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The New Curriculum


At St Mary’s Infant school our intent is to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that will inspire, enthuse and educate our children so they learn knowledge and skills that will help them prepare for life in modern Britain. During their time with us, from Reception to Year 2, we aim to foster a love of learning, a natural curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. Good social skills and very high standards of behaviour are vital in creating happy children who are keen and active learners


We implement this through the planning and delivery of exciting topics and excellent teaching. Planning is linked directly to the National Curriculum 2014 and the interests, experiences and backgrounds of the children. Enrichment activities and clubs run alongside the curriculum and enhance the children's development and well being. 


The impact is measured through teachers assessments of the children's knowledge and understanding. From this sequences of lessons are planned, within overviews ,to ensure teaching is tailored to the needs of the class and individuals.


Yearly Overviews (on the website)

Key stage 1 produce yearly overviews that show the links with the National Curriculum, the topics covered and the subjects that will be studied.

Over the year, year groups and Subject Leaders, will ensure that all objectives within the National Curriculum have been sufficiently met and there is clear evidence of progression.

Literacy and maths overviews show when particular skills, knowledge and genres will be taught.



Planning is based on the Letters and Sounds teaching programme.


Reading schemes

Oxford reading tree

ORT – Floppy’s phonics

           Songbird phonics

          Project X


Collins Big Cat

Heinemann – Storyworlds

Ginn – Pocket books

Rigby Star- Star


Sunshine books

Usborne –Phonics readers


Guided reading – Bug Club


Curriculum Newsletters (on the website)

Every half term, each year group will send out a newsletter to let parents know what their child will be learning about in each curriculum area. Copies can also be found on the website, on the school notice board and front entrance. 


Enhancement Activities 

Throughout the year the school will use enrichment activities to support and enhance the Curriculum. This may be linked directly to topic work, link into WOW day or local/national events. Sometimes events take place to widen and broaden the children's experiences or may be to help them develop key life skills.


Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC)

The school motto ‘Sharing, caring, learning and loving with God’ runs through everything in our school. There is a very strong ethos at St Mary’s where all children are made to feel special and cared for. SMSC runs through all elements of school life and will feature in all lessons in some way. We feel it is our duty to ensure our children grow up with a good understanding of morals, respect other people’s views and values and understand the need for rules in our everyday life. Turn taking, sharing and listening to each other are all vital skills in a child’s development.