“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss
English and literacy skills are taught through our creative curriculum. At St Mary’s we strongly believe that writing and reading should be interwoven between all the subjects we teach at school. English isn’t something that is compiled in a ‘English Book’ once a week but rather a skill for life that enables children to write competently in whatever subject such as; historical recounts, geographical explanations, instructions in design technology or scientific conclusions.
As well as encouraging children to write with imagination, creativity and flair we also teach the discrete skills of grammar, spelling, phonics and punctuation . We foster a love of reading in our school through our topic based learning, our school library, using Kindles in KS2 and reading to children on a daily basis.
Maths teaches us how to make sense of the world around through developing a child’s ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and patterns in both number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of numeracy.
At St Marys we aim to promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion.
- To promote confidence and competence with numbers and the number system. To develop the ability to solve problems through decision making and reasoning in a range of real life contexts.
- To develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented.
- Explore features of shape and space, develop measuring skills and to understand the importance of numeracy in life through structured play and role play.
St Mary the Virgin is a Church of England Voluntary Aided School, therefore the provision of RE must be in accordance with the Trust Deed of the School. At St Mary’s School we aim that Religious Education will:-
- Provoke challenging and ‘deep’ questions about the meaning and purpose of life, beliefs, the self, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, and religious traditions that examine these questions, fostering personal reflection and spiritual development.
- Encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs (whether they are religious or non-religious), in the light of what they learn, as they examine issues of religious belief and faith and how these impact on personal, institutional and social ethics; and to express their responses.
- Enable pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which helps them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society
- Teach pupils to develop respect for others, including people with different faiths and beliefs, and helps to challenge prejudice
- Prompt pupils to consider their responsibilities to themselves and to others, and to explore how they might contribute to their communities and to wider society. It encourages empathy, generosity and compassion.
- Develop a sense of awe and wonder and mystery