Our enriching school curriculum provides a broad range of inspirational learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom.
We are fully committed to ensuring that children make good progress in all areas of the curriculum and we assess this progress at the end of each term.
Reading and Phonics
We place a high emphasis on reading standards across the school and also aim to inspire within our children a love for reading. Our English teaching and learning is driven by a focus on high quality texts and children's books are changed on a weekly basis. We are very excited by the new relationship that we have made with Durning Library, which see children from St Mark's borrow books each term. Our new school library has also inspired a further love for reading across the school, with children receiving weekly opportunities to choose and borrow new reading books.
Differentiated phonics teaching takes place on a daily basis within the EYFS and and Key Stage 1 using Letters and Sounds.
Key Stage 1 Reading Scheme
Our reading scheme in Key Stage 1 is 'Big Cat' reading scheme by Collins.
Curriculum Overview for Key Stage 1 and 2
We engage children in their learning through interesting and relevant themes which cover the statutory requirements of the new National Curriculum. Our school values are also at the heart of our curriculum and promoted at every opportunity. The children inform us that they enjoy the learning when 'It is all joined together' and we have therefore develop a cross curricula approach to teaching humanities and Art and Design. Please follow the link below for more details.
The St Mark's Core Curriculum
We have taken the Government's statutory requirements for schools and incorporated them into our own school curriculum. The documents below outline what children in different year groups within school will be taught at St Mark's. In addition to this, the documents contain our philosophy regarding the outcomes that we want to achieve for our pupils in English, Maths, Science and the other curriculum areas.
Music Provision at St Mark's
Children at the school are fortunate to receive high quality Music tuition provided by Musictrax. This enables children in Years 5 and 6 to learn the cello and violin; children in Years 3 and 4 to learn the djembe drum, recorder and xylophone and children across the EYFS and KS 1 to receive singing and music tuition. All children have the opportunity to participate in music concerts and events across the year.
Our school follows the RE curriculum from the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education. It is deeply Christian and provides the children with opportunities to explore the theology and doctrines of the Christian faith and the Church of England traditions. Children are also provided with opportunities to explore and learn about non-Christian world faiths. An overview can be found below.
PE Provision at St Mark's
Although we are a small school, we hold our own when competing against other Lambeth schools. We regularly participate in cricket, football, tennis, athletics, netball, dodgeball and rugby tournaments and perform well. This is partly due to the high quality PE provision that the children receive within school through our sports coach, the large array of after school clubs and our commitment to school PE. Children in Key Stage 1 swim each Year and older year groups receive cricket coaching from Surrey Cricket at the Kia Oval.
Extra Curricular and Enrichment Activities
We pride ourselves on the rich, fun and diverse curriculum that we provide at St Mark's and a taste of this can be found in the events and activities that we host across the year. See below:
Some snap shots from our inspirational curriculum
Year 5 Victorian Day
Year 3 planting herbs
Year 4 at a chocolate factory
Year 4 Anglo- Saxon Day
Year 2 visit to Brighton Beach
Year 4 Ancient China Day
Reception children waiting for butterflies to emerge from their cocoons
Reception children re-enacting their favourite story
The school recorder group participating in the Lambeth Music Festival
Year 5 School Journey to CYE sailing Centre which takes place annually