We follow the National Curriculum for Years 1 – 6 inclusive,
Teaching and Learning
In order to become successful learners we believe our teaching needs to contain the following components:
• Active involvement of the children in their own learning
• Sharing learning goals with our pupils
• Giving our children rich verbal and written feedback
• Effective questioning
• Helping our children identify their next steps and how to take them
• Adjusting our teaching to take account of our assessments
• Confidence that every child can improve and achieve
- Foundation Stage Curriculum
- Design and Technology
- Information Communication Technology
- Religious Education
- Collective Worship
- Personal, Social and Citizenship Education
- Physical Education
- Special Educational Needs
The Reception year is the last year of the Foundation Stage and the most important year of a child’s school life! It is the aim of the reception staff to make this year a happy, exciting and challenging experience for the reception children.
Our curriculum is broken down into 6 areas of learning:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication, language and literacy
- Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Physical development
- Creative development
Because children learn best through play, we try to provide opportunities and space for children to be active learners both indoors and out. We aim to organise an environment that maximises opportunities for self motivated, creative learning because we want the children to be independent learners. !At the end of the reception year the children are well prepared for the challenges of Year 1.
At St Martin’s Primary School we consider Literacy to be vitally important. We follow the National Literacy Strategy alongside the ‘Read Write Inc’ phonic programme.
We teach reading through a range of methods and encourage reading at home from a variety of texts to broaden literary experiences. A parents’ guide on the ‘Teaching of Reading at St. Martin’s School’ is available from the School Secretary. We like to give the children experience in both creative and factual writing, which is taught alongside spelling and handwriting. Handwriting sheets of letter formation, with associated language, are available for parents to assist their children at home. Joined handwriting is taught once the correct letter formation is established.
Children also have the opportunity to enter the Speech and Drama Section of the Eisteddfod and we are very proud of their achievements over the years.
Children also have the opportunity to enter the Speech and Drama Section of the Eisteddfod and we are very proud of their achievements over the years. Children from key stage 2 are entered into the English Speaking Board examinations in order to demonstrate their speaking and listening skills.
We see numeracy as an essential life skill, so teaching focuses on using and applying skills learnt in real life examples and problems. We follow the National Curriculum and the National Numeracy Strategy covering using and applying maths, number and algebra, shape, space and measure and handling data.
Ways you can help your child with maths at home:
- Singing number songs with very young children
- Playing card games/ board games
- Noticing numbers in the world around us
- Practising reading, writing and ordering numbers together
- Shopping together, using money skills, working out change etc.
- Discussing measurements: taller, heavier, longer etc.
- Tell the time; analogue and digital
- Practising number bonds and x tables together
- Checking maths homework and providing support if possible
As well as learning about the traditions and beliefs of Christianity, the children enjoy learning about world faiths such as Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.
We encourage the children to discuss, argue and debate in RE lessons which are becoming increasingly more practical and thought provoking. The teachers of RE provide a range of opportunities for pupils to explore feelings and to foster a sense of awe and wonder.
Our aim is to encourage children to develop their own opinions with a strong emphasis on understanding and respecting other people’s beliefs.
Assemblies are led by the Head teacher and different members of staff as well as visiting speakers such as Rev Keirle and the PACE group.
Each KS2 class lead an assembly once a year and the children produce special services throughout the year such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter which are held at St Martin’s Church.
As a school, it is one of our aims to encourage the children to become critical thinkers and at the end of each assembly they have the opportunity to sit quietly and reflect on the message or theme.
French is taught in years 5 and 6 mainly through interactive speaking and listening activities, with some reading and written work. The children are given the opportunity to experience life in France and try out their language skills during an annual trip for Year 5 pupils to St Brieuc. There is an exciting range of activities including swimming, visiting a supermarket and sight seeing.
Those who stay in Guernsey have a local ‘French Experience’ and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in French customs and traditions as well as visiting places with a French influence in Guernsey.
A link with a school in Lingreville, Normandy has been made and Year 6 children correspond with a pen pal practising their French and learning about each other’s ways of life.
Our children are given many opportunities through assemblies, school and class councils, school residential trips and focused lessons to acquire and develop these skills. We have an excellent buddy system operating within the school that helps our younger children whilst teaching responsibility and relationship skills to our older pupils.
We have close links with the Police, Fire Brigade, St John’s Ambulance and various health agencies (dental, drug, alcohol, tobacco) who support us in teaching PSHE.
We are a healthy school and are successful in promoting the health of our young people. This was acknowledged when we were awarded “Enhanced Healthy Schools Status” in 2008.
- Social – working together and making friends
- Active – to increase those fitness levels
- Inclusive for all – regardless of ability
- Never giving up
- Trying something new
- Sense of achievement
- ‘Work-out-Week’ (year R – Yr 6)
- Island Youth Games (Yr 5 and 6)
- Fortis Guernsey Athletics Championships (Yr 3 – Yr 6)
- School House football and netball matches (Yr 6)
- Island netball, football and cricket tournaments (Yr 5 and Yr 6)
- Island tag-rugby tournaments (Yr 4 – Yr 6)
- School swimming sports (Yr 3 – Yr 6)
- Infant, lower junior and upper junior sports afternoons
- Smokebusters cross-country runs (Yr 3 – Yr 6)
- Links with Sports Development Officers in hockey, cricket, football etc
- ‘Stepping Out’ fitness training (Yr 5)
- PTA sports morning of excellence (Yr 4 – Yr 6)
- Cycling Proficiency awards (Yr 6)
The library is equipped with a computerised loan system. We wish to thank the team of parents who kindly donate their time to operating the loan system for books and cassettes and also attend to the daily upkeep of the library. Their help is invaluable. Any new parents who would be interested in helping please contact Mrs. Mason or Mrs Le Prevost for more information.
Your assistance will ensure that optimum use is made of our library facilities.
We try to ensure that children with SEN are identified as quickly as possible so that early intervention can be taken. We liaise and involve a range of Education Support Services to ensure that proper advice and support is given.
Close partnerships with parents and carers are developed so that children with SEN can benefit from co-ordinated provision.
If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher to discuss these. It may be that ideas to help your child could be shared at this meeting, or that additional information needs to be sought through consultation with the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), Mrs Clare Giles.