The introduction of the National Curriculum has been a major influence on what happens in our schools. It has brought changes in the context of what is taught and in the amount of time allocated to various subjects.
However, even the brightest child can only learn a fraction of what is to be known about any subject.
We are preparing children for job situations in which they will almost certainly be required to train and retrain several times during their lifetime.
The school's concern is to equip your child with the study skills he/she needs to retrieve and use information effectively and to apply it to new situations.
We acknowledge the individual needs of each child and the value of first hand experience whenever possible.
St Mary Star of the Sea is a Catholic School and so the teaching of Religious Education is seen as an integral part of the curriculum. We hope that, through the use of the 'Here I Am' scheme, the general ethos of the school, the national curriculum' and good manners, dicipline etc., we shall meet as many of the individual needs of your child as possible.
The National Curriculum consists of ten subjects to be studied by all children together with religious education.
Core Subjects are: English, Maths, Science and Information Technology.
Foundation Subjects are: Design Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music and Physical Education.
Statutory Programmes of Study for each subject are contained in documents used in all state schools. They give details of what should be taught but do not specify teaching methods or materials. The subjects can therefore be taught separately or integrated into topics at all levels.
The school has a Teaching and Learning Policy as well as policy documents in each subject. They are available to view at school.
Religious Education is not a subject among many but rather the foundation of the whole education process in a Catholic school. The beliefs and values that are studied in Catholic R.E. inspire and bring together every aspect of the life of a Catholic school.
In short, our R.E. is not about what we do as a subject but who we are, our values, our faith. In our school we aim to build on those values that pupils have learnt from their parents since baptism.
Whilst there are formal R.E. lessons (10% of teaching time) religious education in our Catholic school cannot be separate from anything we do. The scheme is called 'Here I Am' and has a call to all.
Teachers: 'Here I Am: to teach, to learn, to serve, to love, to encourage and challenge each child with a vision of dignity, potential and purpose'.
God Promises: 'Here I Am!'
Children: 'Here I Am: to learn, to enjoy and not be daunted by the challenge to grow and develop so that I may become all that I am created to be'.