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SCIENCE DISPLAYS
SCIENCE IN ST. MARY'S

 

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. We use a number of different resources to help us make our lessons as engaging and hands on as possible. 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.

We worked incredibly hard to achieve our PSQM status in school and continue to evaluate our PSQM (Primary Science Quality Mark) objectives to ensure that we are providing the best scientific opportunities for the children. The children were able to enjoy seeing first hand, how different types of animals adapt to different environments when we invited a company into school and children could see and touch the animals as well as find out interesting facts about them. As well as that, we also had a forensic science focus in school when detectives came in and set up a crime scene and worked with the different classes to use forensic science to help solve the crime. These were ways 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)

 

Science Curriculum Coverage 2016

SCIENCE POLICY

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 above that will tell you all about what happens in each year and across the key stages.

Humanities Policy 2016

Year by Year Curriculum Content

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.

Early Years Foundation Stage 2016

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:

BBC Healthy eating http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/4_11/uptoyou/

 Global Gang- Christian Aid site for KS2 http://www.christianaid.org.uk/resources/games/index.aspx

Disaster Island http://www.cleo.net.uk/resources/displayframe.php?src=395/consultants_resources/geography/diasterIsland/index.html 

RSPCA http://www.rspca.org.uk/utilities/pagenotfound

Moral Mazes- http://www2.bgfl.org/bgfl2/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks2/pshe/moral_mazes_lower/index.htm 

SUBSTANCE AND MISUSE POLICY

PSHE POLICY

RSE Policy

HEALTHY SCHOOLS POLICY 2017

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.

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.   

In the spring term the Junior Choir performed at a charity concert in aid of the Nightingale Cancer Care Trust at the Enfield Baptist Church on Friday 3rd March 2017.   This was an excellent event to raise money for a local charity.  The total amount raised by the five schools who performed was £1549.00.  A great effort!

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

This term, the junior choir will be performing at:

  • The Dugdale Centre Enfield in the Primary School Choirs lunchtime concert along with Southbury Primary and De Bohun Primary schools.

  • The end of year Choir concert in the school hall at St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School on Monday 10th July 2017

MUSIC POLICY

St. Mary's School Curriculum Coverage

 

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

Design and Technology Policy 2016-2017

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...

 

At the end of the first Half-Term we celebrated Black History month (October) with a wonderful exhibition of African Christian art. It was a whole school event with artwork from nursery children right up to year 6 children.

We looked at art pieces from the Christian Mafa Community in the Cameroon, which depicted many scenes from scripture. Each class chose a scene to recreate, and what an amazing job the children did! They used various art mediums including water colours, pastels, chalk, crayon and African print fabric. Various skills were taught and used, and this was reflected in the fabulous work produced. You were able to see the development of skills as you progressed through the key stages.

Parents’ were invited to view their children’s contribution to the exhibition, held in the big hall, and there was a great turnout on two afternoons after school, so thank you very much for your support. Children were excited and proud to show their own unique pieces of art to their parents’.

Evaluation forms were filled out by parents as they were leaving the exhibition, and many positive comments were made.

Below are photos from the exhibition, and some of the feedback from the evaluation forms.  We look forward to a similar event in the future. 

ART & DESIGN YEAR BY YEAR COVERAGE

KEY STAGE CURRICULUM ART

Art and Design Policy 2016 2017

Black History Month