St Mary’s school prides itself on it’s inclusive nature. Our curriculum has been designed to have a ‘small step’, ‘whole class teaching’ approach ensuring that each member of the class is able to access the lesson and reach their potential.
Our curriculum has been developed from a rich evidence base. For example, we have used the Education Endowment Foundation’s research to decide upon which interventions have the most impact on learning and Vivian Paley’s work for developing literacy, communication and social and emotional development in the Early years. We are part of the Penair partnership of schools and have worked collectively to share best practise for all children across Cornwall.
Safeguarding is embedded deep into our curriculum, teaching children about how to keep themselves mentally and physically safe in the modern world. We do this through a variety of ways including a comprehensive e-safety programme, healthy relationship and body awareness work in science, regular use of mindfulness techniques, PHSE scheme and social stories taught through our literacy. We also take part in Anti-bullying and Mental Health week as well as regular assemblies which look at issues such as racism and extremism. This is done using a child friendly approach with materials from ‘Picture News’.
We are proud of our Christian values and the distinctive ethos this provides us with. These values are woven into everything we do. We have 6 Christian values which are love, hope, friendship, kindness, courage and trust. Alongside this our curriculum celebrates our local Cornish heritage providing children with the opportunity to study famous and influential Cornish people and take part in local community events.
Our ‘Inspire Curriculum’ shapes the 2014 Primary National Curriculum which links the wider world of work, life skills and learning outside of the classroom.
We feel that offering an integrated curriculum in this way teaches the links between subject areas and makes learning more effective.
Our Dazzling starts excite and inspire children while providing them with a ‘real’ life experience.
The school’s motto is ‘Active Children, Active Minds’ and this is reflected in our lessons daily. We have a range of sports coaches come into to school and the children take part in many school to school competitions. Sports specialists also offer a variety of extra curricular opportunities such as football with Plymouth Argyle, rugby with the Cornish Pirates and street surfing with Go Active. We have developed our outside spaces including our reception and year 1 outside learning areas and the addition of a new trim trail on the school field.
We hold Aspiration assemblies every two weeks in order to inspire children and introduce them to the opportunities that they may wish to pursue in the future. These have included an engineering focus with the winner of the TV series Robot Wars visiting us. We are planning further visits from a local chef as well as police officers and business people.