Sturminster Marshall First School

Grow, Achieve, Inspire, Nurture. SMFS where learning is an adventure.


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Statement of British Values

Remote Learning offer


All pupils from five to sixteen years of age are entitled to the provisions of the National Curriculum.

It ensures that the essential skills of literacy and numeracy are taught progressively. It encourages creativity and understanding of citizenship.

Early Years Foundation Stage EYFS

Ongoing formative assessment is at the heart of effective early years practice.

The Characteristics of Effective Learning and the prime and specific Areas of Learning and Development are all interconnected.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

  • Playing and exploring - engagement
  • Active learning - motivation
  • Creating and thinking critically - thinking

Area of Learning and Development

  • Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Physical Development

Communication and Language

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Key Stages One and Two – Ages 5 -9 (Years 1, 2, 3 and 4)

  • Core Subjects: English, Mathematics, Science
  • Religious Education: The School follows the Dorset agreed syllabus.
  • Foundation Subjects: Art, History, Geography, PE, Music, Computing and Technology.

Modern Foreign Language (Year 3 and 4 only): French.  Throughout the school there is access to ICT Facilities including interactive whiteboards, computers, laptops and i-pads.

We believe that all the learning that takes place should be offered in an interesting and stimulating way. We try to offer a variety of first-hand experi­ences to make the learning process purposeful, meaningful and appropriate to each child. We expect high standards and encourage everyone to do their best, whatever their level of ability. Every teacher uses a wide range of teaching strategies to enable the children to find the way that they learn best.

Each class provides parents with a curriculum map for each half term.