At Marton cum Grafton CE (VA) Primary School and Nursery, we follow the Primary National Curriculum 2014 and Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This includes the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Religious Education and Foundation Subjects of Design Technology, Art and Design, Geography, History, Physical Education, Music and Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE).
Our approach aims to provide a stimulating environment which encourages proactive learners and inspires each child. We do this by developing a child-centred curriculum that is innovative, broad and varied, using a variety of teaching methods and learning styles. Examples of topics explored in previous terms are: Grand Designs – a study of developments from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age; The Great Fire of London; Enterprise week and ‘Le Grand Depart’. Using cross-curricular topics like these enables our children to learn creatively.
We emphasise first hand experiences and benefit from the rich history and geography of our local area, by embedding our curriculum in the children’s own environment. Exciting and memorable experiences are developed for each topic, such as dance and drama workshops coming into school, educational day and residential visits, enrichment days and activities including a ‘Rainforest Café, art and maths days. Wherever and whenever possible, we take our learning outdoors, engaging in fieldwork, outdoor pursuits and hands-on scientific enquiry. We plan opportunities to practise and consolidate mathematical knowledge and writing skills through our cross-curricular approach to learning.
As a Church of England School our curriculum is distinctive in promoting Christian values and the teachings of the Anglican Church. Studies are supported by first hand experiences such as visiting our village Church or other local Christian Churches and visits to other places of worship to widen pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the wider world.
Phonics and Reading Schemes
A home reading scheme is operated from Nursery through to Year 6, whereby children bring home books to share with their families each week. As well as fostering reading, this gives the school and parents a regular way of communicating about their child’s reading.
The school uses a range of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Bug Phonics and Collins Big Cat.
The children are taught phonics daily in early years to Y2 using Jolly Phonics and a range of other supporting resources.
Please see our detailed plans for each year group below and our curriculum strategy.
Further information about each term's learning can be found in the termly curriculum newsletters on the class pages:
The school's Curriculum Policy can be inspected on the Policies webpage.
If you require further information on the curriculum school follows please contact us.