Curriculum Overview – 2016-17
We pride ourselves at St Martin’s C of E Primary School and Nursery in providing a safe and happy atmosphere where children’s learning and well-being are at the centre of everything we do and that every one of our children is cared for as a child of God. Our priority is to foster our children’s excitement for learning through enabling our children to take an active part in the National and wider curriculum; our teachers are expected to take a creative approach to their practice. For further details see our Curriculum Policy or follow this link to the National Curriculum.
At St Martin’s we have 3 ‘Phases’. Phase 1 includes Nursery, Reception and Year 1 to ensure that there is a smooth transition between EYFS to Key Stage 1 and to enable effective communication and links between the Reception teachers and Year 1 teachers throughout the academic year. Phase 2 includes Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4, again to ensure and effective transition between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Phase 3 includes Years 5 and Year 6. During our period of rapid growth Year 4 is currently split across Phase 2 and Phase 3 but once the roll of the school is stable, it is planned that Year 4 will sit within Phase 2.
We take a dynamic and innovative approach to curriculum planning. We plan the whole school themes a year in advance and then teachers work in teaching teams to create termly ‘Learning Narratives’. The Learning Narratives identify the question/s that children will return to and add to throughout the term, the ‘hooks’ for learning (those experiences that are going to capture the children’s imagination and get them excited and curious), the way in which children will be supported to engage with the learning, be motivated and develop their critical thinking skills. We place emphasis on children understanding themselves as learners so teachers are also asked to plan in how they will encourage children to reflect, not just on what they have learned by how they have learned. The Learning Narrative includes all subject areas and also identifies 8-10 key writing outcomes. Teachers plan in line with the National Curriculum for all areas.