About North Marston C of E School
Our school is a happy, caring and exciting place where everyone is considered important. We believe that the family is the most important part of a child’s life and we work in partnership with parents and carers for the benefit of our children. Parents are welcome to help in the classroom in a variety of activities and we encourage children to continue their studies at home.
A child is entitled to work in an atmosphere of friendship and trust, where all are considered equal and relationships between all people are considerate and caring. We champion a cross curricular approach to learning which is broad-based, relevant and meaningful, providing opportunities for every child to achieve his or her maximum potential.
Learning takes place in an environment that is stimulating, challenging and well organised where security is provided by clearly defined expectations of work and behaviour.
All our staff and governors seek to maintain this philosophy.
The breadth of our curriculum is designed with two main goals in mind:
1) To provide all pupils with appropriate experiences that allow them to develop as confident, resilient and compassionate citizens with a clear understanding of justice for all; pupils that are prepared for life both within their local community and in the wider community and world.
2) To provide a coherent, structured academic curriculum, carefully designed to ensure coverage and progression, which leads to sustained mastery for all and a greater depth of understanding for those who are capable, through a highly inclusive environment.
It is our intent that the three main Christian values which our school embraces will drive and shape our curriculum and school. The three overarching values are:
Within each of these values there are two further values that support and drive pupils to achieve the two main goals:
- Compassion – curiosity/cooperation
- Justice – connectedness/clarity
- Courage – confidence/creativity
Underpinned by our school values and drivers (including British values), our academic curriculum uses either the EYFS goals or the National Curriculum as the basis for content and expectations. It is structured so that progression of skills can be seen through each year group and Key Stage.
- A curriculum overview states clearly what is covered in each year group
- Skills progression shows how the values drive the skills and what this looks like with expectations for each year group
Some of our content is subject specific, whilst other content is combined in a cross-curricular approach.
Regular trips, visitors, themed days, events and clubs serve to enrich the intent of our curriculum further.
The impact of our curriculum is measured at the end of designated sections, where the vast majority of pupils will demonstrate sustained mastery of the content and skills (where they remember it all and are fluent in it) and some pupils will demonstrate greater depth of understanding.