In English & supported throughout all subjects, we aim to empower & enrich our children’s vocabulary & so prepare them for the next stage in their educational journey (& beyond) so that no child is hindered or held back by a deficit of language as a result of deprivation. We want them to be able to articulate themselves & their learning through a wide bank of subject specific terminology as well as being creative & innovative in their speech & writing. We aim to inspire our children to become fluent, confident life-long readers who can discuss the joy of literature as well as develop their own style & expression through wide opportunities for writing.
How to help your child
At St Mary's, we believe that the education of your child is a partnership & want your child to enjoy & progress in their learning whilst being supported from every angle!
In order to help you help your child, we would encourage you to read with your child on a daily basis, help & support them with their homework as well as make learning fun in everyday ways as they grow & experience new things.
Whilst the government no longer prescribes a set amount of time for homework, the benefits of parental help with homework have long been acknowledged.
Homework should never be seen as something which limits family time & opportunities for play & sport. What we want is for parents & school to work together to help our children in a relaxed & fun manner in order to boost our children’s overall confidence & progress. The old guidelines used to suggest an hour a week for five to seven-year-olds, gradually rising to 2.5 hours per night for pupils aged between 14 and 16.
At St Mary's, we like our children to read at least 3 pages of their reading book on at least 5 evenings out of the week, to complete given spelling & Maths tasks as well as to do home learning projects from the homework menu.
We never want our children to be stressed by homework, however, & class teachers are always available for any help, advice or to discuss any issues that you may have.