Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Statutory From Summer Term 2021

In the summer term, Relationships Education and Health Education will become statutory in all primary schools in England.  This for us will build on the non-statutory lessons we have always taught in RSE at St. Mary’s.

As a Catholic school, our mission is to support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all of our pupils, rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Church. The education of children in human sexuality is an important, precious and privileged responsibility.  The Church teaches us that this is very much a partnership with parents, in which parents are the ‘first educators’ of their children on these matters; ultimately, you confer on us the right to co-educate your children with you.

We have been researching various programmes that are available and have decided to adopt Life to the Full by Ten Ten Resources. We actually originally purchased this programme for use in the 2019-2020 school year as we felt it supported the work the school was already doing but then the world went into lock down and other priorities took over.

Ten Ten is an award-winning Catholic educational organisation that is well-respected and very experienced in this field of work.

Life to the Full has been approved by our diocese.  Furthermore, Ten Ten have entered into a partnership with the Catholic Education Service and the Department for Education to provide training for teachers in Catholic schools on the subject of the new statutory curriculum. Therefore, we are confident that this programme is a very good fit for our school.

Through their programme, Ten Ten understand the foundational role that parents have in educating and nurturing their children on these matters. Within the programme, they have built in resources which will not only keep you informed about what is being taught in school, but will also give you the opportunity to engage your children in discussion, activity and prayer. 

We are required to consult when a new statutory subject is introduced into the curriculum and would like to have your feedback on our approach so please don’t hesitate to contact us with any comments, questions etc. before the end of the spring term.

As part of our subscription to Life to the Full an Online Parent Portal is provided for parents.

Parents should visit the following webpage https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/parent-portal/

The parent login is as follows:

Username:      st-marys-en3

Password:      lady-3

 

St Mary's Policy for Relationships and Sex Education 2020

RSE Curriculum 2020

Programme Life To The Full Overview

Life To The Full Programme Pathway

 

Promoting Fundamental British Values

The Department for Education has published guidance to schools on promoting British values to prepare young people for life in modern Britain. At St Mary’s Primary School we take this responsibility very seriously and we actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
These concepts are embodied in our core values and are explored through our curriculum and in all subjects but in Religious Education and PSHE and Citizenship, in particular, where children can deepen their understanding. We make great efforts to ensure our children are exposed to a wide range of experiences beyond their own community. This enables children to embrace difference and celebrate commonality between peoples alongside developing a pride in Britishness and a sense of belonging to our nation.

 

DEMOCRACY

 
"An educated, enlightened & informed population is one of the surest ways of promoting the health of a democracy"  
Nelson Mandela

At St Mary’s Primary School we listen to the views of children and we do this through a variety of means including:
• Pupil surveys
• Circle time
• A thriving School Council elected by children
• A strong ethos of team work and debate where children are encouraged to express clearly their view point and listen to the views of others respectfully
• Children take the initiative and lead in aspects of the school such as charitable appeals and fund raising.

 

THE RULE OF LAW

 
"...only world law can assure progress towards a civilised peaceful community."
Albert Einstein

Our school has clear explicit rules which the children agree on at the start of each year both as part of our class rules and the home school agreement.
Our school has a positive behaviour policy that sets out rewards and sanctions. We encourage children to recognise that with rights come responsibilities.

 

INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY

 
"One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen, can change the world.’’  
Malala Yousafzai

We support children to make informed choices in a secure setting. Children develop self-respect and value themselves as individuals. Our school ethos, and methods of teaching, develop children’s independence as well as other qualities such as perseverance and resilience. Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and by developing the skills needed to manage the environment that they are in. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our teaching of e-Safety and PSHE/SEAL.


MUTUAL RESPECT

 
"We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters, or we will perish together as fools"  
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Respect is a core value of our school and underpins our ethos. Respect is shown by all adults and children towards each other and towards our community. Our wide and broad curriculum supports this and helps children to articulate what respect means in practice. Children can talk about their own faith and beliefs as well as the faiths and beliefs of others. Good behaviour and respecting others is rewarded during our weekly Achievement Assembly. 

 

TOLERANCE OF THOSE WITH DIFFERENT FAITHS AND BELIEFS

 
"The highest result of education is tolerance"  

Helen Keller
Through Religious Education and PSHE/SEAL, in particular, we deepen children’s understanding of faith and belief. We welcome visitors from our community and have themed weeks to enrich understanding of culture e.g. Judaism and Islam. We have an emphasis on British culture and celebrate Saints days throughout the year.


At St Mary’s Primary School we view these fundamental British values as universal moral beliefs that are commonly held across the world. We teach these through a distinct curriculum that recognises the unique culture of Britain and so successfully develop in our pupils a pride in being part of the British nation.
 

 

Science Overview 2021-2022

 

            Science in the Summer Term at St. Mary’s

 

            The children at St. Mary’s have continued to work exceptionally hard over the past two terms to develop their Scientific Knowledge and Enquiry skills. It has been wonderful to see the children being engaged with a ‘hands on’ experience of science in and out of the classroom. We have been lucky enough to continue our work on the Science Ninja project where children focus on different scientific skills in the lesson and are rewarded by being given a sticker for themselves and for their chart.  

            We will continue to focus in each year group on the key skills which are being taught in a number of different ways to allow all the children to be able to access the subject.

            We had the opportunity to experience the life cycle of ducklings in school. The children had the opportunity to see how the ducklings hatch out of the egg, they were able to handle the ducklings and even see them swim in the paddling pool. The children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 will also be given some caterpillars this term and see how the caterpillars develop over the next few weeks and turn into butterflies.

            This term, we will be having a school focus on Forensic Science where the children will be given a hands-on opportunity to use and apply forensic science skills. This is a way of showing how science can be used in many areas of life.


 

 

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Everyday Materials

 

 

Seasonal Changes

Plants

 

 

 

Living Things

 

 

 

Animals Including Humans

 

 

Rocks

 

 

Sound

 

 

 

Animals Including Humans

 

Life Cycles (All Term)

Electricity (All Term)

 

  

Science Club Autumn

OUR SCIENCE DISPLAYS

 

Science Information for Parents and Carers at St. Mary’s

Being a core subject in our curriculum, it is really imprortant that the children in St. Mary’s have as much exposure to science as possible. This includes working on scientific skills and knowledge at home.

Below are some useful websites and links which can help you support your child in different areas of science at home.

An information book about plants and seeds

 

A free web portal for science which can be used in class or as homework activities:

 

A really useful website for rocks and volcanoes (a range of presentation and activity sheets for KS2):

 

A really useful website for parents/ carers:

 

Websites which show live satellite feeds:

https://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/Earth

You can then have an option of choosing a specific satellite to look at and compare parts of the Earth. 

 

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

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

REC- Understanding of the World

  • All About MeInformation Books.

  • When I was a baby – timeline, differences.

  • The World – Autumn, changes and weather patterns

Understanding of the World

Our homes and life at home, people who help us.

Changes – watching plants grow

Seasons – seasonal changes and their impact on humans and animals.

Understanding of the World topic: Animals; animals’ habitats and lifecycles.

Y1

Geography

Weather

 

History

The invention of the printing press

The Gunpowder Plot

Columbus

Geography

The United Kingdom (its countries, cities and seas).

History

Florence Nightingale

 

The invention of Radio

Geography

Mapping the World

 

History

The First Flight

Queen Elizabeth II

Tim Berners-Lee and the invention of the Internet

Y2

History

Neil Armstrong and the Moon Landings

Geography

Continents and Oceans

History

The Great Fire of London

The Plague

Geography

Climate

History

Queen Victoria

 

Marie Curie

Geography

Australia

Y3

History

The Egyptians

Geography

Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Geography

Landscapes -  Rivers and Mountains

History

 

The Romans

Y4

History

 

The Stone Age

Geography

Europe

 

Geography

Trade

History

The Vikings

Y5

 History

 

The Mayan Civilization

Geography

 

North and South America

History

 

Ancient Greece

Y6

History

 

The Second World War

Geography

 

Climate Zones and Biomes

History

 

The Victorians


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.

 

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.

However in Summer term 2021 we will start a new programme for PSHE called ‘Life to the Full’ from Ten to Ten that will teach Relationships Education and Health Education within the context of a Christian understanding of human sexuality rooted in the wisdom and teaching of the Catholic Church.

Emotional Wellbeing Summer Term Workshop Timetable

Managing Sibling Rivalry Workshop

 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH OCTOBER 2020

This year for black history month each year group chose a particular focus to complete a piece of work on. An example of work completed was KS1 work on famous black musicians and artists, Year 3 work on a famous black stem. All year groups work was on display.

 

ANTI BULLYING WEEK 16TH-20TH NOVEMBER 2020

ODD SOCKS DAY

Anti-Bullying Week 2020 was the week of Monday 16th – Friday 20th November and this year’s theme was ‘United against Bullying’.

The aims of the campaign were to support schools and other settings to help children and young people, school staff, parents and other professionals who work with children to understand:

The definition of respect

That bullying is a behaviour choice

That we can respectfully disagree with each other i.e. we don’t have to be best friends or always agree with each other but we do have to respect each other

That we all need to choose to respect each other, both face to face and online

To help spread awareness of the core values Anti Bullying Week promotes we had an Odd Socks Day on Wednesday 18th of November. It was an opportunity for children to express themselves and celebrate individuality and most importantly to have fun. 

 

 

Fairtrade Stall

At St Mary's the School Council have regular Fair-Trade stalls after school in the school playground. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Keep an eye out for posters of upcoming stall dates. Thank you as always from your support.

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:

Global Gang: Christian Aid KS2

Disaster Island

RSPCA

BBFC

 

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 are currently receiving whole class recorder lessons in the  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.

Our School Music Assembly

St. Mary's School Curriculum Coverage

 

Year 5 took part in Enfield Sings Project

 

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

   

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...

 

Art and Design Overview

Art and Design

Purpose of study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Aims

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Subject content

Key stage 1 pupils will be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products

  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Key stage 2 pupils will be taught:

  • to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay

  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.

 

ART & DESIGN YEAR BY YEAR COVERAGE

KEY STAGE CURRICULUM ART

Have a look at some of the Art and D&T which is happening in our school at the minute;

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

Black History Month Art Project