Whilst we follow the national curriculum, our curriculum is unique because it is shaped by and for our children. Children have the opportunity to plan with teachers at the beginning of topics and choose the areas they would like to investigate. Our pupils’ engagement in learning is high because lessons are stimulating and interesting, allowing for pupils to learn independently, collaboratively and as part of a whole class.
Teachers plan the curriculum around the needs of our children and have the freedom to adapt the curriculum in response to the children’s interests. Individual teachers too bring their own interests and these may shape certain aspects of the curriculum. In order to ensure continuity and progression across subjects, each curriculum area has a subject leader and the whole curriculum is monitored and improved by our SLT.
Values are integral to our curriculum. Gospel values must be at the heart of the way forward because these will shape the kinds of people our children turn out to be. We know that their values and learning skills will be the key as to whether they can make the best of their learning in the future. Gospel values underpin all learning at school as they form our attitudes towards learning and each other.
In Early Years, we follow the EYFS curriculum and from Key Stage 1, we follow the national curriculum and teach the ‘core’ subjects of English, Maths, Science, Religious Education, Physical Education (P.E.) and Computing. Our ‘foundation’ subjects are: Art, Design Technology, Geography, History, Music, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL). In each curriculum area there is an emphasis placed on skills and, across all curriculum areas, the ‘toolkit for learning’ builds learning skills by encouraging: resourcefulness, resilience, reciprocity and reflectiveness. The formal National Curriculum begins in KS1 – years 1 and 2 and is further developed at KS2 – years 3,4,5 and 6.
We teach the following curriculum areas and have provided progression documents in each subject below:
In addition, every school must provide Religious Education. We also aim to promote Equal Opportunities and Multi-Cultural Education through assemblies, circle time and SMSC. We give a high priority to developing the Personal and Social Education of our children, promoting co-operation, caring, understanding and tolerance both in our school and in the community.
Our pupils also take part in outward bound activities, with the Year 6 pupils going to Robinwood for a few days. All year groups make at least one trip away from the school premises each year to extend their learning as well as to have fun.
Each year the pupils perform Christmas plays, and in the summer the Year 6 pupils plan, perform and create the set and props for their Leavers’ Play, which is linked to their learning and is always a highlight of the summer term.
At St Michael’s School we follow the ‘Come and See‘ religious curriculum.
‘Come and See‘ was written over a number of year by a group of Religious Education specialist advisers from English and Welsh diocese including Hexham and Newcastle and CAFOD education officers.
The Department for Education state there is a need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
Find out more about our approach to British values and how we use this at our school.
Miss Thompson from the Tom Burke Academy works with each of our classes to teach them music lessons. She provides the children with opportunities to sing and perform as well as learning how to read music.
In addition to the class based teaching Miss Thompson leads a choir and an extra curricular Glee Club
Music tuition is available in school for various instruments through:
Steel drumming – this is available to pupils on a Wednesday lunchtime from January 2018.
Parents deal directly with this company, which offers Drum, Keyboard, Guitar and Violin lessons The school provides a venue for these lessons during the school day. Further information can be found on the Musicworks website.
Durham County Council Music Service
Tuition is currently offered for the clarinet, flute and brass instruments from Year 3 upwards. The Music Service identify children on an annual basis through demonstration workshops that they give in school.
Further information can be found on the Durham Music Service website
If you still require help having looked at these websites, please contact the school office.
In our school we run a 2 year rolling programme of topics for our creative curriculum. Teachers in year groups plan together around the theme but take learning objectives from their year groups learning objectives.
Our topics are organised into Year 1/2; Year 3/4 and Year 5/6.
To find out what your child’s year group will be learning about across the school year, please use the links below.
- Foundation Stage Long Term Plan 2017-18
- Year 1 Long Term Plan 2017-18
- Year 2 Long Term Plan 2017-18
- Year 3 Long Term Plan 2017-18
- Year 4 Long Term Plan 2017-18
- Year 5 Long Term Plan 2017-18
- Year 6 Long Term Plan 2017-2018
Supporting your Child at Home
We ask that you support your child with learning the Basic Skills required up to Year 4 at home. Our homework for reception class starts when the classteacher feels they are ready. In class 1 – class 4 we ask parents to read at home each night and help your child learn their spellings and multiplication tables. We do not ask parents to complete any other homework with their child until class 5. Children need to be confident in these basic skills and parents can assist in this. Here are some ideas on how you can support your child with spelling.
From class 5 we introduce a reading comprehension homework once a fortnight to help prepare the children for the class 6 expectations. In class 6 the children are given SATS buster books to support their learning in class and prepare them for secondary school homework expectations.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
At St Michael’s RC Primary School, we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
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