Our curriculum will provide fun and exciting opportunities that will stimulate children’s imagination. This will include opportunities for problem solving, developing self-esteem and exploring and developing the children’s own interests. By encouraging collaborative learning, we will ensure that children are both self-motivated, and challenged by others.
Our curriculum will allow children the freedom to take risks, to know that failure is a part of their learning journey, and that their mistakes can be utilized to achieve success. Children will be given the skills to be independent learners who can reflect on their learning, and be able to improve upon it. Our curriculum will teach children to do this by using the skills of critical thinking and using tools of analysis and reasoning.
Through an engaging curriculum with hooks into learning, linked with the children’s own interests, children will not be ‘spoon-fed’, but will instead take ownership of it. They will care about their learning and will be proud of every end product.
The world we live in is ever changing and our curriculum will allow children to grow to be adaptable, with transferrable skills that will equip them to thrive. Through our curriculum, children will increase their awareness of British values, and the values of others.
Our Curriculum, despite following the National Curriculum, is bespoke to Mosborough and is designed with a Mosborough child in mind. As a consequence it will grow and change. For this reason we only publish the plan for the term. This enables us to 'tweak' our plans to ensure they respond to the needs of our children and the community we serve. We make no apologies for this, we plan for our children and nobody else!
KEY STAGES 1 AND 2
From September 2014, the school's curriculum is based on the subjects outlined in the New National Curriculum. These are: Maths, English, Science, Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Languages (KS2 only) History, Geography, Music, Physical Education and Religious Education.
We also place a strong emphasis on developing children's understanding of their own and others' needs and feelings through personal, social, health, education and citizenship learning. This is taught as discrete lessons, and also promoted through assemblies and day-to-day events in our school life.
We have developed a creative approach to our curriculum where we aim to challenge children's learning. Whenever possible, we try to make links across subjects, so that learning in one area enhances learning in another subject. Some subjects such as Maths and English are taught daily and links are made to the topic whenever possible. Others are studied for short blocks, so as to enable children to make links and follow up/extend their ideas. We encourage children to ask and try to answer their own questions and explain their thinking. We aim to include trips and real experiences in our curriculum whenever we can. You will also notice that for some units the plan is spread over a whole term, whilst others are split into a shorter half termly block.
Different teaching methods are used at different times in the school. During a week a mixture of whole class, group and individual teaching and learning will be used, depending on which is most appropriate.
We place a very high emphasis on developing children's literacy and communication skills, not only in specific English lessons but through all areas of the curriculum. Through our teaching we aim to help children express themselves creatively and to communicate with others effectively.
Speaking and Listening
Children learn to speak effectively, clearly and confidently for different purposes and audiences. They are taught how to listen, understand and respond to others, including how to take part in group discussions and drama activities.
Reading and Phonics
Initially children learn to enjoy reading and books. Through a structured programme of phonics teaching (Synthetic Phonics), they are taught how to sound out letters, and develop other strategies to help them to read new words. They develop the skills to read a range of fiction and non-fiction material fluently, critically and with understanding. They reflect on the meanings of texts and evaluate how effective they are. Books in school are 'book banded' which means they are colour coded in order of difficulty. We have books from a variety of 'schemes' including the Oxford Reading Tree and Project X.
When they first come to school, our children learn to experiment with writing and to understand the value of it. We then use a programme of phonics, combined with teaching the spelling of common words, to enable our learners to write independently. They learn to punctuate and improve their handwriting. As they become more confident, children are taught to write in different contexts, for different purposes and to apply language rules and traditions for effect.
Maths is taught daily and across the curriculum where appropriate.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Key Stage 2 children are taught French every week as part of their curriculum entitlement. Please visit the MFL page to see an over view of coverage.
Learning to Learn: children develop the skills of reflection and evaluation. They identify the strategies they have used in their learning and help the teacher plan their next steps. By the time they leave in Year 6, our children are expected to be experts at analysing their own learning and also helping other improve their learning.
Our Curriculum Plans