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June 2015 - Ofsted Report

We are pleased to announce that St Mary's has been rated 'Good' in its recent Ofsted Inspection.
Please click on the link below to read the report.


Contact Details


St Mary's CE (A) Primary School,
Mucklestone
TF9 4DN

Opening Hours: 08:00 - 17:00
Tel: 01630 672126
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office@st-marys-mucklestone.staffs.sch.uk



Curriculum



Learning must be memorable and relevant.

 

Our three classes have a two or three year rolling programme of topic themes. From September 2016 we have reviewed our topics to ensure we cover the New Curriculum. Our Foundation Stage pupils and Year 1 pupils learn together following themes which the children help to plan. We are led by the interests of the children.

 

Class two, for year 2 and 3 pupils, has a two year rolling programme of topic themes. Each term has a theme based on a history, geography or science focus. The school strives to engage our learners through educational visits to museums and historical sites, visitors coming into school, theme days and handling artefacts and resources which promote hands on learning and exploration. Our curriculum is planned so subject areas are linked so the learning becomes cross curricular and relevant to the child. We endeavour to use the outdoors and our local villages and communities to enhance the learning.

 

Class three, has pupils from year 4,5 and 6. They have a three year rolling programme because children are in class 3 for three years.

 

The long-term plans below give details of the topics covered.  For the academic year 2014/2015 all classes are following cycle A.


English

Language provides the main instrument of learning through the school curriculum. The development of reading and language skills is therefore of major importance. We endeavour to build on children’s early language experiences by providing them with opportunities to extend their use of English. Each class has a class novel which is used as a source to inspire our children as readers and writers. We also have writing weeks when we focus on writing at length in exciting contexts.


Children are introduced to a good selection of reading books.  We use a variety of schemes which are colour banded using the National Book bands criteria to provide progression.  Reading schemes in KS1 include Oxford Reading Tree, Songbirds and Floppy's Phonics. All children have the opportunity to read what are called ‘real books’ both in the classroom and the school library.


Reading records are kept for each child so that progression can be monitored throughout the school.

Spelling programmes are planned for children according to their ability and it is expected that parents will encourage their child to learn these on a regular basis.


Phonics

The children have a daily phonics session using the Letters & Sounds scheme in Class One.


Mathematics

We feel that it is important to help children to develop a positive attitude to mathematics so that they will enjoy mathematical experiences and be able to apply their knowledge and skills to solving problems in everyday life situations. A variety of schemes are used throughout the school. It is our belief that mathematics is best learned through practical experience, discussion, and practise. Throughout the primary age range there is an emphasis on problem-solving and investigative activity.


We also group children throughout the school for additional ‘Wizard Maths’ sessions to develop mental maths strategies.


Times tables are learnt throughout the school. All pupils are expected to know their table facts up to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4.


Addition Calculation Policy and Parental Guidance: - update being drafted

Subtraction Calculation Policy and Parental Guidance - update being drafted:

Science

Science is taught in the main through our science-based topics, although where activities do not sensibly fit into the topics, science is taught as a separate subject.


Children are organized into groups for science – Reception use their science time to explore their outside classroom and explore the forest school.


Year 1 and 2 follow the new curriculum for science with Mrs Turner.

Year 3 and 4 follow the new science curriculum

Year 5 and 6 follow their 2 year rolling programme of science topics with Miss Manley.


Children are given the opportunity to investigate, observe, and record their findings. According to the activity, they will be expected to work individually, in pairs, or collaboratively in larger groups. We also believe it is very important for them to understand what is meant by ‘fair testing’.


Information Communication Technology and Computing

Every classroom has several PCs, a computer connected to an interactive whiteboard, with installed software that is appropriate for the age range and abilities in the class. In Class 3 we have a trolley of 6  laptops and we also have 6 Desktop PCs which are shared by the school. All laptops and PCs are networked to colour and black & white printers.  They also have broadband access to the Internet. Every child has their own unique log on name and password, which they will use throughout their time at St. Mary’s to access, save and edit their work, across the curriculum.  Children are also set homework using software packages:  Education City and Espresso.

 

We are following a new Computing curriculum in addition to using computers to enhance learning across the curriculum. We also use 4 android tablets.


We believe that ICT must be presented in practical contexts which will be relevant to the children’s experiences pupils must have ‘hands on’ experience.


Religious Education and Daily Act of Worship

In accordance with the Education Act (1944), Religious Education is a compulsory part of the curriculum and all pupils have at least one period of religious education each week.


Our Rector, takes worship once a week.  We have close links to our neighboring Church of St. Mary’s and children from Class 2 attend a termly Eucharist Service.  The school also has 3 Sunday Services per year: Harvest, Nativity and Leavers Assembly.


Any parent has the right to ask for their child to be excused religious education or worship, but before exercising that right parents are asked to discuss the full implications of withdrawal from this important part of the curriculum. Children who do not attend Collective Worship or RE lessons are set other work to do.


FOUNDATION SUBJECTS


Design and Technology

This is another area that is integrated with topic work. All children will be encouraged to recognise a need for design and be expected to discuss possible ideas. They choose one of these ideas; plan, make, and try it out; and finally test how effective the end product is!


Music

 All children take part in singing lessons and musical activities with percussion instruments. Class 2 are also given the opportunity to learn to play the recorder.


The school offers private guitar lessons provided by Staffordshire Music Service.


Parents are invited to our school music productions and assemblies during the year.


Physical Education

The school belongs to a cluster of other small schools in the area, and we plan to meet up with other schools for sporting events and coaching sessions. We also invite coaches from different sports to work with our children to broaden their sporting experiences. Last year we offered golf and tag rugby.


The children from class 3 go to Market Drayton Swimming Centre for swimming lessons for 6 weeks over the Autumn term.


The school employs a sports coach to take P.E/ games every Monday to provide high quality tuition for an hour per week. The school uses its Sports Grant to purchase other sports professionals over the year e.g cricket coaching in the summer and dance in the spring terms.


French

We are fortunate in being able to offer our pupils the expertise of a specialist French teacher once a week. The French teacher teaches pupils in Class 2 and 3 for 45 minutes a week.


The Arts

Art skills are taught both discretely and through topic themed approach.  Pupils study the world of artists and develop their skills using a wide rage of media from pencil, paint, pastels, model making and textiles.  The school invites artists to work with our children to further enhance our arts provision. In the Autumn term our pupils usually visit a local theatre to see a pantomime. The school also engages with local arts projects which vary from year to year.


An example of our plans can be seen below:

Long Term Plan – KS1 - Rec/Y1 - Cycle A

Long Term Plan – KS1 - Y2&3 - Cycle A


Long Term Plan – KS2 - Y4, 5 & 6 - Cycle A

St Mary's CE (A) Primary School, Mucklestone, TF9 4DN
Telephone: 01630 672126
Headteacher: Mr Christopher Newman

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