St Margaret’s C of E Primary School provides a broad, balanced curriculum which meets National Curriculum requirements and is differentiated to meet the needs and abilities of the children.
We plan our teaching and learning thoroughly to enable each child to reach for the highest level of personal achievement. A variety of teaching methods are used, including, whole class teaching, group work and individual teaching. Your child will spend the main part of their time at school on the core curriculum. The remainder of their time will be spent on studying the foundation subjects.
Core Curriculum Subjects: English, Maths, Science and Computing.
Foundation Subjects: Technology, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music and P.E. (and foreign languages in KS2).
Much of the curriculum is taught through carefully planned topics, which may focus on specific subjects. Children in Reception class work towards Early Learning Goals in six areas of experience which lead towards the National Curriculum. In the Early Years, children also learn through structured practical / play activities.
Religious Education is also studied and the school follows LEA guidelines in delivering this.
Sex education is taught in some classes and, at present, involves children participating in a short series of discussions towards the end of Years 5 and 6. The school has a strong Personal, Social, Health and Moral Education policy which covers many issues including health, hygiene, growth, drugs, making responsible choices and bullying. Regular class circle time activities and talks by the school nurse support this area of the curriculum.
Special Educational Needs
At St Margaret’s we are committed to providing an education that meets the individual needs of all our children. The school has an agreed policy for identifying and meeting children’s special educational needs within the normal classroom setting. There is a designated Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) in school who will oversee this provision. Where necessary, advice from appropriate advisory agencies may be sought e.g. Primary Cognition and Communications Team, Schools’ Psychology Service, Speech Therapy Service and Hearing or Visually Impaired Services.
If we feel a child has a specific learning difficulty we will notify parents and seek to involve you closely at all stages. Parents are encouraged to discuss any concerns regarding their children’s progress with class teachers, SENCO or the Headteacher.
The school also has an agreed policy for identifying gifted and talented children. Work will be suitably challenging and differentiated for all pupils and some specialist teaching may be employed.
Religious Education and Acts of Collective Worship
Religious Education and daily assemblies are an important part of the life of our school. Although the school has no affiliation with any particular religious denomination, collective acts of worship are mainly Christian in character. However, knowledge of and respect for other faiths is an essential part of the Religious Education curriculum at St Margaret's School. Parents may request that their children be excluded from all or part of these activities. Any such request should be made to the Headteacher in writing.
We particularly welcome parents and friends to our family assemblies every Friday at 9:15am. These provide an opportunity for teachers, children and parents to share experiences together and celebrate achievements.