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Curriculum Intent 2020-21


 A Curriculum of Opportunities


The curriculum at St Mary Redcliffe Primary will;

  • Help children to recover from their loss of routine, structure, friendship, sleep, opportunity and freedom during COVID-19.
  • Support children to understand the importance of wellbeing for themselves and others.
  • Provide opportunities to develop children’s mental health and well-being.
  • Provide opportunities to build up resilience and develop growth mind-set strategies.
  • Prepare our children to be responsible global citizens who understand their rights and responsibilities in their local and wider community.
  • Enable our children to master basic skills in reading, writing and maths.
  • Give opportunities for children to apply skills, knowledge and understanding to all curriculum areas. 
  • Ensure breadth, depth and progression in our curriculum through carefully sequenced planning.
  • Revisit and build on previous knowledge and understanding.
  • Provide targeted support for our disadvantaged pupils to reduce the gap in skills, knowledge, understanding and vocabulary. 
  • Expect children to correctly use and apply the vocabulary taught.
  • Provide extracurricular activities, educational visits and visitors for all to enhance their learning experiences.
  • Challenge our pupils and prepare them for their futures.


The curriculum is knowledge, language and culturally rich reflecting the needs of our diverse community and our Christian distinctiveness. It will prepare our children effectively for their future, allowing them to flourish in everything they do.


Our 12 school Christian values are intrinsic throughout our whole curriculum and are evident in the ethos of our school, ‘Rooted in Love’.


Our aim is to embed a mathematics mastery approach whilst using the White Rose schemes of work and planning materials. This approach has mathematical problem solving at its heart and has three key principles; we teach children to:

1. Use spoken and written language with confidence and clarity to explain and justify mathematical reasoning.

2. Have a deep conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts.

3. Develop mathematical thinking, including generalising, classifying and comparing, and modifying.


Key documents linked to our maths curriculum are located at the bottom of this webpage. Here you will find access to policies, vocab progressions and planning. You will also find useful websites to support your child at home. 



We aim to engage our children by using a range of high quality texts as the stimulus. We value the importance of talk therefore children will begin by orally retelling and exploring language in EYFS. By the end of year 6 we aim for the children to have become confident, creative writers who can write coherently for a range of purposes and audiences.  The children will follow our Handwriting Policy whereby they begin with mark making and then progress to develop a cursive handwriting script.  



Reading is very important to us and we work hard to create a love of and passion for reading in every child.  We use the Letters and Sounds Scheme which aims to build children's speaking and listening skills as well as prepare children for leading to ready by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. We have a levelled reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree) where by children start with picture books and then children progress through the scheme. We have recently purchased new Oxford Reading Tree books so children have access to levelled books through out the school. All children are also provided with free access to Oxford Reading Buddy at home. Children in year 2-6 have regular guided reading sessions where they are taught comprehension skills. Children have opportunities to read and talk about books regularly to teachers, teaching assistants and volunteers.  The children are very proud of their new library and love to spend lunchtimes and class sessions choosing new books and developing their passion for reading.



We aim to give our children the basic skills in spelling, grammar and punctuation to enable them to read and write confidently across the curriculum and apply their knowledge.



We provide a progressive curriculum that builds upon previous learning and enables our children to understand the main ideas and concepts of science as set out in National Curriculum. Through scientific enquiry the children are given an opportunity to explain and apply scientific information to solve problems. Our science curriculum is supplemented by our Forest School and work on climate change and sustainability which encourages our children to develop a love for nature and have an awareness of environmental issues which impact our lives.



RE is a golden thread of influence beyond a single lesson. We follow two schemes – Understanding Christianity and South Gloucestershire’s Agreed Syllabus.  These enable our children to develop a deeper understanding of Christianity as a global faith with world-Church links; to consider other world religions through exploring a range of faith-related questions; and to consider some of Life’s Big Questions.  These 3 aspects guide us in looking inwards, projecting outwards through “social action and courageous advocacy” and enabling self-reflection. Our learning experiences both in and out of the classroom encourage children to develop their creativity, discussion and thinking skills and open their minds and hearts to understanding and accepting different world-views in our school’s diverse community. 



Every year the children will have the opportunity to take part in fieldwork, which will include: questionnaires, field sketching, photos, video/audio recording and measurement. The map work skills include using and interpreting, position and orientation, drawing, symbols, perspectives/scale and digital map making.



Each history theme will have a focus on chronology where children will understand where the civilisation they are studying fits in time. They will also have opportunities to find out about the past and to interpret it by using a range of historical resources including: museums, portraits, historical maps, artefacts, diaries/letters, graves, local landmarks and buildings, newspaper reports, audit books, logbooks, recipes, film clips and visitors.



In Art, we offer an inspiring, varied, and exciting curriculum, focussing on creative activities that support Topics through project work; confidence-building one-off lessons that develop fundamental art skills area also included. Every year group covers the core disciplines of Drawing, Painting with colour theory, Sculpture particularly through using clay and learning from diverse Contextual sources. Throughout their school journey, pupils will also have opportunities to further develop their creativity and through Collage, Printing, Textiles, Sustainable Art and World Crafts, and their self-expression skills through imaginative, free-flow art sessions. Enrichment opportunities include taking part in the local Arts Trail, whole-school Art and Clay Days, off-site exhibitions, getting involved in Community Art events, and visits from Bristol artists.This approach offers the children a broad, aspirational range of creative experiences, enabling them to find their own artistic interests and strengths, with the aim of being confidently able to make self-directed Art in Year 6.


Design Technology

Children will learn the technical knowledge and develop the skills of design, make and evaluate linked to the key themes in our curriculum. In addition, every year will undertake a cooking project to emphasise good nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle. Examples of projects at SMRP include; making a house for the three little pigs that could withstand an earthquake, sewing a keepsake purse for a WW2 soldier’s treasures and creating a pulley system to sort Mr Fry’s recycling.



Throughout the school children will have opportunities to appreciate, compose and perform a range of genres from our locality, across the world and throughout time. Every child will have the opportunity to learn a tuned instrument during their time at our school.  We work closely with Bristol Plays Music and we are about to start the second year of the Earthsong Whole Class Ensemble Tuition.



To provide an inclusive, broad and balanced curriculum that ensures all children benefit from enhancing existing skills or being introduced to new sports, clubs, teams and organisations. Children will understand the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and foster a lifelong love of fitness and wellbeing. We are part

of Ashton Park Sports Partnership, which enables children to compete with many local schools and participate in a wide range of inclusive festivals. Bristol Sport visit our school weekly and specialist sports coaches deliver PE across the school and children have the opportunity to attend professional matches at Ashton Gate. We are passionate about the need to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness, positive growth mind-set and respect.




We follow our own self-designed computing progression, which develops children’s skills across a range of areas including coding, creative use of technology and the online world. Online safety is taught across the key stages.



Children in Key Stage 2 learn Spanish. By the time children leave the school they have a basic conversational language and understand basic vocabulary.



The school’s PSHE curriculum enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of our society.  We use the Jigsaw scheme to help our children understand how they are developing personally, socially and spiritually, as well as enabling them to understand the many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. It provides the children with opportunities to learn about their rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Children also learn about their economic responsibilities and develop their own sense of self-worth by playing an active, positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.


Forest School

All children will experience environmental education through forest school. They will have hands on experiences to develop self-esteem, confidence and an opportunity to achieve and thrive in the outdoors.


British Values

As an important part of our integrated approach to Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural education at St Mary Redcliffe Primary, we promote children’s understanding of British values by embedding them across the school curriculum so that they permeate children’s learning as well as influence the values and ethos of the school.





Implementation 2020-21


Our curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school. Whole school themes drive our curriculum with each year group focusing on a specific area. Our English texts and topics link where possible; this allows purposeful links to be made and opportunities to explore deeper into topics.


A yearly overview is planned for each year group and from this teachers plan using subject specific progressions. This ensures skills, knowledge and vocabulary is built upon each year and the children have opportunities to revisit and make links across all their learning.


Vocabulary was a focus for us as a school last year but due to COVID-19 it will remain a focus for us, we have introduced vocabulary progressions to support this.


Subject leaders will play an important part in the success of the curriculum by leading training, monitoring and evaluating their subjects. This will feed into a review of the curriculum alongside feedback from children and parents to continue to improve and engage our children in their learning.

If you would like to know more about the curriculum, please visit the class pages to see the curriculum overview for the year. 

British Values at SMRP

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