We pride ourselves on designing a bespoke curriculum to meet the needs of all pupils whilst ensuring coverage in line with the national curriculum. Over the past 6 months, teachers and leaders have looked carefully at our curriculum offer and put the following action plans together to help you gain an understanding of what we teach, how we teach it and more importantly why we think it is important to teach each subject in the way we do.
We have adopted Simon Sinek's approach to action planning, starting with 'why'. We have then focused on 'how' this is taught and then 'what' this will look like in each class.
We hope these documents will help you to gain an understanding of our curriculum offer.
Marking and feedback at St Mary's:
Our children's testimonials to Live Marking:
- “I like knowing straight away in a lesson if I need to make changes or need to correct my work. Live marking does this for me. It feels good when things are correct and so you can get a challenge stamp too.” - Year 2
- “I like when my teacher marks my work in the lesson (live marks) because I can see if I have got it right or wrong and then I have the time to go over it. Going over it means I can learn where I have made mistakes and then I won’t make the mistake again.” - Year 3
- “Marking in the lesson helps us to become better straight away in the lesson and we don’t have to wait until the next day to see – because then we may have forgotten it! We don’t have to wait until after the lesson when we could have got it all wrong all lesson, but we find out straight away and so can get it right and get help to make it better. Sometimes the marking in the lesson (live marking) helps us to know we are working on too easy work and we should challenge ourselves to something trickier.” - Year 4
- “I like the correct, consolidate and challenge stamp that my teacher uses when she live marks . Correct means you look at where you have gone wrong and put it right - sometimes on your own and sometimes with support. I like this because it means I can make my work better. Most people in my class like the challenge stamp best because that means you have understood your new learning and so need something trickier to test your brain. The consolidate stamp is also good because it means carry on with what you are doing – we like this as it gives us time to finish our work and be more confident on this.” - Year 5
- " Our teachers use a bit of both marking types – some in the lesson (live marking) and some after the lesson. I like the mixture as sometimes I want to know how I am doing and if I need more support or a trickier challenge and sometimes I just want to get on and focus. We also mark some of our own work which I enjoy as I feel like a teacher! Sometimes my teacher uses the 3Cs in the lesson but sometimes after the lesson to give us a next step task where we correct, consolidate or challenge depending on how we have done in the lesson” - Year 6