Years 1 and 2 mark the start of a more structured approach to learning, while still retaining the small class sizes and personalised approach to learning that starts in Nursery and Kindergarten.
Pupils in every year group have a form tutor, and in Years 1 and 2 they split their time between lessons in the likes of English, Maths and Humanities with their tutor, and specialist teaching in French, Drama, Music, Science, ICT, PSHE and PE.
From Year 2 Maths and Art are also taught by subject specialists, gradually increasing the amount of time our pupils spend moving around the school and working in our dedicated subject classrooms.
Introducing the children to subject specialists is integral to our goal at St Mary’s to foster a love of learning for life. We believe that subject specialists are able to impart a unique passion for their area of expertise that the children thrive on.
The knowledge they have access to and our teachers’ enthusiasm for their respective subjects contributes to the innovative, stimulating and challenging learning environment all our pupils are immersed in.
Many of our pupils from Year 1 onwards begin to participate in our extra-curricular clubs and these are a wonderful opportunity for your child to develop a personal interest, improve their skills in a sport they love and to simply have fun.
As with our Early Years teaching, we encourage parents to communicate with us and get involved in their child’s educational journey every step of the way.