Middleton Primary School Curriculum 2019/20
Our school curriculum is built around the needs of our children and the opportunities, skills and knowledge that we feel are essential in ensuring our children possess, not only the essential academic knowledge and skills, but to also develop their self-esteem and emotional literacy skills, which are essential for them to be happy and confident members of our school, community and world.
We cover all requirements of the National Curriculum, with several additions, that are personalised to Middleton Primary School and our pupils.
English and Mathematics are taken directly from the National Curriculum, although they are presented in the form of the Rising Stars as a planning and assessment tool. Guided reading sessions are taught explicitly throughout school. We also use the White Rose Hub for Maths. We are a Talk Matters trained school and you would see the Talk Matters strategies being used throughout the curriculum.
The Read, Write, Inc programme is used from Reception to Year 2 to teach phonics and is used with some Year 3 pupils where appropriate. This has been very successful in raising standards. There have been several opportunities for parents to learn more about this approach in order to support their child’s learning. We also use the Read, Write, Inc approach to spelling, once the children have completed the phonics programme. This year we have introduced the PIXL spelling programme across school. We use PIXL in Year2, 5 & 6.
We also have a big focus on promoting the love of books and reading with our children and families. We invest a large amount of money on offering a wide range of books, well-resourced reading corners, Kindles and I-pads and links on our website to promote the love of reading. We were all extremely excited when we opened our new School Library last year and it has been a great success.
English and topic skills are intertwined throughout the whole curriculum. This strong link ensures learning connections and high level literacy skills are evident in all areas. The large class portfolios and year group web notebooks shared on our website, give an insight into the outcomes gained by using this approach to learning. Mathematics and Science are also closely linked and used in this way.
See the ‘Learning Challenge Curriculum Diagram.’ We understand the importance of children being involved in asking questions and researching, presenting and making choices about their learning. All topics are posed as questions and children are involved in asking further questions and developing lines of enquiry, where possible. Stimulating introductions to learning and a significant amount of visits and visitors are used to ‘hook’ the children into their learning. These valuable first-hand experiences, combined with this approach, drives the engagement of our children and promotes a love of learning.
As important as our core skills and embedding basic skills, is the importance of developing the social, moral, cultural, spiritual awareness, along with our emotional literacy skills. This PSHE aspect underpins our curriculum. Jigsaw is a programme which incorporates all of these PSHE elements as well as several aspects of safeguarding and the protective curriculum. Jigsaw connects various elements together, such as our assembly themes, songs, vision, awards and together with the weekly lesson for each class, really addresses the key challenges that face our young people. As well as threading these elements continuously throughout our curriculum, we also have focus weeks, these include: Anti-Bullying Week, Black History Week, Safety Week, an International Study Week, Human Values, LGBT+, Fair Trade, Green Environmental Day, etc. Many of these outcomes are shared with parents. We also promote the ‘Forest Schools’ approach to support and develop the children’s emotional literacy skills and well-being.
We place a large emphasis on the environment and outdoor learning. We have a number of farm visits a year in order to educate our children about food and farming. We expect every child to be able to cook within school for at least 12 hours per year, using locally sourced produce – some of which come from our own school crops. Children take part in gardening activities and classes are timetabled to work with our School Gardener throughout the year, as well as taking place in class gardening activities. We have an excellent outdoor classroom with chickens and a range of resources to enhance learning. Each class uses our outdoor classroom at least once a fortnight.
We also encourage all of our Year 6 children to take part in a week long, outdoor education residential, in the second week of the academic year. This is heavily subsidised by school and it forms a key part of the Year 6 curriculum, along with building excellent relationships. There are several other residential visits which are offered each year, including Cober Hill, London and Lineham Farm. We also place great emphasis on visits and visitors to enhance the curriculum. All topics start with a visit or visitor to help hook in our children and provide them with a greater context – e.g. for the Year 3 Egyptian topic, we have an Egyptian Day with an outside agency to show the children what it meant to be an Egyptian – this is one example of many.
We offer a wide range of after school clubs every night of the week and a three-week long Summer School every year to encourage learning outside of the school day.
The Primary National Curriculum
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Our TOGETHER Curriculum
Our curriculum goes further, encompassing the core values of Middleton Primary School.
We want all children to recognise and achieve their own potential. We believe that all children should have equality of opportunity to thrive. We want our children to be healthy in mind and body. We want to feed imagination and creativity. In our school we have a holistic approach to nurturing the whole family. Children have the opportunity to participate in a range of stimulating and relevant visits and visitors. Our passionate, excited teachers not only deliver outstanding lessons, but go the extra mile to provide
opportunities for extra-curricular activities and learning, such as Sports Clubs, Gardening, Cooking, Mathletics and Art Clubs. We encourage our children to celebrate their own and their peers’ successes on learning and achievements through assemblies and visits to The Hive. Our flexible, creative curriculum allows for multi-sensory outdoor learning, including Forest Schools and outdoor lessons in our extensive on-site provision. Our Breakfast Club, with our Pastoral Team present, not only provides breakfast but is a point of contact for our families. Through our strong and embracing parental links, we allow our children and families to thrive.
Our children believe that they have the capacity to achieve, improve and find solutions. We give opportunities to develop skills for lifelong learning through a flexible, creative curriculum, which provides links for learning.
We achieve this through an embedded Talk Matters Strategy, which allows children to communicate and co-operate effectively. Children are expected to actively participate in school life through opportunities for discussion with partners, groups and the whole class.
Opportunities to participate are provided across the curriculum, resulting in a growth mindset for all children, allowing them to recognise, value and grow from their mistakes – taking them into the Learning Pit! We provide opportunities for our parents to engage in their child’s education – we have half termly events to which parents are invited into school – to observe lessons, e.g. Read, Write Inc, Numicon, Cooking, Aspirations morning, etc.
We believe in growing hearts and minds. We want our children to be emotionally intelligent. To accelerate learning, children need to be multi-sensory and the outdoor environment is perfect to develop these senses by placing emphasis on Outdoor Learning and Forest School. We want our pupils to grow in confidence and become self-assured learners and to promote a deeper understanding of the world around them. As a pre-condition to success we encourage each pupil to develop an understanding and appreciation of the environment and the effect, both positive and negative, that humankind has upon it.
We can achieve this by providing opportunities to learn outside. We have Forest School sessions for Reception children and Year 2 children. We have a weekly extra-curricular Gardening Club and gardening sessions in school time, where small groups of children are taken out to do activities. Teachers plan to take their children out fortnightly so they can learn outside – this could be a literacy lesson, maths lesson or sometimes just reading to children outside. We grow a variety of fruit and vegetables – children harvest these and they are cooked in our kitchen or in their own cooking sessions as all children are given the opportunity to cook every half term. We also have chickens who wander around on our back field – children from different classes feed them every day with left over dinners from lunchtime!
We want our children to relish the opportunity to learn. To do this, we encourage our children to become inquisitive and articulate learners. This in turn, enables ownership of their experiences and goals. This is underpinned by the Talk Matters principles (which is part of our curriculum). The greater their enjoyment, the greater their minds and confidence will grow, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences for life-long learning.
We can achieve this through our broad and balanced curriculum, our planned visits and visitors, our environment in school and our Theme Days and Weeks mean we plan activities that children will enjoy. We place great emphasis on Attendance and Punctuality – children want to come to school – they enjoy what they experience here – they are proud of their punctuality and attendance.
We encourage all children to foster a truthful mindset. We believe each child has the right to be heard and we support this by placing a great emphasis on growing their confidence and respect for themselves, others and the environment. Through exposure to a variety of enriched diverse opportunities, children learn about Human Values and different cultures. Through our school networks we provide a transparent ethos, where parents, children and the community are able to access guidance within a moral framework. Children have honest role models and are always encouraged to make informed and appropriate choices. Truth Talk is an intrinsic part or school life and we adopt a restorative approach to problem solving.
We take a holistic approach to the development of healthy bodies, minds and well-being. Children are encouraged to make age appropriate choices in relation to diet and physical activity. We provide four healthy school meal options every day, as well as teaching children to grow and prepare food. Through specialist PE teaching and external coaches our children are given the opportunity to develop life skills and the chance to discover their talents, which are cultivated through our ‘Healthy Me’ Jigsaw theme. The importance of a healthy mind is nurtured through the development of children’s self-worth, self-respect, confidence, resilience and determination, which is embedded into our school ethos. Our Meat Free and Dairy Free Monday raises awareness in children about the meat and dairy industries.
We provide opportunities to allow children to become educated citizens, in order to excel on their journey through life. We want our children to excel in all subjects, we develop outstanding fluency of language through a diverse curriculum, classroom and school environment. We inspire creativity so children can build systematically on current knowledge, making links between what is known and new learning. We look to develop well-rounded citizens who can effectively communicate with others. We believe that each child should be empowered to build a better future through a relevant and purposeful curriculum. We will stimulate intellectual curiosity about our world through a diverse curriculum. The use of challenge, resilience to failure and enquiry to awaken their love of learning and perseverance and excel in life.
We achieve this by using a variety of resources and strategies – Mastery Documents, Talk Matters, Talk 4 Writing, Alan Peat Sentences, Displays and Vibrant Lessons.
Our curriculum promotes spiritual, mental, cultural, moral and physical development of our pupils in order to be respectful now and in later life. We develop emotional intelligence, self-awareness and the ability to self-regulate, allowing our children to respect themselves and others. We believe our children engage with the multi-cultural world we live in respectfully and, as a school, we challenge prejudice and discriminatory behaviour. We will nurture children’s empathy for different view-points to allow them to be critical thinkers and foster acceptance, consideration and equality for all. This will cultivate love and life-long happiness.
We achieve this through our Jigsaw Curriculum, Thank You Assemblies, Positive Rewards, Positive Behaviour Management Strategies, Focus Days/Weeks – International Week, Black History Week, Anti-Bullying Week, Safety Week, LGBT+ week, Human Values and Humanities.
In our school you can THRIVE AND GROW by making the most of the OPPORTUNITIES that come your way. We want you to ENJOY and EXCEL in everything that you do.
Be TRUTHFUL and RESPECTFUL to everyone and everything. Stay HEALTHY!
TOGETHER – we can achieve all of this, and much more!
As of September 2018 we have become part of the Cockburn Multi-Academy Trust. This will provide us with other curriculum opportunities – which have yet to be developed!