“You have developed the curriculum to ensure that all pupils make as much progress as they are able. The curriculum is littered with many enrichment activities.” Ofsted September 2017
We deliver a mastery curriculum in all subject areas. This means that all children are given the opportunity to deepen their learning by applying their knowledge, skills and understanding across a variety of tasks over time.
Maths and English lessons are taught daily. Our topic based approach to teaching allows children to further develop their maths and English skills in other subject areas.
Religious Education is embedded throughout our school and is also taught within a weekly hour-long session.
Children are able to develop and apply a broad range of skills through topic based work which encourages them to develop independence and self-motivation.
We want all of our children to become fluent readers with a genuine love of reading.
In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 we use the Read Write Inc programme. Children are provided with reading books that support their phonic progression and build their confidence. In addition, they are encouraged to choose interest books from the school library.
In Key Stage 2, children begin are introduced to a wider range of genres and authors. Daily reading continues. In addition to this, adults read to children every day.
Children are given opportunities to write for many different purposes and acquire the necessary skills to achieve this. Handwriting, Spelling and Writing progression are carefully structured throughout the school and we work towards all children achieving fluent cursive writing by year 6.
The children learn to express themselves in a variety of situations, not only to each other, but also to adults and groups. Drama is used to explore the curriculum and widen their understanding and personal experience.
We want all children to have secure maths skills and be able to apply their knowledge to reasoning and problem solving situations.
To ensure this, we build fluency and mental recall strategies using a wide range of approaches. Children are encouraged to follow the CPA approach – maths apparatus and pictorial resources which lead to a more formal method.
We want our children to think scientifically, be curious about what they observe and to apply their understanding of the natural world. Science is taught both as a discrete subject and through other topics. Wherever possible, we make the most of our Forest School and local environment.
Children are encouraged to adopt an enquiry led approach to history using questions like: What can we learn from the past? Pupils learn about significant people, events and places from both the recent and more distant past.
Children consider bigger questions such as: How do people affect the environment in which they live? Learn about cultural diversity through investigating different places in the world. They also develop practical skills such as map reading and locational knowledge.
Our specialist PE coach ensures that pupils develop their skills in movement and coordination across a range of PE activities and sports. We encourage and competitive and non-competitive sport, which extracurricular clubs such as; running, football, netball and cheerleading.
PE is an important way of developing communication, collaboration and competitive skills which build resilience. Whilst they are at St Mary’s, all children have swimming lessons to ensure that they become safe and competent swimmers.
Pupils develop their creativity and imagination by exploring the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes. The children also learn about the role of art, craft and design in their environment. They enjoy learning about recipe design and developing practical cooking and baking skills.
All children are taught about eSafety, Digital Literacy and Computer Science. We have class sets and iPads and Chromebooks as well as programmable floor robots. Computing skills are taught and used throughout the curriculum. Pupils explore computing and learn to use it confidently and with purpose to achieve specific outcomes.
Pupils play musical instruments and sing a variety of songs from memory, adding accompaniments and creating compositions. All children in Year 3 have the opportunity to learn the recorder and Years 2 and 6 learn the ukulele. Children perform to the school and wider community and some children take part in local school music events. There is also the opportunity for specialist music tuition in guitar, piano and drums. (Fees apply)
Pupils in Years 3 to 6 learn French which is taught in a dynamic and interactive way building confidence and understanding. Children learn simple phrases and vocabulary which they can apply to a variety of real life situations.
As a Church of England school, RE is incorporated throughout the curriculum and the ethos of the school. In RE, pupils explore Christianity and other principal religions. They learn about different beliefs about God and the world around them. Pupils encounter and respond to a range of stories, artefacts and other religious materials and learn to recognise that beliefs are expressed in a variety of ways, as well as beginning to use specialist vocabulary. Pupils will understand the importance and value of religion and belief, especially for themselves, other children and their families. Pupils ask relevant questions and develop a sense of awe and wonder about the world, using their imaginations. They talk about what is important to them and others, valuing themselves, reflecting on their own feelings and experiences and developing a sense of belonging.
We hold daily acts of worship and children are taught Christian values through Bible stories and discussion.