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Inspire, Endeavour, Achieve


St Monica Primary School’s Vision for a Good Curriculum

‘Believe Achieve Succeed’

Curriculum Intent

We believe learning is for life: a dynamic journey of discovery that provides memorable and enjoyable learning experiences to encourage inquisitive minds.

At St Monica Primary School, we believe passionately that our curriculum should be broad, balanced, relevant and meet the needs of all children, whatever their ability, race or ethnic origin, gender, religious beliefs or disability. Whilst focussing on high standards, our curriculum has been designed to reflect the needs of our children - to be fun, interesting, creative and thought provoking - thus combining excellence with enjoyment. We aim to give all children the cultural capital (essential knowledge & skills) to be successful citizens.

  • The curriculum is the totality of experiences which are planned for the children as they progress through all of our schools.  

  • The curriculum will have at its heart the learning behaviours that will support all children to be successful learners for life.

  • We will ensure that the curriculum is literacy rich, raises aspirations, drives ambition, and maximises high rates of progress in all areas.

  • Our curriculum will be broad, balanced, meaningful and relevant and build upon children’s prior knowledge

  • It will be equitable, providing children with essential knowledge, skills and experiences to reduce the effect of disadvantage

  • It will support all children to develop healthy attitudes to their physical and mental health and support them in their development as respectful members of the local community and society at large. 

  • New Technologies will be used creatively to engage and support children in their learning


We use The National Curriculum to create carefully thought out Long-term plans in English, Maths and foundation subjects. These plans are then used to create midterm plans in these subjects. Subject Leaders support staff to develop midterm plans to ensure progression of skills and knowledge from year R to year 6.

Subject leaders have developed knowledge organisers for history, geography and science in order to:

  • Ensure secure knowledge for staff

  • Identify key teaching points

  • Highlight key knowledge & skills

  • Identify prior learning/make specific links

  • Highlight tier 3/academic subject specific vocabulary

  • Ensure the integrity of each individual subject

Each integrated topic unit has a hook to inspire the children and captivate their interest at the start. The unit then culminates with a celebration where parents are invited to share in the learning outcomes. Each unit has a lead subject - geography, history or science. This ensures that the integrity of these important subjects remains at the forefront. We balance these both in each year group and across the key stages to ensure a broad and balanced approach. Maths and English are interweaved throughout units where appropriate to ensure opportunities to apply previously learnt skills.

Our Principles for our integrated topic units

  • Enrichment/Enjoyment (eg learning from experts/investigating artefacts/extending learning outside in the local and wider community)

  • Application of front-loaded knowledge (A depth of experience is gained through learning skills-eg creating/ designing/ developing/ appraising/ questioning/experimenting/analysing/evaluating/answering a big question)

  • Quality End point which gives purpose to the learning (eg answering the big question/writing an explanation/debates justifying opinions)

  • Connections/making links to prior learning (eg links to prior knowledge/topics in previous year groups/skills & concepts)

  • Writing opportunities (In all units-writing as scientists/geographers & historians)

  • Maths (Giving children the opportunity to develop and apply previously learnt maths skills eg data handling/number/tallying/measures- if appropriate)

  • Relevant to our children and context (Bespoke to St Monica children eg using grounds/local area/community/being creative with approach)

  • Purposeful (Identifying the purpose for learning and the intended outcome -real life audiences/real experiences)

  • Enquiry based/igniting curiosity (Enquiry questions/ 6 step enquiry in history/children asking questions)

  • Vocabulary- teaching tier 3 academic vocabulary

Through the provision of rich, broad and balanced curriculum we aim to:

  • encourage the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all pupils

  • ignite children’s curiosity across a range of subjects

  • develop the use and understanding of subject specific vocabulary

  • enable pupils to make links across different areas of the curriculum

  • help pupils to think creatively and solve problems

  • enable pupils to respond positively to opportunities, challenge and responsibilities

  • enable pupils to acquire and develop a broad range of knowledge, skills and understanding

  • foster our learning behaviours- Resourceful/Relationships/Reflective/Resilience

Further Enrichment

To complement our academic curriculum we provide our children with a wide range of opportunities to nurture develop and stretch their talents and interests. These meaningful experiences encourage children to understand how to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to a diverse society.

This is achieved through the following:

  • Anti-Bullying Week

  • Charity Events-Comic Relief, Children in Need, Sport relief, support Food Banks, Christmas Jumper Day

  • Religious Celebrations-Harvest Festival, Easter, Christmas, Diwali, NSPCC

  • Annual days- World Book Day, Maths Day, National Poetry Day, Friendship Day, Online Safety, Remembrance Day, Black History Month

  • Theme Weeks- Book Week, Arts Week, STEM, Healthy Body Healthy Mind

  • Sporting Events-Sponsored Run, Run a mile, in house competitions, sports days, games days

  • Inviting experts in to inspire all our learners – authors, actors, artists, musicians, sports people including promoting female sports, poets & other professionals

  • Sporting competitions open to every child- in particular Pupil Premium children

  • Musical Events-Literacy & Rap Project, performances

  • National Events- Queen’s Birthday, Royal Wedding, Election, Brexit,

  • Global Events- Olympics, 100 Years World War 1, World Cup, VE Day

  • Clubs eg. Football, girls football, netball, choir

Intended Curriculum Impact

  • All children know more and are able to retain this new knowledge

  • All children grow as rounded, caring and responsive individuals with personal ambition.

  • All children show positive attitudes for learning, apply essential knowledge and learn to use skills flexibly and purposefully. They are well prepared for Secondary School education.

  • All children, regardless of starting points, enjoy personal success and good progress.

  • All children leave St Monica School with a positive attitude to learning. They are risk takers, show resilience and become lifelong learners.

We are continuing to develop our broad and balanced curriculum that is based on units of work that  are meaningful for the children that we have in school at any one given moment. This means that it is forever evolving and changing to meet the needs of our ever-changing community. This will enable our children to be the best lifelong learners that they can be.


We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ synthetic phonics programme throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 to teach the children essential phonic skills that are required to successfully read and spell. We are ture to this scheme and do not mix. 

St Monica Primary School

Bay Road Sholing, Southampton SO19 8EZ

023 8039 9870