Curriculum

We provide a rich, stimulating and balanced curriculum which captures children’s interests and inspires a love of learning. Our inclusive teaching strategies enable all pupils to realise their full potential. Learners develop their independence, resilience, empathy and confidence to embrace challenge. Children acquire a deeper awareness of their rights and responsibilities as global citizens now and in the future.

We are proud of school and our outdoor spaces that we use well to enhance our curriculum. We visit farms, local wild areas and beaches to enhance our pupils’ understanding of the rich heritage that we live within.

We teach writing through an exciting storytelling approach. From creative starting points, often enriched by off-site visits, drama, film and IT, children are inspired to write creatively for a variety of exciting purposes and audiences. Our mathematics is taught with a high emphasis on gaining a strong grasp of fluency such as mental maths skills and on using reasoning to solve problems.

Our wider curriculum is planned with the children’s interests in mind on a rolling programme of broad topic themes which allows parents and pupils to engage with the learning and to derive key questions that can then be answered. Within each topic, we plan for real life outcomes alongside exciting trips and visits, bring learning to life and making it meaningful. We collaborate with our partner schools within St Barnabas MAT to provide further opportunities for our children.There are regular trips or visits from special visitors to enhance our pupils’ experience of learning and life.

RE

We want our children to become tolerant, compassionate, respectful and loving citizens in our schools, local and global communities. We therefore aim to make RE learning active, relevant and challenging through a rich and exciting curriculum that enables children to develop both academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually, sowing seeds of skill, knowledge and self-confidence that will continue to grow throughout their lives. We teach and support our children in developing their understanding of Christianity and the other world faiths, by exploring the core concepts. We help the children to develop the ability to connect, critically reflect upon, evaluate and apply their learning to their own growing understanding of religion and belief, of themselves, the world and human experience. To support the teaching of Christianity we use the ‘Understanding Christianity’ resource.

ICT

ICT is an exciting, ever evolving field which will play a huge part in the lives and future careers of our children. We wish to prepare our children to be proficient and safe users of IT and embrace the amazing technology out there. At St Martin’s School we give children opportunities to explore IT by providing safe ways to learn, explore and understand the world around them using a range of ICT resources.

The school is a part of the Tootoot anti cyber bullying scheme and children are encouraged to report any online issues using this forum.

The children of St Martins use ICT daily to improve their learning and attainment in most areas of the wider curriculum including; reading, maths, science, geography and even PE!

In addition to this children have the opportunity to apply ICT skills in extra curricular activities such as Media club- publishing a school newspaper and Lego Animation club!

English

English occupies a large proportion of our timetable with both hourly Writing and Reading sessions, as well as daily Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar lessons.

Writing

This year, we have taken a new approach to teaching Writing, through Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’. The children spend around 3 to 4 weeks on a specific genre, learning and rehearsing a quality text, using drama and ‘short burst writing’ activities. Using this text as a foundation, the children will then write their own innovated version, as well as edit and improve their work to ensure they are using all the writing conventions that are expected of their age.

Reading

As a school, we have adopted a fresh approach to the teaching of Reading, using a new format known as ‘Shared Reading’. This is taught as a whole class session, where the children explore a well known book with their teacher, before answering questions and receiving instant feedback on their answers.

From Years 2-6, we also utilise Accelerated Reader. Within the scheme, the children choose a text from our library at a level suitable to them, before sitting a quiz which assessing their understanding in a range of different areas. The children earn points through the scheme and each week in our celebration assembly, we award certificates for the most points earned as well as the most words read within the week.

Each term, we carefully consider our class topics to ensure a balance of English opportunities are available in each year group and a progression of skills are being developed across the school. We link work to other areas of the curriculum where this is most appropriate, through research and short burst writing.

Maths

At St Martin’s we recognise that a good understanding of mathematics is key to children becoming successful and productive adults. We aim to foster a love of this subject by engaging pupils in exciting and stimulating learning opportunities that link to real life situations wherever possible.

We understand that success in mathematics is based on a firm foundation of the basics such as number facts and multiplication tables. We aim for all pupils to have rapid recall of these by the time they leave Year 4. This is in line with government expectations and allows us to concentrate on higher order mathematics in upper KS2.

All our pupils are able to see the relevance of their learning in mathematics in the wider world by giving them opportunities to apply their understanding in other subjects such as Science and Design Technology.

Science

At St Martins Primary school our Science curriculum is developing to be a child centred, Awe inspiring and engaging subject. The children are exposed to a wide variety of topics that support the children’s curiosity for learning with all new science topics starting with a ‘Big Question’ created by the children.

Our curriculum aims to broaden the children’s scientific view of the world around them, whilst promoting a love for enquiry and wanting to explore new things.

To achieve this it involves exciting, practical hands on activities and experiences that encourage curiosity and questioning.

Our aim is that these stimulating and challenging experiences help children secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary through their own investigations.

In addition the teaching of science will promote and develop transferable skills such as observation, communication, writing across a range of subjects and allow mathematical skills to be transferred.

Phonics

As a MAT we have recently transitioned onto Ruth Miskin’s Read, Write Inc phonics scheme.

This enables children to learn phonics through pure sounds and apply this learning as a range of skills progression including but not limited to segmenting and blending, spelling, reading and comprehension.

Children are engaged in fast paced and entertaining learning which is targeted to their individual learning needs.

This scheme is also being used for interventions for KS2 to identify and address any gaps in children’s learning and understanding.

Early Years

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework sets the standards for learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years of age (the end of Reception). The EYFS Framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care, it gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

Here at St. Martin’s C of E Primary School we refer to the statutory EYFS Framework alongside the non-statutory ‘Development Matters’ document, supported by the Department for Education. This ensures we provide high quality learning and developmental experiences, which are closely matched to every child’s progress and individual needs.

As part of our commitment to raise standards in English we have implemented; Talk for Writing, Helicopter stories and Read Write Inc phonics to develop our children’s creativity, vocabulary, and understanding.

Maths is an integral part of learning for all children in the early years and receiving a solid foundation in maths is an essential life skill. At St Martin’s we follow the maths mastery approach through focused learning sessions and continuous provision.

In planning our continuous provision we believe the curriculum should encompass the children’s curiosity and experiences. The development of an active approach to learning and teaching ensures we take the needs and interests of each child into account.