In Early Years (Nursery and Reception) we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
In Key Stage 1 (Year One and Year Two) and Key Stage 2 (Years Three to Six) St Mary’s follows the new National Curriculum implemented in September 2014. More detailed information about the curriculum in each year-group can be found below to let parents and carers know what is being covered and how they can support learning at home.
At St. Mary's we have a theme-based creative curriculum where we make purposeful links across different curriculum areas in order to make learning meaningful for the children. For example, Year Four have a theme entitled 'Choccywoccydoodah' where they explore Roald Dahl's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', learn about the ancient Mayan civilisation and chocolate making and link this to their learning on Solids, Liquids and Gases in Science.
Parents and carers are also kept informed of changes to our curriculum via information sessions and curriculum evenings throughout the academic year.
At St Mary’s, phonics is taught following the Letters and Sounds programme. The Letters and Sounds programme clearly follows the six phases of phonic progression throughout the Early Years and Key Stage One. Phonics is taught explicitly daily in Early Years and Key Stage One, and where necessary in KS2. Please see our Reading and Phonics policy for further information.
At St Mary's we use a range of reading scheme books to meet the needs and interests of our pupils. Reading scheme books include Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, Floppy’s Phonics and Project X. Our reading scheme runs from the Early Years to the end of Key Stage 2, whereby once children finish the scheme they become independent readers who select their own books as they are at a point in their reading journey to be able to read fluently and accurately with excellent comprehension. At the same time children may take home other reading books for them to practice their reading skills with such as those from our school library or the class reader area. Our KS1 and KS2 Curriculum Overview below gives further information about our Literacy curriculum.
If you have any questions about the curriculum we follow at St. Mary's, please look at the school prospectus or class pages first or contact the school who will direct you to the relevant subject leader who will be able to answer your query.