Prayer and Liturgy are an integral part of our day. We enjoy this not only in class led by both teachers and children but shared as a school or key stage. Often Mrs Pearson leads prayers ad liturgy. This prayer and liturgy celebrated RE Week.
We believe that it is vitally important to provide financial education for all our pupils and are proud to be a “Centre of Excellence for Young Enterprise”.
Whatever we do with money, we need to manage it well. We provide a detailed programme of financial education, combining mathematics, citizenship and PSHE education. This ensures that children have the confidence, skills and knowledge they need to manage their money, now and in the future.
We educate pupils in the key areas of financial knowledge, skills and attitudes across four core themes, namely “how to manage money”, “becoming a critical consumer”, “managing risks and emotions associated with money” and “understanding the important role money plays in our lives”.
Pupils in Reception and Key Stage One will learn how to recognise the value of coins and notes and how to keep track of their money. They will become aware that they have choices about spending and saving money and where their money comes from. We encourage pupils to become savers by providing the opportunity to open a savings account with our local Credit Union and collect their money in school.
Pupils in Key Stage Two will become aware of the different ways to pay for items and how to keep simple financial records. They will investigate lending and borrowing and become involved in the administration of the Credit Union on school collection days. They will also learn the important role money plays in our lives and explore the link between work and money. Our Enterprise Club gives pupils the opportunity to explore basic Economics and provides links with local businesses. In addition, pupils will be able to explain why it is important to help others e.g. by donating to charity and buying Fairtrade products.
Reading and Phonics at St Mary's
In Reception and Key Stage 1 we use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme to start children on their reading journey. Children in Key Stage 2 also use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme in addition to other appropriate books. Children are given a reading book appropriate to their level of reading ability. Children take a book home with a reading journal record so that parents can log the details of how often a child reads at home or any other relevant comments.
Each KS1 and KS2 class completes a daily guided reading session. During this session, teachers listen to a group of children read and can help children to improve their reading strategies and also assess their progress.
We participate in the Accelerated Reader (AR) program, a software assessment tool that helps teachers motivate their students to read and help them improve their reading skills. The AR program is associated with a number of benefits. For one, the software contains a built-in formula that suggests book titles to students that could interest them based on their individual reading levels and progress. As a result, students struggle less with books above their reading comprehension levels and are able to enjoy reading at their own individual levels - indirectly improving students' attitudes about reading and encouraging them to read more frequently. After students have finished reading an assigned book, they can take a quiz based on the book's material and content. The purpose of the quizzes is to evaluate whether a student is able to comprehend a book and to access the student's vocabulary skills. Additionally, the AR program has been shown to help students prepare for senior school, college and future careers, and has the potential of turning students into lifelong readers and learners.
For more information on Letters and Sounds, Accelerated Reader and Year 1 Phonics Screening Check click on the links below...