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St Margaret Clitherow

RC Primary School, Stevenage

Jesus is our guide, let us follow him

Curriculum

Our Learning

We pride ourselves on knowing our children, knowing them as unique individuals and how they best develop as learners. We understand the community they live in and the challenges they face as they grow in an ever-changing world. This understanding is our starting point.

Our curriculum, underpinned by our Catholic ethos and school values, has been reviewed for 2023-2024.  Our aspiration is to ensure that our children are exposed to high quality learning in all subject areas; gaining, not only key skills and knowledge, but also enjoying rich, varied and challenging opportunities and experiences in which to apply and deepen their learning.

Our curriculum is carefully planned and sequenced to ensure core skills are taught effectively. Teaching staff are empowered to consider how best to secure key knowledge, content and skills and to plan learning sequences in a responsive and engaging way. This enables our pupils to secure high quality learning outcomes and make excellent progress.

We provide a vibrant curriculum that is broad, balanced and appropriate for all our pupils.


The school follows the National Curriculum as revised in 2014. Please refer to class pages to see an overview of the curriculum for each year group. As a School we teach reading using Synthetic phonics. We use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds programme. In the EYFS and KS1 we make use of Collins Big Cat as our main reading scheme. Please contact the Headteacher for further details of the curriculum.

You can download and view our Curriculum Statement below.

Our Classes


Curriculum Intent at St. Margaret Clitherow School

We pride ourselves on knowing our children, knowing them as unique individuals and how they best develop as learners. We understand the community they live in and the challenges they face as they grow in an ever-changing world. This understanding is our starting point.

Our curriculum, underpinned by our Catholic ethos and school values, has been reviewed for 2023-2024.  Our aspiration is to ensure that our children are exposed to high quality learning in all subject areas; gaining, not only key skills and knowledge, but also enjoying rich, varied and challenging opportunities and experiences in which to apply and deepen their learning.

Our curriculum is carefully planned and sequenced to ensure core skills are taught effectively. Teaching staff are empowered to consider how best to secure key knowledge, content and skills and to plan learning sequences in a responsive and engaging way. This enables our pupils to secure high quality learning outcomes and make excellent progress.

We provide a vibrant curriculum that is broad, balanced and appropriate for all our pupils.


The school follows the National Curriculum as revised in 2014. Please refer to class pages to see an overview of the curriculum for each year group. As a School we teach reading using Synthetic phonics. We use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds programme. In the EYFS and KS1 we make use of Collins Big Cat as our main reading scheme. Please contact the Headteacher for further details of the curriculum.

You can download and view our Curriculum Statement below.

Remote Learning


Please find below our Remote Learning and next steps document and our Remote Learning and Virtual Meeting Policy.

Roles & Responsibilities


Youth Leadership Team
Two representatives from each KS2 class make up the Youth Leadership Team. They meet fortnightly to discuss school wide issues and areas for improvement and are responsible for listening to and collecting the views of their class.

Stevenage Borough Council partnered with the Stevenage Schools Parliament to create films highlighting the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ that children and young people can use to help with their mental wellbeing not just now but for years to come. We were delighted to be part of this project. Please find below the introductory video and our video about 'Take Notice'.


Youth Leadership Team
Two representatives from each KS2 class make up the Youth Leadership Team. They meet fortnightly to discuss school wide issues and areas for improvement and are responsible for listening to and collecting the views of their class.  

Eco-Committee
Our Eco-Committee meet fortnightly to discuss ways to make our school greener and more eco-friendly. The committee is made up of two representatives from each KS2 class. They are also responsible for maintaining our school nature reserve – The Wiggly Path.  

The Lunch Bunch  
The Lunch Bunch support children during lunchtimes in the dinner hall. All KS2 classes get an opportunity to take on this role throughout the year, helping support our Reception and KS1 children to tidy up, clear their dinner plates and to encourage good manners and responsible behaviour in the dining room.  

The Chaplaincy Team
Our Chaplaincy Team is formed of children from across KS2. They have a variety of ministries within the school, which include maintaining a weekly ‘Mission of the Week’ display board, supporting with and leading key stage and whole school assemblies, serving in Masses and being responsible role models within the school.

Reception Buddies
Our Year 6 children are partnered with a child from Reception during the first week of the academic year and support them throughout the year in various ways. They may spend time playing games with their buddy at break times and lunchtimes, visit their classroom to support with their reading and are positive role models for behaviour and living out our school values.    

Librarians
A group of our Year 6 children are responsible for running a lunchtime library club and helping to keep the library well organised and inviting.  

Sports Ambassadors
A group of our Year 5 children support children across the school at breaktimes and lunchtimes promoting the positive values of sport.