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from him.” Psalms 127:3

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Curriculum

Find information about our curriculum subjects here and the detail of what your child learns at school each day.

 

Every September, we hold an introductory parent's meeting so that you can meet your child's teacher and classroom support staff. The teaching staff will explain the routine of your child's day and how the curriculum will be taught that year. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about these routines and the content of the curriculum. However, if you have any further questions relating to the curriculum, please contact the school directly to make a private appointment to meet your child's teacher.

 

Religious Education

 

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 Slack or Mrs Newland lead Prayers and Liturgy. This prayer and liturgy celebrated RE Week.

 

Equality and SEND compliance in our curriculum

 

At St Mary’s School we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers receiving services from our school, irrespective of race, gender, disability, faith or religion or socio-economic background.  We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to our school feel proud of their identity and can participate fully in school life.

We have taken an organisational approach and have ensured that all equality strands are part of the work of our school, particularly in relation to creating policy and practice around delivery of our curriculum.

The achievement of pupils will be monitored by race, gender and disability and we will use this data to support pupils, raise standards and ensure inclusivity.  We will tackle discrimination by the promotion of equality, challenging bullying and stereotypes and creating an environment which champions respect for all.  We believe that diversity is a strength, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here and is embedded in the School’s curriculum.

 

Curriculum Development and Delivery

 

We aim to provide all our pupils with the opportunity to succeed, and to reach the highest level of personal achievement.  To do this, we will:

  • use contextual data to improve the ways in which we provide support to individuals and groups of pupils;
  • monitor achievement data by ethnicity, gender and disability and action any gaps;  
  • encourage pupils to become independent and assist them in taking responsibility for the management of their own learning and behaviour;
  • take account of the achievement of all pupils when planning for future learning and setting challenging targets;
  • ensure equality of access for all pupils and prepare them for life in a diverse society;
  • use materials that reflect the diversity of the school, population and local community in terms of race, gender and disability, without stereotyping;
  • promote attitudes and values that will challenge racist and other discriminatory behaviour or prejudice;
  • provide opportunities for pupils to appreciate their own culture and celebrate the diversity of other cultures;
  • promote activities that celebrate our common experience as well as those that recognise diversity generally and foster understanding and respect for the culture and faith of all our pupils and their families;
  • use self-assessment as a teaching-learning strategy, and we will provide all pupils with opportunities to take responsibility for their own learning through regular reflection and feedback on their progress;
  • seek to involve all parents and carers in supporting their child’s education;
  • encourage classroom and staffroom discussion of equality issues which reflect on social stereotypes, expectations and their impact on learning;

 

Please see the Single Equality Policy and SEND policy for more details. Please contact the Admin Office if you require printed copies of these policies. 

Financial Education

 

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

 

Reading Scheme

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.

 

Guided Reading

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.

 

Accelerated Reader

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...

 

Spelling Shed

We follow spelling and grammar objectives from the National Curriculum for Year 1 to Year 6. These are covered by following the "Spelling Shed" scheme. We also teach spelling and grammar daily in a specific session or activity and each class from Year 1 to Year 6 completes a weekly spelling test. This ensures that accuracy in spelling is applied in the children's writing.

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