As you know SATs are the statutory attainment tasks that children are obligated to take at the end of each key stage.We are delighted to provide access to these on our website. Please follow the link - 
 The Mastery Approach to Teaching and Learning at St Martin’s CE Primary

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. 

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. 

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