Rational / Vision

Founded in hope St. Mary’s CE (VA) Primary School is a place where all can find their voice, grow in wisdom and live well in community and service.

Phonics plays a fundamental role in realising our school vision.

Finding our voice: Oracy is core to our English curriculum through developing the skills and knowledge will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners. It enables children both to find their voice through communicating with others. Doing this effectively for a variety of purposes will allow them to examine their own and others’ experiences, feelings and ideas, giving this order and meaning.

Living in community and service: Pupils need English as a fundamental skill to allow them to belong in a community. Through learning in a community, we aim to develop a love of reading and writing. We firmly believe that the teaching of the English curriculum will be inclusive to all children, inspiring them through an outstanding learning experience, which will enable them to make good progress and leave us as responsible, happy citizens with a love of Reading.

Growing in wisdom: We believe that reading and writing are life skills that every child should be entitled to have. Without the ability to read and decode text, so much is closed off to a child and later as an adult. We want not only to inspire children through books but also to promote a love of reading to empower our children to become lifelong readers. Books should be a gateway to other worlds and the opening of our imaginations. English is central to children’s intellectual, emotional and social development it has an essential role across the curriculum and helps pupils’ learning to be coherent and progressive.