Our School’s Curriculum
St Michael’s teaches 2014 national curriculum as recommended by the Department for Education (DFE).
What do the Key Stages mean?
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6)
What does the curriculum look like for pupils?
All children follow a broad and balanced curriculum and staff are continually looking for new and exciting opportunities to widen their learning experiences, capturing their interests and making each day challenging and engaging.
Teaching the basic skills of literacy and numeracy is our first priority. Once these are secure we encourage pupils to use these skills independently in all aspects of school life. For example, pupils lead meetings, take on leadership roles and liaise with the wider community on a daily basis.
Click on a link to Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 for age related expectations. If a child exceeds age related expectations then they are offered opportunities to broaden and extend their skills.
In addition to the core subjects we offer a rich and varied curriculum around these subjects:
- Humanities – Geography and History
- Physical Education
- French in KS2
- The Arts – Music, Art and Design Technology
The children are encouraged to work individually, in a group or as a whole class. Co-operative teaching and learning styles are used. We believe that a good attitude to work, careful presentation and consistent effort are important for children to achieve their targets. We value the importance of parents’ involvement and the impact it has on their child’s learning and endeavour to form close working relationships.
How are the subjects taught?
As a church school , RE is taught discretely once a week. 60% is based around the Christian Faiths and 40% on other faiths.
The core subjects Maths and English are taught in the morning. Topic is taught in the afternoon. Geography and History drive the topic plans and the Arts are used to enhance topics. For example, a topic on Africa might be enhanced with dance, African mask making, or African artwork. Children are expected to use and apply their knowledge of the core skills to their work.
Science is taught discretely. It may be taught weekly or in blocks. The Arts may also be used to enhance learning within a science topic and once again children are expected to use and apply their knowledge of the core curriculum to their work.
Staff are advised to plan around two trips a year. One more expensive trip up to £20.00 and a less expensive trip to support topic work. This is to keep costs manageable for the majority of families.
In order to support your understanding as parents the links below will explain the year group expectations for Maths, Reading, Writing and, Speaking and Listening. It also gives you an overview of the way our topic curriculum is planned for KS1 and KS2. Each term parents will be informed by letter about the topic covered by the children.