Curriculum

Intent:
As a Church of England school, our Christian values and working vision underpin everything we do at St Margaret’s.  Our curriculum is designed to be deeply Christian putting God at the very heart of everything we do.

Our curriculum is constructed to ensure that we have high ambition for all our pupils so that each child has an entitlement to high quality, progressive learning in all subjects.  We aim to develop a clear sense of what it is to be an expert in each subject (example – What it is to be a Historian) through providing a clear progression of skills, key knowledge and core concepts.

At St Margaret’s we recognise that many children enter with limited vocabulary and under developed speech and language skills.  Because of this we place an emphasis on early reading skills through the high-quality teaching of phonics and fostering a love of reading with our very youngest children.  Developing language and vocabulary in all areas of the curriculum as well as making reading links across the curriculum is a key part of our curriculum design and ensures that children are prepared for the next stage in their learning.

We are fortunate to have a range of cultures that make up our family at St Margaret’s.  Our curriculum is designed to ensure that the needs of our diverse community are met with topics and experiences linked to children’s interests, preparing them for life in Modern Britain.  Our use of outdoor learning is designed to enable groups of children to access learning styles more suited to their needs and builds resilience in groups of children.

At the heart of our curriculum design lies the ambition to enthuse and excite children exploiting their natural curiosity for learning across the full breadth of the curriculum.  Our curriculum enables every child to flourish and shine and in doing so discover their unique potential given to them by God.

Implementation:
We have developed progression statements in the form of learning ladders from Early Years through to Year 6 across all subjects from Development Matters (EYFS), that national curriculum and Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum.  This results in a progression of skills and knowledge, as each year previous knowledge is revisited and built upon with new learning across the curriculum.

Phonics and Early reading skills are delivered through the Letters and Sounds programme.  Children access this curriculum at an age appropriate level which is carefully monitored by all stakeholders.

Teachers plan lessons, activities and enrichment incorporating opportunities to develop language and vocabulary, a love of reading, our Christian values (to develop Christian Character) and identify opportunities to enrich the learning of pupils as well as celebrate the successes of each individual and their learning.

At St Margaret’s we track every child’s progress on an ongoing basis through our progressive Statements (Learning Ladders and Chris Quigley Statements) to ensure that we are constantly challenging them with appropriately pitched, individualised learning.  Assessments highlight the needs of all learners and are skillfully used by both Senior Leaders and teachers to plan the most effective provision for all children and bespoke support for individuals where necessary.

Impact:
The impact of our curriculum is evidenced through our school outcomes (see website) and through pupils work in books as well as pupil voice (how the children talk about their learning).
All leaders regularly monitor the impact of the learning in their subject which is reported back to all stakeholders, analysed, evaluated and actioned through strategic and timely school improvement.

Please click on the links below to find out more about each curriculum area.

Curriculum Overviews

Below are the curriculum overviews for each Year group.

Nursery Curriculum Map 2021-2022
Reception Curriculum Map 2021-2022
Year 1  Curriculum Map 2021-2022
Year 2 Curriculum Map 2021-2022
Year 3 Curriculum Map 2021-2022
Year 4 Curriculum Map 2020-2021
Year 5 Curriculum Map 2021-2022
Year 6 Curriculum Map 2020-2021

Our curriculum uses a skills based approach.  The key skills the children are required to develop and learn in each subject area are laid out in our Rainbow of skills.  This document is used by both children and staff to help develop children’s knowledge of what it is to become an expert in each subject area.

Rainbow of Skills document