Curriculum

The Marist recognises that a complete Marist education must fulfil the girl's academic, emotional, physical, creative and spiritual needs. The dedicated and highly qualified staff foster discipline and a respect for scholarship that enable Marist girls to achieve consistently high academic results.

The school also enjoys an outstanding reputation for sports, drama, music and creative arts and pupils participate in regular outdoor learning classes throughout the academic year. At the Nursery level, girls participate in weekly sessions in its very own Outdoor Learning Centre.

Please find below for a more in depth look at the level of education your child will receive from 21/2 up to eleven years old.

 

Curriculum for Early Years (Nursery and Reception)

At Nursery and Reception level, the children follow the Early Years Curriculum which is the Statutory Framework for this age group.  This will help young children to achieve the Every Child Matters outcomes:

Every Child Matters Outcomes:

  • Staying Safe
  • Being Healthy
  • Enjoying And Achieving
  • Making a Positive Contribution
  • Economic Wellbeing

Our high staff / pupil ratio enables planning for each individual child's level and age of development.  Planning encompasses the 7 key areas of learning.

Prime areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design
 

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)

Reading

Girls continue to progress through the Oxford Reading Tree and are also encouraged to read a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books. Girls are expected to read every evening. Spellings are worked on weekly.

Handwriting

Following on from Reception, class girls continue to develop their cursive script and when ready begin to join letters together. By the end of Year 2 most girls have neat joined handwriting.

In Key Stage 1 the core subjects covered by the class teacher are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science 

The other subjects taught are:

  • Art
  • Ballet
  • Drama
  • Geography
  • History
  • Computing & ICT
  • Music
  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Religion

Our Curriculum

We follow most aspects of the National Curriculum and our schemes of work have been developed to reflect and provide progression through Key Stage One. Our planning includes differentiation which enables us to cater for all abilities. We endeavour to provide interesting and stimulating activities in these subjects.

Computing & ICT

Through ICT we aim to help the girls gain confidence and familiarise themselves with technologies that they will encounter in their everyday lives.  All year groups benefit from working in the ICT Suite, on networked laptops and LearnPads. The use of laptops and LearnPads ensures that ICT within the Preparatory School can be mobile, flexible and outdoors when required.

We have our own secure Network and wireless access acrosss the school as well as up to date resourses and software.  Through Computing & ICT we encourage the girls to be independent thinkers as well as to use technology safely and responsibly.

 

Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6)

Key Stage 2 runs from Years 3-6 and there are usually two parallel classes in each year group.

Core Subjects

The girls study Mathematics, English, Science.  They also study foundation subjects in History, Geography, Computing & ICT, Art, RE and Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE).

Specialist Teachers

Ballet, Gym, Games, Swimming, Music, Drama, French, Computing & ICT and Science are taught by specialist teachers and girls in Years 5 and 6 also have an additional games lesson with a member of the Senior School PE staff. 

Science

Key Stage 2 all benefit from the purpose built science lab with specialist science teachers.   

Computing & ICT

Through ICT we aim to help the girls gain confidence and familiarise themselves with technologies that they will encounter in their everyday lives.  All year groups benefit from working on networked Chromebooks and computers. The use of Chromebooks ensures that ICT within the Preparatory School can be mobile, flexible and outdoors when required.

In Upper Key Stage 2, Computing & ICT are taught by a specialist teacher.  We have our own secure Network and wireless access acrosss the school as well as up to date resourses and software.  Key Stage 2 have access to their own accounts with their own private login details as well as email addresses.  Through Computing & ICT we encourage the girls to be independent thinkers as well as to use technology safely and responsibly.

Library

The girls also enjoy library sessions where they have an opportunity for quiet reading as well as learning about how the library operates. The girls learn how to use the library decimal system and have responsibility for checking books in and out.

House System

The girls from Years 3-6 are divided into the following houses: St. Bernadette, St. Catherine, St. Elizabeth Ann and St. Teresa. They meet regularly for assemblies, house meetings and compete against each other in inter house competitions such as singing, general knowledge, poetry, netball and rounders.  Each house also organises a charity event to raise money for their chosen charity.