‘Developing hope & resilience building a community of aspiration’
Inspired by the love & teachings of Jesus Christ to be the best that we can be.
At The Trentside Federation, our broad and balanced curriculum is designed to offer all of our pupils the experiences and opportunities necessary to cultivate a lifelong love for learning. Our commitment is to provide all pupils with the highest quality education, rich in knowledge and aspiration, empowering them to become ambitious, global citizens.
Guided by our Christian values, our approach to education goes beyond academic excellence. Deeply rooted in respect, it encompasses a firm commitment to fostering character, nurturing love and compassion towards others, and instilling a sense of responsibility to the local community and the diverse wider world. We encourage our pupils to embark on a journey of wisdom, achieved through critical thinking, self-reflection, and the pursuit of knowledge.
At the core of our curriculum lies the aspiration to nurture hope and resilience in each pupil. Through carefully designed learning experiences, we empower them to take calculated risks, confront challenges with a positive mindset, and face adversity with unwavering courage, ensuring they possess the strength and resilience to overcome any obstacles on their path to becoming the best that they can be.
At The Trentside Federation, we are committed to providing a curriculum that promotes a deeper level of understanding through discrete subject teaching. We believe that by focusing on individual subjects, we can foster a strong foundation of knowledge and skills in each area of study. By immersing students in these discrete subjects, we aim to cultivate their curiosity, critical thinking abilities, and problem-solving skills. This approach ensures that our students not only grasp the fundamentals of each subject but also develop a comprehensive understanding that will serve as a strong foundation for their educational journey. Through discreet subject teaching, we empower our students to become confident and knowledgeable learners, setting them on a path to academic success and lifelong learning.
Our children will have developed their character, confidence and curiosity. Through encouragement they will have built knowledge, skills and Christian values will enable them to get ahead in education and life. They will know more, remember more, do more and enjoy more and deal with challenge courageously. They will have hope for themselves and others and develop the skills and drive 'to be the best that they can be'.
Subject Information Early Years
Subject Information The National Curriculum Y1 - Y6
At St Martin's CE Primary School, we believe Phonics is a vital and important element that ensures children have a strong foundation to prepare them for the early stages of reading and ignite their passion to learn and achieve. This will continue to be nurtured throughout their time at school, embedded in all areas of learning to open a wide range of opportunities for the future. Through stimulating and fast paced lessons, children will follow the systematic and structured approach of Read, Write Inc, learning to read and write new phonemes and graphemes alongside story telling and role play. Stories will be closely matched to individual stages of learning and this will provide successful steps to embed new vocabulary, develop oracy and create strong connections to the wider world.
In Reception and Key Stage 1, children receive daily phonics and Read Write Inc time. Research shows that phonics is the most effective way of teaching young children to read. In phonics sessions they are taught how to:
- recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
- identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’; and
- blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.
Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read. At St Martins' we use Read Write Inc to promote a systematic approach to learning phonics and spelling throughout the whole school.
In Year One, children take part in a phonics screening check. This check is designed to confirm whether pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify pupils who need extra support to improve their decoding skills. The check consists of 20 real words and 20 pseudo-words that a pupil reads aloud to the teacher.
Here at St Martin's CE Primary School, children will have a secure knowledge of phonics which will enable them to become confident and fluent readers. This will allow children to develop their knowledge and skills across all subjects within the Curriculum and instil a passion for learning and reading. This will encourage children to follow their chosen career path and be successful which will instill hope for those and others and `be the best that they can be'.
At St Martin’s CE Primary school, we intend that all of our pupils will leave our school as highly effective communicators, in order for them to become successful global citizens. In order to do this, we deliver an engaging and carefully sequenced English curriculum, which builds upon prior knowledge and skills. Please click on the following links to find out more about our approaches to Reading, Writing and Phonics.
Visit the Sounds-Write website to find out more about our Phonics approach - Sounds-Write
We believe that children should be introduced to the processes of calculation through practical, oral and mental activities. As children begin to understand the underlying ideas they develop ways of recording to support their thinking and calculation methods, use particular methods that apply to special cases, and learn to interpret and use the signs and symbols involved.
Choosing the appropriate strategy, recording in mathematics and in calculation in particular is an important tool both for furthering the understanding of ideas and for communicating those ideas to others.
A useful written method is one that helps children carry out a calculation and can be understood by others. Written methods are complementary to mental methods and should not be seen as separate from them. The aim is that children use mental methods when appropriate, but for calculations that they cannot do in their heads they use an efficient written method accurately and with confidence. It is important children acquire secure mental methods of calculation and one efficient written method of calculation for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division which they know they can rely on when mental methods are not appropriate.
This 'calculation policy' document identifies progression in calculation strategies - please click here for more information
Please click on the links below to find out more about the Maths Curriculum here at St. Martin's:
Knowledge Organisers are used within our lessons to make the children aware of the key knowledge and skills that they will gain through each unit of work. Please find below examples of the knowledge organisers that we use when teaching maths:
Where appropriate, the use of assistive technology is combined with the application of written strategies in exercise books to enhance the overall learning experience within maths lessons. The children in KS2 regularly use the website 'Learning By Questions' to maximise engagement; they are also given immediate feedback on how well they are doing as well as pointers and teaching points to help them unpick where mistakes have been made so that they can progress. Each task incorporates a maximum of 4 levels of challenge and a built in algorithm decides when the user is ready to move on to the next level. There is no 'holding back' the children of St. Martin's!
The children's results are tracked in 'real time' on the classroom board. Green boxes indicate a question that has been answered correctly the first time; yellow boxes indicate questions that took more than one attempt to complete and red boxes indicate questions that the children are finding challenging. By monitoring the results, staff are therefore able to intervene much quicker by regrouping children for further input. An example of this results screen is below:
Please click here to find out more about our History curriculum:-
Please click below to find the knowledge planners for:
Here are some examples of pupils' work. You will see that historical knowledge features in the English / written work of pupils so they practise their Literacy skills whilst demonstrating what they have learned within their History curriculum studies.
Please click here to find out more about our Geography curriculum:-
We follow a two year rolling programme for Geography for Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2), Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 & 4) and Upper Key Stage 2. (Years 5 & 6)
Please click here to find out more about curriculum coverage and progression for :-
Click here for knowledge planners for each class.
Here at St Martin's, we believe that every child is an artist. We believe that high quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge. We aim for our children to to be able to use art to express their emotions, communicate their thoughts and accentuate their individuality. Click on the links below to find out more about our approach.
We use Knowledge Organisers to set out the key knowledge and skills which pupils will gain through each unit of work. Here is an example of a KS1 Knowledge Organiser - Abstract Art Knowledge Organiser.pdf
Here are some examples of KS1 sketchbooks, documenting the creative process during a unit on David Hockney's landscapes. We value sketchbooks as a way for children to express themselves and take ownership over their learning - we let children record and display their work as they wish, within their sketchbooks.
Here are some examples of pupils work which has been displayed around school. Our children are always proud to have their work on the wall, for all to enjoy!
Please click on the links below to find out more about the Design Technology Curriculum here at St. Martin's:
Knowledge Organisers are used within our lessons to make the children aware of the key knowledge and skills that they will gain through each unit of work. Please find below the knowledge organisers that we use when teaching design technology:
Wherever possible, our design technology projects are linked with the main topic that the classes are studying. For example, whilst studying Ancient Egypt, our Year 5 and 6 children were set the challenge of building a working shaduf: an Egyptian tool used to retrieve water from the River Nile so that crops in a higher position could be watered. Here are some of their finished models:
Combining skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, our STEM projects really grab the children's attention, enthusiasm and creativity. Just look at these amazing remote-controlled vehicles!
In collaboration with the Isle of Axholme Lions, this year (for the 1st time) a team of children from St. Martin's won the national ROAR competition hosted by 8BillionIdeas. This competition sees children from across the UK compete to design and pitch an idea for a new invention that will revolutionise the future. Please click on the article below to find out more and head on over to Class 4's page if you wish to view our winning entry!
Please click on the links below to find out more about the Science Curriculum here at St. Martin's:
Knowledge Organisers are used within our lessons to make the children aware of the key knowledge and skills that they will gain through each unit of work. Please find below examples of the knowledge organisers that we use when teaching science:
Wherever possible, our science lessons are linked with the main topic that the classes are studying. For example, whilst studying Ancient Egypt, our Year 5 and 6 children were set the challenge of investigating the mummification process. The question they were set was: 'Is it possible to slow down the deterioration of flesh on a chicken thigh?' Here are some photographs of the work they undertook:
Please click on the links below to find out more about the PE Curriculum here at St. Martin's:
2) PE Policy
At St Martin's, we value music as a crucial part of our broad and balanced curriculum. We firmly believe in the many benefits which a quality music education can have for pupils and endeavor to provide them with a range of opportunities to listen and appraise, create and perform music. Click on the links below to find out more about our approach.
Please click here to see the PSE Intent Statement.
Please click here to see the SRE Policy.
Please click on the links below to find out more about the Computing Curriculum here at St. Martin's:
Knowledge Organisers are used within our lessons to make the children aware of the key knowledge and skills that they will gain through each unit of work. Please find below examples of the knowledge organisers that we use when teaching computing:
Wherever possible, our computing projects are linked with the main topic that the classes are studying. For example, whilst studying the legend of Robin Hood and preparing a musical production, our Year 5 and 6 children used computer aided design (CAD) to create a template for a 3D model of the character they were playing. Here are some examples of the designs they produced:
Furthermore, when studying 'Time Travel' and in particular the phenomenon that is Doctor Who, the children applied their coding skills to build a 3D game from the ground up. Please see below examples of their planning and coding screen as well as stills from playing the finished game.