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St Marys Curriculum

 

At St Marys we offer our children a curriculum which enables them to be creative thinkers and engage with a range of learning experiences that increase their knowledge and understanding of the world.

 

At St Marys we work on a two year cycle of whole school topics which have now been reviewed in light of the National Curriculum as detailed below.  These topics are chosen with an emphasis on Literacy, Geography, History or Science coverage.

 

CYCLE 1

 

 

TERM

 

TITLE OF THEME

Autumn 1

 

The Farm in Autumn

 

 

Autumn 2

 

 

Owls, Owls, Owls

 

Spring 1

 

Space, The Final Frontier

 

Spring 2

 

Castles

 

Summer 1

 

Stories from Other Lands

 

Summer 2

 

Land, Sea and Air

 

 

 

CYCLE 2

 

 

TERM

 

TITLE OF THEME

Autumn 1

Food for Thought

 

Autumn 2

Fairy Tales

 

Spring 1

Our School, Church and Village

 

Spring 2

We’re All Going To The Zoo Tomorrow

 

Summer 1

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

 

Summer 2

Around the UK in 80 days

 

 

Within each topic we give our children a range of experiences to inspire and stimulate them which might involve a school visit, working with a  theatre company, a musician or working with a chef for example, from the Culinary Arts Academy.

 

In each theme we have a Spectacular Day where our children dress up linked to the theme and participate in a range of activities in smaller, mixed groups based on the theme and a curriculum focus.  For example, our recent “Food for Thought” spectacular was based on science.  The children participated in activities such as dissolving, building structures with spaghetti and marshmallows and creating a chemical reaction from vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.  These days are great learning experiences enabling children to work together in smaller teams learning together and helping each other.

 

Throughout St Marys Teaching and Learning programme there is an emphasis on the Creative Arts.  All our children are taught art by Mrs Roberts, Headteacher on a weekly basis.  The work is based on the five skill model; drawing, painting, textiles, printing and 3D modelling.  Our children are taught to hold and use fine paint brushes, needles and drawing tools from their first day in reception.

 

We have a specialist Ceramics teacher who teaches one afternoon a week.  The children produce amazing clay work which is fired and glaze finished in our kiln on site.

Reading

 

At St Marys we have Oxford Reading Tree as our core scheme but have also introduced a range of new books called ‘Project X’ which are written specifically to encourage boys reading but our girls think they are fantastic too!

 

Every morning from 9-9.30 all our children participate in Guided Reading where the children are divided into 5 ability groupings.  One Focus Group per day reads with the teacher on the same group reader book, the teacher working on comprehension and understanding of the text.  The remaining 4 groups work on related reading activities including phonics.

 

Writing

 

Our children are learning to write using a hand-writing scheme called Kinetic Letters which encourages them to increase the fluency and automaticity of their writing. We have a Pen License incentive scheme encouraging them to join their writing more quickly.

 

Mathematics

 

In mathematics we use the White Rose Maths scheme to work through all the elements covered in the National Curriculum.

 

Computing

 

In computing, with the changes in the National Curriculum we are teaching simple programming techniques using Learn Pads, Bee Bots and Bee Bot cars.

 

Science

 

At St Marys we believe that science should be practical and encourage problem-solving.  Our science curriculum has been reviewed in the light of the National Curriculum as seen below on the science map for this cycle and topics.

 

RE

 

As a church school, we follow the Surrey Agreed Syllabus for RE and have strong links with the Diocesan Board.

 

Art

 

At St Marys we believe that Art is very important. The work is based on the five skill model; drawing, painting, textiles, printing and 3D modelling. Our children are taught to hold and use fine paint brushes, needles and drawing tools from their first day in reception. We buy in a ceramics teacher who works with the children throughout the school year on a number of projects.

 

 

Foundation Subjects – Geography, History, DT, PE, Music

 

PE is taught throughout the school on a weekly basis alongside swimming in Year 1 and Year 2.  We also use our Sports Premium grant to buy in specialist sports provision including tennis, hockey and multi-skills.

 

GEOGRAPHY and HISTORY have been reviewed in light of the National Curriculum and our half-termly topics reflect key elements of these foundation subjects.

 

DT: At St Marys we find designing and making very exciting.  Cookery is very popular too and at present a specialist cooking teacher works one day per week cooking a range of healthy sweet and savoury dishes with small groups. 

 

MUSIC:  At St Marys music is very important to us and we love to sing.  For our Christmas production, all children had half a term of African Drumming lessons where they practiced a piece which they performed in the show.  Our year 2 children are currently rehearsing to perform at the Godalming Music Festival in March 2019.  A number of our Year 2 children are learning to play the keyboard following the Yamaha method using a teacher from Music Works at Milford. 

 

Phonics

 

At St Marys, phonics is an integral part of the school day. In Year R, phonics runs through many of the activities. In Year 1 and 2, phonics is taught on a daily basis.

 

SMSC – Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural

 

At St Marys our school is run like a family.  It is a close-knit community where our children are cared for and nurtured on a daily basis.

 

As Headteacher I feel that it is important to be visible and interacting with my children whenever possible.  My staff are trained to speak and respond calmly, kindly and with a  listening ear, building relationships with our children on a daily basis.

 

SMSC is evident in our school through the values that we teach our children: Love, Respect, Forgiveness, Honesty, Generosity and Loyalty through the Christian ethos.

 

Our children have daily opportunities to increase their own spirituality through their engagement in assemblies and with the reflection corners in classrooms and the hall.

 

As a school we teach British Values (as above) and have a weekly citizenship award encouraging them to be good citizens in school and in their community.

 

Due to the size of St Marys our children have many opportunities to engage with each other and other adults that visit our school.  Our children are confident to speak out and ask questions engaging with a range of parent helpers, community volunteers and visitors to our school.

 

On a cultural level our children have the opportunity to learn African Drumming, Sing in Young Voices and experience live theatre e.g. The Open Box Theatre Company.

 

SMSC is evident throughout our curriculum in the opportunities that we give our children for learning and interacting with their friends, teachers and the wider world.

 

Please view our evidence for SMSC below.

 

WHAT ARE WE DOING AT ST MARY’S

SPIRITUAL

 

  • Assemblies
  • Cathedral trip
  • Assemblies in the church
  • Open Book assemblies
  • Weekly RE following the diocesan board programme
  • School prayer book
  • Banners in the classroom
  • Reflection Corners
  • Prayer Sticks
  • Special Services in the Church, eg, Christingle, Easter, Mother's Day
  • Prayer at the beginning of lunchtime
  • Class Prayers
  • Godly Corners
  • Prayer Meetings with the Vicar
  • Godly Play Training and sessions with the Children
  • Nativity story and scene setting in the individual classrooms
  • Dedicated Bible Verse on the Newsletter and around school
  • Teaspoon Prayers
  • Small groups working with the Vicar on a weekly basis
  • SIAMS Inspection.

MORAL

 

  • Messages in Assembly
  • Through School Ethos
  • Golden Rules
  • ‘Citizenship Award’ (Dougie)
  • Christian values throughout the day
  • Weekly RE/PSHE…..
  • Behaviour reflecting morals
  • Core Value displays and Prayer Corner
  • Golden Box award
  • Highlighting the moral code of conduct in daily lessons
  • St Mary's Values Award
  • NSPCC Assembly
  • Unicef Rights of the Child programme

 

SOCIAL

  • Playground leaders
  • Spectacular Days-cross age/ability groups
  • Rainbow Rangers
  • Children participating in PTA events
  • Clubs
  • Participating in events/tournaments at other schools – inter/intra events.
  • Mums/Dads participating in guided reading/school trips
  • Fundraising Events

CULTURAL

 

  • Visit by drummers/musicians
  • Open Box Theatre Company
  • Visit by Owen Ward – local artist
  • Visits to castles, museums etc.
  • Flying Pizza Theatre visit
  • Christmas Productions
  • Drumming Club/Choir
  • Links with global charities, eg Farm Africa/Lunchbowl Network
  • Through our themes/topics e.g. Stories from Other Lands
  • Dance with Segun Fawole
  • Diversity Map
  • Remembrance Day Assembly
  • Where do we come from in the World display
  • African drumming lessons
  • Integrating drama into the curriculum

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