At St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Personal, Social, Health, and Economic (PSHE) education is embedded within ouroverarching 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 history curriculum.
Our history curriculum aims to provide engagement and enrichment and through this, we aim for all children to have equal opportunities to thrive together.
In our 'Understanding the World' topic we have looked at families and what a family tree is. Recently we have had a competition in the class to see if the children can guess who the babies are! Even Mrs Greer, Mrs English and Miss Ward have their photos on the board. The children have had a guess which meant writing their friends' names on a post it, then sticking it on the photograph!
Family trees, and how we have changed
We made a family tree out of train track, it was lovely to see all the family groups!
Can you guess who we all are?
History in Year 1
Holmes Class looked at toys from the past today to find similarities and differences to their own toys.
Today we became History Detectives! We used clues to figure out when the Great Fire of London was and how it started. The children worked in groups, with their adult and came up with some incredible ideas! We even spoke about whether we thought it was accidental or on purpose - an interesting discussion in Holmes Class!
History in Year 2/3
King Class has been reflecting upon why we wear poppies on poppy day and how we remember the soldiers who fought for us.
King Class-To start our 'Remembrance Day' topic we listened to the story of 'Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge' as a way of exploring children’s understanding of memories. We found out that memories can be funny, sad and scary, we then shared our own special memories with the class.
History in Year 3/4
History in Year 4/5
The Anglo - Saxons
History in Year 5/6
Year 5/6 - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Newspaper Articles
During our history and English, we have focused on the book 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' and we have now created a newspaper article for missing Bruno. Please take a look.
We have showcased our projects to the class and they are now on display near the hall for the whole school to see!
Ancient Greek Pottery - Shelly Woods Class
Today we got all messy and created our very own Ancient Greek pottery. We researched some designs, created some of our own, practised different patterns and then used clay to create our own masterpieces! When they are dry, we will use black and orange (the colours the Ancient Greeks used) to paint our creations!
Ancient Greek Pottery Painting In Shelly Woods Class
Ancient Greece Timelines
Take a look at some of our Ancient Greece timelines! What a fabulous effort our wonderful Shelly Woods class have made.
Woods Class - Ancient Greece
To begin our Ancient Greece topic, Shelley Woods class were given some half term homework. The task was to research, design or build something relating to Ancient Greece. The task was deliberately vague so the children could let their imaginations run wild. So far the response has been amazing, we've had written projects, shields, a vase, various buildings and a rap song!
Black History Month 2022
We celebrate different cultures throughout the school year at St Mary's but this year for Black History Month we wanted to learn about inspirational Black British people.
King Class celebrated Black History Month this week by listening to the story 'Coming to England' by Floella Benjamin which was a true story of how she travelled from Trinidad to England when she was a child and what experiences she had. We then discussed how unique we all are. how we should be kind to everyone and drew ourselves and our friends differences.
To acknowledge Black History Month, Shelly Woods Class will be doing reading comprehensions based on the lives of prominent black people. We will begin today with a reading comprehension based on 'The women who helped build NASA' and then research inspirational Black British people.
Merckx Class focused on Martin Luther King and his I have a dream speech for Black History Month. The children wrote their own speeches based on a topic they felt passionate about.
The children in Pele class have been taking part in history lessons about the Romans. We have been looking at the invasion of the Romans, how they build their own cities and towns and what sorts of armour they used to fight in the war with.
HM Queen Elizabeth II
Eternal rest, grant to her O Lord,
and let Perpetual light shine upon her.
May she rest in peace.
In loving memory of our queen. King Class celebrated the Queen's life in worship and thought about how her family would be feeling. We then sketched our own interpretation of the Queen.
Academic year 21-22
We have a lovely celebration lunch today.
Drake Class invited their parents into school for a craft afternoon.
The Cove-Learning about 'The Ancient Egyptians'.
WWII Historical Enquiry
Today we had so much fun looking at different WWII artefacts - we asked questions, found out different facts and used the primary sources to support our learning of WWII.
This half term, Drake Class have learnt all about Florence Nightingale's life, how she made a difference and why we remember her today.
Garrido Class were learning about the roads that the Romans built when they invaded Britain. They used atlas' to locate different places on a map before drawing some of the roman roads themselves!
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.
Drake Class wrote recounts about their class trip to Fleetwood Museum.
To start off their Victorians topic, Drake Class visited 'Fleetwood Museum' to learn lots of facts about Victorians visiting Fleetwood. It was amazing!
The Cove-Using non-fiction books to research 'The Great Plague' to find out facts and some of the children acting out Ring a ring o roses and this linked with the Plague.
Garrido Class have been learning about 'The Stone Age' and enjoyed dissecting Stone Age poo this afternoon to find out what Stone age people ate in the past.
Garrido Class also used iPads to research about Stonehenge. They learnt about what Stonehenge was and why it was used. They had lots of fun!
Remembrance Day 2021
The children in the Cove have remembered the fallen soldiers in worship throughout November.
Some of the children from Shackleton Class represented St Mary’s by attended the Remembrance Parade on Sunday and placed a poppy wreath on the Cenotaph.
Black History Month 2021 at St Marys.
Columbus Class created some beautiful art work inspired by famous black artist, Frank Bowling! Take a look at their creations!
Sir Francis Drake Class learnt about segregation in the 1960s and how Ruby Bridges started her first day in an all-white school. They discussed how she would have felt going to a new school and being in the classroom with no friends to play with. The class was shocked listening to the story as they know that we are all special and equal. They understand that Ruby played a large part in helping other schools all over America to make the decision to desegregate.
Sir Francis Drake Class also learnt about Alma Thomas who was an art teacher and artist who created art with bold bright colours. She was an influential black person as she was the first African American woman to have a solo Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. We then created our own art inspired by Alma Thomas.
Juan Garrido Class - We started our learning by discussing how Black History Month started and which black people have been influential, both past and present. In small groups, we then took it in turns to read and feedback new facts we had learnt.
Marco Polo Class-Today we have been celebrating Black History Month and talking about a number of famous black figures who have been inspirational. The children were given 5 inspirational black people to choose from. They were asked to create a fact file about this person and the amazing achievements that they made. We talked about: Barrack Obama, Martin Luther King, Alice Coachman, Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver and Nelson Mandela.