At St Mary's Fields Primary School we are committed to ensuring that all children have a well-rounded and balanced curriculum that promotes both academic education and a social education to prepare all pupils for their future in modern day Britain.
To meet both of these aims, as well as following the new statutory national curriculum we are developing our own school curriculum that allows all pupils to be engaged with the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) aims outlined by the government.
Children work in a variety of different groups and pairings depending on the lesson and the task set. In guided reading and phonics sessions children are grouped by ability, whereas in other lessons the groups may be more fluid from lesson to lesson and often within an individual lesson. Whatever groupings the children are working in, individuals have access to work at a level which allows their learning to progress with an accurate level of support and challenge.
At St Mary's Fields Primary School we use the Knowledge Transfer Centre (KTC) phonics scheme. Click below for more information.
Homework is given out weekly and is usually work sheet based. Children that complete their homework will be receive praise and be rewarded with class rewards.
Children are not punished if they fail to complete the work. However discreet homework registers are kept and if a child’s progress stalls this will be discussed with the child and their parents.
We accept that not every activity will capture children and parents’ imagination and that weekends can sometimes be busy & valuable family time. We believe that homework should be enjoyable and manageable for all concerned and that if it becomes a chore/burden/source of conflict it ceases to be a constructive aspect of teaching and learning.
We hope the children are motivated by positive incentives and by the tasks themselves.
Year groups should have the following tasks to do at home throughout the week: reading book, spellings, times tables, English homework, Maths homework, Family Project. In KS1 Maths may be given one week and English the next.
- For the first half of the focus of the English homework will be the writing non-negotiable for your child’s year group and for the preceding year groups
- For the first half of the Autumn term the focus of your child’s maths homework should be key skills.
Homework is differentiated where required.
The school encourages all families to take part in the ‘Family project’, which will be set each half term. This will be an enquiry-based question to answer in any way that the family likes . It may link to History/Geography, Science, RE or something in English. Families that choose to take part in the project are asked to submit in the penultimate week before half term. These dates are on the website calendar. A £5 book token will be awarded to a winning family in each phase. Projects will be displayed during school ‘Book Looks’.
Writing ‘non-negotiables’ for all curriculum areas
The writing non-negotiables up to and including your year group should be on display in the classroom. Whatever the Learning Objective is, these things should be pick-up on and corrected in marking. The aim is that the majority of children are fully proficient in this area by the end of that year