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Welcome to St Mary's C.E. Middle School

Thank you for visiting the website for St. Mary's C.E. Middle School. We are a 9-13 middle school situated on the outskirts of Puddletown, a small village in the beautiful Dorset countryside. We are a church school with an ethos built on the core Christian values of respect, forgiveness, justice, uniqueness, equality and acceptance.

Our aim is to give every pupil the chance to achieve their God given potential in all areas of their life and we are proud to have been assessed as an outstanding church school in our last two Church of England inspections. We expect the highest standards in both academic work and behaviour and we place our children at the centre of everything we do.

The pupils, staff and governors are very proud of our school and we hope that this website will allow you to see why. We look forward to having the opportunity to meet you in person.




Half Terms/Year Groups

Year 5

Year 6

Year 7

Year 8

Autumn 1


Reading and writing stories


Reading and writing plays



Narrative writing


Persuasive writing, Novelstudy: Holes (Texas)


Persuasive writing, 


Autumn 2


Note-taking and recount



Journalistic style

Biography and autobiography reports


Playscripts -

Analysis of Genre

War poetry 


Spring 1


Myths and legends,

non-chronological report writing, classic narrative



Narrative writing

Argumentative texts

Short stories; features and twists

Gothic stories:  Monkey's Paw, Frankenstein, Dracuola, The Sandman


Spring 2


Poetry, dramatic conventions,

persuasive letters


Authors and texts

Revision of text types


Instruction writing


World Stories

Shakespeare: Macbeth

Summer 1


Persuasion, argument—discursive


SATs practise and revision with

exam techniques


Types of question, Greek Theatre


Non-fiction unit: Travel Blogs and Vlogs




Narrative, empathy, point of view,

Introduction to Shakespeare

Yr 7 transition unit—Kensuke’s Kingdom


Creating an advert


Media project

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