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Working Together for the Good of Each Other


At St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Personal, Social, Health, and Economic (PSHE) education is embedded within our

overarching curriculum that prepares our children for many different aspects of their lives.  

Our overall goal is to help our children to become well-rounded individuals with strong character, who will eventually go out into the world of adults and be actively and positively involved in society.   In order to do this, we are striving to create a conducive environment around the school and this year we have created our own specific Personal Development Curriculum that is entwined with our academic curriculum.

Our curriculum aims to provide engagement and enrichment and through this, we aim for all children to have equal opportunities to thrive together.  

History and Geography Curriculum Overviews

History and Geography Priorities 22-23

Geography Newsletter Spring Term

Today we were lucky enough to have a whole school assembly from ‘The Bird Man’ of Eagle Heights. He spoke to us about his birds, his role in looking after them and what a big responsibility they are. We got to see them flying around the hall and some of us even had our picture taken with them. We also talked about adaptation, what they eat and how dangerous they can be, because they may be cute but they are predators! The birds even left us with a bit of a smelly present…eww! We learnt lots of facts and had plenty of fun!

Comparing our four nations


Woods Class - Our geography focus is the wonderful United Kingdom. This afternoon, the children used i pads to look at similarities and differences between our four nations, such as landmarks, national dress etc. 

Drake Class have been learning all about the Maasai Tribe in Kenya and their cultures. We then made our own interpretation of African necklaces.

Drake Class have been creating art work based on the African plains.

Drake Class- In geography we have been learning about 'The Big Five' of Africa by researching the internet and creating fact files about the animals.

Columbus Class-In Geography/ Science, we have been looking at the different seasons. Today we went on a Spring Walk and made our own, ‘Spring in a bottle’ full of leaves, buds, flowers etc…

Drake Class-In geography today we have started to look at Kenya in Africa, we used Google Earth to find out where Kenya was in relation to Fleetwood and then we used atlases to find the capital city, Mount Kenya and other landmarks.

Before you finish eating breakfast this morning, you’ve depended on more than half
the world.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Fair Trade assembly Cardinal Allen Catholic High School came to deliver an assembly all about Fair Trade and why it is so important for the farmers and workers to receive their fair pay. People all over the world earn their living by growing food or making things to sell. Their food and products are shipped to other parts of the world and sold in shops. Many products in our supermarkets are made from things imported from less developed countries. However, unless they are paid a fair price for what they have produced, they will not have enough money for food, schooling, medicine or clothing. A huge thank-you to Mr Harding and his wonderful team for putting on such an engaging and informative assembly. 

Drake Class designed Fair Trade posters.

Marco Polo Class learnt about Fairtrade, how important it is and designed posters.

Sir Francis Drake Class and Ernest Shackleton Class both had very important visits from our community Fire Brigade to discuss how to stay safe at home. They discussed how to make a fire plan with their parents and how to use the ‘stop, drop and roll’ technique. The older children were also given tips on staying safe when out and about by themselves.

Merian told Drake Class all about 'Baba Marta Day' which is celebrated in Bulgaria on the 1st March. It celebrates that Spring is coming, trees are in blossom and everyone exchanges good wishes and red-and-white threads.

Tower Wood Residential Trip -On our tour of the lake district today, we learnt all about the Romans and the Vikings and how settlements have changed. We also spoke about different rock types and how the weather has changed them/how caves have evolved over time.

Year 4 using the atlases to locate and identify the countries in Europe.

KS1 had a special assembly today with 'The Creepy Crawly Roadshow', they learnt about minibeasts and their habitats and the children sat beautifully and asked really thoughtful questions to find out new amazing facts. They even held the snakes and mini beast, they were so brave!

To start our new topic of 'Our Local Area' in Drake Class we used fieldwork skills to locate features in the school grounds. We split into groups and took photographs of locations around school then we came back to the classroom to create maps of the school grounds with symbols and keys. We then discussed the compass points to give directions to each place we photographed. The groups then showed the class their maps and discussed the symbols that they used to represent their key locations in the school grounds.

We couldn't go to the beach today so we brought the beach to Drake Class! We have been writing a story about 'The little monster who saved the ocean' in English, have discussed how to stay safe on the beach and how to look after our environment. The children enjoyed different activities and watched a Punch and Judy show with ice-cream.

What happens when we can't go to the beach? We bring the beach to Columbus Class! 

In geography we have been looking at our local environment and today we spoke about Physical and Human features that we may see on our route to school. What a better way to think about this than to bring the beach to Columbus class! We also discussed how to keep safe at the beach and what our roles and responsibilities are in looking after our local area.

Today we were lucky enough to have a whole school assembly from ‘The Bird Man’ of Eagle Heights. He spoke to us about his birds, his role in looking after them and what a big responsibility they are. We got to see them flying around the hall and some of us even had our picture taken with them.We also talked about adaptation, what they eat and how dangerous they can be, because they may be cute but they are predators! The birds even left us with a bit of a smelly present…eww! We learnt lots of facts and had plenty of fun!


This week in Hadid Class we celebrated 'Earth Day' in worship - The theme this year is 'Restore our planet'. We watched a short clip showing pollution, global warming and deforestation and discussed how we could help at home to save our planet. We thought of helping to recycle at home, turning the tap off when we clean our teeth and remembering to switch the lights off after use.

Bertoli Class-Understanding the world. "Enjoys joining in with family customs and routines" We have been making clay diva lamps for Diwali and writing and posting letters to our houses.

Wren Class

In Geography this half term we have focused on climate zones, biomes and tornadoes ! We have enjoyed locating different climate zones on the world map as well as producing some group work about the different types of biomes! We carefully used our sketching skills to produce our own tornado picture and we are now on lockdown home learning whereby we are researching tornadoes using key questions to support us! We have produced some great leaflets and PowerPoint presentations!

Kere Class

In geography we are looking at where we are in the world as well as focusing on maps. So far we have identified that we live in Europe and named some European countries. We have identified that we live in the UK and can name the countries in the UK as well as some cities (and we can find Fleetwood). We have compared google and OS maps and have learned some of the symbols on an OS map. Over the half term we will continue to look at maps, create our own maps and learn to read a compass.

Peregrine class - Indian fact file


There is barely a corner of the globe that hasn't been explored in our class this week. This time it was the turn of India. The children completed an Indian fact file, using I pads for research. Working in pairs, they researched information about Indian currency, industry, oceans and neighbouring countries. There were prizes for the best fact files completed. Look at our proud winners. 

Goshawk Class talked to Camel Class today who are a school from across the World in Abu dhabi. They asked each other questions about each school to find similarities and differences..

Peregrine Class


Climates and rivers


Our topic focus for this half term is climates and rivers. We looked at different types of climate and which countries they apply to. We then went to locate various rivers around the world using an atlas to help us.  

Our lovely little school had some beautiful, feathery visitors today. Mr Alan Ames, from Eagle Heights in Kent, brought along some birds of prey for the children to see and gave a fascinating talk about these delightful birds. This is especially relevant as, this school year, all our classrooms are named after a different bird. The children learned about the need for conservation, caring for injured birds, their habitats etc. It was a unique and memorable experience for the children.

The Birdman

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Hokusai's Chinese afternoon was amazing, lots of parents, our governors Mrs Tew and Mrs Thomas, and Mrs Kowalska joined us to taste Chinese food, write our names in Chinese, try to use chopsticks and write a good luck message for our families.

Hokusai's Topic week for Extreme weather and China.

Hokusai celebrated The 1st of March today as Bulgarians celebrate this as their traditional holiday Baba Marta. Some of the children gave traditional bracelets out to the rest of the class to wish great health, good luck and happiness to family and friends.

Hokusai had a visit from nursery to show us how they celebrated Chinese New Year.

Ringold's science display had cross-curricular links to geography looking at different time zones in different countries.

Ringgold's topic display for their geography topic 'Food, Glorious, Food!'

Year 4/5 created non - chronological reports about Fair trade

Year 4/5 using the Purple Mash app to create a leaflet about Fairtrade in different countries.

This term Hokusai have been learning about the different symbols used on maps.We then designed our own symbols to create a map of our classroom. Next we looked at the floor plans of school including the grounds and decided to make a map of the 2nd floor in school as we didn’t go up there often. In groups we took pictures with I pads of the different areas and features and labelled the map with a key using our own symbols. We then used the pictures to indicate where each area was.

Van Gogh class have been learning about the continents and the oceans of the world.

Cassatt class have been taking photos and observing the weather, they then looked at maps to explain what they had observed. Next they Located and named continents in groups.

Year 3's topic homework.

We had a shock today, Mrs Stuchfield surprised us by pretending there had been an earthquake in our school. We also practised the earthquake drill with a siren so we knew what it felt like.
Curie class made 3D models of the Earth and described what is underneath our feet.

Geography Curriculum Overview

Geography Policy

Geography Action Plan 2017-2018