Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for Years 1 – 6 and the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework in Reception.
Over recent years, we have developed our curriculum to ensure that we not only meet, but exceed, the requirements of the National Curriculum by providing children with exciting, engaging learning opportunities, that hook the children in, and give them extra experiences through WOW days, visits and visitors. We ensure progression of knowledge and skills through each year group in preparation for future learning.
Our curriculum is designed with our children at the heart. We want our children to be autonomous, resilient learners who take ownership over their own progress. We encourage our children to: seek out and enjoy challenges, work collaboratively with others and be reflective about their learning and progress.
At MPS we set high expectations, and give equal opportunities to allow all children to reach their full potential. We follow a challenge-led approach to lessons where the children select which challenge (bronze, silver, gold) they complete. We do this in all the subjects across the curriculum. Children are encouraged to reflect on their choice of challenge, being aspirational and moving between the challenges accordingly.
We have ‘7 Wonders of Learning’ that are at the core of everything we do in our school, these are: focussed, collaborative, resilient, reflective, aspirational, inquisitive and problem solving. Our children are asked to consider which of these wonders they use within lessons and around the school.
MPS has wonderful school grounds including a forest area, relaxation area and large field/playground spaces. Children in lower school (R-Yr2) have access to outdoor areas, whilst in upper school (Yr3-6) take part in weekly Forest School sessions. We promote active and outdoor learning opportunities as much as possible.
We provide a range of extra-curricular activities both during and outside of school hours. These include: football club, street dance, gymnastics club, table tennis, games club, Rock Steady, and a wide range of peripatetic musical instrument lessons. Some of these are led by our Year 6 prefects and others a led by outside companies.
Reception children will follow the reformed Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as we are ‘Early adopters’ this year.
This curriculum is divided into 7 areas of learning which are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. Each area of the Foundation Stage curriculum has equal weighting to ensure we offer all our children a broad and balanced Foundation year. Children are given opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in all of these areas through a wide range of activities and play.
Within this curriculum there are 17 Early Learning Goals which all the children work towards throughout their Reception year.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
- Managing self
- Building relationships
Communication and language:
- Listening, attention and understanding
- Gross motor skills
- Fine motor skills
- Word reading
- Numerical patterns
Understanding the World:
- Past and present
- People, culture and communities
- The natural world
Expressive Arts and Design:
- Creating with materials
- Being imaginative and expressive
Through careful observation and assessment, staff are able to move children on in their learning and to also encourage them to participate in identifying the next steps for their learning.
Learning opportunities are developed:
- Through play which is structured at times to enable new skills to develop
- Through children’s interests noted by staff and suggestions from parents
- Through allowing children to make their own decisions and choices
- Through providing a range of stimulating resources that children are encouraged to explore freely and through direction from staff
- Through incorporating drama and role play into sessions
- Through enquiry
- Through catering for different learning styles and needs
- Through offering very high-quality pastoral care so that the children feel confident, valued and secure.
Please see below for our curriculum maps showing the learning for Reception.
Further information is provided to parents at our information evenings and through Tapestry.
Years 1 to 6
The National Curriculum is the basis for our school curriculum and we have introduced knowledge organisers to ensure all children are engaged in learning. They also include information about the relevant topic that you can help your child to learn. Please see below for our knowledge organisers and curriculum maps for each year group:
Maths and English are mostly taught as discrete lessons. Please see below for our years overview of these subjects:
Phonics is taught using the letters and sounds programme. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.