• 'We reach for the stars'


Since September the National Curriculum has changed along with the way in which we assess your child’s progress and levels of attainment. We are trying to keep you up to date and as involved as possible to ensure that St Mary’s builds upon its high standards and ensures that all our children maximise their potential.  

St Mary’s has introduced the new national curriculum as of September this year. As a staff and school we have been inspired to further develop our learning and levels of progress. The new curriculum objectives focus upon key knowledge for all subjects ensuring that everyone understands all areas in much greater depth by carefully planned learning progression throughout school.

 We have high expectations for all groups of children ensuring that everyone is engaged, enthused, suitably challenged and has an ever growing variety of opportunities to demonstrate their pace and depth of learning. Our children are provided with a purposeful, inspiring and interesting curriculum that is further enhanced by visits, visitors and cross-curricular links.

Our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural links underpin all subject areas and school life, and ensure pupils are aware of the history and values of Britain and prepare pupils for life in modern Britain.

Target setting and Assessment for Learning are being used on a daily basis to personalize your child’s learning, making sure that they are being challenged and are maximizing levels of progress. As you are already aware, your child receives new targets each half term for the core subject areas; reading, writing, speaking and listening, mathematics and science. These are communicated with home via half termly praise cards. As your child progresses through each curriculum area they will have their targets reviewed and new ones set. These will be discussed with parents via reports and parents evenings.

Nationally, assessment using levels has now stopped. Those of you who are used to receiving progress updates similar to ‘your child is working at a level 3b’, these have now ceased. Learning without levels has generated age related expectations that children within a particular year group are intended to reach. (These are the targets that your child is being set each half term and which have already been discussed with you at the ‘meet the teacher’ meeting in September.) When you meet with teachers you will now discuss whether your child is emerging, developing or secure in areas of their curriculum for their ability and age.

Learning across school, for all groups of children, is underpinned by our learning ethos of developing resilience and independence using praise. Please refer to the school website to review the non-negotiable expectations for each year group and to re-familiarize yourselves with the parent leaflets about the core areas of the curriculum.

Due to the significant changes within ‘teaching and learning’ across the country with regards to the new primary curriculum and assessment without levels, we have reviewed our school system to further promote the following principles:

·         Formative and summative assessment is used to improve teaching and learning and raise achievement.

·         Accurate and moderated assessments.

·         Evaluates how well children are performing against age related expectations and identifies children falling behind ensuring there is challenge for all groups of learners.

·         Reporting to parents will make sure parents understand how well their children are doing against national standards and the progress being made.


As a school we are always endeavouring to forge stronger links with our families. We have already started by enhancing our parental feedback systems and we will be seeking feedback on reporting from parents during 2015/16. Please feel free to make appointments to see individual class teachers or myself to discuss any points further.


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