'Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand'
This section of our site details how we approach learning at St. Martin at Shouldham - including the academic curriculum, the extra curricular activities we offer, and information about pupil assesment and individual educational needs.
The curriculum at St. Martin at Shouldham is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development, in the context of Christian belief and practice. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of extra-curricular activities that are offered to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes the 'hidden curriculum' - or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge.
We aim to foster a lifelong love of learning, through adopting a highly practical and cross-curricular approach to learning. Our creative curriculum aims to deliver a twenty-first century education that will equip our children with the skills required to be an independent and responsible citizen. The curriculum is the means by which the school achieves its objective of educating children in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives.
We value the way in which all children are unique, and our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual child, as well as for people of all cultures. We respect each child in our school for who they are, and we treat them with fairness and honesty. We value and foster the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth.
Further detail (including our aims and objectives and how lessons are organised, planned and taught) can be found in our Curriculum Policy.
The curriculum at St. Martin at Shouldham is determined by the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, the National Curriculum, Norfolk County Council Curriculum Guidelines, the school's Curriculum Policies, and the Ely Diocese Religious Education Guidelines.
The National Curriculum consists of these subjects which all children must study, plus Religious Education. These are:
All children are overseen by a class teacher, who is responsible to the Headteacher for their well-being. Within each class there is a mixture of group work and whole class teaching. Pupils may be grouped by ability for some lessons, to individualise learning by enriching and extending the curriculum or providing various interventions.
Assessment, recording and reporting in this school is an important and central part of teaching and learning, which involves the children whenever possible. Every child from Year 1 has targets to enable them to know the next steps in their learning, and to celebrate when individual targets are achieved.
On a day-to-day basis, the pupils are involved in assessment by discussing work with adults, comparing their work against success criteria, evaluation with peers, written comments on their work, informal quizzes or tests etc.
The careful monitoring of all assessment data provides teachers with valuable information that directs their planning and gives early indication of when extra help or support is needed for children to achieve their full potential. Many intervention strategies are delivered by our Learning Assistants which help build the confidence and achievements of pupils. Higher ability children are quickly identified and achieve outstanding levels of work by tackling more challenging activities.
Opportunities are given regularly to share the assessment information with parents or carers either by informal class visits or formal parent/teacher reviews. A written report is sent to parents or carers three times a year to indicate teacher assessment of work in numeracy, reading, writing and science. Year 2 and Year 6 SATs results are also reported along with Year1 phonic assessments.
Our school participates in trials for new assessment resources, and continually reviews procedures so that our children can anticipate the next steps in their learning.