Curriculum

Curriculum overview

Intent At Welwyn St Mary’s we use the term ‘curriculum’ in the widest and richest sense to include all that takes place within our school, whether planned or unplanned.  We include the impact that our ethos and Christian foundation has on the development of the whole community Our approach to learning is based on ‘Believe …

Maths

Maths is essential to our everyday lives and a necessary foundation for understanding the modern world. Through the teaching of the ‘Essential maths’ curriculum pupils will make rich connections across mathematical ideas to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, reason mathematically and become competent  in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. Daily teaching combines a concrete …

English

Reading is 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.  Parental involvement is key to developing the child’s confidence and enjoyment …

Science

At Welwyn St Mary’s Primary school, we believe that science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live, through exploration, discovery and investigation. Additionally, using and applying process skills, which we believe promotes communication in scientific language involving …

Computing

Through our computing curriculum pupils develop an appreciation for technology. They are taught to understand potential uses of, and develop problem solving skills for,  a wide range of technology and programs. We give our children the skills, strategies and knowledge to use the online world to their advantage, while staying safe and being aware of …

Design and Technology

Through the development of practical Design and Technology skills we aim to promote our shared school vision of Believe and Achieve focusing on the whole child; Head, Heart and Hand. With this in mind, children are given opportunities to plan, make and evaluate simple mechanisms and structures that have a purpose in every day life. …

Geography and history

Geography In geography, our curriculum vision is to develop the whole child – the head, the heart and the hand. We immerse the children in our locality, connecting different strands of their life to meaningful human and physical processes. From this foundation, we widen the scope to include national and international fields of study. We aim to …

MFL

Our curriculum vision, framed by the statement ‘Believe and Achieve’, is centred on the development of the whole child; head, heart and hand.  During our weekly language lessons in Key Stage Two children learn about life in France and other French speaking countries, developing their intercultural understanding of traditions, food and other customs.  We believe …

Music

Our curriculum vision, framed by our vision statement ‘Believe and Achieve’, is centred on the development of the whole child; head, heart and hand. Music is at the centre of our arts curriculum and contributes to the well-being and spiritual development of pupils on a daily basis.  We particularly value the important role of music …

Art

At Welwyn St Mary’s art and design stimulates creativity and imagination.  It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world.  It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.  In our …

Physical Education

Physical Education (P.E) at Welwyn St Mary’s develops well balanced children whilst fostering their enjoyment, confidence and skills within P.E, physical activity and school sport.  This boosts mental wellbeing and achievement. We adopt the head (thinking), heart (doing), hands (behavioural change) approach when planning the curriculum and delivering P.E. lessons. We recognise the transferable nature …

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 …

Religious Education

We are proud of our church school heritage and the deep connection to our community and parish. Our curriculum vision, framed by the statement ‘Believe and Achieve’, is centred on the development of the whole child; head, heart and hand. Understanding Christianity, it’s ‘big story’, living a life of faith here in Welwyn and around …