Curriculum Statement 2016/17
At St Mark’s Primary School we nurture all our children to demonstrate: 'Achievement, respect and care in a happy Christian community'.
At St Mark’s Primary School we aim to help all our children to:
As a Church of England school, faith and belief play a key role in the life of the school. Gospel values permeate the ethos of the school and we have close links with St Mark’s Church. Children in KS1 & KS2 take part in leading worship at the church (Y1 lead worship in the school hall and EYFS take part in the church Christmas service). We consider RE a core subject and encourage an enquiry-based approach to learning about Christianity and other faiths.
Our six values underpin all aspects of school life. They form a key focus for Collective Worship and curriculum design. Each half term two values will be linked to class topics – details can be found in the year group curriculum newsletters which emailed to parents half-termly and published on our website. Our values are spirituality, creativity, perseverance, thinking, working together and independence. Each value is linked to a Bible statement – these can be seen on display boards around the school and on our website.
Promoting fundamental British values
We believe that our school aims and values underpin fundamental British values, where citizens of the UK are encouraged to:
At St Mark’s Primary School we promote fundamental British values throughout our curriculum, Collective Worships, School Council discussions and our emphasis on RE and moral, social, spiritual and cultural development.
At St Mark’s Primary School we have developed a curriculum which is inspiring and relevant to our pupils as well as directing them to future professions and future study. We teach the National Curriculum subjects, the local agreed syllabus for Religious Education (Discovery) and Personal, Social, Health Education (Jigsaw) through a variety of approaches which we believe further prepares our children for life in modern Britain. Examples of how each Key Stage and subject promote these values and prepare our pupils for life in modern Britain can be seen in this brief overview:
In the Early Years Foundation Stage: We learn about our local community and environment through topics such as ‘I’m happy that I’m me’, ‘Splish, splash, sposh’ and ‘Old MacDonald had a farm’. We actively encourage the children to listen to each other, take turns and treat each other with respect and to value the differences we all have. We do this as an integral part of our continuous provision and particularly through our choice of stories, circle time activities and our adherence to the school behaviour policy and class charters.
In Key Stage 1: We learn to value ourselves and others. We learn about the importance of respect and valuing our environment through topics such as ‘All things bright and beautiful’ and ‘Home sweet home’. We encourage the children to understand the importance of looking after each other, through local activities. We promote our feeling of belonging through developing a growing understanding of the importance of always respecting the rights and beliefs of everyone in our school community and beyond.
In Key Stage 2: We explore our differences through our local geography and history studies. PSHCE and RE are taught explicitly and allow exploration of strategies for embracing difference can exercising tolerance. We encourage our children to value and respect each other and the environment by promoting our school aims and to have high expectations as part of our daily life. This, and an emphasis on Christian values, provides a firm basis for our children’s futures as good citizens, able to make a valuable contribution to society.
Our curriculum is continually evolving to meet learners' needs, so some details may be subject to change.
If you have any further enquiries regarding our curriculum, please either contact the school office (see contact details on the home page), parents can speak to the class teachers or Deputy Headteacher.