Welcome to St Mary’s school! We are the foundation for everything that is to come in our wonderful school, and what a place to start!
All of our very hard work is play based and designed to help develop the skills required to thrive, succeed and enjoy our time in nursery, ensuring we are ready to move on to the rest of the school.
We access the outdoor area and whole school grounds on a daily basis to provide a broad and balanced experience.
I have worked at school for the last ten years. In that time I have had many, many different jobs! I am currently run the breakfast club, I lead the lunch club for nursery children and I am a nursery assistant, which I have been doing for three years. This is also my favourite and […]
Mrs Winnard Profile I am married with three children and have lived in the area for 17 years. I have taught in Oxfordshire and Wiltshire and really enjoy being in the Early Years. I’ve been part of the St Mary’s Early Years team for too long to remember. I love being outside walking, cycling and […]
Mrs Hutchinson Profile I have worked at St. Mary’s for sixteen years and have taught in Nursery for the last 3 years. I love working in Nursery, the children make me smile with their enthusiasm, every day is different and you never know which way the children are going to take the learning. I love […]
Nursery have been explore the grounds through the woods and into the meadow this week. They have been looking for some interesting things in and around school….What might they have found? Ladybirds, spiders, woodlice, snails, ….
This week we are getting the children to think about their own mental health. We are asking them to reflect on expressing themselves and being themselves. Classes are providing activities to explore their thoughts and feelings and think about their friends too. It started on Monday with an assembly from Oak National Academy and the […]
We have had a great week of baking with so many families taking part. There have been some very busy children this week, learning new skills and hopefully, enjoying and sharing their baked goods with their families.
In the Early Years, Friday is our Forest School day. Forest School is a child centered approach around natural play. It develops independence, self esteem and relationship skills. It gives the children a chance to engage with the natural environment, the opportunity to encounter risks and overcome obstacles. In Forest School, we love exploring the […]
In Reception, we are very lucky to have a wide range of construction equipment from junk boxes to tiny curved blocks difficult to balance to large blocks for building outside. Reception amaze us every day with their building and architectural skills. Construction Play is proven to make a difference to the way children think and […]
Maths is an important part of learning for all children in the early years and receiving a good grounding in maths is an essential life skill. Lots of our Maths is done practically through natural, inquisitive problem solving. We focus on number but also enjoy measuring and developing our own spatial awareness. Here we used […]
‘My way, your way a bit, my way again! Don’t let the marbles escape! We did well working together!’ Personal, social and emotional development is central to our Nursery curriculum. We support children to feel happy in our school environment, learn to get on with others and make friends, understand and talk about feelings, learn […]
In Nursery, we love water play. We’ve been out exploring in puddles today and using them to help mix colours. Knowledge of the World enables children to explore and investigate their learning environments. It enables children to communicate, interact and talk about what they want to do. We value all the children’s ideas and allow […]
In Nursery, we access our beautiful outdoor areas each day. We have our own outdoor area, infant playground, field, garden area and forest area. Our physical development curriculum provides children with opportunities to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Here we were using all our muscles to rub out […]
We have had a superb day with the whole school dressing up and learning new languages. We have visited (virtually) a whole range of countries including, Ireland, Spain, Belgium, Greece, Scotland, Italy and France. What a great adventure we have had which was a day of food tasting, geography skills, learning new languages and lots […]
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