Integrated Curriculum


Our Integrated Curriculum

We believe that children learn best when they have rich learning opportunities, and when the curriculum hooks them in. We have worked with Mont Nicolle and Les Landes Schools to develop a topic based curriculum that allows children to develop links across all subjects. Year group teachers from the three schools plan topics together, adapt them for the children in their classes, and sometimes arrange experiences for all the classes together.

Below is the curriculum map for 2016/17. This will be up-dated in September 2017.

St Mary's School Curriculum Map 2017-18

PSHE (personal, social and health education)

Whilst we maximise the opportunities the integrated curriculum gives us, PSHE is taught discretely as well. We use the Jigsaw Programme which is divided into the 6 strands below, please follow the links to see an overview of each strand:

Computing

The Computing curriculum is integrated into the curriculum topics where possible, but is also taught discretely. The curriculum is divided into three strands:

  • Computer Science
  • Digital Literacy
  • IT skills

We have both mobile and fixed technology for the children to use, and the use of IT is encouraged throughout the curriculum to support teaching and learning.

Modern Foreign Languages

Pupils in Key Stage 2 learn French to develop their understanding of the world. The emphasis of these lessons is develop vocabulary, developing confidence in speaking and listening with simple sentences, and composing simple sentences in writing. French lessons are led by a specialist French teacher.

Learning Outside the Classroom

A big part of learning is creating memories. We aim to enrich our curriculum with memorable learning experiences, including educational visits, Forest Schools (see below) and visiting and taking part in concerts, plays, assemblies, learning from visiting experts – artists, authors, dancers, sports people, and other hands on learning experiences.

Forest School

In Foundation and Key Stage 1 children are given the opportunity to take part in Forest and Beach Schools. This is an approach that is about learning in nature. It offers all learners the experiences that develop their confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning.

What is Forest School?

Trips

Each class will go on an offsite visit at least once a term. Residential trips in years 4 and 5 build up each year, so that the children are prepared for a week long residential in year 6.

Arrangements for 2017-18 are:

  • Year 4 – Scout Centre Visit – (3 days, 2 nights)
  • Year 5 – St Aubin’s Fort (on-island, but cut off at high tide, 3 days, 2 nights)
  • Year 6 – Mur De Bretagne in France (5 days, 4 nights)

We grow fruit, vegetables and herbs in our garden, and we use these in cooking.  We also grow flowers which we sketch and use for our science investigations.

We have our field, our apple trees and our little copse.  During the year we have an occasional fire pit for firing clay, or cooking in the outdoors.  We have access to two minibuses during the day, which enables us to go out and about and use our beautiful island as a learning environment.