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Foundation Subjects

History

         

Geography

         

Art

  

 

 

“Every child is an artist.” Pablo Picasso

“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.”  Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The teaching and learning of art at St Mark’s provides children with the opportunities and skills to respond freely to inspiration, experiences and knowledge of the world around them. Through this, the children learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic decisions. We recognise art as a fundamental means of personal expression and encourage children to value their own and others’ creative contributions and achievements. We believe that the impact of an arts rich curriculum will make a positive contribution to the quality of life for St Mark’s pupils, both within and beyond school.

Our aims in art:

  • To foster an understanding and enjoyment of art, craft and design.
  • For all children to value their individual responses and  development,  and be  able to develop confidence, self-esteem and compassion through participation in the arts.
  • To give all children the opportunities to develop specific art skills and reinforce established skills through progression within and across both Key Stages.
  • To offer all children opportunities to design and complete artworks in a range of art forms and media.
  • To experience a broad and balanced range of inspiration from famous artists and diverse cultures, to the natural world around them.
  • To link activities to other areas of the curriculum where appropriate and enrich other subjects.
  • To record the development of their  ideas and their own skills through the use of a sketchbook.
  • To encourage all pupils to share and celebrate their artwork  within the community.

Design and Technology

         

P.E.

          

Modern Foreign Languages

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. It also gives our pupils a better understanding of where many English words originally came from.  We teach French in Cocoons, then French, Spanish and German in Red Ads.  The language taught links into each learning journey where possible. For example the Mayans (Spanish), WW2 (German). The focus is on learning basic vocabulary and simple phrases which can be used in real life situations. There is an emphasis on games, songs and role plays in order to stimulate children's interest.

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Religious Education

As a Voluntarily Aided Church of England school, St Mark’s places a great emphasis on the importance of RE as contributing to the development of the whole person by:

  • helping pupils consider important questions about the meaning and purpose of existence;
  • considering the range and depth of human experiences;
  • considering what is ultimately worthwhile and valuable in life.
  • These questions are important for all people, whether they adhere to a particular religion or not.

RE is a subject that aids the development of individual pupils. We have decided to base our schemes predominantly on the key elements of the East Sussex Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education and ‘Understanding Christianity’.

At KS1 the core religions to be studied will be: Christianity and Judaism.

At KS2 the core religions to be studied will be: Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.

RE should encompass a wide range of teaching (Visual Auditory Kinaesthetic) and learning experiences, which might include:

  • sharing feelings, ideas, experiences and opinions;
  • opportunities for reflection;
  • discussing, debating and shaping an argument;
  • first hand contact with members of faith communities;
  • exploration of a range of stories/ literature;
  • responding to other people’s imaginative expressions and expressing their own through different art forms;
  • using their senses to explore aspects of religious belief and practice;
  • stimulating resources e.g. books, pictures, visits, ICT, film/video;
  • making connections between their learning in RE and other subject areas, and with experiences, questions and issues in life. 

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Computing

Computing contributes to the school curriculum by preparing all young people to participate in a rapidly changing society in which work and other forms of activity are increasingly dependent on computing.  Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.  Pupils will use a wide range of software and hardware, including robotic systems, as they move through the school, helping to prepare them for our ever-changing world.     

 

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Programming in Kodu

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Access database

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Robotics

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App creation

 

   

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