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St Michael's C.E. Primary School

St Michael's C.E. Primary School

Seek Joy in Service


 Our approach to teaching styles is quite varied. At times discrete subject lessons are the best method and at times, a cross curricular, themed approach is the best.

The 2014 National Curriculum gives us the flexibility to include local issues, high quality performing arts and school values in our curriculum planning. Regular trips out, whether using local amenities or further afield feature in every year group’s curriculum.

Sometimes, discrete subject lessons such as maths, English, geography are the best methods and, at times, a cross curricular, themed approach is best.  This means that a class studying  WW2 might: re-enact being evacuated and then, in their English lessons write about their experiences, in History they might look at the way male and female roles changed  and how society has changed as a result. They might, as the picture shows, invite a local 95 year old ex-land girl to talk about her experiences as a land girl (History) and take advice from her about as to the where and how to plant potatoes so that they get exactly the right conditions to thrive (Science).  In preparing for her visit, they might learn how to shake hands, speak clearly and show interest in somebody else by asking open-ended questions (Personal Development).

We may also take advantage of the opportunities with the wealth of knowledge of our staff! For example, Mrs Ahmed kindly visits classes to speak about her faith and beliefs, Mr Papakyriakou is a keen musician and Mr Floyd, as a scout leader, knows an impressive amount about survival and adventurous activities.

For further subjest details please see our curriculum maps.