are at greater depth within the curriculum areas; engagement with their learning and initiating the direction of the units of study, particularly within the foundation subjects ensuring breath and balance. There is also a strong emphasis on developing vocabulary across the curriculum. We believe that a rich understanding of words enable children to become better learners and prepares them for the challenges of the outside world.
That all children leave St Marie’s with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community, where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become life-long learners.
At St Marie’s we use rigorous triangulated monitoring throughout the year to gauge the impact of the curriculum design. We monitor individual subjects: reviewing learning, evaluating pupil voice, providing individual feedback to move practice forward, celebrating positives and highlighting areas of development to continue to move forward. Our whole school team strengthen our ethos and vision as we work together to reflect upon our curriculum and share outcomes driving forward next steps. Learning is measured through careful analysis of application of skills across the curriculum; showing how acquisition of knowledge is enhanced by expectations to evidence quality thinking and demonstrate individual understanding. Triangulated monitoring measures performance against individual and school targets.