Inportant School Information
Parents working in partnership are extremely important. We have two parents' evenings during the year and send home an annual report. We encourage parents to talk to us about any concerns and maintain an open door policy on this. We don't want worried parents - a worried parent often means worried children and teachers!
We send out a monthly newsletter, welcome parent volunteers and have an active PFA Group, Friends of St. Mary's, who support us with fund raising.
Targets for achievement are set in reading, writing and maths and progress tracked regularly. These targets are shared with parents and pupils and we aim for a shared understanding of expected progress and what we will do to get this.
WHAT WE TEACH
Our aim is to provide a broad and rich curriculum that allows pupils to apply and consolidate their literacy, numeracy, ICT and thinking skills.
We believe that learning should lead to high standards of achievement and that pupils should feel motivated and inspired by their lessons.
At Foundation Stage the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and children in Years 1 - 6 follow the National Curriculum.
For details of the Phonics reading scheme click HERE
Sherwood Forest - our living heritage
From maths and science to art, English and drama. We use the living classroom of Sherwood Forest. Our location next to the forest is unique and we regard this as an 'outdoor classroom'. All classes take as many opportunities as possible to use the forest as a stimulus and setting for work throughout the entire curriculum.
The school meets together every day for an act of worship. This is an important time together when we reinforce our commitment to each other as a school family. This time of worship has been acknowledged as an established "strength". We believe that it impacts significantly on the Christian distinctiveness of our school and on the spiritual development of the pupils.
"As we are a church school we know how important RE is. We are helped to learn about other religions as well as our own". (Year 6 pupil)
We follow the Nottinghamshire agreed syllabus for Religious Education and place importance on our distinctiveness and effectiveness as a church school. The good quality RE and collective worship at St. Mary's has an impact on the personal spiritual and moral development of each child, and we encourage empathy, care and sensitivity through this area of the work of our school.
We use a bank of laptops that are linked to the school network. ICT is taught only in part as a standalone subject, and is increasingly used as a tool for research and presentation in all other subjects.
Music is an important part of our school. All pupils are taught by teachers with expertise and all children in Year 3 - 6 learn through the medium of the violin. We now have a 56 strong string orchestra! We also have a fourishing KS2 choir!
We have a full time sports coach who leads the PE and sport curriculum. We take part in a wide variety of sports and PE activities that include: football, netball, hockey, rugby, rounders, table tennis, cricket, orienteering, athletics, cross country, boccia, gymnastics, dance and swimming. For some of these we take part in festivals and compete with other schools.
We are also committed to introducing our pupils to other sporting experiences such as yoga, T'ai Chi, golf, Taekwondo, fencing, trampolining, kayaking, baseball, table tennis, orienteering and hopefully … climbing !
After school sports clubs include football, cricket, rugby and boccia throughout the year.
St. Mary's is committed to ensuring its pupils have an understanding of their place in a global community. All pupils from FS2 - Y6 are taught French and there is an option for after school clubs in Spanish and German.
TRIPS, VISITS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
These are another important feature of our curriculum and teachers make sure that they can be linked to enrich learning in many different subjects. Pupils have a variety of opportunity such as visits to castles, grand houses, 'Making it", the theatre, places of worship, museums, farms and the zoo. Year 5 and 6 can also take part in residential visits to places such as Hathersage, Robin Hoods Bay and camping in Walesby Forest. We love to have visitors and have enjoyed workshops in djembe drumming, Zimbabwean rhythm & dancing, Bollywood dancing, cooking around the world, living as a Victorian, Footprints Theatre and workshops focussed on personal, social and health education. Throughout the year there are also special events for parents to attend. These include Nativity and Carol Services, musical presentations, Year Six Leavers Service and end of year performance. Other important partnerships are those with the St. Mary's Church community and family of schools linked through Dukeries College.