Able & Talented

Able & Talented2018-04-23T19:10:09+00:00

At St Mary’s we offer an exciting and dynamic curriculum delivered through teaching within the school, through visiting professionals and workshops, and through our many visits to the local community and beyond. In addition we offer enrichment opportunities across the key stages providing creative and challenging activities.

Year 6 Primary Maths Challenge
Each year a high proportion of our year 6 children participate in the National Primary Maths Challenge as well as some of our top mathematicians in Year 5. We have achieved top awards in the Bonus rounds including Gold standard.

Year 5 Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking sessions run weekly for a group of children in year 5.

Year 4 Battle of the Books
Eight children enjoy weekly activities involving reading ten entertaining but challenging books working towards the inter-school Richmond Borough Battle of the Books day. St. Mary’s is the current Borough Champion.

Year 3 Maths Mastery
Small groups of mathematician meet weekly to work on maths mastery problems and investigations.

Year 2 Battle of the Books
Eight children enjoy weekly activities involving reading five books culminating in the Richmond Borough Battle of the Books day.

Year 1
In the summer term we aim to run weekly sessions involving philosophy, maths and English activities.

Year 3-6 National Quizclub
Every child in KS2 gets the chance to participate in the preliminary round of the KS2 National General Knowledge Inter School Quiz Championship. Then two teams compete within the local area to be the Quizclub area heat champions.

Maths in Motion
This runs as an after school club for children from year 5 and 6 using and developing maths skills to set up racing cars in an F1 race.

ArtsRichmond Writing competition
Writers from Year 3 to 6 are encouraged to enter this annual competition writing a short story or poem, culminating in a grand awards ceremony at The Exchange Theatre, Twickenham in the spring term. We are delighted that for the second year running one of our pupils is the Richmond Junior Laureate.

Rotary Club Writing and Photography competitions
Through our close community links with the Rotary Club our children are invited to participate in their Young Photographer and Young Writer competitions. The school has been very successful in both categories over the years.

Links with local secondary schools offer opportunities for enrichment for example this year a group of year 6 children went to a Maths workshop at Radnor House school.

NPL Science Filming competition
Since 2007 St Mary’s has entered films into this competition and had nominations and achieved awards in several different categories.