Curriculum

Our school follows a personalised curriculum, based around the needs and interests of our pupils and staff, as well as reflecting the wonderful diversity of our community and the opportunities offered to us by the area we live in. Through the curriculum we focus on a combination of academic, personal and global learning, that develops an appreciation of human creativity and development. We want children to use their learning as inspiration for their own creative journeys; for them to enjoy their learning, develop enquiring minds, gain essential knowledge and develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens of the world. By introducing children to the best that has been thought and said across the world and through history, they will develop a strong sense of self and begin to form their own great thoughts and deeds. They will have a strong grounding in their own nationality, faith and culture, at the same time developing a deep and profound understanding and respect for the nationalities, faiths and cultures of others. Most of all, we want children to develop all the skills they will need in order to confidently flourish in the world.

Our curriculum is organised into termly and half-termly topics. Some are studied as a whole school and others by individual year groups. However, our overarching themes are all whole school to allow for collaborative learning and joint celebrations.

  • The 1st half of the autumn term is spent learning who we are as a school and community; how our faiths and beliefs drive our vision, values and actions;
  • In the 2nd half of the autumn term the children are taught some of the key skills they will need in order to thrive in the world of work, including financial and economic knowledge;
  • In the spring term, our History topics support our children to learn about life in the past in order for them to be an active part of changing the future;
  • Our summer term is spent learning about the world through our Geography topics. During this time our children learn about the complex challenges facing the world and how they can make choices and changes that have a positive impact.

Your interest in your child’s education is greatly valued and we will ensure that you are kept well informed about the work done in school. Newsletters are sent home weekly and at the beginning of each term class teachers send an outline of the work they intend to cover during the term. Please make sure that you check your child’s bag for this information! A copy of the newsletters is always posted on the playground notice board and in the main entrance by the school office. You will also receive updates regarding the work done in class on Class Dojo.

Please click below for our curriculum map for 2019 – 2020. This map is evaluated and adapted every academic year to reflect the changing nature of the school and our community.

Please also click below to see our progression of skills documents for the foundation subjects (Art, Computing, Design Technology, Geography, History and Music)

St Michael At Bowes CE Junior School Curriculum map 2018-19

Click on the link below to view the curriculum map.

Curriculum Map 2019-20 Whole School

Computing skills progression

Creative skills progression

Humanities skills progression

Religious Education

In this school Christianity forms the core of what we uphold and teach, and believe it to be evident in the ethos of the school. At the same time, however, we acknowledge and value the multi-faith nature of our community and society. St. Michael at Bowes aims to give its pupils an understanding of the Christian way of life. The school maintains close links with the parish church of St. Michael at Bowes and St Cuthbert’s. Our pupils participate in services there for some of the major Christian festivals, or on special occasions throughout the year.

RE Statement

Collective Worship

At St Michael at Bowes Church of England Primary School collective worship is an important part of each school day. Acts of worship are Christian in nature with an opportunity for reflection on a variety of aspects of life for all children.We aim to reflect the cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds of our school population. During the year we celebrate Christian festivals and as well as other multi-faith celebrations such as Eid il Fitr, Hanukkah or Diwali. If any parent wishes to withdraw their child from all or some of our assemblies then please ensure that we are aware of your wish by discussing them with the headteacher.

Relationship and Sex Education

All relationship and sex education is taught in the context of Christianity and is introduced through Health Education as part of the Science ad PSHE curriculum. Some elements of the curriculum are taught separately within each term group. Parents are advised that they have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of the Relationship and sex education offered outside of the Science and PSHE curriculum. Please discuss this with the headteacher in advance.

Inclusion

We pride ourselves on being an inclusive, accessible school where equality of opportunities goes hand in hand with a broad and balanced curriculum to develop each child’s potential. Our teachers are adept in recognising and planning for our gifted and talented children. Our Inclusion manager regularly supports and monitors the progress of those children who require extra help, whether it is academic or pastoral. We receive guidance and support from various external agencies, including the Borough’s Educational Psychologist. We have established close links with our partnership primary schools and feeder secondary schools, in order to ensure greater continuity in children’s education.

Assessment

Assessment is a continuous process, which is integral to all our teaching. We assess children in order to ascertain what they have learnt, so that we can plan the next stages of their development. Much of the assessment is based on the teacher’s professional judgement of the child’s achievements, backed up by evidence from the child’s work.

Your child will also participate in the following formalised assessments: The government  has introduced changes to assessment arrangement. We are in the process of reviewing the school’s assessment procedures and gradually bringing in the necessary changes. We will continue to inform you of your child’s progress throughout the year.

  • Baseline assessment at the start of Year 3
  • Standard Assessment Tests in Year 6 to assess their progress at the end of Key Stage 2
  • Optional SATs in Years 3, 4 and 5 are used to inform teaching assessment and allow us to anticipate additional support for the coming year
  • In addition, further detailed assessments are made for children with special needs

Click here to view our assessment statement.

 

For further information on the National Curriculum please click on the below:

Department for Education National Curriculum