Our St. Michael’s Creative Curriculum
Our St. Michael in the Hamlet Creative Curriculum works hand in hand with the 2014 Primary National Curriculum. We teach through a carefully planned thematic approach, valuing a broad and balanced curriculum which gives children the opportunities to achieve their full potential in all subject areas. We have designed our curriculum to build on children’s prior learning over time, linking key concepts across subjects as well as developing a breadth of subject knowledge. Topics are designed to support children’s natural curiosity and stimulate their creativity.
Topics begin with a ‘hook’ or ‘opening event’ and finish with a ‘final project celebration’. Trips and outings are central to culturally enriching children’s learning. In addition to this they will have a series of memorable learning experiences, which may include; inspirational speakers, STEM workshops, LJMU dance students, global students, topic themed days and themed weeks.
Some subjects may be taught discreetly, such as English and mathematics. Other subjects, may be taught as part of a topic, for example, they may learn history alongside their geography, or science alongside their design technology. Where possible links are made from their topic work to English and maths to enable pupils to apply skills in different contexts. The links below leads to our class pages which show topics/ themes covered by each year group throughout our school.
Our curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental, philosophical and physical development of our pupils. The children experience these through a wide range of subjects such as; Physical Education (PE), Religious Education (RE), Philosophy for Children (P4C), Right Respecting School Agenda (RRSA), mindfulness, outdoor learning, and Personal, Social, Health Education (PHSSE)
As a school we are really proud of our wider opportunities and the range of after school clubs on offer, from magic to dodgeball to e-cadets. Throughout the school year we have numerous family learning events exploring many themes such as; faith, mindfulness, culture and philosophy to name a few. We end our academic year with a summer event to display are pupils’ creative talents celebrating our diverse array of wider opportunities such as singing, brass, drumming and violin.
All this has been done to ensure that your child has access to through coverage of the new curriculum, and the curiosity, engagement and application of skill to become lifelong learners.
Links to Year Group Class Pages
Information regarding how some subject areas are taught can be viewed below. English link includes details about how PHONICS is taught in EYFS and KS1. Maths link includes helpful information for parents to help their child at home to understand various maths concepts and ideas. Science link includes a break down of all the Science National Curriculum content for each topic, with detail of goals to achieve, and is split into year groups. Below that is the 'Being a Scientist' section, where you can read articles about science events that take place in and out of school, STEM Ambassadors parents who have careers in STEM fields, and, STEM Club which takes place after school.
Meetings for Parents - How to support your child at home in Maths and Literacy.
From time to time our school will hold after school meetings for parents/carers with tips and strategies to help support their children at home when working on their maths and literacy homework. Letters will go home explaining where and when these meetings are to take place. Details of these meetings including any parent/carer feedback, where available, will be posted below on this page too.