Why our Curriculum is so important to us
At St. Mary’s we go above and beyond to ensure that the firm foundations of knowledge are put in place in order for our children to achieve their full potential actively, creatively and holistically.
We have built our curriculum so that it is sequential so that children’s learning can build both depth and breadth ; it is purposeful in order to make learning here meaningful for children living in Rothwell whilst being spiritual at all times in order to fit with our Catholic Ethos Statement.
At Rothwell St. Mary’s:
We ‘Grow together in Christ’
‘Live and learn in God’s love’
By Developing the potential of every individual by
providing the best education through experience of our Catholic,
Christian Community within which all members can grow in faith.
We build our faith and spirituality into every school day with all classes preparing and sharing Collective Worship at an Outstanding Level. During our Diocesan Inspection last June our school was rated as ‘Outstanding’ once again. The quality of teaching is excellent and over the last couple of years we have been teaching all RE creatively with activities such as drama, poetry, art & debate used to make learning particularly enjoyable & accessible to all. Events over the course of this academic year that have particularly stood out for all children & staff include the two-day whole school More Than Dance workshops, this year focusing on Christ’s Birth in December. During the time of Harvest we raised more money & food donations that ever before and we were able to take this to Mulgrave House, the nearby Residential Home in our local area and to the Rothwell Food Bank, in order to share what we have with other families in need. Other events that have stood out include The Big Sing Liturgy Things for Year Five and the on-going dedication that each and every one of our Mini Vinnies (Youth SVP) brings to our school, including our awareness of Dementia, raising funds for those in need on a global level and supporting those in need in our local community.
As a team of experienced staff we are looking at the sequence and breakdown of the National Curriculum and we aim to give our children the knowledge and skills that will set them up for High School, wider life, and for their careers long after they leave St. Mary’s.The subject leaders within our school are continuously working hard on developing their subject areas so that children’s learning is sequential. This means that each year of learning will build on prior years as children move through the year groups of our school.The teaching of our Curriculum is consistently covered in exciting, fun and creative ways and this is remarked upon time after time. We enhance our half terms with trips, visitors, themes and experiences be this from continuous, on-site resources such as our gardening club, local walks such as Y4’s recent Rothwell Walk or trip further afield like Y3’s Eden Camp trip which culminated their half year study of WWII. Every day offers additions to school life with clubs like Art Club, Theatre Club, Book Club or Lego Club. There are countless sports clubs that run and one of the latest additions has been fencing!
This year we welcomed children’s author Hilary Robinson into Year Five where she was able to discuss her writing, her themes and her inspiration as well as hosting a Q & A session and signing children’s books. We also hosted a Chocolate Extraordinaire who helped children in Year Two & Year Three to understand the journey from bean to bar for chocolate and the reasons why fairly traded beans are so important. Lower down school we had planned visits from our local emergency services including both fire and police to educate and teach our youngest members of school about their vital role.
Where to find Curricular information about what is taught
On each class page on this website you will find:
- Each class’s Long Term Plan
- Each class’s Medium Term Plans
- Each class’s Half-termly class newsletter which gives details about events of the half term
- Class Pages with a ‘News’ section which depict many ways our curriculum is lived and breathed
- Each week, class teacher’s planning for Maths & English is emailed to the Senior Leadership Team
Our Local Area – it’s special to us
We are all very proud of our local area and Rothwell itself has a rich history. Our aim is that our children leave our school with a secure knowledge & understanding of the landscape and history and that they are as proud as we are of what Rothwell has to offer.
Over the course of this year so far, we have had: self-guided trips around our local allotments for Y4 ; Y5 have encountered the history trail throughout Rothwell, Y3 have visited the War Memorial in Rothwell to pay our respects; Y6 have learnt more about our Catholic Church whilst Y3 have looked at Church of England Churches in the area and Y4 have even been down to find out about packaging used for fruit and veg in our local supermarket, Morrisons, as part of their Environmental project.
Read all about our Curriculum in action…
Below are the first installments of our curriculum newsletters, written by the subject leaders to help keep you up to date with all of the latest developments that are happening across school. They include information about latest Government updates, school trips, clubs, new resources we have bought into and much more! Please have a read below, you won’t be disappointed!
SEND and our Curriculum
At Rothwell St. Mary’s we provide an inclusive curriculum for all, whereby all learners follow the National Curriculum or EYFS curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. Our SEND ethos places children with SEND at the heart of personalised learning and our curriculum is tailored to meet individual pupils’ needs. At times, and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented with a child centred approach. This includes enrichment and experiential learning that meet the needs of all our learners. To support all children in the development of new skills and acquisition of knowledge we adapt our teaching to suit the unique learning points of our children by:
Utilising a range of teaching and learning styles
Differentiated learning materials
Access to assistive technology
Additional in class support through resources, peer support and adult support
Additional out of class support where absolutely necessary
Targeted tailored interventions
Innovative and supportive personalised curriculum
Working with families
Use of the local offer to develop specialised programmes of support where required
Assessment procedures that emphasise pupils’ strengths and achievements
- British Values
- Mindmate, Children’s mental health & PSHE