Curriculum Intent

St Matthew’s Curriculum

Curriculum Intent Statement

Through a progressive, broad, exciting, and meaningful curriculum, we aim to equip all pupils with the key knowledge and skills and a growth mindset that enables them to develop to their own full potential so that they are ready for a successful transition to Key Stage Two when they leave St Matthew’s.

Curriculum Intent

We have high expectation for all pupils to achieve well from their individual starting points so that they can achieve at least Expected by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. Our curriculum is broad and ambitious in content and progressively builds on previous knowledge and skills as the children move through the school and end of year expectations each year.

Our curriculum follows the National Curriculum for end of year and Key Stage expectations. We have put together an exciting curriculum that aims to provide meaningful learning experiences in a large variety of subjects, equipping children with cultural capital through high quality texts, use of vocabulary and resources that enrich their learning and belief in themselves as learners.

Our school curriculum is underpinned by our vision for every child to achieve well and our values which aim to develop positive behaviours for learning and for community. We aim for pupils to develop a growth mindset that embraces learning and challenge and for pupils to develop self-evaluative skills as learners.

We aim for pupils to develop a depth of learning through revisiting key concepts and building on these progressively so that connections are made, and previous learning is built upon so that long-term retention of knowledge and skills can be achieved. Procedural repetition in a spiral curriculum is used to enable pupils to interconnect concepts, make connections with previous learning and build long-term memory.

Our curriculum is relevant to our school location and history, using our locality, church and community links so that it provides meaningful and relevant learning experiences that our learners contribute to. We aim for pupils to develop a depth of vocabulary and ability to articulate themselves across a broad spectrum of subjects, growing in confidence as learners who ask questions and seek answers about what they are learning.

Our curriculum is carefully planned and differentiated so that it is successfully adapted for any pupils with SEND and is appropriately challenging and ambitious for all pupils, including the more able.

Our curriculum maps show the knowledge and skills to be gained at each stage and knowledge webs set out the key information for a topic with the relevant subject concepts, knowledge categories and key vocabulary. Each subject sets out what we want pupils to know and be able to do at each stage in their learning journey – do explore on our Curriculum Subject Tabs. We have carefully chosen our curriculum provision by subjects to ensure that children develop the knowledge,  understanding and skills that will enable them to achieve well against end of year expectations.

Curriculum by Subjects

Reading / Phonics – Little Wandle Revised Letters and Sounds

Writing – The Literacy Curriculum    Spellings – The Spelling Shed

Maths – Mathematics Mastery

Science – Kent Scheme of Work

PSHE / SRE – Jigsaw and NSPCC PANTS resources / School Values

Music – Charanga /Out of the Ark

RE – Understanding Christianity / Guildford Diocese Units, including other religions

ICT – Purple Mash

History and Geography – Chris Quigley

Art and DT – Chris Quigley