The statutory EYFS framework forms a basis from which our broad and balanced Early Years Curriculum is developed. The seven areas of development are :
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
It is mainly delivered through play and practical activities. Well planned play, both indoors and outdoors, is a key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge. We consider that the curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage underpins all future learning and leads towards the National Curriculum which is started in Year 1 or earlier if the children have exceeded the Early Years Learning Goals.
Key Stage 1 and 2
Every pupil will follow the New National Curriculum programmes of study in the following subjects:
French in KS2 (Club in Year 2)
At the start of every new term parents will be informed of what areas of the curriculum will be studied and how best parents can help to work in partnership with the school to maximise every child’s potential.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
The Religious Education Curriculum follows the Diocesan RE Strategy and Curriculum Directory for Catholic Schools. The doctrine is taught in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Religious Education lessons account for at least 10% of curriculum time. Respect for other faiths and cultures are also part of our mission.
Within St. Mary’s School, the religious education provided is not wholly confined to teaching/learning situations found in RE lessons. The message and spirit of the Gospel is actively approached and reflected upon throughout the curriculum and all areas of school life.
Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion takes place in Year 3 and in Year 6 for Confirmation. It is through a strong partnership with parents that we lead children closer to God our Father through the Sacraments.
School Masses, daily prayers and assemblies are central to our worship and deepen the children’s experience of Almighty God through regular prayer and the development of a spiritual life. The school is an integral part of the Parish Community. Throughout the liturgical year we come together to celebrate important feasts. All of our parents and children are most welcome to share our various masses and services.