In every year group throughout the school our teachers plan a series of topic-based approaches to learning which reflect the National Curriculum and are firmly rooted upon a set of skills that are progressive. Topics are planned in Key Stages based on the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum. The curriculum is organised on four year cycle in KS2 and a two year cycle across Reception and KS1. Sometimes both classes within Reception/Key Stage 1 teach the same topic each term thus allowing more opportunities for shared visits and experiences. This is also true of the three classes in KS2.
“Early Years – Development Matters” guides our provision for the needs of children in Early Years Foundation Stage (Pre-school and our Reception aged children).
We track assessment using milestones. For further information view our Parent Guide.
Wherever possible, the topic is used to link core and foundation subjects together such as literacy and history, science and mathematics allowing further opportunity for Mastery. We also build in curriculum enrichment opportunities where we can focus on one aspect of learning or subject area or a social and emotional wellbeing focus. This may be through educational visits, through inviting visitors in or by having an end of topic event where parents are invited in to share the learning. Parents and carers are regularly invited into School so that children can showcase their learning, e.g. for school productions, art exhibitions
We place a strong emphasis on developing creativity in all areas of a broad and rich curriculum and encourage independence in learning allowing all our children to make their own choices, as well as supporting each other. Our children should be excited by their learning and able to develop a wide range of skills that they will be able to carry with them throughout life. The school comes alive with the sound of music with the support of regular specialist music teaching. Our aim is that all children will be able to play an instrument by the time they leave us. In addition, we work closely with local artists who help to inspire us to even greater heights!
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development at Martley, including the promotion of fundamental British values, is an important aspect of learning. Whether through sport, music, clubs, collective worship and celebrations or through specific curriculum links such as RE and History, SMSC development is a part of every school day.
Our core values, ‘The 5 C’s’, have an impact on everything we do. We believe that these values are important to our whole school community regardless of our different Faiths and beliefs. These values inform our policies, procedures and practice. Every unique individual is valued and appropriately challenged. All are aware of our school values and opportunities are created to explore and understand how the values link to school life.