Our School’s Curriculum
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?
We will prepare the children at St. Michael’s school for life, by giving them the opportunity to fulfil their potential within a happy caring Christian environment, where every individual is valued.
Teaching especially learning is at the heart of this happy caring Christian Community.
Each member of our school community:
- Is committed to high standards for all
- Is committed to meeting the needs of pupils as unique individuals
- Is committed to teamwork, each stakeholder using their gifts and talents to build up the community as a whole.
- Is committed to ongoing staff development and learning
- Is committed to improve
We believe in offering as many enriching educational and life experiences for our pupils in order to develop their social, moral, cultural and spiritual development.
“I have come that everyone may have life and have to the full” John 10.10
Our Mission Statement sums up this school’s endeavour to treat every family and child as an individual. We use tests to pinpoint the starting points for learning and offer interventions and focused teaching sessions for any child who struggles to meet age related expectations. More detail of this can be found on our Curriculum Planning, Marking and Feedback policy. 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. English Science and Humanities are linked in a cross curricular approach to Teaching and Learning.
In addition to the cross curricular approach, we have three outdoor learning days in Autumn, Spring and Summer which cover applied science, art, and engagement with our school environment as an inspiration for learning. All pupils are given equal access to our curriculum. 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.
- English/Cross Curricular Science and Humanities
- 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.
End of year expectations
Click on the link for Age Related Expectations. If a child exceeds age related expectations then they are offered opportunities to broaden and extend their skills.
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, the starting point is more often than not a quality book which links the English and cross curricular work together. Science, Geography and History link to the English in the morning but develop scientific and geographical or historical National Curriculum Objectives. The Arts are used to enhance cross curricular. 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, with cross curricular links 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.