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At St Mary and St Margaret's CE Primary School, we build our curriculum around our values and our core aim of Being the best we can be by living 'life in all its fullness' (John 10:10). The summary table below shows the 'building blocks' of our curriculum - we use this to help us shape our approach to all we do and aim to achieve with our children.

(Note: a clearer PDF version can be downloaded by clicking the link beneath the table.)



At St Mary and St Margaret’s CE Primary School we believe that our curriculum enables pupils to foster a love of learning, to develop life-long skills and to engage in a wide range of experiences that challenge, stimulate and promote their thinking.  Our curriculum aims to help pupils become active, caring members of society who have the knowledge, skills, personal attributes and desire to make their world a better place.


We are committed to providing a curriculum tailored to the needs of the pupils in our school. We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, built upon our school values, that will help children become the best they can be, regardless of background or need. The curriculum is planned to meet the needs of all pupils, ensuring learning opportunities are both challenging and appropriate. We aim to provide stimulating activities leading to learning which will help pupils to make a successful transition to secondary school and on into adulthood, and to be active and responsible citizens.


Through our curriculum, all pupils are encouraged to be the best they can be in all areas of their lives: academically, socially, creatively, physically and spiritually. Learning opportunities are planned to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and to prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. The curriculum is  planned to help pupils find their own sense of identity and place in God's world and to help them discover their individual interests, passions and talents. They learn to develop positive, healthy approaches to both mental and physical wellbeing.


Reading is central to our curriculum: it is the key to learning both across and beyond the curriculum. Through our curriculum, children are encouraged both to 'learn to read' and 'read to learn'. Reading is used and promoted as a tool to help children increase their knowledge of the world and to develop the values with which they approach the world and its challenges. Children are taught to love and value reading so that they become skillful, enthusiastic, lifelong readers.


Through a well-planned and organised curriculum, effectively taught by qualified and enthusiastic teachers, pupils are helped to:


  • Gain a joy and commitment to learning that will last a lifetime
  • Develop the essential English and Mathematical skills they need to learn
  • Develop the attitudes, understanding and skills to become successful, independent learners
  • Foster their creativity
  • Develop lively enquiring minds
  • Develop personal values, qualities and attitudes and be respectful of other people and their views and opinions
  • Work co-operatively with others
  • Work toward achieving their potential - being ‘the best they can be’


Our curriculum is designed to reflect our aims and values and to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and other government guidance.