Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Maps Termly Leaflets The school has a broad and balanced curriculum which we aim to make challenging, interesting and enjoyable, fostering a desire to achieve and ensuring all our pupils have the opportunity to achieve their potential.   Your child’s time at primary school is spent in three stages: Early Years Foundation Stage – Reception …

Maths

In our teaching of maths, we wish the children to acquire mathematical knowledge, skills and facts.  However, this goes hand in hand with a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts.  We aim to make the learning of maths a satisfying and enjoyable activity, enabling the children to develop an appreciation of maths as a means of …

English

We consider Reading to be of crucial importance and we adopt a variety of approaches to teach the necessary skills to read fluently and for meaning.  The children read both individually and in groups when the children share a book together and discuss story, plot, characters etc.  We believe that parental involvement is the key …

Science

Science education at Welwyn St Mary’s is an investigative activity about the physical and biological world. Children will develop skills in observing, predicting, hypothesising, recording and drawing conclusions.  We encourage them to work systematically as scientists through planning, experimenting and evaluating their own investigations. The science curriculum covers: the variety and processes of life and …

Computing

The study of computing develops an ability to use tools such as computers effectively.  It is our aim at Welwyn St Mary’s to prepare all pupils so they may transfer the skills learnt at school to situations outside.  Every child has the opportunity to use computers regularly either in the classroom or in whole class …

Design and Technology

Design and Technology is a practical subject which involves the children in designing and making products.  It embraces work with wood, textiles, food as well as graphics and art and design. Children are encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding of simple mechanisms and structures.  They learn how to investigate, assemble and disassemble products in …

The Humanities

History, Geography and Religious Education come under this heading. In History, children are taught about important events and developments in Britain’s past from Iron Age to modern times.  They also learn about ancient civilisations and the history of our local area.  We believe that acquiring knowledge about the past gives us a better understanding of …

Music

We particularly value the important role of music in the cultural life at Welwyn St Mary’s.  We set ourselves high standards of performance and are proud of the strong musical tradition that flourishes in the school both in class and extra-curricular activities.  We aim to develop the children’s musical understanding through both listening and learning …

Art

Our aim is to promote children’s enjoyment and appreciation of art.  We believe that the highest quality art work comes from motivated children in a well-organised environment. Children gain direct experience of a wide range of art activities including drawing, painting, print making, textiles and collage and other two and three dimensional forms.  These skills …

Physical Education

Physical Education (P.E.) is about developing children’s enjoyment, confidence and skills in physical activity.  We wish to encourage the children’s physical fitness and raise their awareness of its contribution to general health.  The national Active Mark award recognises our commitment to this.   The curriculum covers gymnastics, athletics, dance, games and swimming. A positive attitude to …

Personal, Social and Health Education

Our framework for Personal, Social and Health Education (P.S.H.E.) reflects the school ethos and demonstrates and encourages the following moral values: respect for self respect for others responsibility for our own actions responsibility for our family, friends, school and wider community Regular class discussion – Circle Time – enables us to articulate and reinforce these …