Children study all the subjects found in the National Curriculum, including French at Key Stages 1 and 2.

For their Literacy and Maths lessons the pupils are streamed according to ability.

The needs of the individual are paramount, so groups will remain flexible and pupils will be moved around according to their current needs to ensure all make good progress.

Reading and Writing

By the end of Key Stage 1, we have the high expectation that at least 90% of children will reach Level 2 and above in reading and writing which will give them the skills to develop other areas of learning.

At Key Stage 2, children will sample a variety of types of literature. By the end of Year 6, we have the high expectation that at least 95% of children will achieve Level 4 or above in reading and writing.

Parents will be closely involved in supporting their children’s literacy development. Children are encouraged to read at home daily. We use to home reading schemes at MAP2; Project X from Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Big Cat.

Phonics and Spelling

Children start daily systematic synthetic Phonics sessions, based on the Letters and Sounds document, from the beginning of the Reception year. All children are streamed based on their ability and recognition of both letters and sounds. The children will be taught in their groups by various highly skilled adults throughout the year, ensuring that all children make good progress in their phonological awareness and use of Phonics.

Children will continue to learn all six phases of Phonics throughout Key Stage 1 until they are ready to move onto Spelling sessions. Spelling is taught in a similar way to Phonics and continues to take place daily in Key Stage 2 or when children are ready to move onto this.


There is a structured mathematics programme from Reception year which will be dynamic and flexible. Children will be assessed and grouped according to their ability so they will be able to work with others who are at the same stage in the curriculum.


Science is taught across the school from Reception onwards. At MAP2, Science is an important core element and forms the basis of the topics taught through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).

Science and our Marine based curriculum give children the opportunities to satisfy their natural curiosity in the world around them. Working with Plymouth University and the National Marine Aquarium, we encourage children to find rational explanations of what they observe and stimulate their enthusiasm for finding out about the natural world.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Development

What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.

Spiritual: explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Moral: recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Social: investigate and moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.

Cultural: appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

SMSC at Marine Academy Primary

SMSC development is now referenced throughout Ofsted's School Inspection Handbook. At Marine Academy Primary, we have a thoughtful and wide-ranging promotion of pupils’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development and their physical well-being, which enables them to thrive in a supportive, highly cohesive learning community. Please see the SMSC display in the Marine Academy Primary Meeting Room for additional evidence of some of our SMSC activities.

How do Marine Academy Primary Students Learn?

Pupils are treated as individuals. Those in need of specialist support receive it. Pupils with particular strengths are encouraged and supported so that all achieve.

There are four Key Stages – Creators (Reception), Discoverers (Key Stage 1: Y1 and Y2), Explorers (Lower Key Stage 2: Y3 and Y4) and Pioneers (Upper Key Stage 2: Y5 and Y6).

Each stage is based on the developmental needs of children and their education at different stages, to give pupils a learning experience that is relevant to both their present and future needs.

Our teachers bring the National Curriculum alive by making links between the individual subjects and applying them to topics.

The Marine Curriculum is based on themes, each with a ‘WOW’ moment to gain immediate interest and develop to an end point. These include discovering the city’s vibrant fishing industry through a visit to Sutton Harbour fish market then pupils building their own ‘boats’ and using real items such as fishing nets.

Explorers will become archaeologists and undertake a ‘dig’ in the school grounds under the guidance of a real archaeologist to excavate historical artefacts - This level involves teamwork, risk-taking, and reasoning skills.

Tied into these stages is the Virtues Project that will nurture pupils in the qualities needed in school and later in adult life.

Fifty two virtues are included in the curriculum and ethos of the school to help create intelligence plus character. These will range from Caring, Courage and Confidence to Honesty, Tolerance and Determination.

Parents and Carers

We encourage Parents and Carers to be involved as much as possible with their children’s learning; there are regular opportunities for Parent/Carer engagement with the school through consultation meetings, parent classes, Early Morning Learning and numerous school events.

From Reception, Parents/Carers are encouraged to come into the classroom at the start of the school day and learn alongside their children. 

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