Our long term plans work on a two-year cycle and the topics we teach are broken down for each class. A copy of our long term plans can be found below:
Additional information about our curriculum can be found below.
The key objectives that we study in each year group can be found by clicking the following links. These are taken directly from the National Curriculum 2014.
We use the Read Write Inc phonics scheme to support our children in their development of reading and writing. Children work in small groups for a session every day and practice sounds, reading and writing with an adult. We assess the children regularly and change their groups as necessary. Parents are invited into school from time to time to watch phonics sessions and work alongside their children. When children move beyond the phonics scheme we continue to develop literacy skills through guided writing and reading sessions and independent activities. As they move through the school, pupils engage with Accelerated Reader which supports their reading fluency and comprehension.
We encourage parents to read and share books frequently with their children and children are welcome to change their school reading books as often as they wish.
The key objectives that we study in each year group can be found by clicking this link. These are taken directly from the National Curriculum 2014.
We teach mathematics using the learning system developed by Richard Dunne called "Maths Makes Sense." The children are taught in groups of about 15-20 and learn the skills of numeracy, measuring, drawing and reasoning. The Maths Makes Sense learning system recognises that maths is a special symbolic language and helps children articulate this language fluently, using concrete objects, exaggerated actions and special vocabulary. The children are taught through both formal learning, including Direct Instruction, Guided practice and Partner Teaching and informal learning including Daily Practice and the use of every-day contexts. Our approach to the learning and teaching of Maths is structured and robust, planned very carefully and very consistent.
For more information about the Maths Makes Sense please come and see us, or talk to Mrs Black, our Math Coordinator. You might also like to look at the Smart Maths website which has lots of information available https://smartmaths.org.uk/
As a Church of England School, we treat Religious Education as one of the core subjects, ranking alongside Mathematics and English. As we state in our Whole School Vision, our Christian values permeate all that we do and influence our approach to all decisions. The core of our religious teaching is Christianity; however through following the West Sussex Agreed Syllabus, we aim to prepare our children as citizens of the wider world, promoting tolerance and understanding though learning about other religions and traditions.Parents are entitled to withdraw their children from RE teaching and Collective worship. Alternative provision for any child who is withdrawn will be discussed with the family.
The school believes it is important to meet together to strengthen and enjoy our sense of community and shared beliefs and values.The collective worship at St. Mary's is based on the beliefs and practices of the Church of England. Whole school assemblies are led by the Headteacher and class assemblies are led by the class teacher as a class or as a key stage experience with the aims, themes and content of the worship relating to current school curriculum and will reflect Christian values, festivals and events.
We have a small group of local church leaders who come into school once a week to lead worship for the whole school. We appreciate the individual talents and strengths of our pupils and celebrate success across all areas with a range of instant rewards and a weekly Celebration Assembly to which parents are invited
History, Geography, Science :
Much emphasis is placed on cross-curricular work, and our approach to the above subjects is generally topic based. Work will normally involve first hand experiences gained from visits made to places of interest including use of our local environment, and from experiences generated within school. Children will be involved in work to develop a range of skills such as investigation, classification, prediction, and observation. Children will also be taught to make appropriate use of a range of secondary sources such as reference material.
Personal, Social and Health Education :
Work on PSHE Education will be included in project work undertaken by the children. This will generally cover areas such as road safety, safety in the home, physical growth and development, dental hygiene, and a need for a healthy diet, sleep and recreation.
Sex Education forms a part of the curriculum for children in years 5 and 6. This will be studied as part of an on going topic on "Ourselves" which includes aspects of physical growth and development. Opportunities will be given for parents to discuss in advance the work to be covered and view any sources e.g. television broadcasts which are to be used.
We have specialist music teaching for pupils in Key Stage 2 following the National Curriculum for music and aiming to foster particular talent along with enjoyment and appreciation for everyone. In previous years we have provided Samba and African Drumming lessons to the children in Key Stage 2 and last year we are introduced the cornet and tenor horn. In addition to children's usual music lessons in class we are pleased to offer specialist music tuition provided by peripatetic teachers who visit our school during the week. If you are interested in your child receiving specialist musical instrument tuition, do collect a form from the school office which will give you the details on price and opportunities available.
Children are encouraged to become competent in craft skills and to use these to develop their creativity and express themselves visually. The school is fortunate in having a dedicated art and craft area. We contribute towards the annual Littlehampton Art Exhibition where our children's work is displayed. We also have a number of art based topics across the year that help children to develop basic skills and use them to respond to literacy and music.
Computing is broken down into three key areas: Information Technology, Digital Literacy and Computer Science. These three areas allow the children to learn about a broad range of computing aspects and develop an understanding of not only how to use computers, but a more in-depth understanding about what computers are and how they, and the internet, work. Over both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 the children will be using a variety of computing resources from iPads, through to Chromebooks, and from Apple Mac's to PC's to develop a greater understanding of how a variety of different operating systems work. In addition to this the children will develop greater skills and awareness of how to use various software packages and applications, learning; how to take, edit and manipulate multimedia; how to write algorithms, code and to debug it when it goes wrong; how to simulate and test ideas; how to operate safely online and beware of the risks associated with social media and online content and how to build websites and create digital content. Children in our school have access to a wide range of technology including:
- 4 state of the art touchscreen 65" LED interactive TV's
- 30 iPads
- 5 Kindles
- 8 Chromebooks
- 20 Desktop PC's
- 3 Apple Macs
- A wide range of other digital resources.
Design Technology :
From the earliest age children are encouraged to use a variety of the appropriate materials for construction purposes. They will also be encouraged to make and redraft designs relating to constructions. The children learn, mainly through weekly skills sessions, how to design, plan, make and then evaluate a product from scratch. They will learn how to join various materials together for a given purpose. All children will need to problem solve, to overcome troubles during the making process and they will then suggest improvements after evaluating performance. During their time in KS1 & 2 the children make a variety of different mini projects to demonstrate and refine their skills. Cooking is also an important part of our curriculum and the children learn important skills in cutting, mixing and cooking, making a variety of healthy foods during their time at the school.
Physical Education :
Children in KS2 take part in organised swimming lessons . In addition children take part in a range of physical activities including Forest School, the use of large apparatus, movement, dance and drama activities, outdoor sport, games and P.E. lessons. We have a specialist PE teacher who delivers two hours of PE to each class every week. Our children regularly compete in football and netball matches against teams from other local schools in Littlehampton.
If you would like to know any more about our school curriculum then please contact either your child's teacher or the school office.