We follow the National Curriculum, tailoring the requirements to provide our children with a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum, which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We have a strong focus on the key skills which children need in order to succeed and the children are given many opportunities to develop as learners.
The curriculum is enhanced with a wide range of activities including assemblies, after school clubs and seasonal/topical events. These are shared with parents as appropriate; we like to share celebrations of our learning with parents and you will be invited to school once a term to share in these.
If you have any questions about the curriculum which we follow in school, we are more than happy to talk about the learning of the children and how we organise the curriculum. Please speak to either your child's class teacher or one of our Assistant Headteachers, Mrs Boyce or Mr Joyeux.
Throughout EYFS and Key Stage One phonics is taught using the Read Write Inc. programme which provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.
This begins in the Early Years Foundation Stage where children learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs and learning is designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.
Key Stage 1
As pupils move into Key Stage 1, our curriculum includes a range of traditional subjects: English, maths, science, design and technology, computing, history, geography, art, music, PE. The children continue their development, allowing them to develop as independent and confident learners.
Key Stage 2
As children move into Key Stage 2, teaching gradually becomes more formal and we begin to teach Modern Foreign Languages. We deliver our curriculum through a range of approaches, including discrete subject teaching, cross-curricular projects and enrichment activities. Reading, writing, maths, RE, MFL and PE are taught as separate subjects. We place great emphasis on the development of reading, writing and maths skills, and ensure pupils have daily lessons to develop these. Writing and reading form the basis of our curriculum and we try to encourage our children to use these skills in all subjects - not just English lessons!
We are currently developing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Teaching Team within school to develop the teaching and learning of these key skills to help our children become the programmers, mathematicians, scientists and engineers of the future. Through a strong focus on the key skills, leading into problem solving and investigations, we aim to make our child curious and interested in "how stuff works". We aspire to make the children aspire!
All pupils are also taught Religious Education following our diocesan syllabus which contains a clear Christian emphasis. We consider our Christian Ethos to be at the heart of every thing we do and we aim to make RE a rigorous academic subject as well as supporting our children's faith journeys. We take full advantage of our close links with St. Mary's Church and the children benefit from the support of Father Damon as needed in RE lessons, alongside our school worship in church.
Our Topic Overviews
We teach foundation subjects using a two year rolling programme. The children will be given a curriculum newsletter at the start of each term to inform parents about the content of the upcoming term. We will also send home a topic review at the end of each term which celebrates the learning done by the children!
We teach our children about British values throughout the school year, taking advantage of events in the news and our curriculum to help them become modern citizens. The DfE has reinforced the need ’to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’
At St Mary's Cockerton Primary school we have reflected on what ‘British Values’ means to us and agree that our mission statement and ethos encompasses and promotes all that is expected and to which we aspire everyday. We want our school community to be proud of, and value, where they come from and have a shared understanding of what it means to live and learn in Britain. We seek to nurture this in all we do and ensure that we actively promote mutual respect and value of every person.
Further curriculum information
Every term, each class sends home a Termly Newsletter giving further details of curriculum coverage and additional opportunities and experiences planned for the children. This is followed by a termly review at the end of each term so parents and carers can see what their children have been doing.
At the end of each piece of work, most children will provide some self assessment so that their teacher understands how they felt about their work. Teachers respond to feedback and give the children opportunities to extend their learning or correct their misconceptions.