At Stone St. Mary's we deliver an inspiring and creative curriculum which enriches children's knowledge, skills and enthusiasm. We ensure that all areas of the curriculum are underpinned with the teaching of the school’s Christian vision, values and ethos. Through this, our aim is to inspire the shining lights of the future, thus allowing pupils to reach their full potential as local, national and global citizens.
Our curriculum is broad and balanced and taught in a variety of ways including whole class lessons, collaborative small groups or individually, both in the classroom and outdoors. Progression and continuity are carefully planned for, focusing on key knowledge and skills for each year group in each subject. Through Building Learning Power we also ensure that pupils have an excellent understanding of skills that underpin learning for life. Links are made across different areas of learning and flexible timetabling allows us to deliver subjects in a fluid way, ensuring that learning is maximised. We fulfill the requirements of the National Curriculum, as well as providing additional enrichment experiences and extra-curricular opportunities for our pupils.
We endeavour that our pupils develop a range of skills and knowledge during their time with us that ensures they are independent, confident problem solvers. We believe that our curriculum prepares our young learners for the next stage in their education journey and addresses all elements of their growth and development. The learning and well-being of each individual is paramount and our curriculum allows this to happen. Reaching their full potential is fundamental to all that we do and our children leave us as life-long learners.
How the Curriculum is organised
The Curriculum and your child
The methods of delivering a broad and balanced curriculum are continually being reviewed to ensure all the requirements of the Foundation Stage Curriculum, the National Curriculum and RE are met. Details of the curriculum are available within the school.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (Year R)
This covers the six Early Learning Goals:-
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication, Language and Literacy
- Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
- Physical development
- Creative development
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Child Initiated Learning is an extremely valuable part of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum - this is followed through into KS1 as necessary.
Role Play areas are set up in all FS/KS1 classrooms, linked to specific learning objectives
The National Curriculum
- Design Technology
- Physical Education
- Modern Foreign Languages
As a Church of England School we value the importance of Religious Education as a core subject. We follow the Kent Agreed Syllabus form the Diocese of Canterbury.
Subjects are linked where possible to form exciting Learning Journeys. EYFS/KS1 make 6 Learning Journeys per year and KS2 make 3.
Personal, Health and Social Education
A Scheme of Work based on Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning has been introduced to help children develop an understanding of and respect for themselves and others. Aspects of healthy eating, citizenship, e-safety and drugs and alcohol abuse are also covered within the PHSE scheme of work.
As parents, you will always be notified of any specific sex and relationships education your child will be given in line with our Sex and Relationships Policy.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the sex and relationships education provided except that which is required as part of the National Curriculum science. If you have any concerns about this please contact the Headteacher.
The school nurse is actively involved in the development of these policies and in the delivery of information to the children. She is available to answer any queries from children or parents.
Assessment and Monitoring Children's Progress
We use a variety of assessment and record keeping procedures to monitor the progress of each child as he or she moves through the school. This ensures that children are given work that builds on their existing knowledge and gives them the opportunity to acquire new skills and understanding.
Built into our assessment programme are meetings with parents and pupils in the Autumn and Spring Terms and an annual written report in the Summer Term. Parents are always welcome to make an appointment to discuss their child's progress at any time during the school year.
In addition to our internal formal and informal assessments, the children are assessed in Year R using the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile and at the end of Key Stage 1 and 2 using the Government's Standard Assessment Tasks (SATs). Optional SATs are undertaken in years 3, 4 and 5.
Acts of Worship
Children will take part in a daily Act of Christian Worship either with the whole school, their Key Stage or their class. Parents are invited to join us when the Act of Worship is led by an individual class.
Parents are also invited to attend special celebrations (e.g. Termly Eucharist Services, Harvest, Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Easter, Year 6 Leavers' Service) both in school and in St. Mary's Church, Stone.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the daily Act of Worship. Any child withdrawn would be engaged in a purposeful activity whilst being supervised by a member of staff. If you have any concerns about the Act of Worship, please contact the Headteacher.
We have a structured homework policy which is regularly reviewed. Children are encouraged to read regularly at home and to learn spellings and multiplication tables. Key Stage 2 children are also set "Brainbuilders" homework an opportunity for them to consolidate class learning in their own creative style.
Additional Educational Needs
Our aim at Stone St. Mary's Church of England Primary School is to ensure that the needs of all children across the ability spectrum (i.e. highly able to less able)are identified and met. Through careful monitoring of progress, we identify individual needs as early as possible so that, if required, additional support can be put in place. Where possible children's needs are met within the classroom, although on occasions it is necessary to withdraw a child to work in a smaller group or to implement a special programme adapted to the child's need. Parents are involved from the beginning and regular discussions are held between parents and school so that plans can be made together to resolve difficulties. All pupils with additional needs have access to high quality, well planned and well organised teaching of the National Curriculum. The school's Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo), in line with the Code of Practice, co-ordinates the support and resourcing for those children identified as having additional needs.
Extra Curricula Activities
We encourage the children to participate in activities outside school hours to extend their experiences. School staff and outside agencies provide a variety of activities which relate to the development of sporting and creative skills.
Classes make exciting and enriching educational visits to places of interest throughout the year. These visits are to support the work your child is doing in the classroom. If necessary we ask parents for a voluntary contribution to enable these visits to take place.
You will always be given advance warning of these visits with full details and permission slips for parents to complete.
A copy of the Governing Body's Charging and Remissions Policy is available for you to see, by appointment, at the school.
Children in KS2 will have the opportunity to attend School Residential Journeys. These are always a great success and excellent for encouraging independence and social skills.
Year 6 children take part in the annual Church Schools Leavers Festival at Rochester Cathedral.
On entry to the school you are asked to complete a form giving permission for your child to go on local visits without us needing to get written permission for each individual trip. These visits include the Church, the Park, Bluewater and areas within a short walking distance of the school.
All visits undertaken are in line with the KCC regulations and guidelines for safe practice of Offsite Activities. Risk Assessments are carried out by staff, agreed by the Educational Visits Co-ordinator and correct adult:pupil ratios are practised.