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St Mary's C of E

School Bideford

Curriculum Statement

The curriculum which we deliver at St Mary’s ensures equal opportunities by meeting the needs of all pupils. There are opportunities for creative, cross-curricular links, which develop transferable skills across a range of subjects and develop key skills in communication, language, literacy and mathematics. Children are given a purpose for their learning by having a clear outcome as well as opportunities for independent learning, both as an individual and as a member of a group.


We believe that reading is not only a valuable skill for life, but something that can bring great pleasure. Phonics and early reading are learnt through regular, systematic teaching of synthetic phonics. Children read regularly and we use Reading Recovery and Reading Mentors to support children who find reading difficult.
The curriculum has contributed to the school being awarded Full International School Award, Healthy Schools status, silver Wildlife Action Award, bronze Eco-Schools award and RHS Benchmark Scheme Level 3 Award.


The school is committed to working in partnership with parents and carers. As well as having an open door policy, the school provides a wide range of opportunities for parents to be partners in their child’s learning.
If you would like to see more detailed planning for your child’s class then speak to your child’s class teacher.