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Our Curriculum

At St Mary’s C of E Primary School the curriculum is based on the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum, with additional aspects specific to our locality, community and school ethos.

"Pupils work hard, support one another and respond very well to the good-quality teaching provided. They are extremely responsive in class, play happily with others on the playground and, for most pupils, attendance is high." Ofsted 2017

Our pupils experience a curriculum that is broad and deep, stimulating and rigorous. Whenever possible we aim to make thematic links across curriculum subjects to provide the children with clear and coherent learning objectives. However, teachers are encouraged to seize unexpected moments of awe and wonder by pursuing the children’s interests and thereby developing curiosity, imagination and general knowledge. Understanding of the wider world is enhanced by comparing and contrasting their own lives and environment with those of others, both in the past and the present. Children are encouraged to apply their learning widely through problem solving and cross-curricular projects.

"A small school with a big curriculum" Ofsted 2017.

See below, right for detailed curriculum information.

Curriculum Enrichment

"The curriculum is a significant strength. The school gives plenty of attention to basic skills but also provides pupils with a rich range of subjects and activities. Subjects are often knitted together in themes and enhanced by trips to places of interest, special events or visitors to school. French, science and music stand out as notable strengths, with some high-quality learning experiences in these subjects. In addition, pupils develop a range of worthwhile skills while working in the nearby forest school area. Furthermore, pupils are able to attend a mixture of different clubs and regularly get involved in local events." Ofsted 2017

At St Mary’s C of E Primary School emphasis is placed on the use of local cultural and environmental resources and settings. Frequent use is made of the wide range of opportunities within walking distance of our school including farms, woods, streams and historic buildings to bring alive the history of the Marches.

We have access to a local woodland setting where Forest School sessions are held regularly for all pupils. Forest School aims to develop an understanding of the natural environment, raise self esteem, confidence and improve social skills. Children learn about eco-systems, sustainability, conservation, water management, farming and woodland management. In our school garden children grow their own plants and vegetables which they can then cook and eat! Raised beds, a chicken ark and a greenhouse have been added to the garden area.

Local specialists in music, sport, art and drama support the class teachers to ensure a high standard of teaching and learning.

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is a fund which is outside the  main funding formula. Schools receive Pupil Premium funding for:

children who are eligible for free school meals(FSM)

children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 Years

children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months by someone other than their family.

The government has provided this funding to help raise attainment for these children.  National data shows that children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have sadly lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.  Schools decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, but the funding should be to support those children.

At St Mary's our pupil premium is used to support a range of targeted interventions both inside and outside of the classroom.  This allows all pupils with specific difficulties to move forward.  To facilitate this, the school has TA coverage equivalent 3.6 full time Teaching Assistant in September 2017. Cathy Shaw, holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Assessing Literacy & Dyslexia is notified by class Lead Teachers, that meet weekly, of pupils who are not seen to be making the necessary progress. Pupils are then tested and a strategy of support and intervention is put into place. Parents are kept fully informed throughout the process and are informed to how they can help their child. We also provide funding to enable all children to participate in swimming and school trips to further enrich the child's whole cognitive development and education experience.

Specific funds to provide support for disadvantaged pupils and for those who have special educational needs or disabilities are put to good use, with spending tailored to individuals needs‚Ä̬† Ofsted April 2017.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

Our SENCO/intervention team have provided a wide range of additional support, where children require specific provision in order to achieve their potential. All TAs are involved in Targeted Intervention each afternoon except for Fridays. Regular meetings occur between those on the SEND register and parents. This ensures all can monitor pupil progress. The SEND register is reviewed half termly.

In 2016 -  2017 £15,240

In 2017 - 2018 £14,940

Current Teaching Assistant Costs are in excess of £38,000

"As noted in the previous inspection report, pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities get bespoke support which helps them to move on in their learning. In several instances, pupils who have struggled with aspects of school life elsewhere have moved to St Mary’s and responded positively to the guidance, care and support provided."OFSTED April 2017

Impact of Intervention

Outcomes for pupil premium children are often measured in percentage terms but with our small numbers this is not a helpful indicator of school performance. In the National EVERFSM performance tables, however 100% of pupils in the past 3 Years have achieved the National Benchmark. Only eight schools within Herefordshire have achieved this accolade. 100% of diadvantaged pupils who have started at the school achieve the expected standard.

2017 SATs Analysis

At KS1 67% of pupils premium pupils (Cohort 3) achieved the expected standard in Reading, Writing & Mathematics.

At KS2 100% of pupils premium pupils (Cohort 1) achieved the expected standard in Reading, Writing & Mathematics.

P.E. & Sport

The PE and Sports Allocation is funding in addition to the main school funding. The Government is providing this support to improve provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. The funding is jointly provided by the departments of Education, Health & Culture and Media & Sport.

How St Mary's is using this funding

Allocation 2017/2018 £16,450

  • to subsidise transportation to Leominster swimming pool and the provision of three qualified swimming instructors on Friday afternoons.
  • to partly fund the minibus so that pupils can compete wih other school and in competitions within the Weobley High School cluster.
  • to purchase new sports equipement: footballs, tag rugby equipment, hockey sticks and primary atheletics equipment.
  • to employ Miss Thomas a specialist sports/dance specialist.
  • to hire the Village Hall on Monday and Thursday afternoons so that PE continues in inclement weather conditions
  • to fund 3X6 Gymnastics & Dance at Weobley Aspire Dance Studio.
  • to fund transportation to and cost of ASPIRE Dance Studio.
  • to allow Mr M Edge to attend and qualify as a FA Level 2 Football coach.
  • to fund a sports coach on Mondays 3.15pm - 4.15pm
  • to fund tag rugby onto the Junior PE curriculum.
  • to fund entry and costs of Tag Rugby competitions and Lucton Cross Country.
  • to mow the leased school field throughout the growing season.
  • to provide staffing and materials for Forest School.
  • to provide fruit at morning break throughout the school to encourage healthy eating.
  • to lease and maintain the school field.

Impact 2016/2017

Year 5 Swimming: Red Badge(50%), Green Badge(0%), Yellow Badge(33%), Blue Badge (17%).

Year 6 Swimming: Red Badge(27%), Green Badge(27%), Yellow Badge(9%), Blue Badge (36%).

Two blue badges also have achieved ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) speed test awards. One at bronze and one at silver.





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