Foundation Subjects

Our Curriculum

2016-2017

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History

At St. Martin’s School we aim to make the learning of history enjoyable and interesting. We encourage the children to develop independent enquiry and employ a wide range of media in our teaching. Through the use of different historical sources we encourage children to ask questions about the past, research historical events and debate their findings. Our aims are for the children to understand how the past was different from the present and that people of other times and places may have had different values and attitudes from ours.

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Music

Our aims for Music are to develop pupils’ skills, knowledge and understanding in performing, composing, listening and appraising. We aim to develop children’s enjoyment, appreciation and critical awareness of a variety of styles of music from different times and cultures.  Pupils develop their independence, self-esteem, confidence, motivation and empathy with others and the ability to work with them. We also give every pupil the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument for an extended period of time during KS2 as well as offering the chance to join the school choir and perform both in school and to the public

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RE

St Martin’s School work to the Kent Agreed Syllabus for RE and recognise the variety of religious and non-religious families from which our pupils come. We welcome and celebrate this diversity, are sensitive to the home background of each child and work to ensure that all pupils feel and are included in our RE programme. Our aim is to support pupils in reflecting and thinking about fundamental human beliefs and values so that they develop a personal framework by which they can live.

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Geography

Through their learning in geography, children learn about their local area and they compare their life in this area with that in other regions in the United Kingdom and in the rest of the world. They learn how to use, draw and interpret maps. Through their study of human geography, children gain an appreciation of life in other cultures. Children investigate the physical world and this enables them to recognise the importance of sustainable development for the future of mankind.

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Physical Education

St Martin’s School believes that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is vital and unique in its contribution to a pupil’s physical and emotional development and health.  The school aims to offer a minimum of two hours per class, high quality PE and school sport each week, within and beyond the curriculum.

The aims of PE are:

to enable pupils to develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and co-ordination;
to encourage pupils to work and play with others in a range of group situations;
to develop the way pupils perform skills and apply rules and conventions for different activities;
to teach pupils to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise;
to develop the pupil’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination;
to increase pupil’s ability to use what they have learnt to improve the quality and control of their performance;
to develop an understanding in pupils of how to succeed in a range of physical activities and how to evaluate their own success;
to develop an ability to plan a range of movement sequences,
organise equipment and apparatus, and foster an appreciation of safe practice;
to develop an ability to remember, adapt and apply knowledge, practical skills and concepts in a variety of movement based activities;
to promote positive attitudes towards health, hygiene and fitness.
to develop a sense of fair play and sportsmanship.

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PSHE

At St Martin’s School we aim to provide children with the knowledge, understanding, values, attitudes and skills they need in order to reach their full potential. We aim to:

•Develop positive social interaction and the skills required to live and work with others

•Develop a personal identity, to give a focus in life and to motivate the children we teach

•Enable children to take part in a whole range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of the school and community

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MFL

At St Martin’s School, all children learn to speak French from their first days in school. Written teaching of French commences in Key Stage 2. MFL are used when greeting others for example when answering the register and counting in a line.

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Art

At St. Martin’s our aims in the teaching and learning of Art and Design are

To develop and extend the pupils’ visual creativity, curiosity, enquiry and aesthetic sensitivity to the natural and man-made world.
To enable pupils to respond any enjoy expressing their ideas, feelings and imagination using visual media, practical making skills and the visual language of art.
To develop an appreciation, critical awareness, knowledge and understanding of the work of other artists, designers and crafts people from their own and other cultural heritages.
To place them within a wider and social and historical context.

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Click here for the Art long term plan for 2016-2017

 

DT

At St. Martin’s our aims in the teaching and learning of Design Technology are

To develop capability in the skills, processes, knowledge and understanding involved in designing and making.
To develop a critical awareness about the man-made world and the recognition that pupils’ can bring about change.
To develop a sense of enjoyment and pride in pupils’ ability to design and make.
To develop a range of skills related to decision making and management.

Click here for the DT Curriculum from September 2016

Click here for the long term plan for DT 2016-2017