Martin Primary School is committed to raising standards through a wide range of experiences for all children which encourage and stimulate a desire to learn. We pride ourselves on the relationships we build with our children which help them to develop skills enabling them to achieve and succeed.
Our children come from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures and they learn together in an atmosphere of high expectations, mutual respect and friendship underpinned by fundamental British values and our Rights Respecting ethos. We know and value each child in our school and we work hard as a team to ensure that each child achieves their very best in everything they do.
The National Curriculum
The National Curriculum was established in 1989 to ensure the same standards of teaching and learning in all English schools. It covers learning for all children aged 5-16 in state schools, and sets out:
- which subjects should be taught
- the knowledge, skills and understanding your child should achieve in each subject (according to your child’s age)
- targets - so teachers can measure how well your child is doing in each subject
- how information on your child’s progress should be passed on to you
The National Curriculum subjects are:
- English (reading, writing, spelling, grammar)
- PE (physical education)
- DT (design & technology)
- Art & Design
Schools are also required to ensure they have a broad and balanced curriculum promoting SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural) aspects which is done through lessons, special events, assemblies etc.
The National Curriculum is divided into four Key Stages that children are taken through during their school life.
The four Key Stages
Key Stage 1
Years 1 and 2
Key Stage 2
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
Key Stage 3
Years 7, 8 and 9
Key Stage 4
Years 10 and 11
Programmes of Study
Programmes of study set out what teachers should cover in every subject during each Key Stage.
- use language effectively
- use speaking & listening effectively
- use computing effectively
- follow health and safety guidelines
- provide teaching that includes different ethnic minority viewpoints
- ensure British Values are promoted.
Religious Education (RE)
Religious Education is a component of the basic curriculum (but not the National Curriculum) and is compulsory for all pupils in local authority maintained schools aged 5 to 18 years unless they are withdrawn from these lessons by their parents. Maintained schools without a religious character, such as Martin Primary School, must follow the syllabus agreed by the local Barnet SACRE (Standing Advisory Council On Religious Education) Click here for Barnet’s agreed syllabus.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
Schools are required to teach RSE and our aim is to work closely with our parents and carers when planning and delivering the curriculum.
At Martin Primary School we have a vibrant Performing Arts team, which is led by Miss Sophie Baughen. We are delighted that our pupils have the opportunity to contribute to a range of events and concerts across the year, such as:
- East Finchley Arts Festival (poetry, singing and instrumental performances)
- Barnet Music Festival
- Barnet Dance Festival
- East Finchley Community Festival (poetry and singing)
For more information about our music curriculum please click on the link below:
If you would like to know more about our curriculum
please contact the school office and the team will be happy to help.