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Promoting Fundamental British Values
The Department for Education has published guidance to schools on promoting British values to prepare young people for life in modern Britain. At St Mary’s Primary School we take this responsibility very seriously and we actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
These concepts are embodied in our core values and are explored through our curriculum and in all subjects but in Religious Education and PSHE and Citizenship, in particular, where children can deepen their understanding. We make great efforts to ensure our children are exposed to a wide range of experiences beyond their own community. This enables children to embrace difference and celebrate commonality between peoples alongside developing a pride in Britishness and a sense of belonging to our nation.

 

DEMOCRACY

 
"An educated, enlightened & informed population is one of the surest ways of promoting the health of a democracy"  
Nelson Mandela

At St Mary’s Primary School we listen to the views of children and we do this through a variety of means including:
• Pupil surveys
• Circle time
• A thriving School Council elected by children
• A strong ethos of team work and debate where children are encouraged to express clearly their view point and listen to the views of others respectfully
• Children take the initiative and lead in aspects of the school such as charitable appeals and fund raising.

 

THE RULE OF LAW

 
"...only world law can assure progress towards a civilised peaceful community."
Albert Einstein

Our school has clear explicit rules which the children agree on at the start of each year both as part of our class rules and the home school agreement.
Our school has a positive behaviour policy that sets out rewards and sanctions. We encourage children to recognise that with rights come responsibilities.

 

INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY

 
"One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen, can change the world.’’  
Malala Yousafzai

We support children to make informed choices in a secure setting. Children develop self-respect and value themselves as individuals. Our school ethos, and methods of teaching, develop children’s independence as well as other qualities such as perseverance and resilience. Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and by developing the skills needed to manage the environment that they are in. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our teaching of e-Safety and PSHE/SEAL.


MUTUAL RESPECT

 
"We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters, or we will perish together as fools"  
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Respect is a core value of our school and underpins our ethos. Respect is shown by all adults and children towards each other and towards our community. Our wide and broad curriculum supports this and helps children to articulate what respect means in practice. Children can talk about their own faith and beliefs as well as the faiths and beliefs of others. Good behaviour and respecting others is rewarded during our weekly Achievement Assembly. 

 

TOLERANCE OF THOSE WITH DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS

 
"The highest result of education is tolerance"  

Helen Keller
Through Religious Education and PSHE/SEAL, in particular, we deepen children’s understanding of faith and belief. We welcome visitors from our community and have themed weeks to enrich understanding of culture e.g. Judaism and Islam. We have an emphasis on British culture and celebrate Saints days throughout the year.


At St Mary’s Primary School we view these fundamental British values as universal moral beliefs that are commonly held across the world. We teach these through a distinct curriculum that recognises the unique culture of Britain and so successfully develop in our pupils a pride in being part of the British nation.
 

Science at St. Mary’s

This year at St. Mary’s, we will continue to follow the New Curriculum objectives in science. Our focus will be on using our scientific facts to be able to conduct scientific enquiries and justify our results using scientific vocabulary. Children will have a range of equipment to help aid them in their studies which will be available in lessons including a class set of IPads to help with researching scientific facts and theories. We also have our Snap Science scheme which gives us the opportunity to develop children’s learning further by conducting independent research tasks which can also be set for homework.

The children will be given the opportunity to see first hand, a duckling’s life cycle. We will begin by seeing the ducklings in the incubators, and then see them hatch and begin their life out of their egg. This will be a way of inspiring the children and engaging them and having them understand that science is all around them.

We were very fortunate this year, to link our scientific research work to Black History month. All the children in the school found out about a black scientist or inventor who, through their work, improved society. This gave opportunity for classes to have scientific discussions and the work produced was very successful and was displayed in the school. We aim to continue to inspire our children in science this year. Teachers in all year groups have planned a variety of knowledge based and practical activities in science lessons which we hope the children will enjoy. 

These are the topics being covered by the different year groups this term. As you may see, some years cover the same topic but they will be going into further depth and building upon their scientific knowledge.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Materials

 

 

 

Seasonal Changes

Living things and their Habitats

 

Animals including humans

 

Animals including humans

 

 

Rocks

 

Animals including humans

 

 

Sound

 

Animals including humans

 

 

Forces

Electricity (for the whole term)

OUR SCIENCE DISPLAYS

Science Curriculum Coverage 2017

 

Science Information for Parentsand Carers at St. Mary’s

Being a core subject in our curriculum, it is really imprortant that the children in St. Mary’s have as much exposure to science as possible. This includes working on scientific skills and knowledge at home.

Below are some useful websites and links which can help you support your child in different areas of science at home.

 

A free web portal for science which can be used in class or as homework activities:

http://www.scribermonkey.org/

 

A really useful website for rocks and volcanoes (a range of presentation and activity sheets for KS2):

https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/Education-and-Careers/Resources/Activity-Sheets-And-Presentations

 

A really useful website for parents/ carers:

https://seerih-innovations.org/science4families/

 

Websites which show live satellite feeds:

http://spacelink.org/

https://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/Earth

You can then have an option of choosing a specific satellite to look at and compare parts of the Earth. 

 

Humanities

History and Geography are taught throughout the school year at St Mary’s. They are an integral area of the curriculum and an hour a week is spent teaching humanities.

 History and Geography are taught with a literacy focus which allows for cross-curricular links to be made. This ensures that the children are able to continue to refine and develop their literacy skills while learning historical/geographical topics. Similarly, these subjects lend themselves well to the use of ICT, Art, D&T and Numeracy and you can often find examples of these links displayed around the school.

As with all subjects here at St Mary’s, Humanities lessons are taught with the use of Edward De Bono’s Hats and the Thinking Maps. The Thinking Hats are particularly beneficial as they allow the children to recognise the importance of questioning in enabling them to deepen their understanding or approaching a topic from an alternative viewpoint. The Thinking Maps are useful in allowing the children to plan or organise their ideas prior to a piece of extended writing or as a demonstration about what they already know about a topic.

Key Skills/ National Curriculum

The new National Curriculum has outlined the Key Skills which need to be embedded in all humanities lessons.

Please read our Humanities link below which will tell you all about what happens in each year and across the key stages.

 

Click here to see what we are studying in History and Geography at the moment

Humanities in the Early Years 

Teachers of Nursery and Reception plan and teach humanities through the Early Years Framework in the area ‘Understanding the world’ which involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

 

Personal, Social and Health Education

At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we aim to promote healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage all our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community through class & school councils, fundraising events and involvement in community activities. Our pupils are given opportunities in PSHE and SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) lessons and assemblies to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our diverse society.

We teach PSHE in a variety of ways: as a discrete subject, through SEAL lessons, via assemblies and through other subjects such as RE, History, Geography, Literacy, Maths and Science, as well as through outdoor educational visits, community work and activities.

OUR POWER FOR ONE DISPLAY

OUR POWER FOR ONE ASSEMBLY

Please follow the link below where you will find P.S.H.E games and activities for children to use at home or school:

Children:

Global Gang: Christian Aid KS2

Disaster Island

RSPCA

 

 

PSHE YEAR BY YEAR COVERAGE

Curriculum Content

 

Music plays a big part at St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School.

Apart from music lessons taught in class, the children also experience music through hymn practice, nativity plays, musical productions, junior choir, recorder lessons, and singing workshops such as the Enfield Sings workshops.

Specialist piano, keyboard, guitar and violin teachers visit the school weekly to teach the children on these instruments.

Year 3 will begin to receive whole class recorder lessons in the spring term from a specialist teacher provided by the Enfield Music Service.  They will be developing their musical skills through learning the instrument and give performances to their parents.  A letter will be sent out nearer the time. 

We hope that parents will sign up with the Enfield Music Service when all the lessons have finished so that their children continue learning the recorder into the summer term and beyond.

Our School Music Assembly

CHOIR                                                                                                   Junior choir membership is open to all junior children from years 3 – 6.

Junior choir rehearse regularly each Thursday after school from 3.15 – 4.30pm.   

 

St. Mary's School Curriculum Coverage

 

Year 5 took part in Enfield Sings Project

 

HOW THIS SUBJECT IS TAUGHT

Design Technology is now embedded in the new ‘creative curriculum’, therefore work is completed through topic areas, and the progress & skills for have been agreed by staff.  Design Technology is also used regularly for display purposes and topic work across the school.

We ensure pupils enjoy their work by ensuring that the work is accessible for all and that children are always encouraged to do their best and share their achievements with the class and staff.  The instalment of visualisers in each classroom means that high quality teaching and D&T work can be achieved as work is shared throughout the lesson.  This is done regularly through display of work and giving the children opportunities to enter competitions and share their work. In DT there are life skills that are taught to the children from learning to cut and measure with precision to being able to discuss and evaluate their work, what worked well and what didn't and why? The children are challenged to think and create in different ways as to show their understanding.

KEY STAGE CURRICULUM DT

Cooking Club

From the start of the Spring Term we have introduced a Cooking Club as part of our extra-curricular DT activities. Currently the club is aimed at all of Key Stage 2 and it takes place on a Thursday after school from 3:15 - 4:30pm. 

Year 3 and 4 have taken part in the sessions and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Year 5 and 6 will have their opportunity to take part and develop their cooking skills in the Summer Term.

The aims of Cooking Club are:

  • To broaden the children's understanding of food in general

  • To focus on healthy savoury recipes 

  • To reflect on the origins and food sources

  • To understand about food production and consumption

  • To refine cooking skills and techniques.

Have a look at some of the fun we have got up to...

 

Art and Design Overview

Art and Design

Purpose of study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Aims

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Subject content

Key stage 1 pupils will be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products

  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Key stage 2 pupils will be taught:

  • to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.

ART & DESIGN YEAR BY YEAR COVERAGE

KEY STAGE CURRICULUM ART

Black History Month