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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.

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.

See below, right for detailed curriculum information.

Curriculum Enrichment

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.

By contrast we consider that it is of equal importance for our children to experience a multi-cultural environment and we are in the process of establishing a link with a primary school in Bhutan.

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 were added to the garden area in the spring of 2015.

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 3.8 full time Teaching Assistant in September 2016 an increase from 3.4 in 2015. Lead teacher (0.4) 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.

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 2015 -16 £19,620

In 2016 - 17 £15,240

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

  

Pupils who find learning difficult, including those who are disabled or have special educational needs, receive very close support in the development of their basic skills from teachers and teaching assistants. As a result, some make excellent progress, especially in their reading.

OFSTED 2015

 

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.

2016 SATs Analysis

At KS1 100% of pupils (Cohort 6) achieved the expected standard in Reading, Writing & Mathematics.

At KS2 83% of pupils (Cohort 12) achieved the expected standard in Reading, Writing & Mathematics. One disadvantaged pupil who transfered to the school did not achieve the expected standard in Reading and 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 received 2013/2014 £8110

Allocation received 2014/2015 £8145

Allocation received 2015/2016 £8227

Allocation 2016/2017 £8235

  • to subsidise transportation to Leominster swimming pool and the provision of qualified swimming instructors.
  • 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 subsidise 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 introduce tag rugby onto the Junior PE curriculum.
  • to fund entry and costs of Tag Rugby competitions and Lucton Cross Country.
  • 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 2015/2016

Year 5 Swimming: Red Badge(50%), Green Badge(20%), Yellow Badge(10%), Blue Badge (20%).

Year 6 Swimming: Red Badge(25%), Green Badge(25%), Yellow Badge(17%), Blue Badge (33%). 25% of blue badges have achieved ASA(Amateur Swimming Association) speed test awards.

 

 

 

 

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