Our Curriculum

At Markyate Village School and Nursery we aim to teach an inspiring and motivating curriculum through topics and projects. We are following a skills based approach as set out in the  National Curriculum 2014. We adjust our teaching to the children’s interests where possible so that learning can be more personalised to the age groups, interests of the individuals and the class as a whole. Our curriculum is under constant review as we look for ways to improve it each term. The children will experience IGNITE opportunities through trips, visits and special days as part of their learning. Teaching happens in classrooms, outside areas and off site to give a breadth of learning opportunities to all our pupils.

Children are taught all subjects throughout their year sometimes through cross-curricular projects, sometimes as discrete lessons and at other times in blocks of lessons. Over a year, children will experience a broad and balanced curriculum covering all subject areas. As a broadly Christian community, our children are taught religious education (RE) following the Hertfordshire RE syllabus which promotes the teaching of all 5 major religions. British Values, including democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance, are taught through all aspects of the curriculum and daily school life.

Outdoor Learning

Outdoor Education

Here at Markyate, we are developing the use of our lovely outdoor space and the surrounding area. We aim to make the outdoors more of an integral part of our curriculum and use it to enhance the learning of all aspects of the curriculum. We believe that the outdoor learning environment has much to offer children. It can provide relevant, engaging experiences that support learning in all areas of the curriculum. These can be presented as building on existing outdoor play, transferring activities normally carried out indoors, school garden projects, environmental education, or off-site visits. By providing positive opportunities for active learning, the outside environment can promote skills of enquiry, problem solving, communication, co-operation, creativity and evaluation; therefore we seek to offer outdoor experiences regularly.

Children are encouraged to bring suitable outdoor clothing and footwear to make the most of all outdoor learnng opportunities regardless of the weather!

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom is the national voice for learning outside the classroom. They believe that every young person (0-19yrs) should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances. At Markyate School we agree with this wholeheartedly and teachers are always looking for opportunitities outside the classroom and off-site to enrich children’s learning opportunities.

The New National Curriculum

To find out more about the new National Curriculum 2014 please speak to your child’s class teacher or alternatively you can read more from the goverment’s website –


This information is taken from the Herts Grid for Learning Website – for more information visit Hertfordshire Schools and Learning