At St. Mark’s, we are passionate about constantly reviewing and improving learning for all of the
children within our care and therefore we have an ongoing commitment to developing our
curriculum and teaching methods.
As a school we are striving to ensure that our children become learners for life and we are
currently focusing on how we can improve our curriculum so that there are meaningful connections
between subjects and so that our approach is highly creative and based on first hand experiences.
It is this fun and lively approach that will make the learning more real for all of our children and
will lead to improved standards.
The curriculum we have developed is underpinned by the National Curriculum (2014) and is
carefully planned so that there is clear progression and a wide variety of opportunities throughout
the school. Each term a different Learning Journey is planned underpinned by rich texts which
will engage and enthuse the learner. We provide opportunities for children to learn in a variety of
ways, which include visits and visitors and involvement in whole school projects.
This rigour is needed in order to ensure the curriculum, although creative and based on many first
hand experiences, meets the needs of all of our children.
Through this approach to learning we aim to increase our children’s self-esteem and motivation.
We also aim to develop the children’s capability to raise questions, and have the necessary skills
to investigate and problem solve whilst also increasing their confidence to raise and debate issues
both within and outside of their own personal experience.
Through our strong RE teaching, our Collective Worship and our approach to and emphasis on
pupil well being and equality, we actively promote an understanding of diversity based on
Christian values. This enables our children to become thoughtful, responsible citizens in the