- Curriculum Information Types
- Curriculum Introduction and Overview
- Subject Overviews
- Year Group Curriculum Overviews
- Additional Curriculum
- Curriculum Complaints Procedure
- Still Want To Know More?
Here you can access all information related to our school curriculum, including long-term objectives, latest curriculum news and our ‘Golden Wall’ pupil showcase.
Curriculum Information Types
A school curriculum is broad and comprises a lot of information. To best communicate this to you, our curriculum information is broken down as follows:
(Use the title links above to jump to the relevant sections)
|1. Curriculum Introduction and Overview|
|This top level information can be found on this page. It includes curriculum overview, along with phonics scheme and complaints procedure information, relevant for the whole school.|
|2. Subject Overviews|
|Information outlining longer term objectives and plans for each subject, also found on this page.|
|3. Year Group Curriculum Overviews|
|Tables containing an overview of what each year group will learn in in each subject through the different terms of this academic year. Found on this page.|
|4. Class Newsletters For Each Year Group >|
|These documents provide year group specific information about what children will be learning during each term. So you don’t miss out, they will also appear on your child’s class page news feed as they are published, along with all the other class news.|
|5. Curriculum News >|
|These are curriculum news articles from daily life at OLMC, with accompanying photos and videos, to give you an insight into the classroom, strengthen the home-school partnership and celebrate the work the children are producing. As with all news, the articles can be found in our main news feed and on specific class pages. You can use the category links at the top of the articles to explore specific subjects in more detail. You can also browse specific subject via the links in the sidebar on this page.|
|6. The Golden Wall >|
|A collection of examples of great work from our pupils that we are proud to publish. Any pupil featuring on the Golden Wall, has earnt the title of Golden Champion! For quick access you can also find The Golden Wall in the Classes drop down menu.|
Here at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, our aim is to provide a curriculum that is stimulating, broad, balanced, innovative and creative.
As a Catholic school, Jesus Christ is at the heart of everything we teach and learn. Whilst developing children’s basic skills in English and Maths is extremely important, we also realise the importance of teaching a varied and interesting curriculum. The following statements provide you with an overview of each subject taught at our school.
If you would like to explore the EYFS curriculum and explore the early learning goals that the Foundation stage should meet at the end of reception, please read the document linked below:
We have 17 early learning goals to complete. This document might even give you some ideas of fun activities that you could do at home to help further your child’s learning and development.
EYFS and KS1 Phonics Schemes
We are using the ‘Read Write Inc’ phonics program. Please click on the this link to find out more about this.
At Our Lady of Mount Carmel RC Primary School the teaching of mathematics enables our pupils to develop the skills of numeracy and the ability to apply those skills in different situations across the curriculum and in daily living outside school.
We believe that Mathematics is an exploratory and problem solving activity that develops reasoning and thinking, which must be supported by a sound knowledge and continually developing skills.
While it may be taught as a separate subject, it will be an integral part of the pupils learning experience and will make an important contribution to their personal development.
Since January 2014 the new statutory requirements for the teaching and learning of Maths have been adopted by all classes except Year 6 who are continuing to follow the previous programmes of study. From September 2014, Year 6 will adopt the new curriculum in. We use the ‘Abacus’ scheme of work as the basis of our mathematics programme. Abacus provides a maths toolkit as an online resource crafted on a robust approach to creating inspired and confident young mathematicians. Abacus can also be accessed at home by teachers and students. Teachers can set online tasks for children to complete at home to reinforce daily learning objectives.
However, teachers also use their professional judgement to plan work which is appropriate for the needs of their class, groups and individual pupils.
The National Curriculum order for mathematics describes in detail what pupils must learn in each year group. Combined with our Calculation Policy, this ensures continuity and progression and high expectations for attainment in mathematics.
Pupils participate in daily numeracy lessons in which they are provided with a variety of opportunities to develop and extend their Mathematical skills, including: group work; paired work; whole class teaching and individual work. Pupils engage in: the development of mental strategies; written methods; practical work; investigational work; problem solving; mathematical discussion; consolidation of basic skills and number facts and maths games.
We recognise the importance of establishing a secure foundation in mental calculation and recall of number facts before standard written methods are introduced. To develop mental maths we have introduced “Maths Passports” to support children with their learning of maths facts. Throughout KS1 and KS2 these are tested on a weekly basis.
We use accurate mathematical vocabulary in our teaching and children are expected to use it in their verbal and written explanations.
Teachers plan and incorporate problem solving and investigational activities every week to ensure that pupils develop the skills of mathematical thinking and enquiry.
At Our Lady of Mount Carmel RC Primary School we strive for children to be a ‘Primary Literate Pupil’.
We aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of Speaking & Listening, Reading & Writing (including Spelling and Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation) Pupils will be given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of English within a broad and balanced approach to the teaching of English across the curriculum, with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught literacy skills.
From September 2014 we have adopted the new curriculum requirements for English. Early learning Goals are followed to ensure continuity and progression from the Foundation Stage through to the National Curriculum. Pupil provision is related to attainment, not age.
Each year group has a long term (yearly) overview for English. We follow the medium term plans outlined in our scheme of work, although teachers use their professional judgement to plan work which is appropriate for the needs of their class, groups and individual pupils. We have recently introduced route maps to plan units of work. Teachers carefully plan lessons which follow the interests of their children.
To teach literacy we teach the children through shared reading, guided reading and writing sessions, as well as drama and other speaking and listening opportunities. We actively promote reading for pleasure and undertake many activities to encourage it. As a school we use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme throughout Foundation and Key Stage 1, as well as for those children who require it in KS2. In KS2 the majority of pupils follow ‘The Complete Spelling Programme’ which is a series of structured lessons taught four times a week outside of the literacy lesson. Children are taught in ability groups across KS2. Grammar, vocabulary and punctuation is taught across the school, both discreetly and as part of daily literacy lessons.
From September 2014, it will be a requirement in our school that children write an extended piece of work at least once a week. We have introduced a new writing programme, called ‘Big Writing Adventures’ from Year 2 onwards.
Art & Design
Art and design is a creative skill that children instinctively use as a means of expression, to communicate what they see, feel and think. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. By exploring different medias, processes and artists children’s skills are developed. Through first-hand experience and investigation they are encouraged to lead their own learning, building their imagination and creative thinking. At Our Lady of Mount Carmel, art and design is often taught cross-curricular and the skills children learn feed into their creativity across the curriculum, developing this into a life skill.
Design & Technology
Here at Our Lady of Mount Carmel all children are encouraged to develop their design and making skills through practical activities. They are given the opportunity to develop their skills and understanding of: construction, textiles and food. Children will investigate and evaluate a wide range of products, make detailed plans of ideas showing what they want to achieve and how they will do it, and use the plans to make products, evaluating and adapting their ideas as they work. They will learn about how different materials and mechanisms can be used for a purpose and begin to work with a variety of tools and equipment safely.
Children are naturally inquisitive about the world around them, where they come from and how they have changed. Answering these questions involves history. Children work individually, in groups or as a class on carefully planned topics for each year group so that all the National Curriculum targets are covered in an interesting programme of work. We organise a number of visits to sites of interest and have a wide range of historical artefacts that we use with the children.
Modern foreign language is now a statutory part of the Key Stage 2 curriculum in our school. We offer the children lessons in French in years 3, 4, 5, and 6. The children are encouraged to speak to each other in conversations which will help them to communicate for practical purposes, and provide a foundation for their future study. The children are also stimulated by singing songs, joining in with action rhymes, listening to stories and playing games. Learning a foreign language enhances the children’s listening, and thinking skills, helping them to gain confidence in other languages and subjects. Italian is also offered as a fun after- school activity on Mondays.
Music is taught to all year groups from Reception to Year 6 by a specialist Music Teacher. Weekly lessons include aspects of listening and appraising, composition, performing and practical music making using instruments such as djembes, glockenspiels, keyboards and un-tuned percussion. Children also have the opportunity to have instrument tuition provided by Tameside Music Service.
Geography stimulates pupils’ interest and curiosity in their surroundings. It teaches an understanding of places and environments, exploring the relationship between the Earth and its people. Through their work in geography, pupils learn about their local area and compare their life in this area with that in other regions of the United Kingdom and the rest of the world. Through their growing knowledge and understanding of human geography, pupils gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. Geography teaching also motivates pupils to find out about the physical world and enables them to recognize the importance of sustainable development for the future of mankind. Pupils are encouraged to learn by experience and field work is an integral part of the curriculum.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education is a central part of the ethos of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. We recognise the need for a planned whole school approach that supports children’s spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. A cross curricular approach is used to teach the PSHE Programme of study. Extra-curricular activities and educational visits also give children opportunities for personal growth outside the classroom.
Year Group Curriculum Overviews
Tables containing an overview of what each year group will learn in in each subject through the different terms of this academic year:
We recognise that children learn in lots of ways and we are committed to providing a broad, exciting and challenging curriculum which gives every child the chance to excel both during and after school.
- The Head Teacher deals with all aspects of the school curriculum and is the first point of contact for any parent who has concerns about what is taught and learned in school.
- School rarely receive complaints about the curriculum, but all schools are required to set out a curriculum complaints procedure.
- If you contact us we will try to answer any questions you may have in an informal and helpful manner.
- If, the concerns cannot be resolved, then a formal complaint may be referred to the Governing Body and from there to the Local Education. Please refer to our Complaints Policy for more information on how to do this.
Still Want To Know More?
If you can’t find the curriculum information that you’re looking for, or want to find out more about our curriculum, please speak to your teacher, or another member of staff.