The curriculum is all the planned activities organised in order to promote learning, personal growth and development.
It includes not only the formal requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework 2012 and the National Curriculum but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school has organised, in order to enrich the experience of the children.
It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’, or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential.
Marsden Primary School aims to provide all children with a broad and balanced curriculum. All pupils are taught in line with national requirements, and the teachers endeavour to enrich the children’s learning with purposeful and creative learning experiences.
‘The Early Learning Goals’ are taught to our youngest pupils as specified in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework 2012, and cover the seven areas of development including:
- Communication and language;
- Personal, social and emotional development.
- Physical development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design.
Throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, the children are taught in line with National Curriculum requirements.
The full breadth of subjects is taught
English // Mathematics // Science // Information and Communication Technology // Religious Education // History // Geography // Art // Physical Education // Music // Design Technology // Personal Social and Health Education // Citizenship.
Learning to Read
Whilst at Marsden, the children are taught how to use phonics to aid their reading and spelling.
The DfE (Department for Education) ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme is used which sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills.
The children are taught how to recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes, identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’; and learn how to blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.
The children receive support with this important skill until they are assessed to be fully fluent readers and spellers.
Informal assessment of phonic skills is on-going, with formal screening of the children in Years 1 and 2.
The children are also taught reading skills through whole class, group and individual reading sessions.
Teachers at Marsden engage the children in their reading by using a wide variety of styles of text, including reading texts on the screen.
A wealth of books are available for the children to read in school – including books from a wide variety of ‘reading schemes’ which encourage children to use the breadth of reading skills, class libraries and reading areas, and a large selection of books in our school library.
The teachers and support staff at Marsden work hard to make the curriculum accessible to all pupils, and work is closely matched to the ability of the individual child.
Staff are available to specifically support pupils who may have English as an additional language, or who may require specific physical or learning support.
A copy of the Special Educational Needs Policy and further information on the teaching of pupils with Special Educational Needs is available on this web site or from the school office.
British Values Statement
The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure they are taught in schools.
At Marsden Primary School we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We value the ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate and explore these alongside other cultures in our country. This is particularly important as the majority of our children come from a Pakistani- Muslim heritage and we do not have a rich ethnic mix in school.
We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts. Our cross curricular approach provides excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding developing the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of our children.
The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example, sporting events, a range of visits and use of outdoor education centres. Their strong rooted values-based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.
At Marsden, we value the voice of the child and promote democratic processes such as our school council whose members are voted for by the children. Ideas and events are planned and discussed with a chance for debate and putting forward points of view.
We expect all our children to be good role models for each other, which is encouraged through high expectations of behaviour.
The subjects taught in school are often linked together in the form of class “Topic Work”. This helps children to learn and practise a wide range of skills, within the setting of a common theme.
Topic work in school provides a real variety of learning for the children. Teachers work hard to ensure the themes are motivating and creative for all the children, and constantly review the teaching after consulting the children in order to provide the best education possible.
Children are encouraged to contribute topic ideas and are involved in the initial planning of many of our topics. Classes are well resourced and school trips / visitors are used to extend the child’s learning even further – making the whole learning experience a fun and exciting one.
Each term, parents receive a newsletter which contains a curriculum overview which shows the work their child will be covering that term. It provides some suggestions for activities you can do to support your child’s learning at home. SEE OUR PARENTS MATHS SUPPORT
We are keen to work together with all parents in supporting a child’s education. Workshops are held in school, to explain how particular subjects are taught.
‘Open Days’ are held and parents are invited to come into school and join in the lessons. Parents are welcome into school and we are hoping to develop a team of parent volunteer helpers.
A child’s grasp of basic skills is regularly assessed in school to ensure the child makes appropriate progress for their age. Assessment is generally informal and on-going, and teachers use the results to help them plan what support individual pupils need next.
On occasion, some children may benefit from additional help with their learning, which can be provided both within school and in the form of homework.
Other children may be ready for higher level challenges within their school work. These are also catered for at Marsden.
In line with current Government requirements, pupils at the end of Key Stage 2 take part in the statutory national assessments (SATs).
Pupils at the end of Key Stage 1 are also closely assessed, mainly by the teachers, although the SATs still have to be used in order to inform these judgements.
As the pupils move through Key Stage 2 the teachers make use of non-statutory SATs, so that pupil progress can be closely monitored.
Should you wish to find out more about the curriculum at Marsden, please feel free to make an appointment to see the appropriate teacher in school – or come along to our informative ‘Open Days’ and get involved in the learning for yourself.