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Through all we do at St Mark's, including through our school curriculum, we strive to nurture a community who:

  • Believe that their words and actions can positively influence and inspire others;
  • Seek and become good role models;
  • Develop the values, knowledge and skills to become worthy citizens of the future.

Our curriculum is designed to be broad and balanced so that it can:

  • Provide rich, varied and engaging experiences that inspire children to develop curiosity and a lifelong love of learning;
  • Adapt in response to children’s individual starting points and prior knowledge so that children of all backgrounds, needs and abilities can discover and develop their unique talents, make progress, achieve their potential and thrive;
  • Provide purposeful learning opportunities, carefully planned to encourage confident, reflective learners who show resilience, take risks with their learning and persevere when challenged;
  • Show clear progression and multi-dimensional links between subjects and year groups so that children develop a depth and breadth of knowledge, explore learning in different contexts and develop transferable skills;
  • Equip children with skills and knowledge relevant to today’s world which prepare them for the next steps of their education and later life;
  • Help our children build tolerance, empathy and respect for each other, their community, wider social norms and the world as a whole;
  • Exploit opportunities to explore how words and actions – past, present and future – have the power to change the world.

Cold Ash St Mark’s Staff. November 2021

We use the Letters and Sounds programme to support the teaching of phonics and our main reading scheme in KS1 is Oxford Reading Tree.



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