Vision for Learners
‘Each person, uniquely made in God’s image, merits the best that we can give’.
Our sense of purpose begins with the statement above, rooted in the highest possible understanding of young people and all their God-given potential. All that we do flows from this including our core values of Aspiration, Belief and Creativity: St Michael’s ABC.
Our pupils join St Michael’s at a crucial stage of transition from childhood to early adulthood. We support them through this journey in three key ways. Firstly, by inspiring them to aim high in all areas of schooling and personal development. Secondly we coach pupils to sustain belief in all situations and challenges. Finally, we actively seek ways for all pupils to explore and nurture their creativity.
St. Michael’s Middle School offers a rich and varied curriculum underpinned by our core values of Aspiration, Belief and Creativity. The St. Michael’s ABC. It is the vehicle by which we inspire learning and develop the essential knowledge, skills and understanding which are the building blocks for future success.
The St. Michael’s curriculum, based on the National Curriculum and developed in conjunction with the Initio Learning Trust, is enriched by a wide range of additional opportunities for learning and development. Whilst utilising the best teaching and learning strategies, we aim to develop pupils to a high level of competence in all subject areas.
The curriculum is structured to make the most of our teachers’ expertise. In years 5 and 6 pupils experience:
- A Primary Core, taught by their tutor, which encompasses 14 lessons of English, Maths and Humanities
- A Middle Enrichment, which guarantees RE, Science, PE, Music, French, Technology (Art/Design Tech/Food Tech/Textiles), and Computer Science every week.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum maintains a broad-ranging academic focus while developing the skills and understanding to be successful as pupils transition into KS4.
Throughout all aspects of the taught curriculum, we expect teachers to analyse and respond to pupil understanding and adapt lessons to meet their needs.
Being a confident, competent reader is vital for everyone. To support this all pupils take part in Tutor Led Reading at the start of every day. We have selected a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts and the tutors read the book to their group for 20 minutes. Pupils have their own copy of the book and follow the text as it is read to them. Below is a copy of the books we will be reading in each year group.