St Mary’s CE (VA) Primary School aims to provide a broad, balanced curriculum which meets the needs of all pupils in the school. Through the delivery of this curriculum we aim to:
- enable each child to acquire and develop the basic skills of language, literacy and numeracy;
- develop lively, enquiring minds which are able to question and argue rationally;
- develop imaginative and creative skills
- develop the ability to apply knowledge and skills;
- empower children as independent learners who are proud of their achievements.
Under the requirements of the 1988 Education Act it is necessary for all schools to teach the National Curriculum to Key Stages 1 and 2. We teach the Foundation Stage Curriculum to children who are in their first school year. This gives the framework for all our teaching within school. Mathematics, English, Science, ICT and RE form the “Core Subjects” of the National Curriculum, with Design Technology, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship and Physical Education making up the Foundation subjects.
St Mary’s School also teaches French to the juniors as its Modern Foreign Language.
The Foundation Stage Curriculum is sectioned into three prime areas of learning: personal, social and emotional development; communication and language and physical development These key areas of learning are developed through four specific areas of learning: literacy, maths, expressive arts and design and understanding of the world.
In Key Stage One the Phonics Scheme used is Letters and Sounds and our school employs the Phonics Bug Books reading scheme which are then graded into free-reading books.