Our Curriculum

 

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Curriculum Policy 2019.20: Intent; ; Statement and Life-skills

At St Mary Magdalen’s we believe that:

We must Inspire our children, and in order to do this we must:

  • Promote Enjoyment;
  • Strive for Happiness;
  • Develop an environment where children are glad to come to school;
  • Celebrate our successes;
  • Always aim to have health and wellbeing.

By accepting God’s word, Love will always be at the centre of our school and we will show this by:

  • Remembering our uniqueness; 
  • Believing in equality and accepting and respecting differences;
  • Living by our Christian values;
  • Forging partnerships; 
  • Being Forgiving;
  • Accepting forgiveness;
  • Showing patience; 
  • Being prayerful; 
  • Ensuring there is a safe environment both physically and emotionally for our children and staff to grow in;
  • Having self-reflection;
  • Remembering our spirituality;
  • Creating a love of learning.o

When we Educate our children, we must:

  • Ensure that all our children achieve their full potential;
  • Remember the whole child;
  • Have high expectations in all areas for all our children;
  • Create a curriculum to stimulate all our children.

 

OUR CURRICULUM FOR OUR CHILDREN

 

 

Our Curriculum Intent Statement

 

Through exploration creativity, and critical  thinking we intend to build on what our children already  know. We want   them to be able to link the past, the present and the future in a range of local and global contexts. This is to deepen their understanding and enhance their skills in all curriculum areas. To support and engage   learning we aim to provide meaningful experiences to make learning real and exciting.

 

Our school will work together  to track  themes, skills and vocabulary  through our year groups, in order to ensure progression. We will further  ensure that  key vocabulary, key skills and key questions for each topic support this process.

 

We will provide  teaching and learning opportunities  that will be pertinent to our children in order to facilitate  their social mobility and equip them to be responsible, respectful, active citizens, who contribute positively to society.

 

We do this with the guidance of our Lord

 

 

How we will continue to develop our curriculum

 

At St Mary Magdalen’s we will:

  • Ensure we continue to develop a curriculum that offers flexibility through a broad range of subjects at all key stages.
  • Link all our policies and action plans to our developing curriculum. ( See LTPs and MTPs)
  • Create a clear curriculum plan that outlines the aims of the curriculum and its links to the SDP and the school’s overall curriculum intent.
  • Maintain a thorough and up-to-date knowledge of the national curriculum and ensure any developments are reflected in the school’s policies.
  • All work to embed the school’s curriculum intent and implementation methods securely and consistently across the school.
  • Ensure work given to pupils matches the aims of the curriculum and is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment.
  • Plan curriculum content that successfully builds on the knowledge and skills taught at each key stage.( See the school’s LTP and MTPs )
  • Ensure the curriculum contains content that has been identified as the most useful and that this content is taught in a logical progression, systematically and explicitly enough for all pupils to acquire the intended knowledge and skills. .( See the school’s LTP and MTPs )
  • Work as a team with the guidance of the SLT  to promote the use of a broad range of appropriate teaching and learning strategies.
  • Continue to construct a curriculum that is ambitious and designed to provide all pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in later life.
  • Ensure the curriculum offers academic/vocational/technical ambition for all pupils, and is not narrowed for disadvantaged pupils or those with SEND.
  • Adapt the curriculum, where necessary, to ensure it meets the needs of all pupils and develops their knowledge, skills and abilities, including pupils with SEND.
  • Ensure the school’s local context is reflected in the curriculum.
  • Take account of staff workload when planning the curriculum, schemes of work, marking and feedback and communication policies.
  • Develop a  positive attitude that motivates and inspires all members of staff, enabling them to carry out their duties to the highest standards.
  • Ensure all subject leaders are aware of any developments in the curriculum and monitor changes as they are implemented.
  • Ensure parents understand the curriculum development.
  • Organise relevant CPD to support staff  development.
  • Ensure new subject leaders are supported and appropriately trained..

Continue to monitor the impact of the curriculum, plan and identify areas for improvement.

 

Life Experiences

By 2023 ( current Y3 2019 upwards ) when our children leave St Mary Magdalen’s they will have :

 

  • Been to a picnic ;
  • Eaten in a café of restaurant ;
  • Been to forest school ;
  • Visited a tbeatre ;
  • Experienced a visit out of their comfort zone, for example skiing ;
  • Visited a church and a cathedral ;
  • Visited a farm and a zoo ;
  • Ride a horse or a pony ;
  • Been to a museum / art gallery:
  • Learn by making mistakes;;
  • Experienced an outdoor adventure, ( build a fire, toast marshmallows, canoeing, rock climbing and climb a hill , erect a tent;,, build a den ;
  • Experienced a national or large scale sporting event ;
  • Visited and joined a library ;
  • Opportunity to represent school;
  • Planned and been out for a bus and train trip ;
  • Visited a city ;
  • Visited an airport ;
  • Visited a municipal building ;
  • Experienced different places of worship ;
  • Paddled in the sea and built a sandcastle ;
  • Play in a  park ;
  • Experienced pond dipping ;
  • Pay in a shop with real money ;
  • Visit a castle / stately home/ mill ;
  • Bake a cake ;
  • Be able to play at least two board games;
  • Celebrating diversity ;
  • Opportunity to go on a residential

 

 

 

 

By the end of each year nearly all of our children will be able to :

 

In Reception

  • Recite their birthday month
  • Get changed for PE
  • Know who a safe adult is
  • Know how to brush teeth, brush hair, bathe/shower
  • Use scissors correctly
  • Be able to ride a trike
  • Be able to read and write their own full name
  • Have a conversation
  • Know their address
  • Put their own coat on and zip it up.

 

 

In Year 1

  • Say where they live ;
  • Recite their own birthday ;
  • To know where to go or who to call when they feel threatened and vulnerable
  • To understand when actions and words from adults including  strangers and online are inappropriate ;
  • Know that they need to wash, brush their teeth, comb their hair and eat healthily ;
  • Feel confident to try things on their own ;
  • Be proud of them themselves and their work ;
  • Know who the Queen and Prime Minister is ;
  • Know what the capital city  of England is ;
  • Dress independently including fastening their own coat.
  • To recite at least two nursery rhymes.

 

In Year 2

  • Be able to dress themselves including fastening their own coats;
  • Be able to put a bobble in their own hair ;
  • Be able to organize themselves by remembering what to bring to school, where to get pens etc. ;
  • Know by heart a emergency number of their carer ;
  • Know how to contact the emergency services. ;
  • Be able to use a knife, fork and spoon appropriately ;
  • Know that they need to wash, brush their teeth, comb their hair and eat healthily ;
  • To know where to go or who to call when they feel threatened and vulnerable
  • To understand when actions and words from adults including  strangers and online are inappropriate ;
  • Feel confident to try things on their own ;
  • Be proud of them themselves and their work ;
  • To understand that taking turns in actions and in conversation is important
  • Know two mainland capital cities
  • Know that we have a parliament that makes laws and where it is based. 
  • Know who the Queen is and have an idea of the royal family tree.
  • Know who the Prime Minister is.
  • Understand and respect their own and others personal space
  • Know their date of birth
  • Undertake their own healthcare
  • To recite at least three nursery rhymes.
  • To be able to play at least one board game and one card game.

 

 In Year 3

  • Be able to tie their own shoe laces ;
  • Be able to organize themselves by remembering what to bring to school, where to get pens etc. ;
  • Know by heart a emergency number of their carer ;
  • Know how to contact the emergency services. ;
  • Be able to use a knife, fork and spoon appropriately ;
  • Know that they need to wash, brush their teeth, comb their hair and eat healthily ;
  • To know where to go or who to call when they feel threatened and vulnerable
  • To understand when actions and words from adults including  strangers and online are inappropriate ;
  • Feel confident to try things on their own ;
  • Be proud of them themselves and their work ;
  • To understand that taking turns in actions and in conversation is important
  • Be able to use a ruler to actually measure
  • Know four capital cities
  • To be able to play at least two board games and two card games.
  • Know who the Queen and the royal role  and have an idea of the royal family tree.
  • Be able to make themselves food when they are hungry

 

In Year 4

  • Be able to organize themselves by remembering what to bring to school, where to get pens etc. ;
  • Know by heart a emergency number of their carer ;
  • Know how to contact the emergency services. and what to say when they do ;
  • Be able to use a knife, fork and spoon appropriately ;
  • Know that they need to wash, brush their teeth, comb their hair and eat healthily ;
  • To know where to go or who to call when they feel threatened and vulnerable
  • To understand when actions and words from adults including  strangers and online are inappropriate ;
  • Feel confident to try things on their own ;
  • Be proud of them themselves and their work ;
  • To understand that taking turns in actions and in conversation is important
  • Be able to cross a road safely ;
  • To ride a two wheel bike ;
  • Know how much sleep they and be able to set and use an alarm ;
  • Understand personal body space ;
  • Be able to tie their own shoe laces ;
  • Be able to play a board game ;
  • Know what a continent is
  • Be able to use a ruler and tape measure to actually measure
  • To be able to tell the time from analogue and digital devices
  • Understand that they must own their words and actions
  • Know how to stay safe around water and  railways.
  • To be able to play at least three board games and three card games.

In Year 5

  • Be able to organize themselves by remembering what to bring to school, where to get pens etc. ;
  • Know by heart a emergency number of their carer ;
  • Know how to contact the correct emergency services and what to say;
  • Be able to use a knife, fork and spoon appropriately ;
  • Know that they need to wash, brush their teeth, comb their hair and eat healthily ;
  • To know where to go or who to call when they feel threatened and vulnerable
  • To understand when actions and words from adults including  strangers and online are inappropriate ;
  • Feel confident to try things on their own ;
  • Be proud of them themselves and their work ;
  • To understand that taking turns in actions and in conversation is important
  • Be able to cross a road safely ;
  • To be able to tell the time from analogue and digital devices
  • Be able to see to all their own hygiene needs but understand they may need to ask for support ;
  • Be able to use a ruler and tape measure to actually measure
  • Know how much sleep they and be able to set and use an alarm
  • Can name most of the continents
  • Be able to tie their own shoe laces ;

 

In Year 6

  • Be able to tie shoelaces
  • Be able to organize themselves by remembering what to bring to school, where to get pens etc. ;
  • Know by heart a emergency number of their carer ;
  • Know how to contact the emergency services. ;
  • Be able to use a knife, fork and spoon appropriately ;
  • Know that they need to wash, brush their teeth, comb their hair and eat healthily ;
  • To know where to go or who to call when they feel threatened and vulnerable
  • Be able to swim
  • To understand when actions and words from adults including  strangers and online are inappropriate ;
  • Feel confident to try things on their own ;
  • Be proud of them themselves and their work ;
  • Be able to cross a road safely ;
  • Be able to make a sandwich ;
  • Be able to read a timetable and use it to get to their desired destination ;
  • Be able to fasten a tie ;
  • Be able to button up a standard shirt
  • Be able to see to all their own hygiene needs but understand they may need to ask for support ;
  • To understand that taking turns in actions and in conversation is important
  • Know how much sleep they and be able to set and use an alarm
  • Can name all of the continents and show where they are on a globe.
  • Be able to solve their own conflicts before involving adults.
  • Be able to understand, respect , celebrate and appreciate each others differences. ( see school diversity plan and PHSE curriculum)

 

 

Core subjects:

English and maths are taught discretely every morning, with additional sessions for the teaching of guided reading. Phonics is taught daily across EYFS and KS1.

Reading:

We use the Jolly Phonics phonic scheme in Reception and Year 1 which is built upon using Letters and sounds in Years 1 and 2.  Children are grouped by ability to ensure that the phonic focus closely matches the children's learning needs. 
A banded reading scheme called ‘Bug Club’, published by Pearson, is used throughout school  until children are confident ‘free readers’, at which point they are able to select from our well-stocked library.

Foundation subjects:

We are following the Lancashire LPDS curriculum which covers all of the National Curriculum objectives for foundation subjects (history, geography, art, DT, PSHE, computing, music and PE), through a topic based approach.  Each topic is designed to develop children’s curiosity, knowledge, sense of adventure, ambition, creativity, positivity, skills of self-reflection and their ability to work collaboratively.

Teachers actively plan opportunities for children to develop and apply their numeracy and literacy skills through the topics; there is a focus on these key skills in order to open up a world of opportunities and learning in other areas.

PE and RE are taught separately on a weekly basis across school with Spanish also being taught in KS2.  We follow the Lancashire schemes of work for PE, the Blackburn Diocese scheme for RE and plan lessons using national curriculum objectives and drawing upon a wide range of resources for Spanish.

Key stage two children learn to play an instrument, taught by a specialist teacher and all children benefit from some PE lessons taught by specialist coaches.

We are constantly adjusting the curriculum to meet the aspirations of all stakeholders and we welcome parental involvement, particularly where there are specific expertise that will benefit the school.

Please click on the link below to find out about the topics taught in each year group or visit your child's class page within the Year Groups section of our website for more information. 

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