​Cu​rri​culum​

At Martock School we believe that our curriculum should be broad, balanced and relevant and meet the needs of all children whatever their ability. ​


Where appropriate we ensure that cross curricular links are made (eg. within topics) to enhance learning and make it relevant to children's interests and experiences. We ensure the children have a range of learning experiences that challenge, stimulate and promote thinking and learning. The curriculum, including core skills in LIteracy and Numeracy, meets all statutory requirements. It is designed to enthuse our children with a love of learning.

 
We strive to provide a curriculum which has a variety of enrichment activities that are integrated into the curriculum plans for each year group throughout the school year, both in and out of the classroom environment.

 
We are well aware that all children need the support of parents and teachers to make good progress in school. We build positive links with the parents or carers of each child by regularly keeping them informed about the way in which the children are being taught and how well each child is progressing.

 

 
Please see our revised (2016) Curriculum Policy within the 'Key Information' tab on the website.

 

Aims and objectives


 
The curriculum will help our children to: 

 
Develop lively and enquiring minds 
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing 
Develop the skills that are essential in life 
Explore and understand the world we live in 
Develop an appreciation of the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations 
Express themselves creatively and enjoy the creativity of others 
Develop an appreciation of a wide range of human achievement 
Develop personal, moral and spiritual values, including respect for others 
Develop an understanding of British Values and Christian Values 
Be prepared for the opportunities and responsibilities of life in a changing world 
Learn how to learn and to regard learning as an enjoyable and lifelong activity 
Develop a wide range of interests and appreciate the need for a healthy lifestyle 
Set personal standards of achievement and value excellence and progress 
Promote high standards of reading, writing, maths and computing
 

 
To achieve these aims, the curriculum is planned to be:

 

 
Broad so that it provides a wide range of knowledge, skills and experiences 
Balanced so that each subject has sufficient time to contribute effectively to learning 
Relevant so that learning can link to the pupil’s experiences and to applications in the world at large 
Cohesive so that topics can be linked to make the whole learning experience more meaningful 
Progressive so that what is taught builds in a systematic way upon what has already been learned  
Differentiated so that what is taught and the tasks that are set are matched to the aptitude and ability for each pupil 
Accessible so that there is equality of opportunity for all.
 

 

​Organisation and Planning


 
1.  Curriculum Overview (Year A 2015-16 and Year B 2016-17)

 
 This shows the titles of the topics that are to be taught in each term.

 

 

 
2.   Medium Term Plans

 
 Within our medium-term plans, the teacher gives clear guidance on the learning objectives and teaching strategies, including ICT, resources and cross-curricular links where appropriate.

 
These are developed by the class teacher using the school’s agreed proforma on SLP.

 
The topic titles originate from the Curriculum Overview. 

 
The content comes from the Chris Quigley Essential Opportunities. 

 
The skills covered within each Medium Term Plan come from the Chris Quigley Essentials for Progress (Milestones 1, 2 or 3). (They are saved on SLP and teachers will ensure that all the skills are covered over 2 years when they develop their MTPs.

 
 

 
3. Weekly Planning

 
Our weekly  plans are written in detail for literacy and numeracy using an agreed format. We use these to set out the learning objectives and success criteria for each session, and to identify how work will be differentiated to suit the needs of all the children. They are ‘work in progress’ during the week as continuous assessment will require changes and adaptations to be made.

 

 
4.  The Foundation Stage

 
The curriculum that we teach in Foundation Stage class meets the requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. 
Our school supports the principle that young children learn through play, and by engaging in well-planned structured activities. 
Teaching in the Foundation Stage class builds on the experiences of the children in their pre-school learning. We do all we can to build positive partnerships with the pre-school providers in the area. 
During the children’s first year the Foundation Stage class teacher makes assessments on the Foundation Stage Profile. This assessment forms an important part of the future curriculum planning for each child.

 
5. Monitoring and Review

 
 Our governing body’s Education Committee is responsible for monitoring the way the school curriculum is implemented 
The headteacher is responsible for the day to day organisation of the curriculum, ensuring that all classes are taught the full requirements of the National Curriculum, and that all lessons have appropriate learning objectives 
Subject leaders monitor the way their subject is taught throughout the school. They review long-term and medium-term planning, and ensure that appropriate teaching strategies are used. Subject leaders also have responsibility for monitoring the way in which resources are stored and managed.

 
6. RE

 
This is taught using the locally agreed SACRE syllabus. It is under review (Autumn 2016) and will shortly be availbe on the website, once agreed by Governors.​​