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St. Mary's Primary School, Stewartstown, Co Tyrone

Curriculum & Assessment

St Mary's fully embraces the  Revised Curriculum which stresses the importance of developing Literacy and Numeracy skills whilst recognising that an emphasis on personal, social & emotional development is crucial for our young learners. Thinking skills and Personal Capabilities are also developed throughout all of the six Learning Areas.

The Arts

Mrs McBride is the schools' Art and Design co-ordinator and ensures that children experience a broad range of opportunities to observe things, investigate colour, line, shape and textures and respond to pieces of work by Artists. Their art work can be seen adorning the walls in all areas of our school.

Mathematics and Literacy

Numeracy is the development and application of mathematics across the curriculum and in real life situations. Skills in Numeracy should help children to make informed and responsible choices and decisions throughout their lives. Our pupils engage in a wide range of purposeful activities which involves them in different modes of mathematical learning, including playing, exploring and investigating, doing and observing, talking and listening, asking questions, reflecting, drafting, reading and recording. The school also supports children in KS1 with the SEA, Numeracy Catch Up Programme and interactive digital technologies to support and extend children"s mathematical development. Mrs Duffy is the schools Numeracy coordinator. 

Personal Development & Mutual Understanding

Personal Development and Mutual Understanding (PD&MU) focuses on encouraging each child to become personally, emotionally and socially effective, to lead healthy, safe and fulfilled lives and to become confident, independent and responsible citizens, making informed and responsible choices and decisions throughout their lives. Mrs McBride is the schools PD & MU Coordinator.

Physical Education

Through an extensive and varied Physical Education curriculum, we provide the opportunity for specific attention to be given to the physical development, health and well-being of the children at St Mary's. We ensure that the children follow a programme of athletics, dance, gymnastics, swimming and games. We regularly invite coaches in to share their expertise this is often through after school activities that children can take part in. Our Annual Sports day takes place in June and Parents are very welcome to attend. All pupils are encouraged to participate at their own level, to be proud of setting their own personal targets and enjoy gaining points for their school team.

The World Around Us

The World Around Us comprises the subjects of geography, history and science and technology. Our aim is to help children make greater sense of the world around them; their roles and responsibilities in relation to their environment and to develop a thorough understanding and appreciation of the past. We provide a hands-on approach to these areas in Foundation and as the children progress through school they are encouraged to ask questions and follow lines of enquiry. Mr Reilly coordinates this area of the curriculum. 

Religious Education

Religious Education As a catholic school our RE programme is not only part of the curriculum but pervades all aspects of school life. Through RE and the schools" ethos pupils develop a positive sense of themselves and their belief, along with a respect for others. Class Assemblies are an integral part of our RE programme. Each class has the opportunity to showcase their talents and abilities in RE. Parents of children presenting a Class Assembly are invited to particular assemblies to share in the occasion throughout the school year. 

Language and Literacy

Literacy focuses on developing each child"s ability to understand and use language as an integral part of learning in all areas in order to interact effectively with the world around them, to express themselves creatively and to communicate confidently (through Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing) using a variety of skills and media. Language and Literacy are fundamental prerequisites for thinking, learning and interacting in personal, social and work contexts throughout life. We believe Literacy is a key to learning as well as a key to enjoyment and personal growth and as such remains part of our school development plan. Mrs M Hamill and Mrs B Hamill are the schools Literacy coordinators.

5th Oct 2021
St Mary's pupils and staff gave  rapturous applause to the All Ireland Champions...
30th Sep 2021
Working together was the theme of Mr Reilly’s assembly this morning and they...
30th Sep 2021
Super readers  were true Award winners for participation in the Summer Reading...
30th Sep 2021
September was all about showing kindness and these boys and girls really did a tremendous...
11th Sep 2021
Well done Tyrone!!! Players, managers and backroom staff. A fantastic performance...
10th Sep 2021
Further advice this morning from DE and PHA: From Friday 10th September 2021, when...