St. Michael's CE School

Working Together For The Good Of All

“St. Michael’s Church of England School, established upon Christian foundations and living out the Christian faith, is committed to providing every child with an excellent education.”

CURRICULUM

At St. Michael’s we offer a broad and balanced curriculum that provides high quality teaching relevant to the needs of the children.

Intent

St. Michael’s is committed to providing an exceptional, broad and balanced curriculum, which is informed by the 2014 National Curriculum, for all our children to enable them to become secure, well-rounded citizens. Our children are able to transfer the skills and knowledge learnt in English, Maths, RE, Foundation Subjects and extra-curricular activities, consistently, across the whole curriculum. We provide all children with the knowledge and skills that they require to be able to take part in opportunities and experiences in later life. Our curriculum is broad and balanced showing progression through knowledge and skills with clear end points. We provide a curriculum that is designed to meet the needs of all children, whilst considering the varying needs of every pupil, creating an environment and ethos of respect, tolerance, acceptance, and diversity.

We are constantly evaluating the way the school operates, the environment we provide and the curriculum range that is on offer. It is fundamental to the life of the school that there shall be no discrimination on grounds of race, gender or ability. The Governors seek to provide a curriculum and organisation in the school that give equal opportunities to boys and girls and to meet the varying needs of each pupil. The school is opposed to any form of racism, harassment or use of and we strive to foster attitudes of positive concern for all people of all races and cultural and social background.

Implementation

Reading: A high priority for our school and we want to ensure that we foster a love of reading. We provide discrete reading activities within lessons, whole class reading (WCR), individual reading along-side opportunities to listen to adults read and have a dedicated time to read for pleasure (RFP).

English: We use the Big Write model with a two-week big write cycle which focuses on discrete reading activities, comprehension and texts as well as spelling, punctuation and grammar to ensure high quality writing.

Maths: We us a Mastery approach to Mathematics in conjunction with the NCETM and White Rose Maths planning to resource and inform our maths mastery micro steps. This provides our children with a consistent and high quality coverage of the 2014 National Curriculum.

RE: The SDBE schemes of work inform our planning for Religious Education to ensure that we have a thematic approach to our lessons and worship opportunities.

Our foundation subjects ensure that all the children enjoy high quality lessons and have clear links to the National Curriculum. This includes more opportunities for pupils to develop their knowledge and skills in an engaging way that stimulates high-quality learning in preparation for the next stage of their education. Through these subjects we develop the children's characters with the focus on the 5cs: collaboration, creativity, confidence, courage and caring for others.

Computing: We use the Kapow Computing scheme Kapow which aims to develop a sense of enjoyment around using technology and to develop pupil's appreciation of its capabilities and the opportunities technology offers to: create, manage, organise and collaborate.

PSHE: We use the Jigsaw scheme of learning, which is a unique, progressive and effective approach to PSHE, which prepares children for life, helping them know and value who they truly are and understand how to develop healthy lives and relationships in our ever-changing world.

MFL: Using engaging songs and games French lessons are taught as a stand-alone subject, fortnightly, to all children in Key Stage 2. Modules of learning are covered each half term and recapped through starters, key vocabulary and phrases.

Music: Music at St Michael’s is taught by a specialist teacher and is celebrated across the school. All children play instruments, sing, and participate in regular performances and concerts for both pupils and the parent/school community, and also the wider community. Our high-quality music education engages and inspires the children to develop a love of music and increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As the children progress, they develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, perform and listen with discrimination to a wide range of music across different styles and cultures.

PE: PE is an important part of our curriculum and is taught by a specialist teacher who provides high quality values-based Sports Coaching. In addition our curriculum is further enhanced by our work with Kick London who provide Street Dance provision, Solutions Focused Mentoring & Sports Chaplaincy within Infant, Primary, Secondary, PRU & Special Schools across London. The schemes of work have been produced to provide exposure to a number of sports, which are rotated each half term.

Extra-Curricular Activities: There are a range of clubs and activities to provide children with character education. Children are able to experience a wide range of clubs and activities to help them experience new interests and develop existing ones.

Impact

Children learn how to study and work effectively on their own. They contribute as part of a group; listen in lessons, but also to speak and present. They are confident in the new technologies of tablet, cloud and programming language as they are with book, paper and pen. They know how to collaborate without copying, how to debate while still listening and learn that enthusiasm and curiosity are the best tools they have. They Growth Mindset characters of: Persistence, Innovation, Collaboration and Reflection support these ideals and instil the right attitude to learning across the whole school.

This section of our website gives an overview of our curriculum areas but please do contact us if you have any questions at all.

SAMPLE TIMETABLES

FACULTIES

Our curriculum is organised into Faculties, with some subjects combined into one faculty.

At St. Michael’s, our faculty system aims to prepare enthusiastic, life-long learners across the whole curriculum. The faculty system allows all staff to support a targeted area with curriculum input, planning, assessment, evaluation and organisation. By grouping subjects together in faculties, more staff have more time to ensure that our whole school curriculum is consistent and provides high-quality teaching and coverage of the National curriculum.

Our faculties are

  • English

  • Maths

  • Science

  • RE

  • Music

  • PE & Sport

  • Computing

  • History

  • Geography

  • PSHE

  • Art and DT

  • Modern Foreign Languages


Each faculty looks at or completes

  • Planning

  • Feedback

  • Assessment / Outcomes of children

  • Book looks

  • Observations

  • Team teaching

  • Handwriting and presentation

  • Curriculum Development

  • Staff feedback

  • GAP analysis and comments on the quality and National Curriculum Links

For more information on our Curriculum, please visit our Curriculum Offer Page