As a primary school, St. Mary's follows the two national documents covering the primary age curriculum. They are the Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, which is taught in Nursery and Reception, and the National Primary Curriculum which is taught in Years 1 - 6.
We aim to deliver the statutory curriculum in a creative way through a series of topics which help us to make objectives more meaningful to the children.
Teaching our children to read and encouraging them to develop a love of reading is a key priority for us at St. Mary's. We teach Phonics by following the Letters and Sounds phonics programme from Nursery to Year 2. We use Oxford Reading Tree as a reading scheme to offer the children the opportunity to develp and rehearse a range of reading skills using a range of fiction and non fiction books that are appropriate to their age and stage of development.
St. Mary's is a Roman Catholic School and as such Religious Education is a core subject here. Our Religious Education Curriculum is delivered through 'Come and See' which is the Diocesan Programme developed with and delivered in all schools in our Diocese.
The curriculum at St Mary’s is rich and diverse and offers our students opportunities to explore, reason, engage and learn about the wider world taking opportunities to prepare them for life in modern Britain. We wanted to consciously and explicitly teaching British Values but not lose our core Christian values which, as a school centred on faith, are those which shape our character and moral perspective.
Therefore we developed a Values Curriculum which would encompass the Gospel Values which ensure our children can grow to be successful member of our Christian communities and the wider world, whilst also focussing on British Values which are essential in our modern world.