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.
The Catholic life of St. Mary's is rich in opportunities for children to encounter God and to deepen their relationship with Him as a loving, compassionate Father. Below, we aim to share with you and celebrate many of the elements which make our Catholic school so special. Here you will find information and that we have been up to as we work together with our families, the Parish and the school work together in supporting the development of our children’s faith.
Above, you can select from one of the star options to find more about what else we have been doing in Curriculum RE and Prayer and Liturgy.
Catholic Life at St. Mary's
2021 - 2022
In RE we have been listening to the story of The Good Samaritan. We spoke about what it means to be a 'Good Samaritian' and that loving your neighbour means loving everyone, that way that God loves us.
We have been looking at Families & Celebrations in our RE lessons this half term. One particular celebration we have been looking at is the Sacrament of Baptism. We had the pleasure of attending Church to listen to Father Michael tell us all about this special celebration. We even got to pretend we were taking part in a Baptism ceremony!
The Christmas nativity
Today the children have the opportunity to role play the nativity story. The children were able to ‘interview’ the shepherds and discuss how they felt when they first heard the news, from Angel Gabriel, that the Son of God had been born. Some children were able to identify that the Angel Gabriel told the shepherds first because they were normal people, just like us! We also spoke about what gifts they would have bought Jesus, like wool to keep them warm in the stable!
King Class' Posada box started going home this week with the children. What a lovely way to welcome Mary and Joseph into our families as they make their journey to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.
The children in King Class wrote an Advent promise as they discussed and thought about how Christians prepare for the birth of Jesus.
Holmes Class (Year 1) Advent Promises 2022.
King Class were so lucky to have a visit from a local church youth group today for a nativity workshop. We took a journey through the Christmas story and saw Mary and her visit from Angel Gabriel, the shepherds and the kings and saw baby Jesus in the stable.
Shelly Woods Class School of Justice - A Courtroom Visit
To ink with our RE Justice topic and British Values in school, we were lucky enough to visit the mock courtroom at UCLAN. The children got to dress up and perform a courtroom role play. We had lots of fun!
King Class-In RE we have been listening to the story of Daniel and the Lion and how he trusted in God to keep him safe. We then made our own lions to re-enact the story.
Woods Class - Showing Compassion
During our RE session, we looked for Bible scriptures whereby Jesus showed mercy and compassion. We talked about how we could show mercy and compassion and what OUR mission was.
Stations of the Cross 2022
Wednesday 30th March saw St. Mary's coming together to create each station of the Stations of the Cross, Jesus' journey to his death. The classes created two stations each and placed them, in the hall, in order. When visiting the hall, each class had the opportunity to retell the story and spend time in reflection and prayer, thinking of Jesus' sacrifice. Our group of children who have been doing The Way of the Cross service, did the service using our stations instead of visiting church. Fr Michael and some parishioners joined us and then enjoyed a Lenten lunch together.
Lenten Lunch in community
Some of the children in Year 6 went to The Emmanuel Church and ate a Lenten Lunch together. They enjoyed interacting with the rest of the community and enjoying some food together!
The Way of the Cross Service
A small group of our Year 6s, during Lent, are participating in The Way of the Cross, every Thursday at church led by Fr Michael. The children read the child part of the readings are the moved around the stations remembering the events of Good Friday. Fr Michael and parishioners will be invited to our Stations of the Cross on 30th March to complete the service.
On Wednesday 2nd March, as a school, we went to church and participated in Ash Wednesday Mass to celebrate the start of the season of Lent. We all received Ashes on our forehead and celebrated Mass together. We reflected on how we make a Lenten promise and prayed to God to help us in the next 40 days as we prepare for Easter.
Emmanuel Church welcome Year 3 and 4
The children in Year 3 and 4 had the opportunity to visit Emmanuel Church to participate in activities linked with Lent - what is it, how we prepare and why its important. The children played games flipping pancakes, learnt the history of Shrove Tuesday, ate some pancakes with a topping of their choice and wrote their own Lenten Promise.
The Presentation of the Lord Mass
The children of Year 5 and 6 attended their half termly class mass which fell on 'The Presentation of the Lord'. This is a special feast day remembering Jesus being presented in the temple 40 days after he was born. The children read beautiful and were a credited to themselves and school.
Raising money by doing a sponsored walk
On Thursday 27th January, 18 children from Year 4-6 participated in a sponsored walk to raise money for Isabelle, a local girl who needs to go to America for Cancer treatment. The children completed a 3 mile walk on the promenade in Fleetwood, with a stop off at the Beach Park before heading back to school. We are looking forward to seeing how much we have raised.
To spread some Christmas joy, all of the classes prepared a carol and sang it to their parents outside whilst wearing their Christmas jumpers. The children thoroughly enjoyed preparing their carol. When asked why we sing carols, some of the children's responses were about how singing brings joy, it is a form of prayer and it helps to tell the Christmas story.
As a whole school, we contributed a harvest collection, consisting of tins and packets of food for our local food bank, as we do each year and we went to church to celebrate Harvest Mass. It was the first time, in a long time, due to lockdowns, that we were able to be there together as whole school. it was lovely to all be together to listen to the Word of God and sing hymns.
Returning to Mass
The children Garrido Class (Year 3/4) returned to church on 22nd September to celebrate mass with the parishioners. It was lovely for the children to attend mass together as a class, especially after not being able to go together as a class or school for over 12 months. The children followed the mass cards brilliantly so they could join in with the responses and watched and listened to Fr Michael closely.
Catholic Life at St. Mary's
Stations of the Cross - March 2021
In St. Mary's tradition, the school put on their own Stations of the Cross, recreating each station each part of the story) of the events that occurred on Good Friday to reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made. These were displayed in the school hall and each class took it in turns to visit the hall, as a place of worship to spend time revisiting the story and to have time in prayer with God.
Visit to Emmanuel Church - Osprey Class
Osprey Class has the opportunity to visit Emmanuel Church, we made comparisons to a Catholic Church and got involved in activities with their community youth leader, Ricca. The children concentrated on the theme of being thankful and what grateful means by writing cards to someone they appreciate and making a thankful flower by writing on their own petal after reading The Ten Lepers.
The God Who Speaks: The Year of the Word
30th Sept 2019 - 31st Dec 2020
celebrating, living and sharing God's word
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have designated 2020 as 'The God Who Speaks': A Year of the Word to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini - Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’, and the 1600th anniversary of death of St Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin.
Mass dates for this term are as follows:
15th January - Year 5/6
22nd January - Year 4/5
29th January - Year 3/4
Ash Wednesday mass will be celebrated by the whole school on the 26th February at 10am mass.
4th March - Year 5/6
18th March - Year 4/5
25th March - Year 3/4
Stations of the Cross will be presented in the school hall for our day of reflection on the 1st April. Parents and parishioners are all welcome.
Children Around the World Nativity
Children in Reception to Year 3 put on a fantastic Nativity performance to the school and their parents and families over two performances. The Nativity was called 'Children Around the World' celebrated how each country recognises the birth of Jesus.
Reverse Advent Calendar
During Advent both Osprey Class and Peregrine Class have completed a reverse advent calender with the children donating gifts or food for those in need over Christmas. The gifts have been donated to a local charity helping families in need and the food has been taken by a group of children to the local food bank held at St. Edmund's Church every Wednesday.
Carol Service 2019
On Monday 16th December, KS2 put on their annual Carol Service at church for the friends and family of St. Mary's. It was lovely to see church full and getting everyone in the Christmas spirit.