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Children develop skills and confidence through a purposeful play-based curriculum linked to themes or ‘hooks’ to ensure that they take the most from every learning opportunity. At all times, we place great value of the social and emotional needs of the children
The Foundation Stage Curriculum is based on seven key areas of learning:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Understanding the World
Expressive arts and design
At Musbury Primary School speaking and listening skills are paramount for both effective learning and also to help children feel valued as individuals. From the first day in school, pupils are encouraged to share ideas, use description and expressive language and to develop confidence and clarity when speaking to a range of audiences.
The importance of reading cannot be over-emphasised. In order for children to access other areas of the curriculum need to be able to read. Pupils have opportunities to take part in whole class, guided and independent reading as well as joint reading sessions with their peers and ‘reading buddies’. Our well stocked school library includes banded books.
Phonics is taught twice daily in Reception and Year 1. We use Letters & Sounds to teach Phonics, bringing a variety of teaching resources to support children with their phonics learning.
Children are encouraged to read a wide variety of texts and genres, for enjoyment and information, developing skills to become critical and independent readers who value and respect books.
Children are taught about grammar, punctuation, text structure and organisation and how to write with a fluent, joined handwriting style. We teach the correct letter formation and then straight into a cursive script in KS1 so that when children enter KS2 they have already developed a legible and well-presented form of handwriting.
We emphasise to our children that the quality of their writing, in terms of presentation and content, is equally important in English lessons as in all other learning opportunities. Pupils are given regular writing targets and individual ‘pupil conferencing’ with an adult so that they have a clear idea of the ‘next steps’ required to further improve.
Writing is often linked to the class topic in any given term. Children are not only taught about grammar, punctuation, text structure, spelling and organisation but also creativity and expression. We endeavour to ensure that pupils have extensive opportunities to develop their vocabulary.
We believe that if we can engage the children they are far more likely to want to write about their learning. Therefore, whenever feasible, we ‘bring writing to life’, providing pupils with real-life experiences which they can then relate to in their writing.
At Musbury Primary School we endeavour to provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable Mathematics curriculum for all children to ensure that they develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards the subject that will stay with them forever and inspire them to change the world.
We want all children to be fluent in the fundamentals of maths, to be able to reason mathematical, coherently justifying their ideas or theories and to be able to apply their knowledge to solve real-life problems in a range of contexts.
At Musbury Primary School are maths curriculum follows closely with the White Rose maths hub, so our maths curriculum is broken up into a series of small steps which ensure children are exposed to range of fluency activities before being challenged with a variety of problems designed to promote and develop their reasoning and problem solving skills.
At every stage we promote a culture, where it is ok to be wrong and that being wrong is part of the learning process to finding the desired answer.
Our aim is to develop our pupils’ enjoyment and interest in Science. We encourage the children to effectively communicate scientific ideas using scientific vocabulary. We also encourage the children to develop their understanding of key scientific concepts and skills. To support this, Science is taught with an emphasis on the children engaging in practical enquiry.
The science curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
· develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through scientific enquiry and questioning.
R.E. is taught using the Understanding Christianity program and reflects the fact that the religious traditions in the UK are in the main Christian whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in this country.
R.E. at Musbury Primary School is closely linked with PSHE. Our aim is to develop pupils` knowledge, understanding and awareness of Christianity and to promote spiritual, moral and cultural development to prepare our children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. We link back to our core values, which are fundamentally Christian values, in the school, chosen by the pupils, frequently. These values; Respect, Honesty, Kindness, Friendship, and Perseverance underpin how we treat each other on a daily basis.
Physical Education is a means of developing children’s physical health, fitness and positive attitude towards their own well- being. Activities covered include: Gymnastics, Dance, Athletics, Invasion Games and Swimming.
We are part of the ‘School Sport’s Partnership’ which gives opportunity for pupils to regularly participate in Festivals and Tournaments, competing against other local schools as well as providing CPD for our teaching staff. We use our Sports Premium to provide high quality coaching.
Musbury offers a range of activities after school. These include multi-skills clubs focussing on a range of skills needed to compete in all invasion games, but also linked to enhancing pupil balance and co-ordination. Both clubs and in school PE further develop pupils’ leadership skills, team work and confidence.
The school is equipped with a collection of laptop computers, iPads and interactive whiteboards to support children’s learning across the curriculum. Devices are used to publish, present and research different aspects of the curriculum.
Computing is taught across the school and enhances pupils’ problem solving skills, at the same time as developing a greater awareness of what is means to remain safe online. Children have regular sessions shining a light on the risks associated with using the internet. Children work to debug and create simple programs in KS1 to using algorithms and logical reasoning to create programs using online programs such as Scratch.
ART AND DESIGN
We seek to develop pupils creative and artistic skills by equipping the children with knowledge to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We provide regular opportunities for pupils to range of media to become proficient drawers, painters and sculptors. Where possible these creations are linked to the current theme or topic being studied.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
Linked to our topics, pupils have opportunities to design, make and evaluate products and structures using a range of materials and processes. Children are taught the technical knowledge required to make things stronger, more stable, to join and shape and use various mechanical and electrical systems. In addition, children are taught the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet and to prepare and cook a variety of dishes. Children also develop an understanding about the origins of their food.
HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY
Learning in the humanities is linked very closely (although not exclusively) to our rolling programme. We ensure that we plan in opportunities for both historical and geographical enquiry. Where possible in history we use artefacts to teach children to ask questions, think critically, use evidence and develop ideas. While in geography we give children the contextual knowledge to understand how human and physical processes impact our world. Opportunities for children to collect, analyse and communicate data gathered through fieldwork, maps and photographs are a key part of the curriculum.
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
At Musbury Primary School we introduce children to French in Class Two.
We ensure that pupils perform and listen to a variety of music and are given opportunities to compose music using a range of instruments and / or technology. Children are taught songs and sing in assemblies and are able to perform during drama or productions. We link much of our music curriculum into our themed topics.