"Inspiring All to Achieve"

The School Curriculum

Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

All state schools are also required to make provision for a daily act of collective worship and must teach religious education to pupils at every key stage.

Maintained schools in England are legally required to follow the statutory National Curriculum which sets out in programmes of study, on the basis of key stages, subject content for core and other foundation subjects that should be taught to all pupils.  All schools must publish their school curriculum by subject and academic year online.

All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice.  Schools are also free to include other subjects or topics of their choice in planning and designing their own programme of education.

(Excerpt from The National Curriculum in England: Framework document for consultation February 2013) 

Please follow this link to read our Curriculum Statement.  The termly curriculum plans for each year group can be accessed on the Class Pages, and the two-year cycle overview is available here.  Our Subject Visions are also available.


St Mary's C P School uses "Letters and Sounds" as a basis for our phonics teaching, but adapts it to work with the school's thematic approach. www.letters-and-sounds.com


"Oxford Reading Tree" and "Big Cat" structured texts are used within a larger framework of quality texts matched to topics, and books that match the children's interests.


'I Can' statements are used for progression in Mathematics, Reading and Writing.  More information on 'I Can' statements can be found here.