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Peak Edge Group of Schools (PEGs)

Curriculum Policies

School Curriculum Academic Year 2017-18







Come and See

Come and See


Parents’ Information Letters





Come and See is the Catholic Primary Religious Education programme for Foundation and Key Stages 1 and 2, first published in July 2012.

The programme was written by a group of experienced diocesan advisors. It follows on from successful trialling in schools in England and Wales and is based on the theological foundations of the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Catechism and the forthcoming revised RE Curriculum Directory and includes the Catholic attainment levels.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church addresses the search for meaning in life. God’s initiative in Revelation who comes to meet us and our response of faith. (cf. CCC26) This pattern guides the structure of the programme and informs the process of each topic, opened up through; Explore, Reveal and Respond.


Religious Education Policy – January 2017





Parents’ Information Leaflets

Please find below the termly letters providing details of the themes and topics as well as any relevant dates and events.

Come and See – Parents’ Letter Summer 2015

Come and See Autumn 2015

Come and See – Letter to parents Spring 2016

Come and See- Summer 2016 inc Islam

Come and See- Letter to Parents Autumn 2016

Come and See – Letter to Parents Spring 2017








Forest Schoolsimage




25 October 2016

Well done to Mrs Chapman for achieving the Forest School Level 3 Practitioner award.







The Keepers of the Wishes – Session 3

27 April 2016

Today we went on a wishing walk in the snow and found a magic wishing wand. We decorated our wands with natural objects and made magical wishes. Then we used fleece to make wish keeper little people to hang on our keepers of the wishes tree.


Session 3

Forest Schools Training Session

22 April 2016

This week our staff have been involved in Forest Schools Level 3 training. Alongside visiting students they practiced lighting fires, tool talks and knot tying.


The Keepers of the Wishes – Session 2

20 April 2016

This week we used our wishing cups to collect natural objects to make a potion. We had to find a wishing stick to stir our mixtures, then smell and name them. Finally we had to decide what magical powers they had. We closed with making a wish on the keepers of the wishes special ribbons and tied them to our keepers of the wishes tree!



The Keepers of the Wishes – Session 1

13 April 2016

Here are some photos of our first forest school session based on The Keepers of the Wishes. The children had to choose a wish keeping tree, make wishes with bubbles and collect the wish keepers breath from a tree to make their own wish bracelet.


Blue Peter Badge winners!

5 February 2016

Saint Mary’s Forest School Club received a Blue Peter ‘Green Badge’ for their interpretation of nature art work inspired by Andy Goldsworthy. Well done children!


School staff do Forest Schools

13 January 2016

At the staff meeting on Wednesday, the teachers took part in a forest schools session themselves based on emotional resilience developing team skills. Here is the evidence!


Woodland Trust GOLD Award

20 November 2015

Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary School in New Mills, High Peak has been awarded a gold award by the Woodland Trust for getting involved in green activities including tree planting, visiting a local woodland, reducing carbon emissions and recycling.

The Green Tree Schools initiative, which has seen over 7,000 schools sign up since it was launched in 2008 offers the opportunity to bring the great outdoors, wildlife and green issues into the classroom.

Schools win awards for participating in green activities, which include tree planting, reducing carbon emissions and recycling. Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary School has planted new trees in their school grounds, visited local woods, reduced their carbon emissions and joined in various other Woodland Trust activities; including the Diamond Challenge and Woodland Images.

The children at Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary School, New Mills said: “We feel it’s a great achievement for a small school to achieve this award. We loved going out into forests and exploring. It’s learning outside. We all liked looking at how our school is doing and how many more points we needed- it is very exciting.”

Karen Letten, Woodland Trust schools communications manager, added: “The scheme promotes a range of opportunities, each designed to stimulate a child’s imagination and sustain their interest in woods and trees. The achievements of the school are recognised through an awards scheme in which they receive points for taking part in activities. As they reach milestones within the project they will receive bronze, silver and finally an attractive wooden plaque which acknowledges they’ve achieved the environmental accolade of a gold award.”

The Woodland Trust’s vision is a UK rich in woods and trees, enjoyed by everyone. The charity is dedicated to creating new woodland with help from communities and schools, and protecting and restoring ancient woodland for future generations to cherish.

The Green Tree Award is free for schools to take part in, and during 2015 the Woodland Trust is also offering free packs of trees to schools. Find out how your school can get involved at woodlandtrust.org.uk/schools


The big release!

29 June 2015

Nestled in the forest schools area, the children quietly observed the release of the butterflies they had nurtured from tiny eggs. Having documented the life cycle of their new friends, the time had come to set them free. One of the splendid creatures even basked in the sunshine for all to see.


Spring 2015

Images of class 1 in the dedicated Forest Schools area.








Jubilee Year of MercyYear of Mercy


The Jubilee Year of Mercy started on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on 8 December 2015 and ended on the Feast of Christ the King on 20 November 2016. Throughout the year we embarked on new projects to explore the themes of the Year of Mercy.

One way we can experience God’s loving forgiveness and mercy is through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Sacrament is available every Saturday morning from 10:30am at our parish church ( The Church of the Annunciation, New Mills) and from 12 noon on Saturdays in our sister parish (St Mary’s, Marple Bridge).

Prayer for the Jubilee Year

Year of Mercy weblinks

The Year of Mercy in our school



Prayer for the Jubilee of Mercy

Lord Jesus Christ,

you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,

and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.

Show us your face and we will be saved.

You are the visible face of the invisible Father,

let the Church be your visible face of forgiveness and mercy in the world.

You willed that your ministers would feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,

so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,

and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,

proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,

and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this of you, Lord Jesus,

through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy;

you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.





(external links)

The Nottingham Diocesan website bemerciful.co.uk contains guidance, resources and event posts for the jubilee year.

What is the Catholic Year of Mercy?  An article on the BBC News website provides useful background information.




The Year of Mercy in our school


Schools’ Mass of Thanksgiving for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

18 November 2016

Headteacher Mrs King and four of our pupils joined Bishop Patrick for the Mass of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral in Nottingham.

Photographs of the celebration can be found here.

A copy of the Bishop’s Homily is attached here.


Year of Mercy Lenten Pilgrimage Liturgy

for High Peak Deanery Primary Schools

23 March 2016


Text taken from the Liturgy Service – 

Welcome to all schools

Sign of the Cross

The banners you have made, all depict a parable of mercy, where forgiveness is the key to unlock our hearts to the mercy of our Lord. The six parables we are going to reflect on this morning, each have a message from Jesus about God’s never-ending forgiveness and mercy for every one of us.

Some of you will know a lot about the year of Mercy already and some of you may have questions about it. What is it? And how does it affect me? We are going to watch a short animation explaining the Year of Mercy.

What I would like you to do in your school groups is to make your parable of mercy from LEGO bricks. To help you think about what bible stories look like when made from LEGO, we are going to watch the Easter story told only using bricks!

So be creative. Decide what scene best represents the message of your parable. Each group has a copy of your bible story in case you need to refer to it. When we have all finished I would like one person from each group to explain their model to everyone.


The Good Samaritan – All Saints and St Margaret’s, Glossop



Loving Saviour,

You taught us to show compassion for our neighbours even when it is hard to do. Help us to be a reflection of your love and goodness by our actions.

Lord in your Mercy.


The Prodigal Son – St Charles, Hadfield



Merciful Father,

Just as the Father welcomed the Son home to him, we know that you call us to come home to you. Send your Holy Spirit to help and strengthen us to make better choices. As we reach the end of Lent and move into Holy week, we pray that we become closer to your Son Jesus, who gave himself for our sins.

Lord in your Mercy.


The Lost Sheep – Saint Mary’s, New Mills



God our Father,

We know we are precious to you.  When we are lost to you and in need of your saving power and forgiveness – please rescue us.  We want to be found by You. We want to walk with You from now on, like a sheep with it’s Good Shepherd.

Lord in your Mercy.


The Rich man and Lazarus – Saint Mary’s, Glossop



Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the money that we have that can buy food, clothing and other important things, but help us always to remember that money can’t get us into heaven. Help us always to trust in your son Jesus for that.

Lord in your Mercy.


The Judge and the Widow – St Mary’s, Marple Bridge



Father of all,
Thank you for being a God who listens to our prayers.
Help us to keep praying to you even when it seems that our prayers are not being answered. May we never forget that, like a loving parent, you only want what is best for us.

Lord in your Mercy.


The Pharisee and the tax collector – St Anne’s, Buxton



Lord Jesus,

Help us today to stay humble.
Keep us from thinking that we are better than other people.
Help us to remember that although we are all different, everyone is valuable.
When we do wrong, help us to own up honestly.
Keep us truthful in everything we say.

Lord in your Mercy.


Merciful Father,

Thank you for bringing our schools together this holy week. Your Son Jesus taught us how to show kindness and forgiveness to others. Inspire us to continue your work of mercy with open and loving hearts as we return to our school communities.

Lord in your Everlasting Mercy.


We say together – Glory be to the Father…

We will sing ‘How lovely on the mountains are the feet of Him.’

Sign of the Cross



Pilgrimage to Church

18 March 2016

As our journey through the Year of Mercy continues we have been thinking about forgiveness and showing mercy to others. Our whole school walked together to church with each class carrying their decorated bins which contained their thoughts and reflections- one bin contained the actions that made us feel sad and sorry; in the other, the things that made us happy and which we would like to recycle, to do again. The pilgrimage concluded with a short liturgy in church. Please enjoy the slideshow of the pilgrimage.


Our Lenten Pilgrimage

11 February 2016

This week we have launched a Lenten Project involving all of the primary schools in the High Peak Deanery. Groups of children have worked with Mrs O’Donoghue to create a colourful banner depicting ‘The Lost Sheep’ parable. The banner includes sheep wool donated by class 1 left over from their recent work on materials.

Today some of our children accompanied by Mrs King and Mrs Chapman, presented the banner to Saint Charles Catholic Primary School in Hadfield, Glossop. After walking in pilgrimage from St Charles Church the pilgrims received a warm welcome from Headteacher Mr Williamson along with the school’s head girl and boy. After a short prayer service in their peace garden, they were treated to refreshments and presented with a card. Please enjoy the photographs of the event below.

The Lenten project will culminate with a shared Year of Mercy Liturgy, to be held at our school on 23rd March 2016.



The meaning of Mercy

11 December 2015

Class 1 have explored what mercy means to them. Well done children – some great ideas to start this special year.







Online safetyexternal link



Useful links for parents

Safer Internet Day 2016





New technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people in today’s society, both within schools and in their lives outside school. The internet and other digital information and communications technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and stimulate awareness of context to promote effective learning. All users should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times however, many new technologies can also present dangers for users.



Useful links for parents

Our school Online Safety and Acceptable Use policy can be viewed here.

The following link provides a quick guide for parents about Keeping Young Children Safe Online

Further detailed information for parents including advice for setting parental controls on devices can be found at internetmatters.org via the logo above.

Internet Matters along with Childnet International have developed an app of ‘Digiduck’s Big Decision’ – an entertaining tale which teaches children about being a good online friend. It’s free to download from the Apple store or Google Play store for Android.



Safer Internet Day 2016

9 February 2016

Children in classes 3 and 4 have produced posters with key messages to remind themselves about how to stay safe online.

Junior e-safety posters


Children in class 2 have written rules to keep themselves safe and have remembered that in school they can click on the friendly dolphin ‘Hector the Protector’ if something unsuitable or worrying appears.


Class 1 have thought about who they can ask for help if they are on the internet.




Safer Internet day can be summed up with this clever message –

Before you click, click, click,

you have got to think, think, think,

and tell someone.











Peak Edge Group of Schools (PEGs)


Saint Mary’s School is part of the Peak Edge Group of Schools which is a formal collaboration that brings together twelve schools with the aim of improving educational opportunities for the young people of the area. The 12 schools and a secondary school, within a three-mile radius of each other, include a nursery school; a primary with a nursery; a secondary school; a Catholic primary school; a C of E school; an infant school and numerous smaller primary schools. The schools in and around New Mills formed a local cluster over 15 years ago and have a history of working well together across a number of areas from sport to all other curricula areas, new initiatives and shared resources. As headteachers have come and gone, new heads were welcomed into the cluster and to an informal collaborative method of working.

With the educational landscape currently changing more quickly than ever, PEGS will continue to look to the future and to its role in supporting systems in order to raise standards and become schools of excellence, engage in inspiring leadership programmes across this area of rural Derbyshire, in order to positively influence the education of children in the wider community.

Our Vision

PEGS: our sharing, caring community; stronger together

The aims of PEGS are to:

Build our capacity to raise standards of teaching and learning for all pupils in all our schools aged 3 -18 through:

  • offering high quality, inclusive and enriching learning experiences
  • creating a supportive, collaborative community that promotes professional development
  • driving improvement in all our schools, creating a strong culture of collective responsibility
  • using the economies of scale of PEGS to achieve cost effective services, including training and development and maximise use of resources

If you would like to find out more about the work of PEGS including case history, development plan and structure please contact the headteacher at one of the schools listed below.


Buxworth Primary

Combs Infants

Furness Vale Primary

Hague Bar Primary

Hayfield Primary

New Mills Nursery

New Mills Primary

New Mills Secondary

Newtown Primary

St George’s C of E Primary

Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary

Thornsett Primary






Curriculum Policies

Other policies can be found under the School Information > Policies tab

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Policy

English Policy – October 2016

Marking and Feedback Policy – November 2016

Personal, Social and Health Education Policy – February 2017

Religious Education Policy – January 2017

Relationships and Sex Education Policy

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Policy

Teaching and Learning Policy 2016




School Curriculum Academic Year 2017-18

Class 1 Long term planning

Class 2 Long term planning

Class 3 Long term planning

Class 4 Long term planning