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Curriculum

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.

 

As you are aware the Government has changed the national curriculum from September 2014. The quick guides below give you an indication of the expectation for each year group under this new curriculum. Have a look at our curriculum map to see when we cover each of the aspects.

 

If you have any questions about the curriculum please speak to your child's class teacher.

We aim for our curriculum to be taught through purposeful and meaningful activities which enable the children to develop the key skills and knowledge.

 

We also believe it is very important that the children are able to link their learning to their own lives. We want them to know their place in their own community but also be aware of their national culture and how this relates to the rest of the world so they leave us as responsible, aspirational, creative and spiritual learners.

 

The Curriculum Aims of the School

 

  1. Within the framework of a Christian Education, based on the teachings of the Church of England, we aim to develop a positive attitude to life and learning. We emphasise the qualities of self-discipline, self-confidence, tolerance and sensitivity to the needs of others.
  2. We aim to provide a broad-based and balanced education, which incorporates all of the legal requirements of the National Curriculum and the Foundation Stage Curriculum and which is relevant to the needs of our children.
  3. We aim to provide a carefully planned curriculum which is available equally to all children, but which is also sensitive to the differing needs, rates of progress and ability levels of our children.
  4. We aim to provide a stimulating, disciplined and caring environment in which children acquire the skills, interests and values which will enable them to take full advantage of their Primary Education, their Secondary Education and of their adult lives.
  5. We aim to ensure that the children learn effectively and that they achieve high standards in their academic work, behaviour and personal appearance. We aim to give proper value to the efforts of individual children, so that they are proud of their achievements.
  6. We aim to ensure that the teaching at our school is of the highest possible quality.
  7. We aim to work closely with the children's families and to build effective partnerships with the wider community. 8. We aim to prepare our children as individuals, who are equipped to make the best use of their futures and as members of society who will make a worthwhile contribution to the world.

The School Curriculum
Our curriculum is arranged in accordance with the requirements of the National Early Learning Goals, the National Curriculum and the policies of the school governors.  We broadly follow the Exeter Diocesan Scheme of work for Religious Education. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons, but are asked to discuss their decision first with the Headteacher. Copies of the documents relating to the curriculum can be studied at the school.

Hours of teaching per week:
The hours of teaching at our school, per week are as follows:
Infants (also known as Key Stage 1)    22.5 hours
Juniors (also known as Key Stage 2)    23.5 hours.
These figures are in addition to time allocated for registration, assemblies and breaks and are within the recommendations of the Secretary of State for Education.

PPA Time. From September 2005 all teachers are entitled to 10% release time from class to undertake Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) duties. The work covered during this time is planned in conjunction with the class teacher and the children benefit from expertise of other staff.

Early Learning Goals
Our youngest pupils are taught according to a specially designed curriculum for pre-compulsory school-aged children, called “Early Learning Goals”. The curriculum for these pupils consists of:
Personal and Social Development, Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Creative Development and Physical Development.
It prepares the children for their statutory school-age education and the National Curriculum.

KS 1 Phonics Scheme

At St Marychurch we use the Pearson phonic Bug Club scheme from Nursery through to Year 2 to ensure children are able to use a phonic approach to support their reading and writing.

The National Curriculum consists of the following subjects
a. Core subjects - English, mathematics, science and ICT
b. Foundation subjects - Art, technology, geography, history, music, PE
c.  Religious Education in a Church School is treated as a core subject.
d.  Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE )

We report to parents at the end of each Key Stage on how their children have progressed in relation to attainment targets in the core and foundation subjects. These assessments are the result of ongoing assessments which teachers make of their pupils (teacher assessments), combined with the outcome of National Curriculum Tests (SATs).
Key Stage 1 = Infants (Reception, Y 1 & 2)      End of Stage = Y 2
Key Stage 2 = Juniors (Years, 3, 4, 5 & 6)        End of Stage = Y 6

We also give written reports at the end of each academic year on all the subjects and on the child's social and personal development. An interim report on children’s attitudes, behaviour and attendance is sent home in the Autumn  and Spring Terms, prior to the parent / teacher interviews.

The various parts of the curriculum are not independent of each other and often overlap considerably.  Some of our work is planned in topics which deliberately cover more than one area of the curriculum at any one time, some aspects of which are taught within specific single subject lessons.

Collective Worship
We hold Acts of Collective Worship each day for all the children. Our worship is an expression of our school ethos and Mission Statement. We have a strong association with our parish church St Mary the Virgin and the children attend services there on a regular basis, generally on Tuesday mornings.
Infants attend all special Church Services, such as Harvest, Advent, May Day, Ascension, while the Juniors attend every other week: Upper Juniors alternate with Lower Juniors.
All the children take part in 2 Class Acts of Worship each year, to which their “Fan Club” of family and friends are invited.
Parents have the legal right to withdraw their children from daily acts of collective worship, but are asked to discuss the matter first with the Headteacher.

 Sex and Relationships Education
The Governing Body has decided that Sex and Relationships Education, is taught at our school. It is introduced at an appropriate age for the children and dealt with sensitively. Parents are informed before any major piece of teaching is started and are invited to view the resources used. Sex Education is taught as part of our Science and PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship) Curriculum.  
Parents have the legal right to withdraw their child from Sex Education Lessons, but are asked to discuss the matter first with the class teacher or Headteacher.
Inevitably questions and observations about sexual matters occur incidentally from time to time in the course of other lessons. These are dealt with sensitively and appropriately, taking into consideration the age and maturity of the children concerned.

Drugs Education
We include drugs awareness education in our PSHCE teaching, as appropriate to the age of the children.

 

 

Parent and Carers’
Questions

 

We are aware that for all our good intentions it is not possible to provide all the information you may require. Please ask the class teacher or the headteacher if you have any particular questions which are not dealt with in our published information.

 

Parents can help by encouraging their children to read regularly, to learn their spellings and number bonds and by keeping in regular contact with the class teacher.

 

Policies

 

The school has policies for curriculum subjects and a range of other matters. Parents and Guardians are welcome to view copies of these policies at the school. They are asked to make
arrangements for this with the headteacher.

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