The Curriculum

Parents - The Curriculum

The provision of an exciting curriculum is pivotal to how children learn and develop during their time at school. We strive for a balance where the delivery of the core subjects of English and Maths can be applied creatively to other subjects. Creativity and diversity of teaching are encouraged in every lesson to provide children with the stimulus to really engage in their learning.

English Martyrs’ School adhere to the full principles of the National Curriculum as set by the Government of the day. We are committed to delivering a stimulating curriculum that not only meets the National Curriculum Framework, but also provides enhanced learning by way of whole school projects, and learning outside the classroom.

The document link below will provide details of the full Primary Curriculum taught from September 2014 to give you an overview of the current curricular expectations for Maintained Schools within the Key Stage 1 and 2.

The National Curriculum for Primary Education

Parents Links to Outside Agencies

As well as the useful information about the school, we know that parents may often want further advice regarding other aspects of education or the Local Authority.
The City of Sunderland offer a range of services to parents, providing support on a variety of issues, such as childcare options, parenting programmes etc.  There is information regarding registered childminders in the Sunderland North area, which parents may find useful. For information contact:
You can also access the latest information regarding school meals, whether you wish to check the menus for the forthcoming year or to assess whether you would be eligible for a free meal subsidy. For further advice contact

Who are young carers?

Young carers are children and young people under the age of 18 who provide regular and ongoing care to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances (ADASS, ADCS and the Childrens Society 2012)
The tasks and level of caring undertaken by young carers can vary according to the nature of the illness or disability, the level and frequency of need for care and the structure of the family as a whole.

A young carer may undertake some or all of the following:-

  • Practical Tasks: For example cooking, housework, shopping
  • Physical care: For example lifting, helping up the stairs, physiotherapy
  • Personal care: For example dressing, washing, toileting needs
  • Emotional support: For example listening, calming, being present
  • Household Management: For example paying bills, managing finances, collecting benefits
  • Looking After Siblings: For example putting to bed, walking to school, parenting
  • Interpretation: For example hearing/speech impairment or English as an additional language
  • Administering Medication: For example insulin needles, preparing daily.


If you would like further advice about the service City of Sunderland offer to support families where there may be a 'young carer' you can e-mail the support team directly at  where advice and support materials can be requested. 

Other Useful Websites:
City of Sunderland Council
Department for Education
Department of Health
Ofsted (Standards in Education)
Qualifications & Curriculum Authority