|St Mary`s R C First School|
|Manor Road, BH19 2BH, UK Swanage|
+44 (0)1929 424909
At St. Mary's R.C. First School, we benefit from the support of a team of highly committed and dedicated team of Governors who are committed to providing the very best education for all the children at our school.
St. Mary's R.C. First School educates children within the 4 - 9 age range.
Each year group has its own classroom, toilets and cloakrooms. The school has a hall which is used for assemblies, gymnastics, music/drama, a terraced playground with three areas for play and outdoor games as well as a small woodland, several areas of garden which are being developed to provide an exciting learning environment.
At St. Mary's R.C. First School, we recognise each child as an individual, with their own strengths and areas for development. The needs of all the children are met through a carefully planned and structured curriculum and schemes of work. Children are offered the experiences of the curriculum, through a variety of 'teaching styles' depending on the intended learning outcome.
Teachers will offer the appropriate experiences using such teaching styles as:
The National Curriculum provides a framework for teachers to work within and serve as a guide to parents in understanding their children's progress. Each teacher holds a curriculum co-ordinators post of responsibility. Regular staff meetings and courses help us to review our schemes of work and to monitor the work being covered.
- Whole Class Teaching - All children will be taught at the same time and with the same planned and intended learning outcome. This method is often used at the start of a new phase of work and will give the teacher an opportunity to see what the children already know and what they will need to gain in the future.
- Group Work – Children are taught in groups when considered appropriate. Groupings will vary. Groups can be organised according to the needs of the individual children and each child will be place in an 'ability' group depending on their actual need. Ability grouping will often be used for the teaching of literacy, English and numeracy (Maths). The groups are very 'flexible' with opportunities for children to move to a different group if it means their needs will be met more effectively. On occasions, groups of children will be organised using different criteria e.g., friendship groups, mixed-ability groups or random groups.
- Individual Teaching - An individual child works on a 'one to one' with
the teacher or learning support assistant. This allows a teacher to ensure a specific need is met and that the child receives a short, intense focus which enables them to achieve a particular target.
We aim to make all our work interesting and lively to stimulate the children's desire to learn. We try to offer a wide variety of first hand experiences to make learning purposeful, meaningful and appropriate.
We plan to provide a balance in the curriculum so that the children have as wide a range of learning experiences as possible.
We expect high standards in both work and behaviour. We look for the best that each individual can achieve whatever the level of ability. We want children to enjoy their learning and to tackle everything with enthusiasm.
Clubs include choir, musical instruments, games and gymnastics as well as gardening. Development of the school environment is a part of school life to which the children can make a very practical contribution. The Gardening Club is run by a few very committed parents and each class work on a rota basis to both develop and maintain our exceptional interesting grounds.
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