To provide a secure and stimulating environment in which each child will have the opportunity to develop his or her potential.
We have identified four Curriculum 'drivers': Spiritual and Moral, Global Community, Creative Arts and Enquiry. These areas are central to all the work we do and enable us to celebrate the key strengths of our curriculum.
Teachers plan using a cross-curricular topic-based approach where the above drivers can be explored through a range of different subject areas. We also place emphasis on our five school values of respect, forgiveness, perseverance, kindness and challenge yourself, which are explored through classroom work and beyond.
As a Church of England school we aim to promote Christian values in everything we do and this is an important part of our ethos.
We aim to:
Develop in each child the ability to read fluently and accurately, with understanding, expression and enjoyment.
Develop phonic knowledge to be able to recognise sounds in words, and develop skills to blend to read words and segment to spell words.
Widen children’s vocabulary to enable them to understand texts and improve their descriptive writing.
Help the children communicate clearly and express themselves with confidence in speech and writing, in ways appropriate to various occasions and purposes.
Assist each child to develop a neat, legible style of handwriting and standards of spelling, punctuation and vocabulary appropriate to their age and ability.
We aim to:
Help each child master a sound understanding of basic mathematical skills and concepts and to apply these in various situations.
Give children opportunities to develop their recall of number facts and understanding of the number system.
Develop in each child an appreciation of mathematics and a realisation of its importance in everyday life.
Engage children in enquiry using mathematical concepts and encourage them to reason and explain what they do.
Spiritual, Moral Social and Cultural Education
We aim to:
Foster the childrens spiritual development to enable them to reflect on their own beliefs and the beliefs of others.
Promote a fascination for the world around us and create opportunities for children to experience awe and wonder about the world around us.
Develop in each child an awareness of the global Christian church and other religions.
Enable children to develop positive moral values, understand right and wrong and talk about the consequences of their actions.
Help the children appreciate the importance of kindness, respect, forgiveness and perseverance in various social situations and develop their skills to build strong friendships.
Develop the children's knowledge of moral, cultural and social values with a clear focus on our school values, other wider Christian values and fundamental British values.
Foster in children a respect for different faiths and cultural diversity by creating opportunities for them to engage with a wide range of individuals and groups.
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Encourage an appreciation of the wide range of arts subjects and to develop their creative abilities through music, art and craft, stories and drama and other relevant areas.
Give children opportunities to develop their skills using a range of different techniques and tools.
Enable children to develop an understanding of the range of work of different artists and how we can learn from their ideas.
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Develop a sense of enjoyment in wondering about how things work.
Encourage children to develop the skills of enquiry, ask questions and test ideas in order to find things out.
Give children the opportunity to develop scientific subject knowledge and the skills needed to plan and carry out scientific investigations.
Help children understand how to work safely.
Give opportunities for children to apply skills and knowledge from other curriculum areas.
Design Technology (including Food)
We aim to:
Enable children to understand the role of designers and have the opportunity to design, make and evaluate their own products.
Learn a range of skills needed for creating products and choose appropriate methods and tools.
Create opportunities where children can learn about design and production.
In Food Technology we aim to enable children to learn about where food comes from.
Enable children to use a range of tools and equipment safely and hygienically when preparing food.
We aim to:
Enable children to become competent users of a range of technology.
Enable children to develop knowledge of coding and to create instructions to make things happen.
Teach children how to communicate safely and responsibly with others.
Create opportunities for children to use computing across the curriculum.
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Give children opportunities to develop physical skills, co-ordination and stamina through a range of activities.
Foster a positive attitude towards exercise and a healthy active lifestyle.
Give children opportunities to take part in a range of different sports.
Encourage children to take opportunities to lead others in sporting activities.
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Enable children to develop a knowledge of chronology by studying topics across a range of time periods.
Allow children to think critically and participate in historical enquiry, using a range of sources to find things out.
Foster a curiosity about the past, enable children to compare past and present and understand the contributions of significant individuals or societies from the past.
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Help children to develop a knowledge of where places are and what they are like.
Create opportunities for children to learn and apply geographic skills and fieldwork skills.
Foster a curiosity in children about the world around them and help them understand their role as global citizens.
Enable children to develop skills to find out about people and places.
To develop an awareness of the hazards of everyday life and to promote award schemes within the school such as road safety, swimming, personal survival and cycling proficiency.
To establish an environment within which all children, staff, governors and parents can work with each other for the successful achievement of these aims. At St. Michael's we aim to encourage a society based upon respect and understanding. Every member of staff within school shares a responsibility for the pastoral care of the pupils. The ideals of caring and sharing help to foster a welcoming learning and valued environment.
Our five key values are upheld in all areas of school life and we explore with children what it means to show these values in a range of contexts. We promote respect and encourage our pupils to be good citizens. We encourage children to be kind to each other and forgive others. We equip them with the skills to persevere in order to achieve. We have high expectations of all children and encourage them to challenge themselves and develop the confidence to become independent learners. These values are reinforced by all staff.
At St. Michael’s School we follow the 'Essentials Curriculum'. This sets out essential coverage, learning objectives and standards.
Milestones are based on the standards in the new national curriculum programmes of study.
Milestone 1 relates to Years 1 and 2.
Milestone 2 relates to Years 3 and 4.
Milestone 3 relates to Years 5 and 6.
This link will take you to an overview of our Essentials Curriculum.
Organisation and the Curriculum
The children are divided into classes according to their age. At present we have three infant and four junior classes. It is our policy to have one age group in each class. Our class sizes vary. Within each class a variety of teaching methods, resources and technology are used where appropriate to enhance the pupils' learning.
We do our best to give the children as much individual attention as possible though most of the time they are taught either in groups or as a class. Work is given which is both suitable and within the child's capabilities. We also try to ensure that each child is progressing as an individual and is working toward his/her potential.
We regard extending children to the limits of their ability as vital if they are to achieve their best. At the same time, we recognise that if too much is expected of them, repeated failure can only frustrate them and jeopardise their happiness, security and willingness to try. Teachers will reward success, however little, rather than demonstrate failure. The Curriculum is defined by the 1988 Education Act and the National Curriculum 2014.
Throughout the curriculum we try to embed opportunities for children to acquire moral standards, develop their spirituality, develop socially and learn more about their culture and that of others. We promote fundamental British values of mutual respect, individual liberty, the rule of law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. These are also closely linked to our own school values.
Children can only realise their full potential if they feel happy and secure at home and in school. We therefore consider it of prime importance that our school maintains a 'family' atmosphere; an integrated community where the worth of each individual, whether child or adult, is readily acknowledged and where each willingly makes his or her own valuable contribution, hence the great emphasis we place on the building of good relationships in school and between school and home. We try to create a stimulating, caring environment in which children can feel comfortable, happy and secure.
Marking, Progress and Assessment
Any work produced by the children is seen by the teacher and marked, if possible, in the presence of the child. By this method we are able to check that each child is making suitable progress. We have a reading check list and use a variety of methods and tests to ensure that each child is progressing as s/he should.
Within the first weeks of beginning school in the Reception Class, children will have a BASELINE ASSESSMENT to determine their future needs. This is the Foundation Stage Profile. Each child's progress, especially in the core subjects, is carefully monitored throughout his/her stay in school.
Reception = Foundation Stage
Years 1 & 2 = Key Stage 1
Years 3,4,5 & 6 = Key Stage 2
Pupils undertake the Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs), in accordance with the DfE guidelines, at the end of the infant stage in Year 2, and in their final year of primary education in Year 6. Pupils in Year 1 also take a statutory Phonics screening check in June.
To see details of St. Michael's Special Needs provision, please click here.
If you would like more specific information about the curriculum in specific classes, our planning pages detail the cross-curricular work that the children are engaged in. These are frequently updated to reflect the work that the children are engaged in. To access the planning page for your child, click on the yellow 'For Parents' tab in the banner at the top of this page, scroll down to 'Planning' and then select the relevant class.
If you have further, specific questions about the curriculum that your child is following, please speak to his/her class teacher in the first instance.
Planning for each class usually (but not always) covers a term. If you would like to see the planning page for a particular class, please click on the required link below. These are updated regularly.