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Markyate Village School And Nursery

Markyate Village School and Nursery
  1. About Us
  2. Curriculum Foundation Subjects

Curriculum Foundation Subjects

We teach an inspiring, ambitious and skills based curriculum for all our children 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.  The children will experience IGNITE opportunities through trips, visitors to the school and special events and they experience extended learning opportunities through our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) projects. Teaching happens in classrooms, outside areas and off site to give a breadth of learning opportunities to all our pupils.

Over a year, children will experience a broad and balanced curriculum covering all subject areas. 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. Information on the curriculum and are plans for each subject are included below:



Purpose of study
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 should inspire pupils’ curiosity
to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions,
think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. 

National Curriculum History.pdf

Progression in History 2014 - The History Association

History Breadth of Study and Skills Progression



Purpose of study
A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination
about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
Teaching should equip 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. 

National_curriculum Geography.pdf

The Geography Curriculum 2014 - The Geographical Society

Geography Breadth of Study and Skills Progression



Purpose of Study

PSHE education is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

At Markyate School, we follow the Jigsaw programme across the school from Nursery to Year 6. The whole school takes part in a 'Puzzle' and associated 'pieces' each half term. Please see the overview for further information.


Overview of the year for parents.pdf



PSHE Curriculum 2014 - The PSHE Association


Religious Studies

 Purpose of Study

The Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus for RE aims to enable schools to achieve high quality Religious Education for all. Teaching needs to provide pupils with a systematic knowledge and understanding about Christianity, principal religions and worldviews , which give life value. RE aims to enable pupils to become religiously and theologically literate so they can engage in life in an increasingly diverse society. It is not about telling pupils what religious views they should have but rather assists them in gaining shared human understanding, developing personal identity and searching for meaning in the context of evaluating different viewpoints.

 Hertfordshire RE syllabus 2017-2022

RE Assessment Grid

Markyate RE Planning by Year Group 


Art and Design Technology

Purpose of Study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

National Curriculum Art and Design


Physical Education

Purpose of Study

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. 

National Curriculum Physical Education (PE)


Information Computing Technology (ICT)

Purpose of Study

A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.

National Curriculum Computing Technology


Modern Foreign Languages (KS2)

Purpose of Study

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.

 National Curriculum Languages



Purpose of Study

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

National Curriculum Music


Forest School

Year 1 and Reception classes will both take part in Forest School sessions on a Friday afternoon, beginning 20th September. Mrs Vaites and Mrs Lawes are both level 3 Forest School trained leaders and will plan and deliver these lessons together in the Dell on the school premises. Please bring in a change of clothes/appropriate footwear – this can be an all-in-one or old clothes. These can be left in school. It is a crucial part of Forest School that children are appropriately dressed as we deliver sessions in all weathers. A change of footwear is essential.

Principles of Forest School

  • FS is a long-term process of regular sessions, rather than a one-off or infrequent visits; the cycle of planning, observation, adaptation and review links each session.
  • FS takes place in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the learner and the natural world.
  • FS uses a range of learner-centred processes to create a community for being, development and learning.
  • FS aims to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.
  • FS offers learners the opportunity to take supported risks appropriate to the environment and to themselves.
  • FS is run by qualified Forest School practitioners who continuously maintain and develop their professional practice.


At Forest School all participants are viewed as:

  • equal, unique and valuable
  • competent to explore & discover
  • entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenge
  • entitled to choose, and to initiate and drive their own learning and development
  • entitled to experience regular success
  • entitled to develop positive relationships with themselves and other people
  • entitled to develop a strong, positive relationship with their natural world.