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What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.

 

 

St Mark’s CE Primary School

 

 

 

Curriculum Statement 2015

 

Our curriculum at St. Mark’s C of E Primary is underpinned by the National Curriculum (2014) and aims to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of all our pupils.

 

We aim to offer age appropriate and engaging planned opportunities, which put the children at the centre of their own learning. We hope to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life; and to develop them into life-long learners. We place emphasis on nurturing skills and attitudes such as resourcefulness, resilience and co-operation whilst creating opportunities to deepen thinking and develop knowledge.

 

The statutory curriculum for maintained schools consists of

  1. The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

  2. The National Curriculum 2014

  3. RE following the Dudley Locally Agreed RE Syllabus.

 

At St. Mark’s we have decided to interpret the National Curriculum in such a way as to create a ‘topic’ based approach to learning. Science, Geography and History subjects are divided into a cycle of ‘topics’ and wherever possible English activities are also linked. Where commonality exists between subjects and aspects, learning is linked and lessons taught using a cross-curricular approach. We believe that this approach provides a meaningful context for learning in the classroom. Where this is not achievable, subjects are taught discreetly.

 

Our topics are planned on a two year cycle due to the ‘mixed year groups’ nature of our class structures. This year we have introduced different year group mixtures e.g. 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 and so to allow for this we have produced transitional units which will dovetail into our two main whole school curriculum cycles from September 2016.

 

Trips take place regularly throughout each academic year and these range from cultural, artistic experiences to team building opportunities and curriculum enhancement. In order for this to happen school works hard to provide some subsidy wherever possible.

 

We teach phonics in school through the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme and encourage children to read from their earliest days at St. Mark’s with a variety of ‘book banded’ readers. As children progress through the school they will experience a wide range of material including a variety of ‘Reading Schemes’ and ‘Real Readers’. These books have been professionally colour coded in line with the ‘Reading Recovery’ initiative and go right through the school. Home reading is very much encouraged and all children are provided with a reading diary and access to class library books in order to promote reading for pleasure.

 

We aim to make every effort to make our curriculum interesting, stimulating and challenging; and to ensure our pupils become well-rounded, empathetic and reflective learners who value and respect all around them. Our curriculum will therefore, be constantly reviewed in order to maintain breadth, balance and relevance and to ensure that we meet current aims and statutory requirements.

 

If you would like to discuss any part of our curriculum then please feel free to make an appointment with any member of our Senior Leadership Team:

 

Mrs. Smith Head Teacher

Mrs. Flower Deputy Head Teacher

Mrs. Rich Assistant Head Teacher

Mrs. Makarounas SENCO

 

If you would like more information on the primary curriculum please follow this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/425601/PRIMARY_national_curriculum.pdf

 

 

 

Our Curriculum in the Autumn Term

 

CYCLE

Year Group

Autumn Term

History Focus

1

 

All School

TOYS

SUPERHEROES

Christmas Spirit

2 / 3

Transition Units

INTRODUCING THE EGYPTIANS

Science

Y2= Materials

Y3 = Rocks

History

Who / what / where –

 

Geography

Locating countries and landmarks of UK and wider including Egypt

Christmas Spirit

2 / 3

CYCLE A

DOWN MEMORY LANE

Science

Materials / electricity

 

History

Changes within living memory eg TV and how we watch it

Geography

Map of school – to hide a time capsule

Christmas Spirit

 

2 / 3

CYCLE B

ROCKY BEGINNINGS

Science

Rocks /Scientist study

 

History

Changes in Britain Stone Age to Iron Age

Geography

Mountains (physical Geography)

 

Christmas Spirit

 

 

4 / 5

Transition Units

POWER

Science

Yr 4 = Sound / States of matter

Yr 5 = Earth and space  / Forces

History

Monarchs

 

Geography

Study of Scotland – UK REGION

Human and physical Geog

 

Christmas Spirit

 

4 / 5

CYCLE A

GROOVY GREEKS

Science

States of matter / Materials

History

Achievements of the Ancient Greeks

Geography

Study of a European country –Greece / tourism etc

Christmas Spirit

 

4 / 5

CYCLE B

WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN

Science

Earth / Space / Scientist study

 

History

Ancient Civilisations – In depth study of the achievements of the Ancient Egyptians

Geography

World zones and their significance

 

Christmas Spirit

 

6

WE’LL MEET AGAIN

Science

Light / Electricity

History

Britain at war – WW2

Geography

Study of a place in UK where evacuees were sent eg Yorkshire and the impact this may have had on area

6 figure grid referencing / compass directions / aerial photographs

Christmas Spirit

 

 

Our Curriculum in the Spring Term

 

CYCLE

Year Group

Spring Term

Geography Focus

1

 

All School

FIRE AND ICE

SPRING

Global Links

2 / 3

Transition Units

WHAT^S ON THE MENU?

Science

Y2 = Living Things/ Habitats

Y3 = Plants / Animals

History

Popular foods from different periods in history.

Geography

Where our food comes from

 

Global Links

2 / 3

CYCLE A

HOME AND AWAY

Science

Living things / Animals

 

History

Aeroplane flight

 

Geography

All UK based Geog compared to other side of the world Australia

Global Links

2 / 3

CYCLE B

ANY OLD IRON

Science

Magnets / Light

 

History

Iron Age forts

Industry in Black Country

Geography

Study of  UK region = BLACK COUNTRY (Fieldwork opportunity)

Global Links

4 / 5

Transition Units

DIFFERENT PLACES / SIMILAR LIVES

Science

Yr 4 = Living things (Teeth)

Yr 5 = Living things / habitats

History

Festivals and celebrations in other countries

Geography

Map skills = grid referencing / OS Human and physical differences and similarities of UK region and a region of North America.

Global Links

 

4 / 5

CYCLE A

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Science

Living things / Habitats / Scientist study

History

Invaders and Settlers – Anglo Saxons to Vikings

Geography

Settlements and land use (Human)

Rivers and water cycle (physical)

Global Links

 

4 / 5

CYCLE B

DISASTERS

Science

Animals/ Humans (Digestion / Teeth)

 

History

Tudor period

 

Geography

Volcanoes and Earthquakes

(Floods/ tornados/ tsunami etc)

 

Global Links

 

6

ECO WARRIORS

Science

Living things / Animals / Humans / Habitats

History

Early Islamic civilisations

 

Geography

Biomes / vegetation belt/ climate

Distribution of natural resources

Sustainability / Green themes

 

Global Links

 

 

Our Curriculum in the Summer Term

 

CYCLE

Year Group

Summer Term

Creative Focus

1

 

All School

ANIMAL ANTICS

SEASIDE

Pupil Voice

2 / 3

Transition Units

ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR

Science

Y2  = Plants

Y3 = Forces / Magnets/ Light

History

Fairgrounds/Leisure  in the past

Rise of technology

Geography

Energy efficiency

Noise and light pollution

Pupil Voice

2 / 3

CYCLE A

NATURE EXPLORERS

Science

Plants

History

Significant people/ events

Darwin

 

Geography

Directions / locations of oceans and continents

Pupil Voice

2 / 3

CYCLE B

CREATING OUR NATION

Science

Animals / Humans

 

History

Roman impact upon life in Britain

Geography

Locating countries around world esp European (map)

Pupil Voice

4 / 5

Transition Units

EXPRESS YOURSELF

Science

Yr 4 = Electricity

Yr 5 -=Materials

History

Advertising

Techniques used by artists in past

Rise of digital art

Geography

Exploring local community – fieldwork/ presentation

 

Pupil Voice

4 / 5

CYCLE A

AFRICAN ADVENTURE

Science

Sound and Electricity

History

Charity – how has music helped to raise our understanding of the plight of African people?

Band Aid/ Comic Relief etc.

Geography

African continent - study

Pupil Voice

4 / 5

CYCLE B

DRAGON’S DEN

Science

Forces

History

Merry Hill – Castlegate

Local study of a site

 

Geography

Enterprise project

Fairtrade / economic links with European country eg France

Pupil Voice

6

RAINFOREST

Science

Evolution and Adaptation

Scientist study

History

Film and Animation through British history

How did this influence our views on other parts of the world?

Geography

Amazon rainforest – South American study

Pupil Voice

 

 

Our Curriculum for Religious Education

 

Our RE curriculum Pathway   Lower School

 

RECEPTION

YR 1

YR 2

YR 3

Autumn 1

Friendship

Right and Wrong

C

Belonging to friendship groups

C

Giving to friends through Harvest and Sukkot

 

C J

Symbols in religion

(Water of Life)

C J S

Autumn 2

Thankfulness

Being thankful  - Christmas /Birthdays

C S

Being thankful for the church – Baptism

C

Thanking God through prayer

 

C S

Thank you for light (festivals)

 

C S H

Spring 1

Trust

Trusting in God’s wonderful world

C

Special clothes

 

 

 

C S

Expressing religion through Art

 

C J S

People of faith and the trust that they have

 

C S J

Spring 2

Forgiveness

Easter – a story of forgiveness

 

 

C

The story of Moses

 

 

C J

Caring and forgiving others

 

C S

Jesus the forgiver – what do we know about JESUS?

C

Summer 1

Courage

What makes us special?

Have the courage to be proud.

C

Have the courage to care for our world.

 

C S

Tales of courage told by Jesus

 

 

C

Courage in the sacred books

 

 

 

C I S

Summer 2

Respect

Bible journeys

 

 

C

Respecting our home and family

C S

Respect in the Jewish synagogue

J

Respecting our saints

 

C

 

Our RE curriculum Pathway Upper School

 

YR 4

YR 5

YR 6

Autumn 1

Friendship

Worship at home

 

C S

Creation

 

 

C H S

Friendship through Fairtrade

C

Autumn 2

Thankfulness

Being thankful for our world (caring)

C H

Journeys of thanks

 

C J H

Peace Perfect Peace (world peace)

C S H

Spring 1

Trust

The cross

 

 

 

C

Trusting rules in life

 

 

C S J

Trust across the globe (global links)

 

C

Spring 2

Forgiveness

What can we learn from religious wisdom?

C H S

The mosque

 

 

 

I

Forgiveness in different religions

 

C J I H

Summer 1

Courage

Rites of passage

 

 

 

C H S

Religion and temptation

 

 

 

C S

Living differently Faith across the seas

 

C

Summer 2

Respect

Respect at the Sikh Gudwara

 

S

Respecting religious festivals

J C S

Respect in marriage

 

C S J

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