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The 'SMC Curriculum' is key to us achieving our whole school vision. We strive for successful, determined, imaginative learners and our unique curriculum is planned and delivered with our vision and values at its core.


We use a topic based approach with each class learning three new topics a year (one per seasonal term), to encourage strength and depth of learning. All topics are mapped against the National Curriculum programmes of study and begin with a launch experience. Throughout the topics, we endeavour to give the children a variety of experiences which will bring learning to life.  Wherever possible, learning is then shared with the school community to ensure that it is relevant and purposeful. We are constantly thinking of new ways to share what we have learnt.


Experiences are key to our SMC Curriculum, please take a look below at some of the experiences we have offered the children of our school.

At St Mary of Charity Primary School, learning is grouped into seven key areas. The skills in each of these areas are central to learning at our school.


Please have a look at our Long Term Topic Overview, Curriculum Overview and the Skills Progression in each area.

For Year Group Plans, please see the Class pages.

Phonics is taught daily through the Letters and Sounds programme and begins in Year R. We use Oxford Reading Tree and Big Cat Phonics to support the development of early reading skills and high quality texts support our reading provision to ensure that children develop a love of reading. From Year 2, the children access the Accelerated Reader Programme to further develop their comprehension skills.  


RE is central to our curriculum and reflective of our Christian ethos. We follow the scheme of work created through the Canterbury Diocese called Understanding Christianity as well as exploring other world faiths through separate Canterbury Diocese Planning. RE is taught as a discrete subject on a weekly basis and is constantly applied through our school values.

If you would like to find out more about our school curriculum please contact the school office.

EYFS Topic Overview

Some of our Experiences so far (2017-18)