Year Group Information

 

Ethos

St Mary's Reception School children engaged in outdoor learning

The Early Years Foundation Stage is a very important stage of your child’s school experience; as it helps your child prepare for their future learning and successes. Their Reception experiences should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and should support their development, care and learning needs. Children in Reception learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

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St Mary's Reception School children engaged in outdoor learning

4th September, 2017

A huge, warm welcome to our new Reception children and their families! We are looking forward to meeting you all. This term we will be building our class community, developing friendships, establishing expectations and learning about our school core values through our 'Getting To Know You' topic. Later in the term we will have lots of fun exploring 'Autumn' such as cooking, nature walks and exploring natural objects, creative activities and of course outdoor messy and muddy experiences. We hope that the children settle in to school well ready to enjoy their learning.

The Reception Team

Ethos

St Mary's School - Year 1 Pupils

In Year 1 we are committed to building a safe and caring community. We share and celebrate each other’s successes and value our differences by including everyone.

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St Mary's School - Year 1 Pupils

4th September 2017

In our topic ‘Once upon a time’, Year 1 will be looking at different fairy tale stories including: The Enormous Turnip, Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Gingerbread Man and many more. We will be creating our own wooden spoon puppets to retell the fairy tales to an audience as well as performing to the Reception class. Our home learning will also include reading a variety of different fairy tales and explain what we have enjoyed about these types of stories.

After half term we will be looking at the topic of Castles, where we will be holding our own medieval banquet and dressing up as medieval characters and trying different foods that would have been eaten during those times. We will also be visiting Mont Orgueil Castle where we will spend time looking at the characteristics of a castle before creating our own castles in small groups looking at different types of materials.

This will be a great term!

Topics

Autumn 2017
It’s not fair!

In this topic we will learn about relationships and how they can be fair or unfair depending on the values and attitudes of the people involved. We will also be learning about respect for ourselves and for others.

Survival of the fittest

In this topic we will be learning about the lifecycles of humans and animals as well as thinking about healthy living and eating and what humans need to survive.

Festivals of Light

In this topic we will learn about different faiths and how people celebrate important religious events. We will be particularly focusing on the stories of Diwali and Hanukah.

Ethos

Year 2 Pupils

In Year 2 we are committed to creating a caring, capable and responsible class community. We aim to work together and respect everyone’s individuality by building on the whole school ethos and working together to include everyone in a safe environment. We have high expectations of ourselves and try our best to achieve our goals. Throughout the year we will be working on developing a growth mindset and understanding that learning is a process and that sometimes we make mistakes but we can learn from them. We are focused on having a positive attitude in all that we do 🙂

News

Year 2 Pupils

4th September 2017

Welcome back! I hope you all had a great summer and are ready for a new year. Our first term is already looking jam packed with exciting opportunities. For the first couple of weeks we will be focusing on creating a class community and developing our class charter.

Topics

Year 3 Dream Team Topic

Our first topic is called Dream Team and we will be learning all about communication and cooperation. Through doing this we will deepen children’s understanding of the core values of: Caring, Capable and Responsible.

Year 3 Vikings Topic

Our second topic will be learning all about The Vikings. In this topic we will be developing the Key Characteristics of a historian by researching how The Vikings lived.

Year 3 Place Value Maths Topic

In Maths we will be learning all about Place Value. We will be using the Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract approach to consolidate learning. Then we will move onto calculating using the four operations.

Year 3 Magnetism Science Topic

In English we will be starting our first unit focused on fictional texts and story writing. In Science we will be developing the characteristics of a scientist through exploring magnetism.

Ethos

Year 2 Pupils

In Year 3 we focus on the school’s core values to continue to develop a Caring, Capable and Responsible learning Community. We encourage children to work with many different partners so that everyone feels cared for and a valued part of the Year group. We also encourage everyone to be a capable learner by having high expectations for themselves and for others. Year 3 children are also encouraged to become more independent and responsible during lessons and around school.

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Year 3 Pupils

4th September, 2017

This term will be one of exciting learning opportunities!

In Year 3 we will be focusing on the school’s core values to continue to develop a Caring, Capable and Responsible learning Community. Children will be encouraged to work with many different partners so that everyone feels cared for and a valued part of the Year group. We also encourage everyone to be a capable learner by having high expectations for themselves and for others. Year 3 children will also be encouraged to become more independent and responsible during lessons and around school.

Topics

Our three main schemes that we are learning this term are:

Heroes

Year 4 Heroes Topic

Place Value in Maths

Year 4 Maths Topic

Fictional Texts and Storywriting in English and Electricity in Science.

Year 4 Science Topic

See our News opposite to find out more.

Ethos

Year 4 Pupils

In Year 4 we believe that team-work and collaborative skills lead to a positive learning community. We will focus on the core values of being caring, capable and responsible in all that we do. We aim to have high expectations of ourselves and to achieve our goals.

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Year 4 Pupils

4th September, 2017

This term in our first topic we will be exploring the theme of Heroes. We will be looking at different heroes (famous, community, sport), and their different characteristics.

In Maths we will be learning all about Place Value. We will be using the Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract approach to consolidate learning. Then we will move onto calculating using the four operations.

In English we will be starting our first unit focused on fictional texts and story writing. In Science we will be developing the characteristics of a scientist through exploring electricity and building circuits to light a light bulb.

Topics

Autumn Term 2017

WW2

In this topic we will learn about World War 2 and what life was like during the Occupation. We will also investigate what life was like for children in other countries affected by World War 2.

London Calling

In this topic we will learn to compare and contrast Jersey with another location which, in this case, will be London. We will be considering the UK and its cities and counties and where it is in location to the rest of the world.

Dragon’s Den

In this topic we will learn about the process of designing and making products. It will be a woodwork project to make a product to sell at our Christmas Fayre.

Ethos

In Year 5 we are committed to creating a caring, capable and responsible class community. We aim to work together and respect everyone’s individuality. We are ambitious and set ourselves high targets. We aim to build on the whole school ethos and work together to make sure there are no outsiders in our school.

News

4th September 2017

Welcome back to a new school year.

This term, Year 5 will be focusing on World War 2. We will be exploring this through our history work, including learning about why it happened, key countries and people involved, and learning the chronology of key events in the war. To support children's' understanding, we will be visiting Jersey War Tunnels.

Children will continue to work on Language and Literacy, and focus on a variety of genres through our world War 2 topic, including instructions, narrative and poetry. We will begin our new maths scheme called Maths No Problem, which will enable children to continue developing their mastery of key mathematical skills.

Our PE days will begin on a Tuesday and Wednesday.

We look forward to meeting you all and working with you and your children this year. Mrs Harber will be in class from Monday to Wednesday and Mr Griffiths will be taking the class on Thursday and Friday. If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to come in and chat to either of us.

Mrs Harber & Mr Griffiths

Topics

Autumn 2017
France

In this topic we will be learning about the geographical features of France and drawing comparisons with Jersey. Our trip to Mur De Bretagne in France will provide us with many teambuilding opportunities that will help us to develop as a strong Year 6 learning community.

We've All Got Rights

This topic encourages children to think about global issues and the impact that war, poverty and natural disasters can have on the rights of a child. The children will explore current affairs and consider how the actions of individuals and organisations can make a difference to children’s lives.

A Victorian Childhood

In this topic we will be learning about what it was like to grow up in Victorian times. We will be focussing on both local and British history, looking at similarities and differences and identifying changes. We will explore how the rights of children changed during this period and use the UNCRC to draw comparisons between then and now.

Ethos

Year 6 Pupils

In Year 6 we are committed to creating a caring, capable and responsible class community. We aim to work together and respect everyone’s individuality. We aim to build on the whole school ethos and work together to include everyone in a safe environment. We are the role models for the school, and we take on roles of responsibility throughout the school.

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Year 6 Pupils

4th September 2017

Welcome to Year 6!

It’s going to be a busy and exciting year…lots to learn in preparation for secondary school next year and lots of opportunities for memorable moments.

We will, as usual, be starting the school year by developing our Year 6 learning community. We will focus on our school learning values – caring, capable, responsible – and will develop a shared understanding of what these mean in our Year 6 community. This will form the basis of our class charter and will help Year 6 become excellent role models and ambassadors for our school.

This term, we have three main topics: France, We’ve All Got Rights and A Victorian Childhood.

In Maths this term, we will be developing our understanding of place value with numbers up to 10 million. We will be using all four operations to calculate and solve problems with whole numbers, including using long multiplication and long division. Later in the term, we will be learning to calculate with fractions and decimals. Our main teaching resource will be “Maths – No Problem!” which is based on the maths mastery approaches used in Singapore.

In English, we will begin by focussing on legends and poetry. Our non-fiction units are journalistic writing and persuasive arguments. Children will explore different texts and use what they have learned to create, edit and improve their own writing.

This year, there will be a strong emphasis on developing children’s love of reading. Children should be reading every night. Older children still benefit from being read to and the issues raised in teen and pre-teen fiction can spark some really interesting and purposeful discussions with your child.

Please make sure that your child is in correct PE kit on Mondays and Fridays and that they have an named apron/ old shirt kept in school for art.

If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

Rachel Smith