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Curriculum Overview

Here at St – Mark’s C of E Primary School we provide a rich, broad, balanced and creative curriculum and believe that quality teaching lads to enjoyment of learning. We enhance it by incorporating the school’s core Christian values and ethos into all our teaching. We define the curriculum as everything that impacts on the learning of our pupils.

Our curriculum gives the children a distinct identity and ethos, reflecting our school values, our place within the local community of Pensnett and an awareness of the wider world in which we live. Above all, we aim to make our curriculum a rich experience for all our pupils, laying the foundations for success in life.


Learning is planned through themes to give it a greater purpose; to support making links across the curriculum and to ensure learning is enhanced through visits within and beyond the local area, visiting experts etc. Pupils have the opportunity to learn in a range of different ways – practical and creative. Pupils are engaged in learning that develops and stretches them and excites their imagination. We enjoy learning different things and learning in different ways. We learn through play, out-of-doors, in traditional class settings from teachers, in small groups, through art, music and sport, from each other, before and after school, both formally and informally. We enjoy welcoming specialised teachers in to deliver these areas of the curriculum providing the children with the highest quality provision.

In accordance with the department of education we actively promote British values in school to ensure our learned leave school ready for life in modern Britain. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.

The Key Values are

  • democracy

  • rule of law

  • individual liberty

  • mutual respect


Nursery and Reception classes in the Foundation Stage follow a distinctive Early Years Curriculum. The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning; Personal Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.


The National Curriculum is taught from Year 1. It consists of core subjects: English, Mathematics and Science .We deliver the English and Maths through our creative curriculum and provide the children with a range of real life writing opportunities. We are always looking to develop teaching and learning at St-Mark’s. Mathematics is taught through a mastery approach, which we are developing through the use of White Rose -this approach is built upon a belief that all pupils can achieve in maths and learning is planned to take small conceptual steps, with tasks designed to promote thinking, reasoning and problem-solving.


To find out more about our curriculum, please look at our Curriculum overviews for each year group documents which provide more detail about what each year group is learning this term.

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