At Bishop Martin we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils, regardless of ability or background. Our school motto, ‘Inspire, Enjoy Achieve’ encompasses everything we want our pupils to get out of their learning. The children are inspired by the teaching, enjoy their learning and ultimately achieve high standards, both in terms of Progress and Attainment.
Through a faith-based perspective, the Bishop Martin curriculum underpins our Christian school values of: Kindness, Trust, Love, Friendship, Respect and Fellowship. The RE and PSHE syllabus teaches the principles of these values while the rest of the curriculum demonstrates how those principles can be applied in all contexts and subjects.
Underpinning all our work at Bishop Martin is an understanding of what it means to be British. The values of Democracy, the Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs define us both as a nation and a school community of those core principles that we cherish and hold onto.
We deliver our curriculum through a mixture of theme-based learning and subjects taught on their own (Discrete Teaching/Learning). Through these themes (which can be any length from 1 week to a whole half-term) a number of subject area skills are explored in depth and within a context the children can identify. Enquiry-based learning means the children ‘drive’ the theme forwards through their questioning and passion for learning. However, at all times the teacher ‘steers’ the class towards achievement of the identified objectives.
We aim to make sure our theme-based teaching stays relevant to the pupils’ lives. Children learn best when learning in a context so what better context than something taking place or being celebrated right now? For this reason, themes are ‘linked’ to special events/anniversaries taking place in the world at the time of study. Therefore, unlike many other approaches to teaching, our themes evolve each year. The curriculum at Bishop Martin is a dynamic entity, ever-changing, growing and improving with each year (as our improving standards demonstrate). If you would like to see a breakdown of our curriculum or study our themes please click on the link below, for greater detail please visit the curriculum subject pages and class pages.
Curriculum Overview 2017-2018
If you require paper copies of our curriculum information, please ask a member of office staff and this can be provided free of charge.