St. Mary's CE Primary School is situated in a delightful village not far from the Shropshire town of Shrewsbury, UK. We are very proud or our school, it's children and staff. St. Mary's School aims to provide each individual child with an attractive, stimulating, caring learning environment, where all members of its community are valued. High standards of work and behaviour are insisted upon and achieved.
We follow the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum for England as well as the 2009 Locally Agreed Religious Education Syllabus. However, we are able to tailor this curriculum to the needs of the children in our school. This is done through a thematic approach to learning – teaching through ‘topics’.
The best learning contexts enable everything we teach to centre around a common theme and to be experienced first hand by the children. These contexts are set in the ‘real world’ and aim to motivate and inspire children, developing their thirst for learning around the topic. Thematic learning covers all areas of the National Curriculum, including literacy, numeracy, art, music and science.
There may be times when subjects are taught in isolation, but we know that children learn best when links can be made between what they know, what they understand and what they can do.
A typical unit of work, lasting two-four weeks, will start with children’s ideas of what they would like to learn about, followed by a period of planning where teacher and children together generate the planning for the unit, followed by the period of learning. This is good, widely-accepted practice in the UK and further afield.
We are committed to putting children’s interests at the heart of the curriculum!
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