At St Michael at Bowes Church of England School, we follow a broad balanced curriculum, including the most able and those with special educational needs in accordance with National Curriculum (2014) requirements.

Our school follows the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Through the IPC we focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning, that develops an appreciation of human creativity and development. We want children to use their learning as inspiration for their own creative journeys. We want children 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 sense of self and begin to form their own great thoughts and deeds. They will have a strong grounding in their own nationality and culture, at the same time developing a profound understanding and respect for the nationalities and cultures of others. Most of all, we want children to develop all the skills they will need in order to confidently thrive in the world of tomorrow.

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.

St Michael At Bowes CE Junior School Curriculum map 2016-17

  Term 1 (7 + 7 1/2 ) Term 2 (5 + 6) Term 3 (6 + 7)
(Milepost 2)
Getting to know you/ Brainwaves (4)
Black History/ International (1)
Chocolate & Fair trade
Creative Week- maths theme (1)
Scavengers and settlers
Year 3 Easter production
Science week (1)
Different places, Similar lives and The Work of Unicef
Science Animals inc. humans Rocks Plants Plants Forces & Magnets Light
RE St. Michael (1) The Lord’s Prayer (2)  Why are the Jews having a party? (6) Christmas – Advent and Epiphany (4) The People of the Old Testament (6) Easter People (4) Easter – Easter Performance (2) What does it mean to be a Jew? (6) The Bible (6)
PE Gymnastics Dance Invasion games Outdoor ed Net & Wall Striking & fielding Athletics
(Milepost 2)
Getting to know you/ Brainwaves (4)
Black History/ International (1)
Year 4 Christmas Production
Temples, Tombs and Treasures
Saving the World & charitable action (Rainforests)
Creative Week- maths theme (1);
Science Week (1)
Living together & Respecting each other’s rights (Community)
Science Sound Animals inc. humans All living things States of matter Electricity
RE What does it mean to be a Muslim? (6) Nativity Performance (2) Christmas – Peace (4) The “I am” statements of Jesus (6) The Beatitudes (2) Easter – Holy Communion (4) What are the Five Pillars of Islam and why are they important to Muslims? (6) Understanding Christianity in Palmer’s Green (6)
PE Gymnastics Dance Invasion games Dance Striking & fielding Athletics
(Milepost 3)
Getting to know you/ Brainwaves (4)
The Great, The Bold and The Brave!
Black History/ International  (1)
Weather and Climate and the right to clean water
Creative Week- maths theme (1)
Science Week (1)
Mission to Mars (Article 24 and 27)
Science Forces Properties & changes of materials Animals inc. humans Sex Ed & All living things Earth & Space  
RE What do Sikhs believe? (6) What makes a Christian? (2) Christmas – Music and Art What does it mean to be a Sikh? (6)
Wisdom in the Bible (2) Easter – What happens in the church? (4)
Liturgy in the Church (6)
How has the Christian message survived 2,000 years? (6)
PE Gymnastics & Swimming Dance & Swimming Invasion games & Swimming Outdoor Ed
Net & Wall
Striking & fielding Athletics
(Milepost 3)
Getting to know you/ Brainwaves (4)
The World at War
Black History/ International (1)
Fit for life & the right to health
Creative Week- maths theme (1)
SATs Week (1)
Science Week (1)
What a wonderful World and Sustainability
Science Light Electricity Animals including humans All living things Evolution and inheritance
RE The importance of symbols and beliefs in Hinduism (6)
Remembrance (2)
Christmas – How should Christians advertise Christmas?
What does it mean to be a Hindu? (6)
The contemporary Anglican Church (2)
Easter – Hope
The Journey of Life and Death (6)
Who Decides? – KS3 transition unit (6)
PE Gymnastics Dance Outdoor Ed Invasion games Striking & fielding Tennis Athletics

Suggested Visits:

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
3 V&A
St. Michael at Bowes church
Cuffley Camp
Church (2b)
Cadbury World
4 Mosque
British Museum
Natural History Museum
Wolves Lane rainforest
London visit or local area walk
Houses of Parliament
5 British Museum
Met office
St. Paul’s Cathedral
London Planetarium
6 Imperial War Museum
Rainbow Theatre
Mandir at Neasden
Health/Sports  Club-Lee Valley
Olympic Park
School journey
SMAB Church visit
Crystal Centre

*NB: There are no week requirements for the IPC units. Take as much time as you need to cover the knowledge and skills objectives. Feel free to run over holidays if it suits.

The science units are organised into the school calendar by individual year groups. Please refer to your curriculum letter to find out which topic your child is currently studying.

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.

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.


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 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.