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St Mary's
Church of England Primary School

A learning community dedicated to building
respectful and responsible citizens and empowering all learners.

Curriculum Implementation

How our curriculum is taught? (Implementation)


'The implementation of the curriculum is the nuts and bolts of the quality of education.' Mary Myatt


Reading is prioritised to allow pupils to access our full curriculum offer.  Learning is the core purpose of our school and is central to everything that happens.  In Reception, we follow the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum’ document. The children’s learning experiences are planned to enable them to develop and achieve in the early learning areas through play and investigative learning experiences. The EYFS curriculum is planned for the inside and outside classrooms and equal importance is given to learning in both areas. The curriculum is planned in a cross-curricular way to enable all aspects of the children’s development.


Our curriculum from Year 1 onwards, integrates the requirements of the National Curriculum in a bespoke and engaging way. It is designed to meet the needs of future citizens and equip all children, including those with SEND and social disadvantages, with the foundations for life. Alongside the National Curriculum for English, Maths, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Music and Languages we follow the Essex ExploRE RE syllabus and have developed a whole school Health and Relationships policy.


We employ a topic-based approach across the school and have a clear two year cycle long term overview which encourages cross-curricular work wherever possible. Within this context, we still ensure that children understand the unique contribution of individual subject areas.


The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds and our off-site Forest School area have been developed in order to enrich different curriculum areas, and deliver Forest Schools to all of our pupils.  


Our strategy for successful implementation of our intended curriculum is to create a culture where collaboration and professional dialogue between subject leaders across our Trust delivers a curriculum that builds on prior learning, deepens knowledge and enhances skills that foster learning and achievement. We engage in a constant cycle of review and evaluation.