English Martyrs’ Primary School
Curriculum design statement: intent, implementation, impact
We offer a vision for excellence and high aspirations for all through a curriculum based on Gospel values and Catholic teachings. At English Martyrs’ our coherent, structured, curriculum promotes the academic, social, moral, spiritual, religious and physical development of each child leading to sustained mastery for all and a greater depth of understanding for those who are capable. Through the teaching of Religious Education, Catholic Social Teachings and UNICEF Rights we ensure pupils have a secure understanding of shared values and grow to become highly skilled, cultured, educated global citizens, ready for the modern world.
Our curriculum is based on a thematic approach with reading at the core. Themes are well chosen to stimulate, engage and enthuse pupils and are supplemented by a range of experiences such as trips and visitors to school. Reading is at the heart of each theme and pupils and are exposed to a wide range of quality texts which promote a passion for reading, expand their ‘cultural capital’ and develop a sophisticated, mature vocabulary from which pupils can articulate their thoughts and ideas. Core and foundation subjects are explicitly taught to secure a sound understanding of subject specific knowledge and skills within a framework that is designed to maximise learning. Core concepts are sequenced to ensure regular repetition within and across year groups and themes and key stages, thus enabling pupils to ‘know more and remember more’ and develop a deeper understanding of each subject in the context of the world around them.
Pupils are evaluated alongside criteria for progression within each concept. The acquisition of fundamental foundations is built into the early stages of each phase (BASIC). When fluent, these fundamentals are then used to apply to decision making (ADVANCING) and furthermore the inventive application of fundamentals (DEEP) towards the later end of each phase. These ‘milestones’ are evidenced in each subject using a range of strategies including summative and formative assessment.
The diagram below shows a model of our curriculum structure:
Curriculum Breadth for Years 1 &2
Curriculum Breadth for Years 3 & 4
Curriculum Breadth for Years 5 & 6