Curriculum 2021-2022

“At English Martyrs’ Catholic Voluntary Academy, we offer a broad-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural and physical development of our pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.”

Please click on the links below to see our Intent, Implementation and Impact in each subject area.

Each half term of learning is also guided by an English Martyrs’ Knowledge Mat which shows the driver subject key knowledge and diagonal links to other areas of learning.

Our Statement of Intent

English Martyrs’ aims for every child to experience an individual learning journey in English, reading and writing, in order that they make excellent progress from whatever their starting point may be. Our English Curriculum is guided by the National Curriculum 2014.

In studying English pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively. Pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts. The study of English helps pupils understand how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Using this knowledge pupils can choose and adapt what they say and write to different situations.

In line with this statement, we believe that the teaching of English has a crucial role to play in equipping pupils with the language skills they need to become effective communicators and language users as members of the school community and the wider world.

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English At English Martyrs CVA

Our Statement of Intent

We aim to develop lively, enquiring minds encouraging each individual pupil to become self-motivated, confident and capable in order develop a fluency and depth of understanding to solve problems. Every child has an individualised learning journey adapted to their needs. The delivery of mathematics at English Martyrs aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems. This is rehearsed through our basic skills sessions and consolidated with applied sessions.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language. Every week a range of activities are planned for all abilities to experience these different styles of reasoning.
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing
    sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Fluency

Fluency requires the quick and accurate mental recall of facts that pupils have learned up to that point; precision and confidence in using mathematical concepts, properties and symbols, and the competent and flexible selection and application of methods in different contexts.

Solving problems

Solving problems requires analysing information presented in different forms, recognising what is given in the information and what additional information is needed; identifying and conjecturing patterns, relationships, and generalisations; testing, inducing, deducing, and proving; and communicating ideas effectively.

Mathematical reasoning

Mathematical reasoning requires breaking down problems into a series of simpler problems or steps; making decisions about gathering, processing and calculating to acquire new information; and showing perseverance in finding solutions.

Pupils are taught to practise and then apply their mathematics to a range of problems. They are
encouraged to make connections across mathematical procedures and concepts to ensure fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving problems. They are also able to apply their mathematical knowledge across the curriculum. This is developed through specific planning for maths in the wider curriculum, planning for opportunities to rehearse and relate mathematical skills and understanding to other subjects delivered through the school curriculum.

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Mathematics At English Martyrs CVA

Our Statement of Intent

Science and innovation sustains and progresses our modern society, it has the power to change the way we live our lives and is integral to our future. Therefore by increasing science capital in children, we can help them to see science as an important part of their lives and culture. English Martyrs’ aims for every child to experience an individual learning journey in Science in order that they make excellent progress from whatever their starting point may be. Science is one of our three ‘Driver Subjects’ at English Martyrs’ – meaning that it is fundamental to driving the learning within our termly topics throughout the school. These topics are guided by the National Curriculum and shaped to explore the children’s interests.

Science teaching at English Martyrs’ aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them think scientifically, gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of Science , today and for their future.

At English Martyrs’ scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school e.g. plants are taught in Key Stage 1 and again in further detail throughout Key Stage 2. By coherently planning and sequencing our science curriculum, this model allows children to build on their prior knowledge, increase their enthusiasm for topics whilst embedding this procedural knowledge into the long term memory.

All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations that are age-appropriate. They are encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for scientific based questions. Key vocabulary for topics is taught and built upon, whilst effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts taught are reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so the children learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.

Scientific links as a school and as a community are utilised and celebrated regularly with links to local businesses and events including: British Science Week, exploring and observing their local environments including Trent College, local world headquarters of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace and companies such as Toyota Manufacturing (UK), Bombardier and JCB. This includes trips and expert visitors that enhance the children’s learning experience. Through all this, our children develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.

In line with the National Curriculum (2014), English Martyrs’ ensures that a high-quality science education that provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics but also how Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.

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Science At English Martyrs CVA

Example Knowledge Mat for Science

Animals Including Humans Knowledge Mat LKS2

Guiding Rationale

In lessons, children are taught a systematic presentation (the basics and principles) of the Catholic Faith.  Teaching is realistic, has achievable aims and relates to the children’s lives, both inside and outside of school. As teachers, we are aware of the diversity of backgrounds, family relationships and faith experiences of our pupils and are sensitive in the way we approach discussions based on these themes.

The outcome of religious education is: “Religiously literate young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills – appropriate to their age and capacity – to think spiritually and theologically, and who are aware of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.” (Religious Education Curriculum Directory 1996)

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RE Subject Policy 2022

Example Knowledge Mat for RE

RE Knowledge Mat

Aims and Objectives

The aims of Personal, Social and Health Education in our school are to:

  • Provide pupils with the best learning opportunities to enhance their understanding and reach their full potential in PSHE, whilst maintaining our Catholic Values and Ethos.
  • Help pupils stay safe and healthy.
  • Help pupils form effective and fulfilling relationships with themselves and others.
  • Encourage the development of social skills and social awareness.
  • Help our pupils be aware of and respect our common humanity – it’s differences and it’s diversity.
  • Understand the importance of making informed choices, regarding personal and social issues.
  • Encourage pupil’s emotional literacy.
  • Develop thinking and listening skills.

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PSHE At English Martyrs CVA

Example Knowledge Mat for PSHE

Wonder Knowledge Mat Y6

Our Statement of Intent

English Martyrs’ aims for every child to experience an individual learning journey in History in order that they make excellent progress from whatever their starting point may be. History is one of our three ‘Driver Subjects’ at English Martyrs’ – meaning that it is integral to driving the learning within our termly topics throughout the school. These topics are guided by the National Curriculum and shaped to explore the children’s interests.

Our local history as a school, and as a community, is celebrated regularly with links to local notable people and historical events including: the history of local education at Trent College and our own school’s recent 50th anniversary; historical crime and justice in Nottingham; and the history of trade and manufacture in Long Eaton. In addition, we also make connections to ancient history through such projects as our exploration of Stone Age art in the area (Cresswell Craggs) and the ancient Kingdom of Benin through its links to our sponsored school in Ghana. Through all this, our children form an inspiring and stimulating connection between past and present which brings their history to life.

In line with the National Curriculum (2014), English Martyrs’ ensures that a high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It inspires our pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Our teaching equips pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgment. Through our curriculum, History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time

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History At English Martyrs CVA

Example Knowledge Mat for History

Benin Knowledge Mat LKS2

Our Statement of Intent

English Martyrs’ aims for every child to experience an individual learning journey in Geography in order that they make excellent progress from whatever their starting point may be. Geography is one of our three ‘Driver Subjects’ at English Martyrs’ – meaning that it is integral to driving the learning within our termly topics throughout the school. These topics are guided by the National Curriculum and shaped to explore the children’s interests.

Our local geography in Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, is celebrated regularly within our topics: from geographical surveys of Derby Road and Long Eaton’s specific and unique geography; celebrations of the canals and railways which have supported flourishing industries; our school links to Bunkpurugu in Ghana; and a wealth of environmental geography work which has resulted in numerous Green School Award national and regional championships.
Through all this, our children form an inspiring and stimulating connection between their locality and the wider world which brings geography to life.

In line with the National Curriculum (2014), English Martyrs’ ensures that a high-quality geography education inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their  lives. Teaching equips pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress,
their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.

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Geography At English Martyrs’ CVA

Example Knowledge Mat for Geography

Long Eatons History Knowledge Mat LKS2

Our Statement of Intent

Our computing curriculum is underpinned by a clear focus on our duty to safeguard the wellbeing of all our pupils. It is important that computing is delivered within a safe, secure and supportive learning environment, where discussion is encouraged and questions/concerns can be sensitively addressed. Ground rules may be established within the classroom, particularly in online safety lessons where sensitive topics may be discussed. Online safety is central to and woven throughout the curriculum and use of technologies by both pupils and staff at English Martyrs’. Our Online Safety policy outlines further information about how we do this.

In line with the National Curriculum (2014), English Martyrs’ ensures that a high-quality computing education that inspires our pupils’ curiosity to use creativity to understand and change the world. It will help equip pupils to become effective and safe users of technology. The three strands of primary computing equip our pupils with varying skills. Computer science allows pupils to understand how digital systems work and apply this through programming. Information technology allows the children to create a range of content. Digital literacy means that pupils are able to use, express themselves and develop their ideas through, information
and communication technology at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. Through our computing curriculum, pupils to understand the importance of using technology safely and respectfully, the rapid changes in
technology, the diversity and relationships between different computer users, as well as their own online identity and the challenges of their time.

English Martyrs’ aims for every child to experience an individual learning journey in computing and online safety, in order that they make excellent progress from whatever their starting point may be. Computing is one of our ‘Enhancer Subjects’ at English Martyrs’ – meaning that it is supports the ‘Driver Subject’ and enriches learning across the termly topics throughout the school. The strong links with other curriculum areas such as maths, science and design technology also allow for cross-curricular links. The termly topics which computing enhances are guided by the National Curriculum and are shaped to explore the children’s
interests.

Computing as a school, and as a community, is celebrated regularly. We have a team of five year 6 ‘Online Safety guardians’ who work with subject leader to ensure that computing has a high profile within school as well as leading Online Safety assemblies. We also celebrate local and national events including Safer Internet Day and Anti-Bullying week (where online safety has a cyber-bullying focus). Through all of this, our children form an inspiring and stimulating connection between their learning at school and how to participate effectively and safely in our digital world.

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Computing At English Martyrs CVA

Our Statement of Intent

English Martyrs’ aims for every child to experience an individual learning journey in Physical Education so that they have a healthy and active lifestyle. Sedentary living patterns and unhealthy dietary habits are becoming more prevalent in our society and there is strong and consistent evidence that doing regular, moderate-intensity physical activity provides a range of physical, intellectual and emotional benefits for everyone.

We aim to inspire and engage children’s interest in sporting activities through providing a wide range of opportunities within school, after school and within the wider community. We aim to foster children’s interest in physical wellbeing and healthy lifestyles in order to establish long lasting lifestyle messages. We aim to promote our Christian values through sports and positively encourage children to share, respect, support, trust and work
together.

By participating in physical activity before, during and after school, pupils can gain a range of physical, social, emotional and intellectual benefits. Physical activity opportunities can be provided through health and physical education activities, sport, recreation and games. Therefore, physical activity is an important dimension in pupils’ broad scope of development during their years of schooling. It is important that children are given opportunities to
participate in a range of enjoyable physical activities and good nutrition habits at an early age so they will be more likely to continue being physically active throughout the rest of their lives.

Through a positive caring environment, we provide the opportunity for every child to reach their full potential. We embrace Christian values and ensure all children are ready for their next steps.

In line with the National Curriculum (2014), English Martyrs’ ensures that the following aims are put at the centre of the PE curriculum to provide the children with the knowledge needed to become healthy members of society.

  • To develop skillful use of the body, the ability to remember, repeat and refine actions and to perform them with increasing control, co-ordination and fluency.
  • To develop an increasing ability to select, link and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas.
  • To develop an understanding of the effects of exercise on the body, and an appreciation of the value of safe exercising.
  • To develop the ability to work as a team player, taking the lead and learning to work collaboratively with others.
  • To promote an understanding of safe practice, and develop a sense of responsibility towards their own and  others’ safety and well-being.

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PE At English Martyrs CVA

Our Statement of Intent

English Martyrs’ aims for every child to experience an individual learning journey in Design Technology in order that they make excellent progress from whatever their starting point may be. DT is an enhancer subject in our curriculum – meaning that along with Art, it is integral to enhancing the learning within our termly topics throughout the school. These topics are guided by the National Curriculum and shaped to explore the children’s interests.

At English Martyrs’ DT encompass the key subject areas and disciplines including Cooking and nutrition, Materials, Mechanical Components and Mechanical Movement. DT at our school means providing our pupils not only with the opportunity to learn about and participate in each of these areas, but also providing them with the platform from which to be creative, to express themselves, find success and share these experiences, talents and abilities through presenting their work. As part of our enriching curriculum, we hold an annual inventors’ Fair which prompts the children to design and create original ideas using our DT skills: we then invite judges from design and technology companies to visit and evaluate our designs. We have invited members of the Chamber of Trade to see our DT ‘Town Planning’ work. We have celebrated
our local area’s proud design and manufacturing heritage through links with the Centre of Quality Upholstery trade and Nottingham Lace factories. Through these connections, we aim to broaden and strengthen our children’s design and cultural awareness and broaden the children’s understanding of the application of Design Technology.

In line with the National Curriculum (2014), English Martyrs’ ensures that Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, our pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.  Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider
world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

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Design & Technology At English Martyrs’ CVA

Our Statement of Intent

English Martyrs’ aims for every child to experience an individual learning journey in Art in order that they make excellent progress from whatever their starting point may be. Art is an enhancer subject in our curriculum – meaning that along with Design Technology, it is integral to enhancing the learning within our termly topics throughout the school. These topics are
guided by the National Curriculum and shaped to explore the children’s interests.

At English Martyrs’ the Arts encompass a wide range of subject areas and disciplines including Drawing, Painting, Printing, Sculpture, textile art, collage and use of IT in art. Arts at our school means providing our pupils not only with the opportunity to learn about and participate in each of these areas, but also providing them with the platform from which to be creative, to express themselves, find success and share these experiences, talents and abilities through performance. In addition to taught art lessons, Art is woven throughout our other subjects and opportunity for artistic expression are regularly provided within: RE work and celebrations of other faiths and cultures; English lessons through study of illustration and cover art; national and local events such as Armistice Day, Anti-bullying week and Cultural festivals. We are currently exploring opportunities to celebrate the life and work of Dame Laura Knight, an artist born in Long Eaton who was among the most successful and popular painters in Britain and became the first woman elected to full membership of the Royal Academy. We are also developing links with Cresswell Crags museum to explore the ancient cave engravings made there. Through these connections, we aim to broaden and strengthen our children’s artistic and cultural awareness.

In line with the National Curriculum (2014), English Martyrs’ ensures that our high-quality art and design education engages, inspires and challenges our pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As they progress, they are able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

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Art At English Martyrs CVA

Our Statement of Intent

The aim of MFL teaching at English Martyrs’ is to develop the children’s linguistic competence and confidence in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The life-long skill of language learning supports children with communication, and fosters a positive attitude, awareness for and an understanding of other cultures and the globalised world. We encourage our children
to follow their curiosity across the curriculum and we seek to give them the opportunity to do so through our WOW days and half-termly phase topics and our driver texts. Such topics include Around the World in 80 Days in Years 3 and 4 and the Rainforest in Years 5 and 6; as well as our school community link in Bunkpurugu, Ghana.

Our English Martyrs’ community is privileged to have families from a variety of countries and backgrounds. We aim to promote and celebrate our diversity to give all children the opportunity to be exposed to cultures, languages and ideas that they may not otherwise be exposed to in our locality and diocese.

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Modern Foreign Languages At English Martyrs CVA