St Martin's

St Martin's CE VA Primary School

Curriculum overview



St Martin’s C of E (VA) Primary School is a Church School and holds its Christian vision and values at the heart of all it does. We are committed to living out that vision that with aspiration and belief, everyone can achieve their own excellence through effort; in other words, try your best to be your best.  Within our caring, loving and hopeful community, where everyone can flourish, we live out our chosen values of ‘Compassion, Trust, Responsibility and Creativity’ and our broad, balanced ambitious and inclusive curriculum is designed to support these values and to enable every child, including the most disadvantaged and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), to achieve their very best, develop skills, build knowledge and engage in a lifelong love of learning that will prepare them for the next steps on their journey.

Through our curriculum, the children are actively encouraged to take on leadership responsibility and develop empathy.  Some examples of how this is achieved are through our pupil leaders, house system, charity work, outdoor learning and sports participation.

Throughout their time at St Martin’s C of E (VA) Primary School our children will be immersed in creativity, active learning and citizenship. There is a strong emphasis on Christian values and how these link to all areas of school life. Underpinning this is the ambitious teaching and learning of key skills to allow each and every child to build upon prior knowledge and progress from individual starting points.

St Martin’s C of E (VA) Primary School is a happy, inclusive and caring school and our curriculum is designed to facilitate this through opportunities to discover individual talents, explore the wider world around us and support and learn from one another. On leaving St Martin’s C of E (VA) Primary School our children will be confident, supportive, empathetic and determined learners with a strong moral compass; equipped and ready to face the challenges of the future.


St Martin’s C of E (VA) Primary School is committed to meeting the statutory requirements of the Primary National Curriculum in English, Mathematics, Science, Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music, Religious Education, Physical Education, PSHE and Modern Foreign Languages in Key Stage 2. The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage is followed in our Foundation Stage Unit.  You can find out more about the detail of the National Curriculum and Early Years Statutory Framework by following the attached links.

Our subjects are led by subject leaders and an overall curriculum leader, the headteacher. Our team has been developed over time, as we have strengthened our ethos and vision for our curriculum.  We continue to work together to reflect upon our curriculum, monitor outcomes and drive forward next steps.

As well as ensuring we cover all that is legally required, we have devised our curriculum with a focus on high quality teaching; to incorporate key skills, learning styles, our immediate environments, technological development and interests of our children. This enables us to provide a varied and full curriculum that encourages children to engage, connect new and existing knowledge and develop fluency to apply this knowledge as skills in order to achieve their full potential.

The school uses Bug Club phonics as its chosen phonics scheme. Our core reading scheme is Bug club, phonics based for early reading. Supplementary books are also provided and these books are carefully matched to each child’s individual levels. The school purchases a range of electronic programmes to support the curriculum, including Bug Club, White Rose Maths, Times Tables Rock Stars, Primary PE Planning and Kapow.

Collaborative Links with the local community and specialists has increased the range of visits and visitors for our children. Just a few examples are sessions and workshops with artists, authors, illustrators, actors, dancers, historians, sports coaches, linguists and members of different religious faiths.

Each year the school supports different charities over the academic year.  Recently, this has included the Disasters Emergency Committee (Ukraine), Children in Need, Comic Relief and Toilet Twinning for Zambia.

We are particularly proud of the respect and care that our children show for one another, the environment, global issues and the community around us.

Pupils are formally assessed at the end of Key Stage 1 (Y2) and Key Stage 2 (Y6); parents will be Informed of their child’s results as part of the annual report to Parents. Children are assessed at the end of the Foundation Stage although this is less formal and takes its evidence from observational assessments.


When pupils leave our school, they will have confidently developed a set of skills, knowledge, and Christian values to equip them for the next stage of their journey and succeed in education and life. We monitor progress carefully to ensure pupils are on track to reach the ambitious expectations of our curriculum and are prepared for each of the next stages in their learning. Teacher assessment is on-going and assists in planning work appropriate to each individual, group or the class. Children are assessed each term in all curriculum areas. We use NFER assessments for the Reading, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar and Mathematics to support our assessment judgements in these core subjects.  

Further information

Curriculum overviews for each Class are available below:

EYFS Curriculum Overview.pdfKS1 Curriculum Overview.pdfLower_KS2 Curriculum Overview.pdf

Upper KS2 Curriculum Overview.pdf

Please also see the Curriculum Subjects page and Class Curriculum Newsletters page for more detailed information.  There are also individual subject pages for Reading and Phonics within this Teaching and Learning section; Early Years is within the Key Information section and RE and PSHE is within Our Church School section.  Alternatively, please contact the school on 01759 368446 or email