A broad educational programme is offered, which not only meets, but exceeds the demands of the National Curriculum and prepares children well for the responsibilities, challenges and experiences of secondary school. Much of our teaching is traditional, with a major emphasis on the three ‘Rs’.
Children entering Reception class learn to read quickly through tried and tested methods and this skill, together with a major focus on other aspects of literacy and numeracy, prepares our children well for their learning journey.
All pupils receive a thorough grounding in: English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History and Scripture, Music and Art/Craft. Games, gymnastics and swimming lessons are enjoyed throughout the week. Our ICT curriculum was updated to ‘Computer Studies’ in September 2014. We aim to ensure that our children are not only equipped with ICT skills (word processing, spreadsheets, databases, information retrieval and manipulation), which are utilised throughout the curriculum, but they also learn computer programming.
French is introduced in Year 3 and German in Year 6.
Sport and well-being…
We are keen that our children should participate in as many varied sporting activities as our timetable allows. They are encouraged to enjoy sport in a confident, competitive and sportsmanlike manner. All pupils participate in several weekly sporting activities, including football, rugby, hockey, cricket, basketball, rounders, netball, athletics and racquet sports.
From time to time we take part in a programme of inter-school football, tag rugby, netball and hockey matches on a friendly basis against other local schools.
On a weekly basis, all children walk to the local leisure centre (¼ mile away) for gymnastics classes and Years 2-6 have weekly swimming lessons – all taught by professional coaches.
We enjoy competitive sport and hold an annual swimming gala and an athletics Sports Day, each held locally.
Children are encouraged by many opportunities to win certificates and trophies as their sporting abilities improve during their time at St Martin’s.
During weekly music lessons, pupils are introduced to a wide variety of music and are taught musical skills, which are developed as they progress throughout the school. These include: learning about orchestral instruments; music throughout the ages; musical styles; world music; listening skills; performance and composition.
The pupils are encouraged to develop their skills and demonstrate what they have learnt in class, by presenting their work to the rest of the school and in concerts, which helps to build confidence. They are also taught to compose their own pieces of music and learn to play and to use a variety of instruments.
In addition to their curriculum music lesson, the pupils also have singing lessons every week and all children learn the recorder and musical notation from Year 2. There is opportunity for children to take individual music lessons in piano, guitar and violin.
At the end of the summer term, the whole school takes part in a concert and the upper school presents an instrumental and vocal production. Once a week, a thriving choir meets and prepares for special events such as St Martin’s Day, the Christmas carol service, the end of year summer concert and performances at local residential homes.