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Early Years

Foundation Stage

The Early Years Curriculum follows 7 areas of learning: • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

• Physical Development • Communication and Language •


• Numeracy • Understanding the World • Expressive Arts and design

Play motivates children to learn and helps them to make sense of the world through direct experience. Through play, children can encounter all areas of the curriculum and develop their growing social skills. Through careful planning we ensure that children have a wide range of challenging and stimulating experiences and play opportunities in both indoor and outdoor settings which will excite their curiosity, interest and motivation. Effective teaching and learning takes place by planning stimulating experiences, observing and assessing each child and working in partnership with parents and carers to plan children’s next steps in their learning.

Key Stages One and Two

From Years 1 to 6 all classes follow the National Curriculum which is divided into the following areas of learning: • Religious Education •


• Maths • Science • Topic •


• Computing • PSHE • Music • Physical Education

We have designed a creative curriculum which incorporates these subjects into topics or themes which are taught in a cross-curricular and creative way. Children in Key Stage 2 also learn Spanish and Latin. For an overview of the work children undertake parents receive curriculum newsletters termly.

Sex Education

In education for personal relationships, we aim to support parents in their role as primary educators of their children and to educate the whole person in a curriculum that is authentic to the church’s teaching. Through our teaching of Education in Personal Relationships we aim to help our young people to have a properly formed conscience, to enable them to make right judgements and to take the right actions in the many and varied situations in which they may find themselves. Education for Personal Relationships is taught from Nursery to Year 6 through Science, RE, SEAL and Circle Time. Specific Sex and Relationship Education is taught in Y5 and Y6.

Out of School Hours Activities

St Mary’s Priory Schools offer a Breakfast Club from 7.45am to 8.50am. This is an opportunity to start the day with a healthy breakfast in a social and friendly environment. We have a wide range of after school classes from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. These include: dance, sports, cooking, arts and crafts and more. We also offer after school provision (Energy Club) until 6.00pm (the cost can be found at the back of this prospectus). Please see our website for more details. www.stmarysrcn15.ikorg


We have assemblies on Monday and Friday (Juniors) and Tuesday and Fridays (Infants). These assemblies include prayers, whole class presentations, celebrate individual achievements and certificates are given out.

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