Curriculum Statement 2017-18
Our school aims to provide … ‘a rich, supportive and stimulating environment and an atmosphere of mutual respect, in which each child entrusted to our care, can reach their full potential by developing a love of learning and a desire to succeed’.
At Montpelier Primary School we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. We aim to prepare pupils for the opportunities, experiences and responsibilities of adult life and to lay a firm foundation for future learning. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the new National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.
We acknowledge that children learn in many different ways and we recognise the need to develop strategies that allow all children to learn in ways that suit them. Opportunities are planned to cater for a range of different learning styles to ensure that all children can access the curriculum. You can find information about what each year group is covering in our curriculum overview for the academic year.
In the Foundation Stage, a variety of structured play and practical activities are planned to help children develop in the following three prime areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
The framework can be found here Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) – Schools (https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/improving-the-quality-and-range-of-education-and-childcare-from-birth-to-5-years/supporting-pages/early-years-foundation-stage). We teach this framework through topics that excite the children; we gather their ideas through mind-mapping and plan according to their needs and interests.
As a school, we recognise the importance of reading for all children and, therefore, have a comprehensive and thorough approach to the teaching of reading across the school, including daily phonics sessions in KS1. The school has adopted elements of both the Read, Write, Inc. and Letters & Sounds schemes of work for phonics. Writing is taught through a combination of Talk for Writing and topic-based units in order to provide purpose and audience for the children. Grammatical accuracy is embedded in the teaching of writing but also as a discrete element of the English curriculum.
The new mathematics curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Children at Montpelier Primary School are taught to reason mathematically, solve problems and apply their mathematical skills in a variety of real life contexts following the AET scheme of work.
In addition to English and mathematics, children are taught to develop their skills, understanding and creativity in science, computing, history, geography, design technology, music, art, physical education and religious education (which is based on the locally agreed syllabus). Additionally, French is taught from Year 3 onwards.
PSHE forms an integral part of the curriculum at Montpelier Primary School. It helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens, whilst promoting British values. All members of staff are committed to encouraging in the children a knowledge of right and wrong and to take responsibility for their own behaviour. Children are taught about the community in which they live and are encouraged to work in co-operation with other members of the school community, supporting charities, both local and further afield.
Specialist teachers and instructors support the teaching of music, with this being an integral part of the fabric of our school. We aim to develop children’s enjoyment, confidence and skill in physical activity and introduce them to an active, healthy lifestyle.
All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can drive curriculum development and support their colleagues throughout the school.
Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.
The more able are challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success. National requirements and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school and then individual year groups plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly. The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s Core Values (our school creed) and these are taught on their own and through other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum.
Please read below our curriculum overview for 2017-18