Learning and Curriculum
At St Michael's we use the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) to help deliver the curriculum in an exciting and engaging manner. We offer a curriculum that gives the children the opportunity to acquire the social and academic knowledge, skills and understanding of the world that will adequately prepare them for the next stage of their learning and ultimately for later life.
The broad curriculum aims are as follows:
- To help pupils to develop lively and enquiring minds, the ability to question and reason logically and apply themselves to tasks and physical skills.
- To help pupils acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life.
- To promote the effective use of language and number.
- To teach the children basic truths of the Christian faith.
- To promote respect and tolerance of others
- To help pupils to understand the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations
- To provide equal opportunities for all children in every aspect of the curriculum.
- To provide an integrated curriculum that meets the needs of the National Curriculum attainment targets.
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a challenging, new curriculum which focuses explicitly on children’s learning. The structure of the IPC is based on subject, personal and internationally-minded learning goals and unique units of work which help children acquire knowledge, skills, and understanding in an active, exciting and involved classroom.
Learning with the IPC takes a global approach; helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries.
For more information about the IPC have a look at their website.
St Michael's curriculum overview for each class
*All topics chosen in each year group must cover all areas of the curriculum. Topics chosen will be put into a ‘tracker’ where we can see if all areas of the curriculum are covered. As science is taught discretely at this school, science based IPC topics are not compulsory.
We teach the core skills of English, Mathematics and Computing. We teach Science and the foundation subjects of History, Geography, Art, Music, Design Technology, Physical Education (PE) as well as Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) and Religious Education (RE).
We follow the LDBS agreed syllabus for RE. Please click on the picture to view the RE overview for each year group.
At St Michael's children in Years 4 - 6 learn French every week. They are taught by a specialist Spanish Teacher called Palmi Buschi.
Our Computing curriculum is embeded across all areas of learning. Children use a variety of programs and apps to publish, research and consolidate their learning on both laptops and Ipads. Alongside this, children are also learning about computational thinking, how a computer and the internet work, how we communicate and also how to code using 'Scratch', 'Espresso Coding' and various different Ipad apps.
We actively plan Educational Visits to bring class work to life. Examples of places we visit are the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Science Museum and the Dickens Museum. We travel by tube and bus. Teachers undertake a pre-visit risk assessment of both the journey and the destination.
In signing the Home-School Agreement you will be giving your permission to allow your children to attend local visits not involving public transport.
You will sometimes be invited to join us for these visits for extra support in supervising the children. However, we ask that younger siblings do not come, so that parent helpers can fully focus on the class itself.
Unfortunately, the school cannot afford to cover the full cost of transport or entrance fees for such visits, therefore we ask for parental support. If support is not given then such activities may not be able to happen. However no child is excluded from any activity through inability to contribute financially and any difficulties are dealt with in the strictest confidence.