Curriculum

St. Margaret Mary's is a learning community that uses every means possible to motivate and challenge the children.

Our curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of individual children and to celebrate the unique gifts and talents we all possess.

We enrich the curriculum in a variety of ways, we have speakers visit school, we organise regular class visits (thanks to our mini bus) and we have an interactive outdoor classroom for our youngest children.

Our curriculum has and continues to evolve to ensure that we prepare our children for the next stage in their education.

Curriculum Overviews

In our Curriculum Overviews you will be able to see the topics that each year group will be studying throughout 2016/17:

All documents above are in pdf format.

Reading and Phonics

EYFS (Nursery and Reception)

In the EYFS, children experience Communication and Language, Understanding, Speaking and Literacy through all seven key areas of learning. Literacy is taught daily.

Phonics, early reading skills and handwriting are taught discretely on a daily basis using the RML approach to embed basic phonic skills. Pupils take home a ditty linked to RML, fiction/non-fiction ORT scheme book once per week to share with an adult. They also take home letter cards to practise blending and segmenting familiar words with an adult.

The children’s attainment in Literacy is assessed against the Development Matters age related bands. In Nursery, children will access the Letters and Sounds scheme, looking at phase 1 and when ready will be introduced to the RML set 1 sounds.

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

All pupils in EYFS, Year 1 and identified children in Year 2 participate in RML phonics and reading. In KS1 children continue to practise phonics until they have completed the RWI scheme. A particular focus on this, is placed in year, as they prepare for the phonic screening check in June.

For those who did not pass in Year 1, interventions are continued to support them and prepare them for their retake in Year 2. Children in Year 1 take home ‘ditties’ from the RWI scheme to support their phonics and to ensure pitch is accurate to their ability.

There is an ORT reading scheme where books are sent home once per week, pupils choose from a selection within their stage of books. Parents are invited to comment in their child’s home/school reading record book. There is also space for parents to add books that the children enjoy to read to home with their family.

Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)

Pupils in Years 3 and 4 have updated medium term plans taking skills from the Primary Curriculum, with interesting texts to personalise learning to meet the needs of their children. There is an ORT reading scheme where books are sent home once per week; pupils choose from a selection within their stage of books.

Parents are invited to comment in their child’s home/school reading record book to encourage a dialogue between home and school regarding achievement and enjoyment in reading. Children choose a library book per week and are allowed to take that home. There is also space for parents/child to add books that the children enjoy to read at home with their family.

Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6)

Pupils in Years 5 and 6 have medium term plans taking skills from the Primary Curriculum, which they use and personalise to suits the needs of their children.

ORT reading scheme books are sent home once per week; pupils choose also from the school library resources during weekly visits. There is an ORT reading scheme where books are sent home once per week, pupils choose from a selection within their stage of books.

Parents are invited to comment in their child’s home/school reading record book. Children choose a library book per week and are allowed to take that home. There is also space for parents/ child to add books that the children enjoy reading at home with their family. Pupils are given literacy homework targets for the term and parents complete these at home with their child.