Our Curriculum

We at St Mary’s aim to provide a warm and caring environment in which children of all backgrounds and abilities can achieve their full potential.

We have shaped this curriculum into themes so that children can make connections between subjects. We call this our thematic curriculum and our children explore subjects through a termly theme. There is a strong emphasis on the basic skills of speaking, reading, writing and maths as we believe they are the building blocks to effective learning. We encourage our children to express themselves creatively and to use prior knowledge and skills to develop new ideas. We have carefully planned a range of exciting experiences both here in school and on visits which will stimulate their minds and help them to make greater sense of the world around them.

We recognise that our children need to develop and hone skills that are subject specific in order to gain a varied and in-depth education. It is because of this that we have decided to engage in an Explore, Discover, and Create approach to our curriculum.

In the autumn term, children will enter the ‘Explore’ section where they will focus on History (whilst still accessing the rest of the curriculum alongside). This will help the children to develop subject specific skills such as examining and interpreting different historical sources, concluding whether the sources are reliable or biased and evaluating their impact on historical events.

Our spring term will take on the Discover aspect of our approach. This is where Science and Geography will become the driving force and children will again learn subject specific skills that they will undoubtedly use in the real world and deepen their understanding of what it means to be a geographer and a scientist.

Summer will be our Creative term where the children will engage in a theme that is centred around Art and Design Technology. Here, once again, they will hone their subject specific skills and learn how to be an artist and an inventor.

It is our aim that by the end of each academic year our children will have built upon and expanded their skill set enabling them not only to understand each subject in depth but to also understand how these skills can be applied in real life.

We promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of every pupil and prepare them for the opportunities responsibilities and experiences of their future lives. To achieve this, the staff work as a team in cooperation with parents, governors and LA, while keeping abreast of the current and changing trends in education.

We emphasise the moral values of self-respect, respect for others, respect for property, building up of self-confidence and initiative, responsibility and self-discipline. This we feel is embodied in our Mission Statement. The school follows the National Curriculum for England. Details of this curriculum year group by year group are contained within this web site.

When your child leaves this school we want them to recognise their strengths and to understand the world they live in more fully. We want them to be able to express themselves confidently in a range of forms and we fully prepared for the next stage in their lives. We will work in partnership with you to make this happen.

Foundation Stage Curriculum

Foundation Stage Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage is very important as it prepares children for their future learning and successes. Their early years’ experience at St Marys Blackbrook will be exciting, fun, happy, active, safe and will support their individual development and...

Year 1 Curriculum

Year 1 Curriculum

English   Year 1 aims to build on the key skills already developed in Foundation Stage. We will promote the children's independence for learning and creativity. We want to foster their imagination and creativity and encourage them to use their own ideas through...

Year 2 Curriculum

Year 2 Curriculum

lnce they In Year 2 the children will continue to build on their previous skills and learning with the view to becoming more independent learners. We wish to foster an environment where the children build on ideas and begin to develop the capacity for their own...

Year 3 Curriculum

Year 3 Curriculum

Year 3 is an important transition from the Key Stage 1 to the Key Stage 2 curriculum. We endeavour to promote independence and creativity through exciting learning opportunities, whilst developing our core values of Respect, Responsibility, Care, Perseverance and...

Year 4 Curriculum

Year 4 Curriculum

  The Year 4 curriculum is based on a thematic approach which ensures the delivery of the new, revised National Curriculum. We explore all subject areas in a way that motivates children, providing purposeful and relevant learning opportunities. The three whole...

Year 5 Curriculum

Year 5 Curriculum

As pupils approach the final years of KS2 it becomes vital to embed key skills in Oracy, Reading, Writing and Maths and provides opportunities for children to extend their skills in independent learning tasks. We base our teaching on the children's pre-learning and...

Year 6 Curriculum

Year 6 Curriculum

We believe in the concept of lifelong learning and the notion that learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for all children. Through our teaching we equip children with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to be able to make informed...

Reading

Reading

We use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing. We use the Read Write inc. programme...

Maths

Maths

Maths is Everywhere Poster Competition  Outdoor Maths Zone   To honour the first day of Spring we set up our dedicated Outdoor Maths Zone. This is a portable resource to use at lunchtime or as an extra resource during lessons. We used multi-sensory, tactile...

RE

RE

To fulfil our aims and objectives, St Mary's Blackbrook follows the Come and See programme of Religious Education, recommended by the Archdiocese of Liverpool, as our scheme of work. Come and See is an invitation to exploration and promise of life for everyone. It...


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