English

The school’s teaching of English is taken from the National Curriculum programmes of study for English and children receive a daily English lesson.  Please see below for further information

English Curriculum

Phonics

At St.Mary’s we use the ‘Read Write Inc’ phonics scheme throughout the EYFS and Key Stage One. In Nursery, children learn to read initial letter sounds, progressing to blending simple CVC words. In Reception, Y1 and Y2, children are organised by ability, into small groups with trained phonics staff. A daily half hour session is taught, where the focus is on developing fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

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Mathematics

Mathematical understanding is a key skill required in our everyday lives. Therefore, at St. Mary’s, we believe pupils need to be fluent in core mathematical processes and have a strong conceptual understanding that underpins their knowledge. Mathematics is taught daily in school following the National Curriculum Programme of Study. Pupils are given a wide range of practical experiences which are then developed using models and images before moving on to more abstract formal written methods. Reasoning and problem solving opportunities are embedded within the curriculum where children are supported in applying their mathematics in a variety of contexts.

As core skills are integral to developing confident mathematicians, part of our daily lessons follow the Big Maths approach. Within these sessions children develop rapid recall of number facts (including times tables) and build up mental strategies for calculation.

To support them with their learning at home children in Year 1 to Year 6 are given a username and password for MyMaths. To find out more about MyMaths click here.

Teaching of mathematics is taken from the National Curriculum programmes of study for mathematics and children receive a daily mathematics lesson.  Please see below for further information

Mathematics curriculum