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 information please see our curriculum policy by clicking here.
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.
We use the National Curriculum to inform our planning from year 1 to 6 and Early Years curriculum builds on the foundations of Development Matters. We use quizzes to support our assessment of what the children already know, and what they need to learn. Within all subjects we endeavour to use a range of teaching methods providing children with a rich variety of experiences which are then often shared at our celebration assemblies. We recognise the importance of making learning an active process where children are engaged and focused in their enquiry. Our learning flowers in every classroom promote the desired learning behaviours, and our focus on developing a growth mindset encourage all learners to take risks and embark on each learning challenges.