At St. Mary's we provide an exceptional curriculum.
On this page you can find out more information about the curriculum that is available to all children who attend here; both the academic curriculum and our enrichment opportunities which we believe are vitally important for every child. St. Mary's is a school which prides itself on being highly inclusive, tailoring the curriculum offer to meet the needs of all children from nursery to Year 6.
Please look at our whole website, including the pupil pages, where there is more information about the learning and activities St. Mary's children are involved in. Should you require further information, please contact the school office who will be pleased to support you with our enquiry.
Mrs Robinson, our Deputy Head, has recently been awarded Professional Development Accredited Lead status and has been supporting St Mary's, and other local schools, to develop their teaching of Mastery Maths.
At St Mary’s Primary Academy we value the importance of providing children with real life contexts in which to apply and develop their mathematical thinking. Through a maths mastery approach children are given opportunities to work with real life objects, manipulatives or scenarios in which they can consolidate their understanding of concepts or calculations. The maths mastery approach is marked by careful planning, ensuring no pupil’s understanding is left to chance, and involves children being taught as a whole class, building depth of understanding of the structure of maths. It is already used in a number of England’s schools following a pioneering teacher exchange programme between England and Shanghai led by a network of maths hubs.
Teachers use the National Curriculum to support planning. The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
* become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
* reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
* can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.