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Curriculum Intent

At St Mary’s Infant school our intent is to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that will inspire, enthuse and educate our children so they learn knowledge and skills that will help them prepare for life in modern Britain. During their time with us, from Reception to Year 2, we aim to foster a love of learning, a natural curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. Good social skills and very high standards of behaviour are vital in creating happy children who are keen and active learners

St Mary’s Infant School Curriculum Vision 2020 – 2021
Mission ‘Sharing, Caring, Learning and Loving with God.’


Vision Statement “We aspire to be a community living life in all its fullness. We share, care, learn and love with God, valuing the dignity and respect of all humanity and creation. Through the power of the Holy Spirit Jesus’ Kingdom comes and everyone can flourish together.”

Infant: 2 form entry
NOR: 159/180
20.7% Christian
0.62% Muslim
62.8% No religion

SEND: 20%
SEND with ECHP: 1.25%
EAL: 4.4%
BME: 35%
(White Asian, white other, white black Caribbean, Italian, Any other Black Caribbean, black African, Bangladeshi)

PP: 19.3%
FSM: 16.25%
Deprivation Quartile: 0.21%
Core values

Raising Hope and Aspirations
High academic standards/Expectation of success

Living life through values Friendship, Generosity, Perseverance, Forgiveness, Respect, Courage, Trust, Peace, Thankfulness, Compassion, Humility, love, and Responsibility
Including SMSC  and British Values

Learning Behaviours
Perseverance, active listening, growth mindset, collaboration, responsibility, resilience, independence, contribution, effective questioning, proactive, self-motivated, risk taking, problem solving, researching, metacognition, promote safeguarding.

(Key ideals)

Learning Together, Flourishing Together
One Message – Consistency

Uphold the Values of God

Stimulating Surroundings

Nurture Creativity and Encourage Curiosity Connecting Communities


Approaches to learning

Growth mindsets discussed and valued. Metacognition is encouraged. Collaborative learning through paired, group and whole class discussions. Explicit teaching and recognition of the school values in action. Use of outdoor and in school resources including technology/ high quality texts engage and motivate

Interactive provocations, encourage curiosity and exploration

Maintaining local, regional, national and international networks for all stakeholders.

Instilling initiative which encourages children to seek support when needed and to pursue understanding Independent children are supported to challenge themselves and take risks. Pupil voice is encouraged and valued. All stakeholders respond with respect Pupils voice is listened and responded to and a safe environment is provided Opportunities for ongoing self-evaluation and reflection Supporting and volunteering for local, national and international charities
All stakeholders actively taking part in learning and following agreed procedures consistently to enable flourishing Staff use updated pedagogy and maintain high expectations of all pupils.

Take on leadership roles and make a valued contribution to the schools’ vision.

Pupils are provided with a calm, natural environment to replicate the context of the school grounds.



An enriched curriculum with wider opportunities to apply skills to real life situations. High profile given to sustainability and being eco-friendly led by the pupils across the school
Pupils ask questions and lead learning

Questioning and feedback at the point of learning enables accurate assessment for learning and positive progress within each lesson

Discover, discuss and reason about other religions, cultures and beliefs Opportunities to apply learning in different contexts and extend their skills through challenge.

Enrichment through visits, visitors, peripatetic teachers and experts in their field.

Pupils share in the creation of and follow their rights and responsibilities demonstrating understanding of right and wrong.
A seamless all through curriculum

Clear progression of vocabulary, knowledge and skills from R to Y2 across all subjects with cross curricular links encouraged to apply learning.

Clear systems to track and monitor the progress and attainment of each pupil and shared with parents

Church school distinctiveness woven across the curriculum


Individualised curriculum and timely intervention where necessary to enable success Pupils experience democracy in action within their school community

Strong focus on pastoral care to meet personal and social needs of all stakeholders  

Subject Intent & Progression
(Click on the subject for our progression of skills and spirituality link)

EYFS Literacy History Personal Social Health & Citizenship Education
Maths Geography Physical Education
Science Art Music
Religious Education Design & Technology Computing
Outcomes High academic standards for all – strong progress and attainment and a desire to achieve.

Consistently good behaviour/attitudes to learning

High attendance/low exclusion rates

Safe pupils with healthy lifestyles and good mental and physical wellbeing

Pupils who embrace difference and are prepared for life in modern Britain.

Active participation by all stakeholders with learning, extracurricular and community events.