Our Lady of Mount Carmel RC Primary School

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Curriculum Overviews

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 Rationale and Intent
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

Each curriculum subject has it’s own page containing more information and resources. These subject pages can be accessed by the Curriculum drop down menu at the top of the screen.

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. They  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. Our Cultural Capital Pledge

Our Pledge to the children who attend Our Lady of Mount Carmel:

Whilst you attend our school, you will:

Visit our capital city of London and have a 2 night experience of The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum, Tate Modern, A West End Theatre Show, Harry Potter World, Wembley, London Eye, The Tower of London and Buckingham Palace 

Learn outdoors in our Forest Area

Visit a local museum

Visit the local library

Visit an historical place

Learn to play a musical instrument

Attend an Enterprise Day

Experience a Shakespeare Performance and a Pantomime

Experience a wide range of literature and exposure to authors

Experience a wide range of Leadership Opportunities

Performance in front of an audience

Learn to play Chess

Learn a foreign language and Makaton sign language

Celebrate European Day of Languages

Learn to play and compete in a wide range of sporting activities linked to an end of year Mini Olympics

Listen to interesting visitors to wide our understanding of the world

Celebrate Diversity

 

Curriculum Rationale 

At Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we have designed a curriculum which is built upon our Mission Statement. Jesus Christ is at the heart of everything we teach and learn. We strive to create opportunities for all pupils to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a rapidly changing world. We offer a broad, balanced and academically rigorous curriculum to provide our children with the knowledge they need for subsequent learning. 

Background

The National Curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject. This is a statutory document that all schools must follow. Schools have the autonomy to decide on how this content is delivered and what approach we would take to ensure that our curriculum is bespoke to the needs of our children and community.

Intent

At the heart of our school are our Gospel Values. These underpin our curriculum and the ethos of the school. At Our Lady’s, we place great importance on a curriculum which develops the whole child. Through our Gospel Values, we foster an environment where the emotional, physical, academic, social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of each child is considered. We firmly believe that everyone is entitled to an ambitious curriculum and our curriculum design is accessible for all, including children with SEND and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Implementation

Implementation describes the way in which we deliver our intent consistently each day. To do this we have carefully designed our knowledge engaged curriculum. This is designed to enable learners to acquire relevant subject knowledge which underpins the application of skills. Skills are carefully and progressively mapped across each key stage and subject area.

Knowledge is consolidated and built upon to support retention and recall and is clearly outlined on Knowledge Organisers. This ensures that by the time children leave our school they have learned, and are able to recall and apply the key information that we feel is important in order for them to be successful in the future.

Other Leaders within school take responsibility for delivering our curriculum which is designed with knowledge at its heart to ensure that children develop a strong vocabulary base and understanding of the world.  Our curriculum promotes long term learning and we believe that progress means knowing more and remembering more. 

We have developed a curriculum built on current research on how memory works to ensure that children not only have access to ‘the best that has been thought and said’ but are taught this in a way that ensures children can remember the curriculum content in future years.  We make use of knowledge organisers (which are sent home regularly) to ensure children know exactly which information is expected to be learned over the course of their study in a particular subject. 

One of our central aims of the curriculum is to ensure that our pupils are both “interesting and interested”. We want them to be ‘interesting’ to talk to because they know a great deal about the world and ‘interested’ in finding out more.  We understand that knowledge is ‘sticky’, in other words, the more pupils know the easier it is for them to know more.  This is why we place particular emphasis on children knowing by heart. 

How do we plan for Cultural Capital?

The government have placed great emphasis on schools developing Cultural capital. Cultural capital is the essential knowledge that children need to prepare them for their future success. It is about giving children the best possible start to their early education. 

At Our Lady’s, we see Cultural capital as the accumulation of knowledge, attitudes, habits, language and possessions that enables individuals to demonstrate their cultural competence and social status. Our school plays a crucial role in developing this through immersing children in dance and music, visiting theatres, galleries and historic sites and by introducing them to literature and art.

Embedding cultural capital into our curriculum is a way of closing the gap between children from differing socio-economic backgrounds by ensuring that children from all backgrounds have the same opportunities in society to achieve their full potential.

Impact

Our curriculum places the learners at the centre and allows them to make connections in their knowledge, skills and understanding that are vital across all subjects.

At Our Lady’s, we strive to ensure that our children’s attainment in core and foundation subjects is in line with or exceeding age-related expectations.  We intend that our children will be fully prepared for their next stage of education; ready to contribute positively to society as a whole.

Our work on promoting social skills, including values, resilience and well-being enables the children to become the very best version of themselves.

 

EYFS Curriculum

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: 

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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. 

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EYFS and KS1 Phonics Schemes

We are using the ‘Read Write Inc’ phonics program. Please click here to find out more information.


Subject Overviews 

Each curriculum subject has it’s own page containing more information and resources. These subject pages can be accessed by the Curriculum drop down menu at the top of the screen.


Year Group Curriculum Overviews

Tables containing an overview of what each year group will learn in each subject through the different terms of this academic year:

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 Nursery-Yearly-Overview-2021-22.pdfDownload
 Reception-Yearly-overview-2021-2022.pdfDownload
 Year-2-Long-term-plan-2021-2022-PDF.pdfDownload
 Year-4-Long-Term-plan-Sept-2021-2.pdfDownload
 Year-5-Curriculum-Overview-2021-1.pdfDownload
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Additional Curriculum

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.

Curriculum Complaints Procedure

  • 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.