Coming Together in Gods Love, to Learn, to Work, to Love , to Grow
Welcome to our school! At St Martin’s CE Primary School, we pride ourselves on supporting the development of happy and confident children who are the best they can be and build on their skills for life.
Whether your children already attend or you are considering sending your child to school here, we hope you will find the information on our website both useful and inspiring - we are proud of our school and want to share it with you. Everyone is valued in our caring school community. Our core Christian values of trust, hope, courage , compassion, forgiveness, creativity and thankfulness are at the forefront of our ethos.
St Martin’s Primary School is a ten class school set in the town of Liskeard. Our classes are named after inspirational people. Many children join us in their Nursery year and move on at the end of Year 6 to either the Community College or other local schools. Our class organisation is flexible to ensure every child can achieve their best.
We are committed to working in partnership with parents and carers to ensure that all our pupils reach their full potential and we offer a creative and well balanced curriculum to support each child on their unique learning journey. Our overriding priority is engagement in learning and our school is a learning organisation. We ensure we provide a rich and appropriate learning environment. We have a firm, fair and consistent policy for rewards and behaviour which ensures that all children feel safe, respected and valued and receive recognition for their many successes.We place great emphasis on good manners and believe that ‘manners maketh man’.
Our staff and Governors are talented, dedicated and caring and the 'Open Door' policy of the school means we all share together with you in the life of the school, as we strive to make St Martin’s Church of England Primary School the special place that it is each and every day - a welcoming, caring and happy school.
If you would like to visit the school to see us in action, please contact us. We would be really delighted to show you around so that you can experience St Martin’s CE Primary School for yourselves
We are proud to be part of the St Barnabas Multi Academy Trust. For more information about our MAT please follow the link below.
The Friends Need You
From September 2016, The Friends (PTA), would like to replace a number of the committee members, due to the fact a number of the present members will not have children in the school any more. It would be great if we could have a representative from each class.
To make sure The Friends (PTA) carry on the amazing work they do for the school, we would like to have a full new committee in place; so they can start planning events in 2016. If you like working with a team of people who want the children at St. Martins to have even more exciting enrichment opportunities and experiences then you are the type of person we need.
You do not need to be a parent but you need a link to the school such as a grandparent, carer etc .All we ask is for you to give some time to help.
Please think about it! The Friends (PTA) have been helping the school over many years and we would like to think the support will go on for many more years.
If you would like more information call school on 01579 344 042.
The school provide a crèche. The meeting should not last more than 45 minutes. All are very welcome.
Inset Days 2016-17
We have revised our Inset Days for 2016-17 allowing the children to break up for the summer holidays on Thursday 21st July 2017.
The children should now return to school on Monday 5th September 2016.
Friday-21st October 2016
Friday-31st March 2017
Monday-24th July 2017
Tuesday 25th July 2017
Wednesday 26th July 2017
The Mastery-learning model forms the basis of our approach to traditional teaching. This means spending greater time going into depth about a subject as opposed to racing through the things that all children should know. Previously, racing through content lead to some children having large gaps in subject knowledge because the concept they had just learnt was either too big or learnt too quickly. As a primary school, it is our duty to ensure that children have an absolutely solid, concrete understanding of subject knowledge and skills as well as being emotionally resilient for secondary school.
Now, we have the confidence to take learning at a steadier and deeper pace, ensuring that no child is left behind, as well as providing deeper and richer experiences for children who are above the national expectation for their age.
We focus on all children achieving what is expected of their age group and not going beyond this. Evidence shows that children need to be able to understand a concept, apply it in a range of situations and then be creative to really understand it. Simply going beyond their age group does not guarantee they understand something, it just means they have heard it.
At our school children will spend time becoming true masters of content, applying and being creative with new knowledge and skills in multiple ways.
In short, this means working towards:
- Teach less, learn more: less teacher talk and more evidencing learning and progress
- No child left behind: all children are enabled to keep up every day.
- Space and time to experience and apply, with children entitled to additional support to ensure they do not fall behind or to go deeper
- Use and apply skills learnt in other curriculum areas
- Understanding real life applications wherever possible to make learning relevant and not abstract; nothing should be taught without a purpose
- Make links in learning
All of this means that you may see a change in the way we teach and assess your child, most notably will be in how we organise your child’s learning and how we report their progress to you.
We will be doing more of this:
- Teaching all children in class, together, most of the time
- Spending longer on one idea
- Using fluid groups according to understanding
- Giving children who need it, additional support over shorter, more intense periods, like a day or week.
- Daily or weekly mini assessments with a few formal tests over the year
And less of this:
- Covering lots of ideas in one week
- Formal, long term interventions to boost them out of class lasting weeks
- Separating children into ability groups
- Formal testing of children weekly or termly
This approach is seen as good practice. It is promoted by the government and seen as the best way to deliver the new national curriculum.
The DfE have published a leaflet and short video for parents about the 2016 Assessments at Key Stages 1 and 2. The link can be accessed below.
National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools Report
We have received our Church School Inspection Report .We were outstanding in all 4 areas!
How well does the school through is distinctive Christian character meet the needs of all learners ?
What is the impact of Collective Worship in school?
How effective is the Religious Education ?
How effective are the leadership and Management of the school as a church school?
The inspector praised the deeply embedded explicit Christian values in the school which make a significant contribution to children’s learning and personal development. She also commented on the excellent quality of experiences and displays, based on Christian values which enrich the learning environment .The strong relationships based on Christian values in which all children are nurtured and valued as individuals was also seen as very special in the school.
I would like to thank all the staff for their hard work and the amazing care they provide for your children. The full report is available on our website.