Making Learning Irresistible!
At St Mark’s Primary School we believe that all our children have the right to a broad, balanced and diverse curriculum that is engaging, relevant and rooted in the unique context of our school and vision - drawing on its culture, heritage and community. This will equip them with the key skills and knowledge needed in order for them to flourish and to achieve their full potential. All staff are continually developing the curriculum that we provide for our children to ensure we are preparing them for the next stage of their education and for later life, enabling children to nurture and begin to fulfil their hopes and aspirations.
Our main aim is to provide stimulating, meaningful child-led projects in which the children become fully absorbed, using a cross-curricular approach. We strive to encompass many curriculum subjects into each project, making them relevant and meaningful for our children, in order for them to make a positive contribution to the community in which they live and within the wider world.
We aim to foster the best possible development of each child emotionally, academically, physically, socially and spiritually, considering their own unique abilities and aptitudes, allowing them to acquire a wide range of skills in a caring, secure and well-ordered environment. Children’s positive behaviours are underpinned by the school’s core Christian values: Hope, Honesty, Friendship, Forgiveness and Perseverance.
The Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust approach to the curriculum is to support and enable all our schools to provide a curriculum that:
- Is tailored to meet the needs of St Mark’s, our context, a large primary school located within the rapidly growing village of Worle, joined to the seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare and our pupils, who come from a wide range of economically diverse households.
- Is made unique to our school, drawing on local culture, heritage and community. Examples of this include recognising local culturally significant events and places, such as Worle during WW2, the Victorian seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare, carnival and the history of Steep Holm.
- Provides experience of and connections to the world beyond our school, through a variety of trips, visits and external visitors, whilst also opening our school to the local community during events, such as Remembrance and charity fundraising. In addition, we are closely linked to the local church, have twinned one of our toilets with a toilet in Zambia and take part in the WEBOX appeal for Albania.
- Provides a broad range of creative learning experiences to develop children’s moral, spiritual, social, mental, physical and cultural understanding through planned visits, clubs taking part in adventurous activities during Year 6 residential, opportunities to take part in a full calendar of competitive and non-competitive sports events, enjoying close links with the local churches and taking part in music events alongside the local community.
- Provides opportunities for pupils to understand and develop our five core Christian values – Hope, Honesty, Friendship, Forgiveness and Perseverance. These are celebrated within worship and throughout the curriculum.
- Is ambitious for all pupils, which is shown through staff commitment to continual curriculum development and improvement by completing rigorous self-assessment.
- Recognises, celebrates and welcomes each of our pupils as a unique individual, which is captured by our vision statement ‘Let Your Light Shine’ and shown by our mission statement ‘To help children achieve their best on their learning journey’.
- Helps pupils to develop their sense of identity and belonging so they can make a positive contribution to society actively promoting the fundamental British vales of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
- Secures pupils' core skills, knowledge and understanding to at least an age appropriate level and beyond, and is adapted, designed and developed for pupils with additional learning needs or disabilities.
- Provides both coverage of the National Curriculum and appropriate progression from EYFS to Y6 and beyond. This is underpinned by clear and thorough skills and knowledge progressions for each subject, that allow for smooth transition between year groups, building on previous learning and making connections with new learning.
- Is flexible and responds to pupils’ ideas, creativity, curiosity and feedback, alongside evaluations of how well pupils learn. This is achieved through careful monitoring, effective marking and feedback strategies and opportunities to conference with children as a whole class, in small groups or on a 1:1 basis.
Children in the Foundation Stage follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum of which the three prime areas are:
- Communication & Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional development
These support learning in four specific areas:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts & Design
Key Stage 1 and 2
All year groups follow the statutory guidance provided in the National Curriculum which was introduced in 2014. Objectives for each year group are provided below. Our RE curriculum is taught in accordance with aspects of the agreed North Somerset syllabus ‘Awareness, Mystery and Value’ and following the 'Understanding Christianity' scheme of work.
Within the project-based approach, children are encouraged to suggest lines of enquiry for the class to follow while including many different subjects through cross-curricular work. During the project, children take part in a WOW activity, which could include trips, visitors, visits, project days and immersive activities to broaden the curriculum and give purposeful links for the children.
Throughout the year, the children all come off timetable to take part in specialist theme weeks such as Arts Week, Science Week and Sports Week to fully broaden and enhance the curriculum the children are experiencing.
Additional to this, every term starts with a Mystery Monday, where each class receives a secret item that informs the day’s work. The children suggest and choose the activities they take part in making the work relevant and inspiring for the children.
Check out the Mystery Monday page below for pictures and examples. “Mystery Mondays are great because you learn about lots of different things and it’s our decision what we learn.” Charlie, 10 “The themes are really good because everyone is doing something different but around the same subject.” Daisy, 9 “It enables us to have a refreshing approach to the curriculum because you don’t know at the start of the day what will happen as its child lead. The whole school enrichment days and weeks are great as a school. I feel that because the curriculum is new I need to come up with a more creative way of teaching it.”
Please click on the different tabs below to find out more about each of the subjects your children will be learning. Year group objective sheets containing all National Curriculum objectives for each subject are below, showing the coverage of teaching throughout the year. Project knowledge organisers are also available on the year group pages where you can find the children's questions and information about their new projects.
" It's good to do something different using a wider choice of activities which you can clearly see fit into the the curriculum."
"It's motivated me to be more interested in the project. Children absolutely love the excitement of finding out what the next one will be."
" Our current project lends itself nicely to incorporating English and Maths skills."
“It is very clear on learning walks that St Mark’s offer a full and broad curriculum and it’s lovely to see the children so fully engaged and wanting to learn.”
“Within the classrooms it is clear what projects are being taught and that they cover many different areas of the curriculum.”
“As a parent governor it was wonderful to be invited into the classroom to visit the Tudor museum. It was amazing to see the effort that the children had put into their home learning to combine with their classwork for a brilliant display.”
The aims of our school curriculum are:
- to enable all children to learn, and develop their skills, to the best of their ability;
- to promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning;
- to teach children the basic skills of English, maths and computing;
- to enable children to be creative and to develop their own thinking;
- to teach children about the developing world, including how their environment and society have changed over time;
- to help children understand Britain's cultural heritage;
- to appreciate and value the contribution made by all ethnic groups in our multi-cultural society;
- to enable children to be positive citizens;
- to fulfil all the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education;
- to teach children to have an awareness of their own spiritual development, and to distinguish right from wrong;
- to help children understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all;
- to enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem, and to live and work cooperatively with others.