St Mary's C of E Junior Academy

The Curriculum at St Mary's

National Curriculum

At St Mary’s pupils experience a broad and balanced curriculum. Years 3-6 are based with the same teacher for the core of their lessons. Areas of the curriculum are: -

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • ICT
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Education
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Art and Design
  • Drama
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Citizenship
  • Environment

Enriched Curriculum


The curriculum is enhanced for pupils in a variety of ways both within school, the local community and the wider world. We provide an abundance of opportunities for each child. These include a residential trip in every year group. For example, Year 6 visit France to look at the WW1 battle fields and pay tribute to the fallen by laying a wreath at Thiepval.

Children at St Mary’s get to take part in theatre trips, perform in the choir, attend sporting events; including rugby, football, cricket, athletics, climbing, skiing, and swimming. They have successfully competed, and won, the Science Olympiad held at the University of East Anglia and the Waveney quiz organised by the Rotarians.

Each class has trips linked to their class topics and we also have specific ‘theme’ days throughout the year such as ‘World Book Day’, ‘Science challenge day’ and ‘Careers day’. Throughout the year we also have a wide variety of speakers who visit and motivate the pupils.

A curriculum for all

St Mary’s Junior is dedicated to teaching all children, regardless of their abilities, health or personal circumstances. The school seeks to ensure access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum for all. Every child has talents and can reach great heights.

Pupils with Special Needs

Work within each classroom is structured so that all children are motivated to achieve their full potential. Half termly assessments in all classes, supported by ongoing teacher assessment, ensure that any special learning difficulties receive early identification and diagnosis. The school employs a dedicated Special Needs co-ordinator who monitors the needs of all children in conjunction with the class teachers.

More Able and Talented

More Able and Talented is the term generally applied to those pupils who are achieving, or have the potential to achieve, at a level significantly beyond the rest of their peer group, in one or more areas of both curriculum and non-curriculum subjects. We are fully equipped to identify and teach more able and talented children.

Once identified, more able and talented pupils will be added to a More Able and Talented Register. The Register helps the school identify our gifted and talented pupils and track their progress throughout the school.

Curriculum maps

The curriculum for pupils at St Mary's during 2016-17 can be accessed by clicking on the relevant curriculum map below: -