St Mary's Catholic

Voluntary Academy

Part of the St Therese of Lisieux Catholic Multi Academy Trust


The curriculum was redesigned throughout 2020, with work continuing into 2021.  Whilst based on the National Curriculum, it has been designed to uniquely fit the needs of the school and encompasses a variety of curriculum tools, including:

  • Come and See (Catholic RE curriculum)
  • White Rose Maths
  • Reading Vipers (EdShed/Literacy Shed)
  • Get Set 4 PE

Plus others.

The effectiveness of these tools will be monitored and their use will be reviewed annually.


The curriculum is pedagogically sound in that it is:

  • Progressive and developmental
  • Differentiated
  • Cross-curricular
  • Integrated
  • Co-ordinated
  • Balanced
  • Structured to allow revisiting of material and concepts to promote deeper learning


This means that it:

  • Excites, promotes and sustains children’s interest, allowing teachers to linger longer and dive deeper.
  • Enables and fosters children’s natural curiosity.
  • Enables children to reflect on and evaluate their learning.
  • Promotes problem solving, creativity and communication.


The curriculum is based around one topic per term, covering 6 topics per year group, per academic year.  The topic provides the basis for the English and most of the Foundation subject content; in most instances, the Science content is also linked to the topic, although, in order to ensure the Science coverage, there are instances where this is taught as a stand-alone element.


RE is taught as a stand-alone subject but provides many links to life in general and can often be related to the topic work.


Other subjects mainly taught as stand-alone are:  Computing, French, Music, PE and PSHE/RSHE. Once again, however, links with the topic and other areas of learning are always made where possible, as the school values cross-curricular learning as a way of assisting the children in contextualising their learning.