At St. Michael's on Wyre Church of England Primary School, we teach a broad and balanced curriculum, appropriate to the age and ability of the pupils. We make purposeful links between subjects to enhance teaching and learning for all children in order to provide as many real life experiences as possible. The development of key skills and knowledge is key in providing a broad balanced curriculum following the requirements of the Primary National Curriculum 2014.
The curriculum is taught through topics which encompass as many subjects as possible including Literacy and Maths, which as core curriculum subjects, are taught each morning, throughout the school. The creative curriculum is enhanced wherever appropriate by school visits either in or out of school.
We prioritise the importance of teaching these fundamental skills, including the importance of having specific reading times, every day, for all pupils. Letters and Sounds is used to teach daily phonics in Key Stage 1 and this is supported with Jolly Phonics songs and actions, as well as Phonics Play. Rising Stars is the main reading scheme in Key Stage 1 as it is designed to phonetically meet the children's needs and interests.
Art, Design Technology, Geography, History and Music are known as the Foundation subjects. These are taught through topic work as termly projects. The aim is for these topics to be inspiring and exciting to enthuse the children and spark their love for discovery and learning through meaningful experiences, whilst enabling them to maintain prior knowledge and skills and prepare them for the wider world. Aspects of the curriculum reflect the school's ethos and location, such as gardening sessions and ecological and environmental work. Specialist teachers may teach certain subjects in some classes, such as music.
Science, Religious Education, Computing and Physical Education are taught as separate (discrete) subjects throughout the school year but, where appropriate for enhancing a learning experience, these could also be part of the creative curriculum.
In Reception, a cross curricular approach is used for the areas of learning. The whole school curriculum overview can be viewed through the link below.
Christian Values are entwined throughout every aspect of St. Michael's on Wyre C E Primary School life to offer every opportunity for the children to develop spiritually, socially, morally, culturally and physically. The children’s social and emotional aspects of learning are crucial aspects for them to develop and we aim to provide opportunities within a safe and secure environment in which the child’s confidence can develop so that they can learn and take educated risks in life.