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Curriculum

We all learn within our Learning Circle.

Our Learning Friends help us to learn.

We have designed  a new curriculum that is based on a 2 year cycle.  Each pair of classes share an outside space, to extend the children's learning experiences and opportunities even further!   Click here to see our new curriculum map

Reading 3(2)

English

Our aim is that our children will be confident and competent readers and writers, by the time they leave St Mark's.  We believe that speaking and listening skills are key to the development of children's literacy skills, and we strive to create a language rich environment, to support the progress of all pupils.

In addition, we would like children to be keen and enthusiastic literacy learners who see reading and writing as pleasurable as well as useful.

We use the literacy framework to support the development, planning and teaching of literacy at St Mark's. You can find the statutory literacy programme of study at the Department for Education website. Here is the link:

 
HOW WE TEACH PHONICS AND SPELLINGS

At St Mark's, we strive to  establish consistent practice, progression and continuity in the teaching and learning of phonics and spelling throughout the school.  We differentiate phonics and spelling work according to the needs of pupils, so that pupils are given sufficient challenge at a level at which they can experience success.  

Our Literacy and Phonics policies can be accessed via the Policies section of the website.

Mathematics

 

‘Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. … 

Mathematics is a creative discipline. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a pupil solves a problem for the first time, discovers a more elegant solution to that problem, or suddenly sees hidden connections.’ 

(The National Curriculum 1999) 

We use the statutory programme of study for mathematics from the Department for Education website.  Please find the link below:
 
We have introduced Numicon and other apparatus and resources to maths learning, to encourage a hands on approach to the teaching of mathematics. Our maths policy can be accessed via the policies section of our website
Numeracy 1(4)

RE at St Mark's

We believe in serving God and the community through the love of Christ, celebrating diversity and achievement, enabling creativity and raising self-esteem. We strive to provide quality learning experiences through a partnership that values Governors, parents, children and staff alike.

We are very proud to be a Voluntary Aided Church School, and our Christian ethos of support and high expectations permeates everything we do.  We follow the agreed Brighton and Hove SACRE syllabus for RE:
 
 
COLLECTIVE WORSHIP

It is a legal requirement for all registered pupils (apart from those whose parents exercise the right to withdraw) to “each day take part in an act of Collective Worship.” All acts of worship in Church Schools must be Christian in character, although it is very important to draw comparisons with other religions and cultural traditions. All assemblies should seek to develop children’s understanding of the Church and the role it can play in their lives; to develop their understanding of a Christian moral code and how it applies to them and all in our community; to teach about God’s love and to empower our pupils to feel that they have a special place in God’s Kingdom.

Above all, Collective Worship at St Mark’s should be sensitive to the needs and backgrounds of the community we serve.

CHURCH LINKS

We are very proud of our links with St George's Church in Kemp Town, and the children enjoy our celebrations in the church and Father Brian Twohig's visits to the school!

http://www.stgeorgesbrighton.org/