In addition, every year group benefits from a carefully planned school trip (including two residentials in Years 4 and 6) to widen their experiences and deepen their learning. Children have the opportunity to visit locations such as Hampton Court, Bhaktivedanta Manor, Ufton Court, Wooley Firs, Windsor Castle and the O2.
Children are also encouraged to develop other skills during their time at St Mary’s. We schedule regular Bikeability training for our KS2 pupils, enabling them to achieve both Level 1 and Level 2 training in preparation for their transition to Secondary school. It is so important that our pupils understand how to cycle on the road safely. Our younger pupils have had the opportunity to take part in Scootability sessions.
Pupils with a passion for music are supported and encouraged in a variety of ways. As part of the choir, children attend and perform at key events such as the Beaconsfield Festival of Lights, Carol singing at Sainsburys, Echoes at Wembley Arena and Young voices at the O2. They also take on a key role in our end of term church services and celebrations. Musicians are provided with opportunities to perform in assemblies and again at our annual Summer Sessions event.
Other initiatives to support our pupils’ wider development include:
- Welcoming a variety of visitors to teach the children new skills – fencing, skipping, African drumming etc.
- Taking part in Year 5 taster sessions at one of our local secondary schools
- Entering local art competitions
- Ensuring children have the opportunity to see and experience a live pantomime
- Year 4 children taking part in the Junior Challenge – a scheme similar to the Duke of Edinburgh Awards but for younger pupils.
- Maths Masterclasses for Years 5 and/or 6 pupils run by the Royal Institute.