Our Curriculum Intent

The fundamental aim of our curriculum is for it to provide pupils with ‘A Place to BECOME’. A place where  our children develop a good knowledge and set of skills across the curriculum and life skills which equip them well for the next stage of their education and in their personal development. A place where children are given the opportunity to develop as individuals and gain an understanding of 'Life in all its fullness' (John, 10:10). A place where children are nurtured to find their passion whether it is in art, writing, science, sport, music or design.  A place where children  develop a love of learning and a place where our pupils acquire the vital  knowledge, skills and experiences required to be informed and thoughtful members of the community. The school’s Christian values are a golden thread which runs through every aspect of the school’s work..The learning line (below) is used in school to help children understand the learning process, encourage resilience and promote different personal attributes which can impact positively on both learning and character. We aim to make the experience of children at St Margaret’s Primary School memorable, fun and challenging. 

 

St Margaret’s C of E Primary School provides a broad, balanced curriculum which meets National Curriculum requirements and is differentiated to meet the needs and abilities of the children.  Staff have worked collaboratively on progression in skills in each subject (see ‘How to BECOME a . . .’ documents on individual subject pages).  Furthermore, a commitment to developing subject knowledge as well as investment into high-quality schemes of learning (where appropriate), enables staff to carefully plan teaching and learning that enables each child to know and remember more about each discipline they study. We also provide our children with a varied  range of experiences, both curricular and extra-curricular, which are aimed at developing children’s wider knowledge, engagement and talents.

 

We strive to provide a progressive and coherent curriculum that builds on prior knowledge, creating links across the curriculum whilst teaching each subject as a separate discipline. We expect the highest outcomes for all including those with specific SEND needs. We immerse the children in a wealth of high-quality texts linked to topics studied. This is to develop incidental knowledge and ensure that they are reading widely and are exposed to good language models.

Reading is given the highest profile in school. All staff are committed to ensuring all children are able to read fluently and have developed a love of reading by the end of their time at St Margaret’s. Where children need support to catch up with their peers in reading, time is maximised each and every day to ensure this support is provided.

Our foundation stage curriculum is based on the 2021 Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The EYFS framework includes 7 areas of learning and development that are equally important and inter-connected. However, 3 areas known as the prime areas are seen as particularly important for igniting curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building children’s capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

The prime areas are:

  • Communication and language

  • Physical development

  • Personal, social and emotional development

 The prime areas are strengthened and applied through 4 specific areas:

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the world

  • Expressive arts and design

Our curriculum aims to give all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged, the knowledge and skills they need to be ready for the demands of Key Stage One and beyond. We aim to support the learning of all children at every level through carefully planned activities and provision both indoors and outdoors, and most crucially, providing quality interactions between adults and children in order to effectively develop children’s vocabulary, knowledge and understanding. Nursery and reception staff work closely together to ensure that skills and knowledge taught is built upon throughout the foundation stage and all staff are trained appropriately so that there is consistency in planning, teaching and assessing children. 

BECOME

 

B - Bravery

E - Energy

C - Creativity

O - Openness

M - Motivation

E - Empowerment

Our Aims

We encourage the children to be Brave: to relish challenge; to share their ideas and views; develop confidence and resilience. ’

We encourage our children to be Energetic:to work hard; to listen well and ask questions; to give 100%. 

We encourage our children to be Creative: to problem solve; to present ideas in different ways; to think creatively.

We encourage our children to be Open: to collaborate; to share; to emphathise; to love.

We encourage our children to be Motivated: to know what to improve; what to learn more about; what will help them learn; what they want to achieve.

We want our children to be Empowered: to have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed; to be confident global citizens who can 'be the change'.

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Our Curriculum

To learn more about how each subject is taught at St Margaret's, please use the picture links below.

Click on the image above to view our Early Years curriculum page.

Click on the image above to view our Phonics curriculum page.

Click on the image above to view our English curriculum page.

Click on the image above to view our Maths curriculum page.

Click on the image above to view our Science curriculum page.

Click on the image above to view our History curriculum page.

Click on the image above to view our Geography curriculum page.

Click on the image above to view our Religious Education curriculum page.

Click on the image above to view our Music curriculum page.

Click on the image above to view our Physical Education curriculum page.

Click on the image above to view our Physical, Social and Heath Education curriculum page.

Click on the image above to view our Computing curriculum page.

Click on the image above to view our Art and Design curriculum page.

Click on the image above to view our Design and Technology curriculum page.

Click on the image above to view our British Values page.

Click on the image above to view our Modern Foreign Language - Spanish page.

Click on the image above to view our Forest School curriculum page.