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Curriculum

Learning at Mistley Norman

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here. For more information about our curriculum, please contact Mrs Reid or speak with your child's class teacher. 

Intent

  • Our local area has a wealth of opportunities that has enabled us to design our curriculum that is relevant and engaging for our pupils therefore developing their cultural capital. Many of our pupils live in the area but do not often have the opportunity to experience them. (e.g. Constable, coastal study, Romans, WW2 & different places of worship)
  • Our aim is to provide a curriculum that will enable all pupils to thrive and flourish by ensuring it is engaging, thematic & creative, incorporating a love of learning in the outdoors. We want to broaden their horizons, give them opportunities to explore, to keep asking questions, to develop their social skills and teamwork along with using technology to enhance their learning.

Implementation

  • The curriculum is based around a theme which is cross curricular where appropriate. It is being designed to enable pupils to use and apply their knowledge in many different ways. Alongside this are our key priorities for raising English and mathematics outcomes along with Religious Education. These are taught as subject specific including the systematic teaching of phonics  but are designed to provide the tools children need to use in their topic. 
  • Intervention activities are delivered such as precision teaching, small group teacher focus during a lesson as a result of ongoing assessment, early morning interventions, from marking books and group work with a member of staff from Manning Tree High School.
  • Enrichment activities are planned to include visits, theme days, visitors to school, activities to support the community, sporting events and opportunities to lead in school. e.g. community project with Colchester United (starting Nov 19), Cathedral visit, Rugby competition Remembrance Service.

Impact

The most important impact our curriculum can have is two fold:

  1. It enables our children to be safe.
  2. It enables our children to be ready for their next stage of their education and life beyond this.

We are able to measure aspects of this. For example, we use statutory assessments and the progress children make to measure the impact of our English and mathematics curriculum. We also measure the progress children make in other subjects, using our own tracking system.

Other aspects of our curriculum it is almost impossible to ‘measure with number’. The feedback from children, from parents and our own observations, show that children value the experiences we give them and that they help the children to learn and to grow in confidence, maturity and independence.

We keep the implementation and impact of our curriculum under constant review. We do this through our ongoing monitoring and evaluation work. The outcomes of this are used by us to adjust our curriculum.

 

From September 2014, schools within England have had a duty to promote British Values which we incorporate as an important aspect  of our curriculum.  The Department For Education (DFE), define them as:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and belief

 

Phonics 

Children from Nursery until the end of KS1 have daily phonics lessons. At Mistley Norman, we introduce phonics in Nursery using approaches from Jolly Phonics before moving onto follow Letters and Sounds.

Reading 

Reading is the key to all other subject areas and therefore we place great emphasis on the importance of reading in our school. In Reception, Key Stage 1 and for some children in Key Stage 2, we use Bug Club books and online resources to develop skills in both reading and comprehension. 

 

In Key Stage 2, children predominately use Accelerated Reader books to secure their reading skills. This ensures that rather than becoming a 'free reader' children still have leveled books given to them set at an appropriate level of challenge for their ability. 

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