The curriculum is broad and well balanced. We have a very talented and dedicated teaching staff. The school is organised into four main teaching groups for the National Curriculum core subjects, Foundation subjects and Religious Education as follows:
Reception / Year 1 Mr R Butt
Year 1/2 Mrs S Marfell-Cadman
Year 3/4 Mrs C Clark
Year 5/6 Mrs E Falshaw, Mrs J Jolley
The PE curriculum in our school is based on the National Curriculum document (2014). Pupils from Reception through to Year 6 enjoy taking part in our physical education programme, in whichwe aim to promote our children’s health, physical development, sense of fair play and confidence. PEin our school is enhanced through involvement with our local sports partnership and links with other local Primary Schools. The children have opportunities to participate in competitions against other schools in a range of different sports.The childrenexperience a wide range of PEactivities including dance, gymnastics, games, athletics and swimming, some of which are provided by specialist coaches.We also offer the children a range of extra-curricular activities running throughout the year such as football, gymnastics, rugby, cross country, dance and rounders.
At St Mary’s we teach English through dedicated English lessons across the school. These have slightly different formats depending on the age and stage of the pupils.In the Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception) there is a great emphasis on speaking and listening as well as phonics. This is delivered daily, following the Letters and Sounds programme. Work is planned around a chosen topic using relevant, exciting texts which encourage a love of speaking, listening and writing.In Key Stage 1 all pupils have a daily English lesson. This involves speaking and listening, reading and writing. Phonics lessons continue on a daily basis, Comprehension skills are introduced and Grammar is taught according to the National Curriculum 2014 guidelines.Key Stage 2 classes have dedicated English lessons which build on the skills taught in Key Stage 1. Children read whole class texts, learning about different genres of writing and developing their understanding. Focussed work also includes Comprehension, Spelling and Grammar and Punctuation lessons. Guided reading sessions take place each week where pupils have the opportunity to discuss texts with an adult and all our children are encouraged to read a variety of texts to help themdevelop a life-long love of reading.
Religious Education is taught throughout the school. We focus on appropriate values and use the Blackburn Diocese agreed syllabus for RE as the basis for our teaching. We celebrate a variety of religious festivals throughout the school year and enjoy strong links with St Mary’s Church.
We aim to encourage our children through a wide variety of art activities to develop skills and to explore their creativity.Through the teaching of art the children will have the opportunity to explore colour, shape, space, form, pattern and texture. They will have the chance to paint, draw, print, use textiles and clay and work in both 2D and 3D. They will learn about different artists and craftspeople as well as art from other cultures.Year group teachers plan for art on a termly basis and plan appropriate cross-curricular activities linked to the class topic. The children’s work is celebrated and much of it can be seen on display in classrooms and around school, making a bright and stimulating learning environment for all of us.
Music plays a very important part in the life of our school. We aim to foster pupil’s sensitivity to and enjoyment of music, through a variety of individual, group and whole class activities.Music is planned and taught by class teachers and is augmented by extra-curricular activities including the Choir and weekly Music and Worship. Peripatetic music teachers visit the school each week providing tuition on violin, guitar, brass and woodwind. All children are given opportunities to share their music making in assemblies and concerts.
Geography is a foundation subject within the National Curriculum. At St Mary’s we believe Geography is important as it teaches us about places, the human and physical processes that shape them and the people who live in them. Geography helps children to gain a greater understanding of the world and the people who live in it. It also enables children to understand their place in the world from a local, national and global perspective. In the foundation stage Geography is taught through a topic approach using activities planned through ‘Understanding the world.’ In Years 1 –6, Geography follows the National Curriculum objectives and is also taught through topics.
History is taught from reception through to year six using a creative, cross curricular approach based on the National Curriculum programmes of study. We offer children learning opportunities which will develop skills in historical enquiry, knowledge and understanding through a varied and engaging breadth of study. Information regarding the topics studied in each class is sent out on the termly newsletters and parents are often invited to share in their children’s learning through projects at home and classroom displays.
Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like further information about the curriculum.