St Mary's Catholic Primary School

God is at the centre of our lives and as a schoolcommunity we try to grow in love and care byfollowing the example of Jesus.




Mrs Richards, Mrs May & Mrs Starkey




A huge warm welcome to our children who are starting nursery this term.

Our topic this half term is called...


We are so excited to get to know our children really well and what they like and don't like. What they like to play with. Their favourite food, colour and animal, who's in their family, what pets they have and where they like to go.

We are going to enjoy stories such as: 

Super Duper Me 


Tickle monster 





Intent: Why do we teach what we teach?

At St Marys Nursery we place great value on the development of children as individuals and providing them with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to prepare them for the challenges in Year Reception, Key Stage One and beyond. Our aim in the EYFS is to build strong foundations rooted in academic success as well as moral and spiritual development, so that ultimately our pupils can go on to be active citizens of society as well as happy, curious life-long learners. 

Our curriculum is designed to help our children gain the knowledge, skills and understanding they require for success through the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning (Play and Exploration, Active Learning and Creative and Critical Thinking).


Implementation: How do we teach what we teach?

Our children learn through a balance of child-initiated and adult-directed activities.  The timetable is carefully structured so that children have rigorous directed teaching in number and phonics everyday with regular circle time sessions to focus on PSED. These sessions are followed by group work where children work with a member of staff who can systematically check for understanding, identify and respond to misconceptions quickly and provide real-time verbal feedback which results in a strong impact on the acquisition of new learning.  Our children are provided with plenty of time to engage in ‘exploration’ throughout the variety of experiences planned to engage and challenge them. The curriculum is planned for both inside and outside


Impact: How do we know what children have learnt and how well they have learnt it?

Our curriculum meets the needs of all our children since all staff spend time looking at and evaluating how children are learning. This is achieved through talking to children, looking at their work, observing their learning experiences and analysing data and progress. Evidence of a child’s learning is kept in paper ‘learning journals’.





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