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Our Curriculum

 Curriculum Statement

At St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum, offering children the opportunity to succeed in many different areas.

Gospel values influences every aspect of school life so that together we can enable every child’s spiritual, moral, academic and social development to flourish.

Learning experiences provided by the teacher aim to be both meaningful and challenging, and seek to build on children’s existing knowledge and understanding. Skills already acquired are developed and consolidated through a wide range of activities.

Children are encouraged to see themselves as active participants in their own learning. They are encouraged to develop a positive attitude towards themselves, their work and towards others.

We aim for our children to:

  • Know God, to recognise His presence in every human being and all of creation.
  • Develop inquisitive minds, a spirit of curiosity and a passion for learning.
  • Reflect on their learning and  have a sense of responsibility for their own learning and development
  • Understand the importance of perseverance, resilience and tolerance.
  • Have high expectations and self-belief to enable them to fulfil their potential.
  • Be equipped with the skills to fully participate in an ever changing world.
  • Be respectful and productive members of the community.
  • Have the courage and confidence to ask questions and take calculated risks.

Although our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum, our children have the opportunity to develop their skills through termly ‘Learning Journeys’.  These are cross-curricular and enable the children to learn through exploration of a theme. Every Learning Journey is supported by quality reading texts which engaged the children and provide the stimulus for writing and further exploration. Our ‘Learning Journeys’ are carefully planned, in order to ensure they cover the key skills of the National Curriculum. These experiences include visitors coming to school or trips to places relevant to the learning journey.

Religious Education is an integral part of our school life and we follow the Diocesan Scheme called ‘Come and See’.

St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School believes in an active partnership between school, pupil and home to support the children in their learning journey. Home learning journals are used to ensure good communication between school and home from Reception to Year 6. Homework is set which builds on learning in the classroom or in preparation for future lessons.

Both parents and pupils are asked to sign a Home-School Agreement at the beginning of each academic year. 

The Government have released a New National Curriculum. 

Please click on the link to view the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum website gives information by key stage and subject.


At St Mary Magdalene the national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps encourage an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

In the 'Our Classes' tab, you will find a page for each class in our school. Here you will be able to view their curriculum maps.

The 'Secrets of Success' is followed by every child enabling them to live out the mission statement of the school.

Key Stage 1 Curriculum

At St Mary Magdalene’s, Key Stage 1 is made up of one Year 1 class and three mixed Year 2 / Year 3 classes, with 30 pupils in each class. In KS1 the curriculum builds on the children’s experiences in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

 The teaching of reading and phonics is given the highest priority in KS1. Our approach to the teaching of phonics is through the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Scheme. This is taught daily in ability groups. Children have access to phonically decodeable books to build on their phonic skills for reading. We use the phonics scheme 'Bugs Club' supplemented by other schemes to enhance reading experiences.

We also use ‘The Power of Reading’ to emphasise the importance of children’s literature in enabling children to become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers with all the benefits this brings.

Key Stage 2 

In KS2 the children deepen their understanding and build on the foundations set at KS1.

Learning journeys ensure that cross curricular links are made so that learning is meaningful and relevant.

Children are taught to take responsibility for their own learning and encouraged to ask questions, learn from their mistakes; Steps for Success are taught and refered to every day. Older children are encouraged to take responsibility and support younger children in all aspects of school life.

(See 'Teaching & Learning Policy' in our policies section on the website)


Guide to the curriculum

Below you will find a guide to the curriculum, just click on the PDF below.

Supporting your child in reading, writing and grammar

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