Curriculum Overview

The Curriculum at St Margaret’s Academy


We want ourselves and the children in our care to be successful, resilient and inquisitive learners who are happy and well-equipped to participate positively in the community and wider society.


Our school values (kindness, respect, responsibility and aspiration) are an essential point of reference on all of our journeys. British values (democracy, rule of law, liberty and respect) play an equally important role.

School Context

The school is situated in the English Riveria, a UNESCO designated Global Geopark, only 1 of 7 in the UK and only 1 of 147 in the world (download and play the presentation at the bottom of the page, Torbay). While we live and work in this area of outstanding beauty we have some local challenges around families being able to take advantage of these opportunities. Children are predominately from a white British background and therefore have less experience of mixing with other faiths and cultures than other children in the United Kingdom. We have supportive parents who report that their children enjoy school, feel safe and are taught well.

Curriculum Intent

Because of our context:

  •        Underpinning everything is our work on attachment, and social and emotional learning which are integral to all that we do
  •        Early reading and language development across the school are core aspects woven through the curriculum
  •        Teachers plan lessons that inspire and engage, and promote enquiry and imagination so that pupils at all abilities can achieve
  •        Progressive subject knowledge and skills are planned to take advantage of local opportunities such as the beach and local artists, as well as national events.
  •        We support our pupils to develop the skills they need in order to learn for themselves, and to enjoy this learning
  •        We develop curiosity about the world beyond the bay
  •        We support our families and staff with their well-being
  •        We provide opportunities to contribute in the local and global community 
Reception Children follow the Early Years Curriculum and more information about this can be found using the navigation bar in this section of our website.
We use The National Curriculum to to plan sequences of learning for children from Y1 - Y6.  The curriculum consists of core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing and Religious Education.
Foundation subjects such as Art, Design Technology, French, Geography, History, Music and PE are also taught as well as Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) which includes Sex and Relationships Education and Drugs Education.  
Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Torbay and Devon Agreed Syllabus.  Parents may, if they wish, write to the Headteacher to request that their children be wholly or partly excused from attendance at our regular collective worship or religious education.
We teach in 4 phases (Reception, Years 1 &2, Years 3 &4 and Years 5 &6) and have a two year rolling programme for the curriculum.