Pilch Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside L14 0JG

0151 228 4024

stmargaretmary@knowsley.gov.uk

St Margaret Mary's Catholic Infant School

Loving, learning, growing together with Jesus

Curriculum

At St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Infant School we aim to offer your child a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum. The curriculum is planned to give a structured and wide-ranging education in a supportive and secure environment. The school seeks to provide activities that meet the intellectual, social, physical and moral needs in ways that will stimulate pupils' interests and imagination and fully realise their potential.

 

INTENT

We aim to:

  • Provide pupils with an introduction to key knowledge and vocabulary that they need to be educated citizens, and to introduce pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and help engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

 

IMPLEMENTATION

We provide a  broad and balanced curriculum which  is well planned to ensure progression. Children develop knowledge, skills and vocabulary which are embedded and consolidated.

Differentiation, support and challenge is individual and is provided through a consistent approach based on high expectations, creative teaching and WOW experiences. WOW experiences build on our children's knowledge of the world outside the classroom beginning with their own local community and expanding into the wider world of which we belong.

 

 

 

IMPACT

 Our children leave our school confident, resilient and independent. They will have a good level of knowledge and vocabulary related to subjects across the national curriculum. They will be well prepared for their transition to the next stage of their education.

 

The curriculum provision

Within the Foundation Stage [Nursery and Reception] the curriculum is planned following the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.  The curriculum and learning within the Early Years will underpin all future learning and activities are taught through the areas of learning:

 

The prime areas of learning:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

 

The specific areas of learning:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

 

We will also look at the learning characteristics of the children:

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

 

The school supports the principle that young children learn best through practical experiences and play based activities. Children are encouraged to play and work independently and activities are undertaken both the indoor and outdoor class areas. The curriculum provides a balance of adult directed and child initiated activities. To facilitate transition between the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 discrete English and Maths lessons are introduced in the summer term.

 

Within Key Stage 1 [Year 1 and Year 2] the school offers a full range of National Curriculum subjects - English, Mathematics, Science, Computing and R.E. as core; Geography, History, Art, Music, DT and PE as foundation subjects. The school also provides a Personal, Social and Health Education programme. The school has developed a topic based curriculum to support the teaching of Geography, History, Art, DT and Music.

 

It is a thematic approach to learning, linking subjects and putting learning into context for children. Children learn in a variety of ways and our approach supports different learning styles as well as the varying aptitudes and talents of its pupils whilst also supporting creative development and thinking.

 

Each theme/ topic is split into teaching units of approximately 10-12 weeks long. Each unit has an overarching theme with explicit learning goals for each subject. Subjects within each unit are taught in blocks.  Every unit starts with an Entry Point and Knowledge Harvest, to capture the children’s interest and to establish their learning starting point.  At the end of each unit a celebration event (exit point) is held to allow the children to share their learning with the school and wider community.

 

Assessment

Assessment is continuous and takes place in all areas of school and in a variety of ways, both formative and summative. This ongoing assessment allows us to build a complete picture of a pupil’s development, intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically.

 

Children in the Foundation Stage are tracked and assessed using the ‘Development Matters’ assessments, where every child is assessed in age related bands against a range of criteria and against the Early Learning Goals within the Early Years Curriculum.

 

Children in Key Stage 1 are assessed against the National Curriculum and at the end of Year 2 undertake End of Key Stage 1 Tasks and Tests, which are supported by ongoing teacher assessment judgements. During year one and year two, the children will be assessed against Age Related Expectations, known as ARE. You will receive information each term about how well your child is progressing and whether they are on track to achieve Age Related Expectations. Children’s attainment is graded as follows;

 

C

C+

B

A

A+

Working outside ARE.

Working towards ARE.

On track to achieve ARE.

On track to be above ARE.

On track to be well above ARE.

 

 

Special Educational Needs

Each child in the school is encouraged to develop at his or her own pace, but where a child is identified as having special needs, [either physical, emotional, social or learning] a programme of support is agreed with the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and the class teachers. If this fails, then help is sought from the appropriate outside agency, following consultation with the parent(s) or carer(s). Please contact Miss Hart, our SENCO, for further information.

 

FURTHER CURRICULUM INFORMATION

 

Religious Education and Worship

Religious Education and Worship are in accordance with the Archdiocese’s agreed programme, ‘Come and See’. Specific aspects of religion, relationships, morality and the natural world are covered. This programme is designed to allow children to think and reflect about the world they see around them, their family and their friends. This is done within the context of the scripture and teachings of the Catholic Church. Within the programme other world religions, mainly Judaism and Hinduism, are taught and explored.

 

The aims of Religious Education in St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Infant School are:

  • To promote knowledge and understanding of Catholic faith and life
  • To promote knowledge and understanding of the response of faith to the ultimate questions of human life, its origin and purpose
  • To promote skills required to engage in examination of and reflection upon religious belief and practice.

 

 

 

Letters and Sounds (Phonics)

Phonics refers to the sounds letters make on their own or in combination with other letters. The school’s chosen approach to phonics is through teaching ‘Letters and Sounds.’ From their first days in nursery and reception the children will be encouraged to listen to the sounds in words and will begin to link these sounds to letters. This is an important aspect of learning to read and is taught daily throughout the school in class, small groups and sometimes individuality.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Relationships and Sex Education

As a Catholic school, we follow the programme recommended by the Archdiocese called, ‘A Journey in Love.’ This programme encourage children from nursery to Year 2 to recognise how special they are, as created in the image and likeness of God. It encourages the children to build good relationships with their friends and family.  it encourages each child to love and respect themselves and the people around them.It begins to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed for when they are old enough to explore personal relationships.

 

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural

In St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic Infant School we aim to encourage pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development throughout the curriculum and the life of the school, at the level of each individual child’s understanding. This will be done in order to support the distinctive nature and ethos of the school and through living our Mission Statement ‘loving, learning, growing, together with Jesus.’

Children will be given opportunities to explore their own and other religious beliefs and cultures; through Collective Worship; through teaching the values of forgiveness, freedom, tolerance, respect and relationships that are to be lived out in the daily life of the school by the whole school community.