Marsh Baldon Church of England Primary School is proud to provide a personalised curriculum with the needs of our pupils at the centre of all that we do. We always aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that is tailored to the needs of our pupils.
We work with our school and local community to provide opportunities for all our pupils to learn and to achieve including to promote our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We aim to prepare all our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they will faced with as they move to the next phase of their education and beyond.
Our curriculum is planned and organised carefully to ensure pupils are supported to:
· Question the world they live in
· Develop a commitment to learning that will last them a lifetime
· Develop key literacy and numeracy skills they need to learn
· Nurture their creativity
· Develop personal values, qualities and attitudes and be respectful of other people and their views and opinions
· Cooperate with others
· Develop an appreciation and concern for the environment in which they live
· Work towards achieving their potential
The Early Years Curriculum we follow is set out in the following document. http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf
The National Curriculum subjects for Key Stages 1 and 2 are set out in section 84 of the Education Act 2002. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
The National Curriculum is organised on the basis of key stages. At Marsh Baldon C of E Primary School we have three key stages:
Early Years Foundation Stage: Ages 4-5 (Reception Year)
Key Stage 1: Ages 5-7 (Years 1-2)
Key Stage 2: Ages 7-11 (Years 3-6)
Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:
Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and society, and
Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
The National Curriculum sets out in Programmes of Study, on the basis of Key Stages, subject content for those subjects that should be taught to all pupils.
The Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2
The National Curriculum consists of the following core subjects:
Art and Design: use a range of materials, draw, paint and sculpture and study great artists of the past.
Computing: design, write and debug programs; understand computer networks including the internet; use search technology effectively; select, use and combine a variety of software and use technology safely.
Design and Technology: Designing, making, evaluating and build technical knowledge. Cooking and nutrition
Languages (not statutory for Key Stage 1): listen and show understanding, join in with songs and rhymes, hold conversations, speak in sentences and read with accurate pronunciation, write phrases from memory
From their first weeks in the Class 1 pupils follow the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme of study. Children in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and if they still need it, in Key Stage 2. Once they have mastered phonics, the children move to Read Write Inc. Spellings programme.
Pupils will be sent home with a school reading book each day from the earliest days in the Class 1 through to the end of Year 6. We organise books into coloured bands based on the complexity of the text which the pupils move their way through until they are fluent independent readers and can choose from a large selection of unbanded fiction and non-fiction texts. Our reading books come from a range of children’s books including a selection from several different reading schemes.
At Marsh Baldon C of E Primary School, British values are reinforced regularly as described in this document:
At Marsh Baldon School our Long Term English plan is designed to support the three phases of the teaching sequence.
1. To give children opportunities to familiarise with the text type.
2. To allow children to capture ideas through word and language activities.
3. To offer a variety of writing opportunities in order to master spelling, grammar and punctuation skills leading to a quality written outcome.
We use this Long Term plan as a guide. From here teachers use on-going assessment and the requirements of the New National Curriculum for English to ensure the needs of the children are met. The suggested outcomes can change to enable children to embed learnt skills, new grammar as well as to incorporate learning from other curriculum areas.