At St Mary’s we offer an exciting and dynamic curriculum delivered through teaching within the school 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.
What our children have done this year:
Primary Maths Challenge 2014/15
Every child in year 6 participated in the national Primary Maths Challenge.
NPL Science Filming competition 2014/15
We have entered films into this competition and have nominations in several different categories.
Year 4 Battle of the Books
Eight children are currently enjoying weekly activities involving reading ten entertaining but challenging books.
Year 2 Battle of the Books
Eight children are currently enjoying weekly activities involving reading five books.
Critical thinking sessions run weekly for a group of children in year 6.
Maths in Motion
Tuesday lunchtime sees children from year 5 and 6 setting up their cars for the Christmas challenge formula one race.
Year 5 Maths at Colet Court
Two children are currently enjoying weekly advanced Maths sessions at Colet Court school.
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 Orange Tree theatre in the spring term.
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 were successful in both categories this year.
Science at the Mall
Year 5 children attend after school Science sessions at the Mall school during the spring term.
This open to Years 3 to 6 and took place in Hampton Hill this year.
Below is greater detail about our regular:
Since 2007, St Mary’s has been making science films, initially through Richmond Borough’s Scientific Edge initiative, then through the Planet Sci-cast organisation and currently through our partnership with the National Physical Laboratory.
Each autumn term children in KS2 are encouraged to create short science films. Successes over the years have included awards from the Institute of Physics for Best Science Film in the London and South East and Best Primary Film (National).
Use of STIXX resource in school
As an Associate School, we are pleased and proud to continue our link with the Royal Society (RS). Following our Bridge Project of 2011 which can still be viewed on the RS website http://royalsociety.org/education/partnership/
the RS recognises St Mary’s as “an exceptional example of engagement with initiatives to inspire young people in learning about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects”.
In the past children in years 3 and 4 have undertaken DT projects including: creating a scaled down model of the Great Pyramid at Giza and designing and making chairs using a STIXX newspaper rod rolling machine. These usually take place in the spring and summer terms.
Primary Maths Challenge
Since 2009, children in Year 6 have entered the national Primary Maths Challenge. This takes place in November and some children from Years 4 and 5 also take the paper just for the experience.
The names of those St Mary’s children who entered in 2012 appear on the PMC website.
Maths Enrichment at Colet Court
Each year we take up opportunities offered through the Richmond Borough Gifted and Talented initiative sending our most able mathematicians in Years 5 and 6 to participate in advanced maths classes at Colet Court private school during the autumn term.
Primary Battle of Books for Year 2 and Year 4
The Borough Battle of the Books competition is now run annually and is aimed at both KS1 – Year 2 and KS2 – Year 4 pupils. The Year 4 group enjoy weekly sessions held throughout the year, studying the ten books and participating in associated activities. The Year 2 children read five books and are involved in quizzes and drama activities. Both groups prepare for the interschool’s competitions held in June.
Maths in Motion
This weekly lunchtime club is for Year 5 and 6 children who use a software application to race cars on Formula 1 simulated racetracks using and applying mathematical skills. Race winners are entered into national competitions to race against other primary schools. In 2012 our winners got through to the national race final of the summer challenge held at the Motor Heritage Centre in Warwick. http://www.mathschallenge.co.uk/the-races/national-final/
Weekly critical thinking sessions run for a group of Year 5 children late in the summer term and then carry on into Year 6 up until SATs. The sessions are based upon materials provided by Brunel University.