Our curriculum

Our Curriculum Statement

Aims:

1. to nurture and develop well-rounded, capable and caring individuals, with good self-esteem and understanding of themselves as people and their role as citizens within a diverse society;

2. to give children the skills, knowledge and attitudes to lead a rich and fulfilling life and to be equipped to be able to make choices in their lives.

In order to achieve our aims, we need to ensure children:

  • have firm foundations of basic skills that they can use and apply;
  • have a broad range of exciting and creative opportunities to discover and nurture their individual talents;
  • understand the distinct nature of the different disciplines that enable one to become a specialist in a particular area;
  • develop a set of core human values that underpin their spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development and their sense of uniqueness and self-worth as individuals;
  • have access and opportunity for all individuals to achieve their potential;
  • develop their thinking and questioning skills.

The National Curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by schools so children learn the same things. Academies do not have to follow the National Curriculum but must teach a broad and balanced curriculum including English, Maths and Science, as well as Religious Education. At Leigh Beck we teach the full curriculum, with a particular focus on Literacy and Numeracy skills. 

September 2017

The National Curriculum subjects are English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Religious Education (RE), Art and Design, Music, Computing, Design and Technology, Physical Education, and for KS2 a Modern Foreign Language (MfL). At Leigh Beck our selected MfL is Spanish. We teach Literacy, Numeracy, PE, RE and Music as distinct subjects and combine the other subjects within our 'Enquiry Curriculum'.

Click here for a link to the 2014 National Curriculum, which we are following for all subjects.

Here are the Age-Related Expectations (ARE) for each year group:

Year 1 ARE

Year 2 ARE

Year 3 ARE

Year 4 ARE

Year 5 ARE

Year 6 ARE

Our Topic Curriculum

Each class focuses on a topic in each term or part of a term. 

Teachers and school leaders can give information about the Curriculum in each year group for 2017/2018. Please feel free to contact us on the playground each day or arrange an appointment to meet. 

Our EYFS Curriculum

At Maple Grove Primary School children in Reception are provided with a stimulating learning environment which encourages learning through play – a fundamental part of early learning.

The school uses the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum to plan learning opportunities in the following areas.

The curriculum covers seven areas of learning, consisting of three prime areas and four specific areas. All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected. The curriculum also develops the three key characteristics of effective learning: playing, active learning, creating and thinking critically. These areas of learning and key characteristics are used to plan activities for the children based on their individual development, interest and learning needs. The areas of learning are delivered through a combination of planned, purposeful play, with a balance of adult led and child-initiated independent activities, and more focused whole-class teaching sessions and small guided group work. Learning takes place both in the classroom and outdoors. Progress is closely monitored by our experienced Early Years staff and recorded in individual pupil profiles and Special Books.  

EYFS areas of learning and their associated Early Learning Goals

Characteristics of effective learning:

Playing and exploring – engagement

  • Finding out and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to ‘have a go’

Active learning – motivation

  • Being involved and concentrating
  • Keeping trying
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

Creating and thinking critically – thinking

  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing ways to do things

Prime Areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Making relationships
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour

Physical Development

  • Moving and handling
  • Health and self-care

Communication and Language

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking 

Specific Areas:

Literacy

  • Reading
  • Writing

Mathematics

  • Numbers
  • Shape, space and measure

Understanding of the world

  • People and communities
  • The world
  • Technology

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Exploring and using media and materials
  • Being imaginative

Teachers and school leaders can give information about our EYFS Curriculum in each year group for 2017/2018. Please feel free to contact us on the playground each day or arrange an appointment to meet. Ms Haque is our Early Years Leader. 

Here is a presentation for parents and carers

Click here for a link to the EYFS curriculum
 
Click here for the Early Years Statutory Framework

Extra-curricular events

We run a range of extra curricular events which serve to add enjoyment and further celebration to our curriculum provision. If you have any other ideas of things you’d like celebrated or opportunities that you (or someone you know) can offer our children please speak to your child's Teacher or a School Leader. 

Parental involvement

Our aim is to encourage further parental involvement in their child’s learning and the life of our school. If you have any talents you can offer please do see any of us in school. These could be: cooking, baking, crafts, technology (e.g. DJing, computer skills, animation), marital arts or fitness, traditional dancing, to name a few of many I’m sure you have. We’d be grateful for even an hour of your time to pop in and work with our teachers and children.

We also hold regular celebration assemblies for parents and invite parents for 'learning looks'  to see their child's learning in class.

How can parents find out more?

Click here for the DfE home page on curriculum and assessment.

The school supports pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well, especially in preparing pupils to be good, responsible citizens.

Ofsted report, December 2016