Curriculum

Our School Curriculum

 

At Moorfield Primary School we believe that teaching and learning should be relevant to the children in our care and should not only meet the needs of the National curriculum 2014 but should also be exciting and enjoyable. The curriculum is at the heart of the school’s strategies to raise achievement and improve outcomes for all children. It is dynamic, adaptable, evolving and the vital part of ongoing school improvement. The significance of the curriculum and the way it is taught is crucial to the development of the child as a learner. We strive to ensure that the curriculum, enthuses, engages, enriches and motivates, developing in each child, curiosity and excitement of the world in which they live.

Activities such as arts, crafts, music, singing, poetry, drama, story-time, food, outings, galleries, and theatre and museum trips are all regular activities which we value and incorporate as part of our curriculum. Such activities which stretch beyond the classroom can open up a new world for our children. We value our school as a place of inspiration, intellectual and cultural adventure; a place which creates opportunities for children’s talents and abilities to flourish. We want to develop young people that have the skills and knowledge to be successful in navigating the world around them. We want them to grow into interesting and interested young citizens who care about the world and the people in it.

At every turn, we encourage our pupils to look beyond themselves and our school. We believe we’re an integral part of our local community and are keen to share our resources, time and skills with other schools and organisations. We aim to develop a sense of responsibility and morality in the children of our school so that they develop into caring, compassionate young people

Our curriculum is organised into a series of topics, which are planned on a two-year cycle to account for mixed aged classes. Each topic has a subject focus e.g. science, history, geography and DT, enabling the children to develop the skills knowledge and understanding to reach the intended outcomes for each Key Stage. Our curriculum is based around the acquisition of skills and knowledge through a series of learning challenges expressed as questions. These form an annual long-term overview to ensure that there is depth, breadth and balance across the curriculum. We are constantly in the process of localising our curriculum and developing it to meet the needs of our learners and the Moorfield community so that learning is where possible contextualised to the children’s experiences and needs. Our curriculum is planned to allow for opportunities to revisit and embed previously taught knowledge and skills and apply these independently in other contexts, developing mastery. Provision is made for a range of activities and opportunities to enrich the lives of young people, families and the wider community- with visits, visitors, ‘wow!’ starters and the use of the outdoors

Early Years ~ Reception
Reception classes follow the statutory Early Years (EYFS) framework. It consists of 3 prime areas – Physical Development, Communication & Language, Personal Social & Emotional Development, and 4 specific areas – Literacy,  Mathematics, Understanding of the World, and Expressive Arts & Design.

Key Stage 1 ~ Years 1 & 2
KS1 follow the National Curriculum. With the exception of Literacy, maths, Religious Education and P.E., our delivery of National Curriculum subjects is through a learning challenge approach based around the acquisition of skills, knowledge and understanding. Study is arranged into themed research units spread over a two-year cycle to account for our mixed-age class arrangement.
Literacy and maths are taught daily as discrete lessons. Letters and Sounds is taught in classes across KS1 and EYS. We use Letters and Sounds for phonics supplemented by with Jolly Phonic Scheme.

Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural learning, PSHE and Citizenship incorporate SEALs themes and the teaching of common British Values (democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of others with different faiths and beliefs).

Key Stage 2 ~ Years 3, 4, 5 & 6
KS2 also follow the National Curriculum. Again with the exception of Literacy, maths, Religious Education and P.E., our delivery of National Curriculum subjects is through a learning challenge approach based around the acquisition of skills, knowledge and understanding. Study is arranged into themed research units spread over a two-year cycle to account for our mixed-age class arrangement.
Literacy and maths are taught daily as discrete lessons; we set in some year groups and where necessary children access Letters & Sounds with KS1 children.

Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural learning, PSHE and Citizenship incorporate SEALs themes and the teaching of common British Values (democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of others with different faiths and beliefs).

2019 – 2020 Classes:

Class arrangements are based on pupil numbers within each cohort. When there is a need to create mixed-age classes, set criteria will be drawn up and used by the Senior Leadership; this is variable.

Class sizes in infants are restricted to 30; this legislation does not apply in the juniors but Moorfield puts a ceiling on class sizes for quality purposes and health & safety reasons.

Reception x2 classes (mixed ability), Y1 class, mixed-age Y1/2 class, Y2 class, Y3 class, Y3/4 class, Y4 class, Y5 class, Y5/6 class  and 1 x Y6 class

Parents can find further details of class study by searching on the additional year group pages.

Detailed below is a curriculum map showing the coverage for each year group. If parents or carers would like more details about a particular curriculum area, they are welcome to visit the school where the Head teacher, Miss Heyes, will be pleased to talk to them about the relevant syllabus and scheme of work which their child is following.