Learning & Curriculum
Learning is determined as 'knowing more and remembering more' of our specified school curriculum.
Curriculum is the planned body of knowledge, skills and attributes pupils are expected to have gained by the end of Key Stage 2. Over time we have become experts in the field as a result of training from Ambition Institute and Mr T for History! Our curriculum continues to be ever refining as the reseach informs our curriculuar thinking.
St Margaret's delivers its school curriculum through subject specific planning, which includes the National Curriculum and the Early Years Statutory Framework.
Together with its enrichment opportunities and SMSC, we call it our LION CURRICULUM.
We have assessed our curriculum against the NCSL's Hallmarks of an Outstanding Curriculum: SELF-ASSESSMENT
The school's LION CURRICULUM delivers our school's Vision and Mission through four golden threads:
The SMCEPS Curriculum Design Model:
Our Curriculum is as ambitious as the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum can ve viewed here: NATIONAL CURRICULUM (in pdf format). Each unit is personalised to our local context.
Our School Curriculum is sequential and progressional in the gaining of substantive knowledge (which includes declarative knowledge (what children should know) of Vocabulary', 'People, Places and Events', 'Concepts' and procedural knowledge (what children should do) in 'Procedures'. Some subjects also have specific disciplinary knowledge directly related to the development of expertise within the subject; how to be scientist, geographers and historians.
Substantive knowledge is shown in our teacher designed KNOWLEDGE BOARDS (pdf format). Disciplinary knowledge is shown within subject specific plans (in with the Knowledge Boards). The coverage of the National Curriculum within our broader, richer and deeper personalised School Curriculum can also be viewed in these documents. We use well-selected schemes to support some of our subjects, both for enriching subject knowledge and for consistency within and between classes/year groups.
Subject sequence lesson-by-lesson are in our MTPs.
Subject specific information is available below:
|Worship & Humanities
|Arts, Sports & Wellbeing
|PSHE & RSE
Parents and other members of the public can find out more about the curriculum our school delivers to our children by contacting Mrs McGuiness (Enquiries and Admissions Secretary) via the school office who will direct you through to either your child's classteacher, a subject leader or a senior leader depending upon the nature of your query.
Click on the year group pages for celebrating the work our children undertake and how future learning is planned through our Lion Curriculum Units. The documents are in MS Word.
Connections between subject disciples
The school has a long term plan of its Lion Curriculum. The foundation subjects are taught in discrete subject lessons. The sequence of each subject curriculum is specified on the curriculum subject webpage. To make connections between disciplines and the application of maths and English within these subjects, we provide lesson sequences under the headings:
THIS IS NOT TOPIC PLANNING! IT IS THE COLLECTIVE OF SEPERATE SUBJECTS TO MAKE LEARNING MEANINGFUL.