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School Times

Morning nursery starts at 9.00am and finishes at 12.00. Afternoon Nursery starts at 12.30pm and finishes at 3.30pm and Full Time Nursery starts at 9.00am until 3.30pm.

Infant School starts at 8.55am and finishes at 3.15pm. Junior school starts at 8.55am and finishes at 3.15pm.

Class Organisation: How are the Classes Organised?

The schools are organised in the following ways: •

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) caters for children from 3 to 5 years old and is known as Nursery and Reception.

• Key Stage 1 (KS1) caters for children from 5 to 7 years old and consists of Year 1 and Year 2.

• Key stage 2 (KS2) caters for children from 7 to 11 years old and consists of Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6.

• A list of the current staff is provided on the website and in the main entrance foyer.

School Curriculum: What will my child learn?

At St Mary’s Priory Schools, Religious Education lies at the heart of the curriculum and school life. We aim to establish a calm and secure environment that ensures that all children are educated to their full potential in a truly catholic community.

We provide a stimulating environment so that all children can achieve their maximum potential. We deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, taking into consideration the cultural and linguistic diversity of our children.

Whilst ensuring that the National Curriculum is appropriately planned, delivered and assessed, we are also keen to promote spiritual and moral development. We want our children to care for and respect others, understand that they have both rights and responsibilities and contribute positively to the world and community in which they live.

We endeavour to teach to the highest standards, in ways which match each child’s aptitude and ability, including children with additional needs and those who are very able. Children are taught using a variety of methods which include whole class teaching, group work and individual work. Teachers choose the most appropriate methods to suit the needs of the children in the context of the subject being taught and expect a variety of responses from the children. We aim to provide a solid foundation in the basic tools of learning in particular of English, Maths, Speaking and Listening and the use of computers. Our timetables and routines allow children to produce work of quality and depth.

Children’s personal qualities are valued and we aim to help children develop a sense of consideration and self-confidence so that they value themselves and their abilities to make a full contribution to the life of the school. All children will be encouraged to exercise choice, make decisions and express their points of view clearly.

The school recognises the local environment as a rich source of learning. Each year classes visit various places in the locality to support their learning. These include Bruce Castle Museum, the local library, local parks, the recycling centre and local places of worship as well as taking visits further afield to museums and galleries.

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