At St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School, we offer an inclusive curriculum that enables all children to develop knowledge, understanding and skills, through loving learning and growing together with Jesus. As Catholic educators, we promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of all children and thus prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
Through the content and delivery of our bespoke curriculum, we provide opportunities for all children to make progress in reading, writing and maths as well as other subjects within the broader curriculum. With the National Curriculum at its core, our school curriculum is created to meet the needs of all our children. Progressively planned learning in all subjects enables children to acquire the intended knowledge and skills, to revise this knowledge, to practise these skills, to make meaningful connections and to continuously build upon learning. We have enriched our curriculum with texts, to support deep and meaningful learning in foundation subjects.
Our curriculum is designed with Golden Threads (Gospel Values, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural understanding as well as British Values) and these run through everything we do. Children are also given further opportunities to explore and discuss these themes during their Philosphy for Children sessions. We believe that these are crucial aspects of our curriculum and by threading them through everything we do, our children develop good morals, a strong sense of what is right, empathy, repect and an awareness of their place in scoiety.
We offer an inclusive curriculum for all learners, so that all children can learn without limitations. We endeavour to deliver consistenly excellent teaching and ensure our provision supports achievement at, and enjoyment of, school.
Our extra-curricular opportunities, which go beyond the national curriculum specifications, inspire creativity and competition, celebrate individuality and encourage children to want to do more and to learn more.
At St. Margaret Mary's we value the importance of skills which thread throughout the curriculum. We actively promote learning skills: communication, creativity, independent thinking, questioning, reflection, transferring skills and working together by using a range of cognitive and metacognitive strategies within our teaching. These skills enable our children to be successful not only in their access to and their understanding of the curriculum, but in all aspects of school life in the classroom and beyond.
We encourage our children to have a Growth Mindset with the belief that they can develop and achieve anything through hard work, perseverance and with the help from others. We implement excellent teaching with five strategies in every lesson approach: clear and explicit instruction, use of metacognition, scaffolding and modelling, inclusive teaching and flexible grouping and use of technology.
It is our hope that in this section of our website, you will find the information in each section informative and that you will be able to understand the opportunities that are provided to your child(ren).
If you have any questions about our school curriculum, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mrs Ambrose, or your child's class teacher.