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Additional Information 2016-17
|Year Group||Key Points|
|Throughout the School||
Work is praised and celebrated with a variety of reward schemes and displays.
The curriculum is enriched with wide-ranging trips, visitors, entrance into competitions and a broad, stimulating extra-curricular activities programme.
|Kindergarten and Reception||Follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS)|
|Pre-Prep (Years 1 and 2)||The following subjects are taught by form tutors and subject specialist teachers: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Computing, Art, Music, Design Technology and French.|
|Junior School (Years 3 and 4)||
In addition to the subjects above the curriculum is enhanced by the addition of Drama.
Boys are set for Mathematics and English in Year 4.
|Middle School (Years 5 and 6)||
The boys are taught by subject specialist teachers in all subjects from Year 5, where Latin is also introduced.
In Year 6, some boys are streamed across all subjects and others placed into sets for Mathematics, English, Latin and French.
|Senior School (Years 7 and 8)||A thorough preparation for scholarship and entrance examinations to selective senior schools.|
St. Martin’s delivers a rich, broad and balanced curriculum throughout the school. This begins in Kindergarten and Reception, which follows the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, which encompasses the six key areas of learning and development. The boys are also introduced to the French language and culture. An excellent teacher:pupil ratio facilitates greater individual attention and the opportunity to foster strong relationships.
This continues as the boys enter the Pre-Prep. In addition to the core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science, they delve into History and Geography. They develop their ICT skills, participate in a variety of sports and explore their creative skills within Design and Technology, Art and Music.
Transfer to the Junior School (Years 3 and 4) is a smooth process. Boys continue to enjoy the pastoral support of a form tutor who teaches their class for the majority of subjects, alongside the expertise provided by specialist teachers. In order that the boys are working at a pace that best suits them, they are placed into sets for Mathematics and English, which greatly aids the development in these areas. As with other areas of the school, lessons are brought to life with the use of interactive whiteboards and enthusiastic teachers. The boys have access to two ICT suites and these are used to enrich their educational experiences. One of these is available for individuals during lunch-times and proves to be very popular with the boys.
In the Middle School (Years 5 and 6) the boys continue to receive excellent pastoral support and encouragement from their form tutor. This helps them to develop sound moral attitudes that are inculcated as part of St. Martin’s ethos. The pupils now benefit from specialist teachers in all subjects. Lessons and inter-school sporting fixtures also provide the opportunity to work co-operatively with others. The boys are encouraged to become more independent and organised.
In Years 7 and 8, the pupils at St Martin’s enjoy various positions of seniority and responsibility. They are guided in their roles which helps them to develop leadership and communication skills. This is enhanced further in Year 8 with residential water sports and climbing activities week in Europe, focusing on team building and personal achievement. Small class sizes help in the preparation for scholarship and entrance examinations for a variety of independent schools. In addition to their academic work, the boys also perform in the school play and finish the year with a celebration evening. Towards the end of their final year all the boys in Year 8 take part in an ‘Activities Challenge Week’. Some of the activities include: first aid training, sailing and kayaking, a police presentation, cookery and visiting speakers and careers guidance.
All boys’ achievements are celebrated through our culture of praise, the display of work throughout the school and the public presentation of awards.
The curriculum is enriched with visitors and wide ranging educational visits, including a Year 7 Geography residential field trip; entrance into competitions such as the National Spelling Bee (St. Martin’s winning the first such competition in 2009) and an extensive array of extra-curricular activities.
Extra Curricular Activities
Supervision of Care/Prep:
From the age of three there is a pre- and after-school care facility, which is available from 8.00 until school starts and then from 3.00 to 6.00pm. It is ISI registered and run by experienced staff. There is an extra charge for boys who attend the Pre-Prep sessions. Boys can do their homework during this period and activities on offer are varied. They include: outdoor play, bikes and trikes, short tennis, cookery, arts and crafts, board games and story time.
Every day there is a supervised prep session for Years 3 and 4 from 3.30 to 4.00pm. These boys may go home then or stay with the Year 5 to 8 boys. As part of the school’s duty of care, St. Martin’s offers a supervised environment until 6.00pm.
A very comprehensive After-School Activities programme is offered with a variety of clubs taking place each week. The activities on offer are wide ranging including academic and arts based clubs, hobbies, as well as sporting pursuits. These are run by members of staff and occasionally an external organisation. The majority of activities are included in the school fees, although there are some options that require additional payment.
The Junior School have activities each day starting at 3.30pm with the majority finishing at 4pm or 4.45pm for most sporting pursuits. The activities for Years 5 to 8 are from 4pm to 5.00pm.
The aim is for every year group to go on a trip at least once a year. The school has an Educational Visits Co-ordinator and all trips adhere to government guidelines.
Recent destinations have included Bath, Hatfield House, the theatre, Normandy, a Geography Field Trip to Dorset, Art Galleries, Water-Sports/Climbing in Italy and the Natural History Museum.
Boys can start in our Kindergarten the September after their third birthday. Prior to this they are invited to come for an informal visit/assessment accompanied by one parent. The boys visit in small groups of up to five. During this time they are observed and monitored by St. Martin’s staff as they join in with activities and mix with the current Kindergarten class. The Head of Kindergarten speaks to parents and boys as well as answering any queries during the assessment.
At the age of 4 boys will be assessed for our 4+ entry into Pre-Prep Reception classes. This takes place at the beginning of January preceding September entry. The tasks in the assessment are child-friendly and are recorded by Pre-Prep staff. There are 44 places available in Pre-Prep Reception (two classes of 22 each with a teacher and classroom assistant). Kindergarten usually fills a considerable number of these places. Due to the considerable competition early application is strongly advised.
Boys in Year 2 are assessed in November for the following September entry, in English and Maths. The Year 3 intake is mainly from our two classes in our Pre-Prep department. There are approximately 8 places available; the year group is split into three mixed ability classes of approximately 16 boys.
Boys may enter the Main School at ages other than the 7+, should a place become available. Interested parents should contact the Headmaster’s secretary and arrange an assessment date. There are examination papers in Mathematics, English and Verbal Reasoning.