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Curriculum Statement

Our ambitious Curriculum is designed so that essential KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS are sequenced, building on each stage of a child's learning journey, preparing them for the next stage. Curriculum progression in each individual subject is a core focus in the pedagogy of St Michael's School. We aim to have a forensic approach to learning whereby our staff focus on embedding knowledge into long term memory. We want our children to 'know more' and 'remember more'. Our curriculum is designed to provide challenge to children, with scaffolding support provided to children who require additional support.

We provide a well ordered, stimulating and safe environment in which learning can flourish and every child has the opportunity to fulfil their own potential. We aim to create successful learners, confident individuals, and responsible citizens who will be prepared for their next steps of education and the future beyond.

We designed an engaging and inspiring curriculum where we not only meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, but go beyond in our quest to develop deeper knowledge and skills. We regularly review our curriculum to ensure that it is relevant to our community and meets the needs of the children

Our currciculum is broad and balanced and in line with our vision of #together.   The curriculum is planned to enable children to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to their age and ability. The curriculum we have planned will help to develop lively enquiring minds, so that children have the ability to question and discuss rationally and are able to apply themselves to tasks, physical skills and social situations. The curriculum has an emphasis on skills relevant to children so that they can apply them in different situations for different purposes and across subjects. Subject leaders ensure that keys skills and strands of learning are built on as the children progress through the school and have regular opportunities revisit essential aspects of learning. The curriculum is enriched with multiple opportunities to engage in educational visits both locally and much further afield and includes residential visits in Years 3,4,5 and 6.

We aim to provide a wide range of planned experiences for children to stimulate their interest and imagination and fully extend children of all abilities. We personalise learning, tailoring it to the needs, interests and aspirations of each individual. We aim for all children to access with confidence the different activities offered, regardless of their ability, gender, religion, race or cultural/ethnic background. In order to develop and extend a child’s skills and knowledge. There are opportunities for whole class, group and individual teaching. Practical work involving structured play, observation, exploration and experiment is important in concept development. Attention is also paid to presentation and accuracy. Children are encouraged to reflect on their own progress and achievements and be involved in setting their own targets for improvement. Computing plays an integral role in the children’s learning and the school makes the most of digital resources to support progress.

Our Curriculum Overview can be found HERE

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 '#together’ is exemplified in the school’s revised curriculum, where respect for each other and helping ‘the other up’ are actively promoted.'  SIAMS Report October 2019

The curriculum is characterised by the following principles:

  • Breadth              

A broad curriculum will introduce the children to a range of concepts, skills, knowledge and attitudes.                                     

  • Balance                

A balanced curriculum ensures that each area of learning and experience will be given appropriate attention in relation to the curriculum as a whole.

  • Coherence         

A coherent curriculum is planned as a whole to ensure that the different areas of learning and experience are not unconnected  but contribute to overall progress and achievement.

  • Relevance          

A relevant curriculum will take account of the previous learning of                                children and their readiness for new experience.

  • Differentiation   

This involves matching tasks to children’s individual abilities and    aptitudes. Children are taught according to their abilities and  aptitudes.

  • Progression       

In the Foundation stage children follow the statutory framework for the Foundation Stage. This consists of seven areas of learning; three prime areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, and Communication and Language and four specific areas or Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design. 

Year One and Year Two cover Key Stage One of the National Curriculum  . Year Three, Four , Five and Six cover Key Stage Two. This consists of ten subjects: English,  Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art and design, Design and Technology, Music and Physical Education. We also teach Religious Education and Personal Social Health Citizenship Education to all children and French in Key Stage Two. 

We are committed to ensuring our children are physically active. Through the PE curriculum children enjoy a range of activities including team games, dance, gymnastics and swimming.  We participate in a range of competitions against other schools throughout the year. We also offer a wide variety of extra curricular activities to cater for children's different talents and interests. These vary from term to term but generally include sporting, musical and arts clubs as well as special interest clubs.

Our curriculum is enhanced by special events within school and the network, which for example includes visiting drama groups, musicians, dance experts, sports specialists as well as historians, local artists and speakers. Special curriculum events and assemblies also enrich the curriculum offered.


The curriculum is planned carefully and enables pupils to learn well in a suitably wide range of subjects. Detailed schemes of work set out the key milestones for pupils’ learning in each subject

Ofsted Report July 2018