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St Mary's Bentworth

Church of England Primary School

Love, Respect, Belong

Curriculum

At St Mary’s we have an engaging and varied curriculum in which the children have a clear ownership of their learning, by choosing the topics.  Each class is able to discuss and take a vote on every topic and teachers plan objectives based on the children’s interests. We follow the National Curriculum in order to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

 

Each class will have a trip and a visitor each term to further enrich their learning. Many topics will have an outcome at the end to showcase the learning over the half term/term. This not only gives the children a real purpose for their learning, it also gives them the opportunity to celebrate their achievements. See photos below for some examples of these topic outcomes.

 

Below is an example of the topics chosen by the children last year. Oak Class (R/1) does not have set topics as they use the ‘In the Moment Planning’ approach to learning. Below are some examples of the stories and mini-topics chosen by the class. Please visit the class page for more information and photos.

 

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Oak

The Hungry Caterpillar

 

Transport

The Gunpowder Plot

 

Letters to Father Christmas

Zog

 

Disgusting Sandwich 

Argentina (mini project)

 

Fairy Tales/

Castles

Flowers/ Plants

 

Tiddler

Peter Pan (mini project)

 

Butterflies

Ash

Storm Chasers

Geography/

Science 

What is life like in the Polar lands?

Geography

Ages Ago...How did it all begin?

History

Ahoy me hearties!

Geography/ History

 

What might cars be like in the future?

History/ English 

Kept, Caged and Conservation-Our relationship with Animals

Science

Lime

What is the power of Mother Nature?

Geography/Science

Shaping our landscape

History/Geography

Vikings and Anglo-Saxons

History

Panto Pandemonium 

Lime and Elder Production

Elder

Conflict, Resolution and Remembrance – What are we fighting for?

History 

The Apprentice - Do you have to win to be successful?

What’s it like in the Southern Hemisphere?

Geography/Science

Are we the greatest civilization yet?

History

Panto Pandemonium 

Lime and Elder Production

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The New Curriculum Changes Overview

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My children feel so safe and happy here. They are keen to go to school every day

Parent - July 2018

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The school teaches really important life skills through the resilience work- understanding failure is a learning opportunity, not a catastrophe

Parent - July 2018

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Communication is excellent- I always know the door is open

Parent - July 2018

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The staff show an exceptional level of commitment to the school

Parent - July 2018

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You are passionate about children being at the heart of everything you do

Parent - July 2018

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94% of our pupils said that 'Teaching is good all the time'

Pupil Survey - July 2018

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