At St Margaret’s Primary School we teach through our ‘Creative Curriculum’ which is thematic and incorporates all the programmes of study from the National Curriculum 2014 within the context of a variety of creative learning themes. Themes for learning run through each half term which generally last for 6-8 weeks. Teaching through our ‘Creative Curriculum’ we teach all the subjects of the National Curriculum where possible and make links between them. We engage children, building on what they already know and including areas which they are specifically interested in. This helps us to put learning into context. English and maths are taught according to the new English and Maths Curriculum. As well as English and maths lessons, children in Reception and Key Stage 1 have a daily phonics lesson as do some children in Key Stage 2. This follows the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme supported at ‘phase 2’ by ‘Jolly Phonics. All children in Key Stage 2 have regular spelling and grammar lessons.
Reading takes place daily in every class, whether it is individually, whole class or guided reading. The school has a variety of books from different reading schemes such as Oxford, Project X, Rigby Star all of which come under book banding. Children choose their own books from the relevant band giving them a wide choice of different genres at the appropriate level. Maths morning work also takes place which often comprises of mental maths or problem solving. French is taught in Key Stage 2 and Latin is taught in Year 6.
Children in Reception/EYFS are also taught through a thematic curriculum which has short flexible themes for learning which are determined by the staff through responding to the children’s interests. This enables us to ensure that the provision in the early years is meaningful to the children whilst meeting their educational needs. These themes often include: Ourselves and our school, Nursery Rhymes, Story Time, Dinosaurs, Space, Mini Beasts, Jungles, the world around us etc. Children in the Foundation Stage have access to continuous provision both inside and outside.
Please take a look at the documents below for more detailed information about our curriculum coverage. Further curriculum information will also be sent to parents by individual class teachers.