At English Martyrs’ our aim is ensure that every child experiences a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum, where learning is fun and actively promotes pupils’ exploration of knowledge and skills. The delivery of the school curriculum is inclusive for all pupils with appropriate interventions provided to engage all learners.
Wherever possible, we teach through a thematic curriculum, which enables children to make links between different areas of learning: in their own lives, in modern Britain and the wider world. Throughout our thematic curriculum, trips and related activities and productions are used as stimuli to engage pupils as well as enabling children to see and experience first-hand what they are learning about.
At the core of our thematic curriculum is reading. The foundation subjects are taught through themes, at the heart of which are a wide variety of genres promoting a love of reading for knowledge and pleasure. All work linked to themes is recorded in a thematic book which demonstrates the high expectations for presentation and standards across all areas of the curriculum.
We provide opportunities for children to become involved in the wider school community: ranging from computer classes supporting Communitas, a multi faith organisation promoting the wellbeing of the elderly within our community, to running fundraising events and being part of the School Council. Through our ‘Enabling Enterprise’ programme we develop an understanding of the world of work and money where pupils are encouraged to develop problem solving skills and the ability to work in a team whilst being resourceful and resilient when faced with problems.
Our thematic curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to express themselves imaginatively and creatively and our PE curriculum provides opportunities for the children to develop their physical skills in a range of dance, gymnastics, games and swimming lessons. All of which is further enhanced by a wide range of after-school clubs.
From September 2014 children in years 1, 3, 4 and 5 will be assessed without using National Curriculum levels. We will assess children in these year groups in relation to age-related expectations. National Curriculum levels will continue to be used in years 2 and 6, but only for the academic year 2014-15.