Our Curriculum

Our curriculum from Year 1 to Year 6 (key Stages 1 &2) is founded on the National Curriculum.

Additionally, within the Early Years, you may find 'Developmental Matters in The Early Years Foundation Stage' and the 'Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework' useful information when understanding how we organise learning within the EYFS.

At St Margaret Ward, we aim to provide a curriculum that is:

  • Broad and balanced.
  • Designed to meet the needs of our pupils.
  • Ambitious for all pupils.
  • Coherently planned and sequenced so that it provides children with the skills, knowledge and understanding to develop into well-rounded and well-informed individuals.

A well-recognised definition of learning is a change to the long-term memory. Our curriculum has been put together with this in mind. 

  • We teach knowledge in meaningful contexts. We also want children to see how future jobs link to the work they’re doing in class. In our curriculum, we want children to see themselves as writers, mathematicians, scientists, artists, musicians, historians, geographers, designers and worldwide citizens. For example, the aim of our geography curriculum is for children to work and think like a geographer. 
  • We teach in a connected way.
    • Every subject has a curriculum map (starting in EYFS) which outlines what we want children to know and be able to do in each subject and in each year group.
    • The way we implement our curriculum maps involves repetitive teaching of the key concepts. The children are given opportunities to practise, embed and retrieve the knowledge so that it sticks in their long-term memory. 
    • We plan opportunities for enrichment of our curriculum through people the children meet, places they visit and experiences they have.  

The links to the right will take you to the individual subject pages which will give more details.

Each teacher is responsible for a subject, often more than one, and they take the lead in championing that subject across the school. Our subject leaders for 2023/24 are:

Religious Education - Miss Flynn
Phonics/Reading - Mrs Ingram
Writing, Spelling & Grammar - Miss Seccombe
Early Years - Mrs Royle
Maths - Miss Mannion
Science - Mrs Massey (covering Miss Charnock while she is on maternity leave)
Art & Design - Mrs Ingram
Computing - Mrs Gough (covering Miss Charnock while she is on maternity leave)
Design & Technology - Miss Doohan  
Geography - Mrs Dignan
History - Miss Mannion
Music - Mrs Printy
PE - Mrs Bedford
PSHE - Miss Flynn
Spanish - Mrs Royle