At St Mary’s, we aim to provide a rich, engaging curriculum for our children. Where possible, we try to make links between subjects, so that the learning is as meaningful as possible for the children. Many lessons are taught in a hands-on, practical way, so that children are always fully engaged in their learning. We also have regular theme days, where children dress up in costumes eg from a period of history, and all the learning for the day centres around the topic.
We make excellent use of our incredible local area in Marylebone and beyond (including outside London) to further enrich the curriculum through trips and workshops.
We have also formed a number of partnerships with other schools, and with organisations, to ensure the best possible curriculum for our pupils. In 2015-16 these have included:
London Music Masters, British Land, Paribas Bank, Wetherby Prep School, Lords’ Cricket Ground, QPR football club, the Premier League and the Donmar Warehouse theatre
We reviewed our curriculum in 2014-15 to meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum. The National Curriculum also sets out expectations for each key stage, and children’s progress is assessed against these expectations each year. The curriculum for all Church of England Primary schools in England currently includes:
- five ‘core’ subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education and Religious Education
- seven ‘foundation’ subjects: History, Geography, Art, Music, Design Technology, Computing and Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish – KS2 only)
In addition to these compulsory subjects, we also teach Personal, Social and Health Education through special theme days and by making cross-curricular links.
The curriculum is divided into stages:
- Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (Nursery and Reception classes – F1 and F2)
- Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
- Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)
Here are our Curriculum Maps for 2015-16: