At English Martyrs’, our curriculum is centred around and driven by the children. Each half term, the children study an area of learning which is driven by an overall question, encouraging the children to think and find out things for themselves. Past examples include ‘What makes the Earth angry?’ and ‘Would you survive in Narnia?’ At the start of the topic, we work with children to find out what they already know and what they would like to know more about. This ensures that we deliver a personalised curriculum and give the children ownership of their learning.

All of the National Curriculum subjects are covered through this approach and there is a strong focus on the basic skills of reading, writing, mathematics, oracy and ICT. As well as covering academic subjects, we also encourage the children to take responsibility for their own learning and we aim to provide them with the skills required to be a life-long 21st century learner. Here the children are shown how to be:

Self managers

Effective participators

Resourceful thinkers

Reflective learners

Independent enquirers

Team workers

All teaching and learning is carefully planned to ensure that the needs of all learners are met. Our work is also enhanced by a range of exciting visits and visitors – in the past we have travelled to Cadbury’s World, the Birmingham Sealife Centre and have even been visited by Queen Elizabeth I!  Children are always encouraged to reflect on their learning at the end of lessons, the end of a week and the end of a topic. This maximises the potential for children to recognise the learning journey they have been on and where they would like to take their learning next.