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Highcliffe St Mark Primary School

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We aim to provide an exciting and wide-ranging curriculum which motivates our children to learn. If you would like to know more about the curriculum that we offer please see our Year Pages in the Children's section of the website, or talk to your child's class teacher. We would be happy to talk to you about your children's learning.



Speaking and Listening: Children’s listening skills are developed to allow them to take on information and respond appropriately. They are taught the necessary skills for speaking to an audience and listening effectively. This includes being able to recite a poem or rhyme.

Reading: The children learn to read through a combination of phonics and sight vocabulary. We follow the “Letters and Sounds” programme using a multi-sensory approach to learning phonics and applying this to reading and writing. Our main reading schemes are Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star and Collins Big Cat. All pupils have a home learning book in which to record their reading choices and to reflect upon their reading. This book also serves as a tool for communication between parent, child and teacher. Please record when you hear your child read at home in their Home Learning Book.  

Writing: We aim for all children to both enjoy writing and understand its relevance and importance, in order to write with confidence for different purposes and for a variety of audiences.

Spelling: Children are taught the main spelling rules through investigation and exploration.

Grammar and Punctuation: This is taught in a systematic way as children progress through the school.

Vocabulary Grammar and Punctuation Curriculum

English Glossary

Maths Glossary

Children will learn a range of written methods for calculation, during their time at Highcliffe St Mark Primary. 


Please ask if you would like support in understanding when these strategies are appropriate for your child's learning.

KS2 Reading Drop-in Event January 2020

Special Events


January 2020 - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra members play for our children.

All children enjoyed hearing the instruments being played and KS2 children were also treated to a classroom visit from one of the players and their instrument. They were able to ask questions and many were inspired to try to learn themselves!

February 2020 - Litter assemblies


The children were interested to hear about litter and pollution and the effects on our local and the wider environment with a special visit from Amy Moore from New Forest National Parks. This was thought provoking information and we were really impressed with the children's questions and comments. As Global Neighbours, we have a collective responsibility to try to make a difference and this talk really inspired us to think about what we might do to look after our environment.