At St Michael’s RC Primary School we are currently developing and re-designing our curriculum to ensure it is personalised to the children we teach. When considering the content of our curriculum, we aim to ensure that there is Breadth of Curriculum and that it is a Balanced Curriculum.
Whilst we follow the National Curriculum, our curriculum is unique because it is shaped by and for our children. Children have the opportunity to give their opinions and ideas for how teaching and learning takes place. Their views on what engages and interests them most is taken into consideration when creating future long term plans. Therefore, 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. In addition, our curriculum is intended to develop additional life-skills such as resourcefulness, resilience, reciprocity and reflectiveness.
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 order to ensure continuity and progression across subjects, each curriculum area has a subject leader and the whole curriculum is regularly monitored and improved by our SLT.
In Early Years, we follow the EYFS curriculum.
In Key Stage 1 and 2, we follow the National Curriculum and teach the ‘core’ subjects of:
- Religious Education.
Our ‘Foundation’ subjects are:
- Design Technology
- Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
- Physical Education.
We are in the process of re-designing our curriculum so that within each area there is an emphasis placed on the development of skills and knowledge across year groups whilst forming links across subject areas so that skills and knowledge can be applied in more than one context. Clink on the links below to see the whole school overviews that have been developed so far:
We also aim to promote Equal Opportunities and Multi-Cultural Education through assemblies, circle time and PSHE lessons. 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.
At St Michael’s School we follow the ‘Come and See‘ religious curriculum as advised by the Dioceses of Newcastle and Hexham.
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.
Mrs Thompson works with each of our classes at key points throughout the year to teach them music lessons. She provides the children with opportunities to sing and perform as well as learning how to read music.
Steel drumming lessons are taught on a rolling programme to the junior classes on a Thursday morning by Brian Wise.
Additional School Experiences
- Day trips
- Residential trips e.g. Robinwood
- Performing in plays
- Dance Festivals
- Class assemblies
- Sporting activities additional to P.E. lessons
- Visitors e.g. Adam Bushnell
- Themed days e.g. World Book Day
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 and a maths homework once a week on an alternate basis 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. Further information can be found in the SEND Information Report. If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
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