We have designed a new curriculum that is based on a
Our aim is that our children will be confident and competent readers and writers, by the time they leave St Mark's. We believe that speaking and listening skills are key to the development of children's literacy skills, and we strive to create a
In addition, we would like children to be keen and enthusiastic literacy learners who see reading and writing as pleasurable as well as useful.
We use the literacy framework to support the development, planning and teaching of literacy at St Mark's. You can find the statutory literacy programme of study at the Department for Education website. Here is the link:
HOW WE TEACH PHONICS AND SPELLINGS
At St Mark's, we strive
Our Literacy and Phonics policies can be accessed via the Policies section of the website.
‘Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. …Mathematics is a creative discipline. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a pupil solves a problem for the first time, discovers a more elegant solution to that problem, or suddenly sees hidden connections.’(The National Curriculum 1999)
RE at St Mark's
We believe in serving God and the community through the love of Christ, celebrating diversity and achievement, enabling creativity and raising self-esteem. We strive to provide quality learning experiences through a partnership that values Governors, parents, children and staff alike.
Above all, Collective Worship at St Mark’s is sensitive to the needs and backgrounds of the community we serve.
We are very proud of our links with St George's Church in Kemp Town, and the children enjoy our celebrations in the church and Father Andrew's visits to the school!
SMSC at St Mark's
We understand that we account for only part of a child’s influences, but we believe that we should help our children to be well prepared for the world. We strive to ensure our children believe they can rise above the challenges they face!
PSHCE - Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education
The importance of PSHE education in for example preventing bullying, prejudice, substance misuse, sexual exploitation, unplanned teenage pregnancy and in contributing to positive physical, emotional and mental health and healthy relationships is increasingly recognised. Therefore, at St Mark’s CE Primary School PSHE education is a central part of our curriculum as it enables our pupils to build healthy friendships and relationships and keep themselves safe now and in the future. We believe that effective PSHE education supports the teaching of behaviour for learning, growth mind-sets and values and that it contributes to the wellbeing, safety and achievement of all pupils in this school.