Our Curriculum Intent
At Millfield Primary School we believe that all pupils should thrive academically, socially and emotionally - learning how to make a positive contribution to our local community.
Our curriculum has been created to achieve this through inspirational and engaging experiences which build pupils knowledge and skills and prepare them for life in the 21st Century in Tamworth and beyond.
At the start of this academic year in September 2021 we redesigned our curriculum further to ensure that is fully sequenced and connected, spanning from Reception to Year 6. The purpose of this was to ensure that our curriculum was having impact and giving pupils an in depth and effective learning experience.
When designing our curriculum we have looked to use our local area to support learning experiences.
For example we visit nearby Drayton Manor Park to look at roller coasters in action and support our learning about forces
We visit Tamworth Castle to support our history learning about castles and life in the past.
On our doorstep we have the Birmingham and Fazeley canal and of course Tolson's Mill so as part of our local area study we learn about why the canal was built and why the mill was constructed next to it.
It is vital that our curriculum gives pupils knowledge and understanding to allow them to begin to see what they are learning now - could help them in the future as regards their careers.
The progression map we have designed and developed for each curriculum subject include what pupils have learnt previously, what they are learning currently and aspirations for future careers.
To find out more about curriculum learning projects in each year group please visit the year group pages on our web site and download the knowledge organiser for that particular year group.
Millfield Primary School - English - Reading
Our vision for teaching reading at our school
Reading is the most important skill that we must teach our pupils to ensure that they become fluent readers as quickly as possible.
We want every pupil at this school to be a confident, fluent reader who not only reads to learn but also reads for pleasure.
Fluent readers will learn more, because they can read and gain knowledge for themselves.
In order to achieve this aim of every pupil being a strong confident fluent reader we use a range of approaches including:
- teachers reading a class book regularly, which allows all children to listen and respond to texts beyond their own reading age and to expose our learners to the vast array of book types, authors and genres that will tempt them to become lifelong readers;
- daily guided reading where the teacher explicitly explores texts with a group of learners each day where our learners read and respond to the text;
- whole class shared reading as part of English learning which aims to engage learners in to a specific text or genre which is enhanced through text marking/exploration as well as incidental writing and linked writing to the text;
- planned and incidental reading throughout the day such as: topic research, including ipads/internet and books, independent reading, paired reading, buddy reading;
- daily teaching of phonics from Foundation to Year 2 (Read, Write, Inc)
To find out more about the teaching reading at our school please click here to access our reading policy.
Millfield Primary School - Read Write Inc
Our vision for the teaching of phonics / early reading at our school
We want all children at our school become confident and fluent readers as quickly as possible. To achieve this we use a rigorous and systematic approach to phonics. This ensures learners are prepared for other curriculum experiences and opportunities as they progress through the school.
Since September 2016 we have been using the Read, Write Inc literacy programme to help teach our EYFS and KS1 pupils to read as well as an intervention to support pupils in other year groups who require extra support.
Read Write Inc. Phonics is a complete literacy programme written by Ruth Miskin, for 4 to 7 year-olds learning to read and write and for 7 and 8 year-olds needing to catch up quickly.
It involves interactive phonics lessons, handwriting, grammar and extended writing activities using highly stimulating storybooks, phonics cards, rhymes and actions.
Lessons are well paced, highly structured and follow a consistent approach across all groups. Teachers and Teaching Assistants are trained to a high standard by qualified Read, Write Inc trainers, who continue to provide support to the school in the form of development days during the year. Teachers and Teaching assistants who are delivering the Read, Write Inc. programme will have responsibility for the progress of the children in their group.
Click here to find out more about how we use Read Write Inc at our school.
Millfield Primary School - English - The Millfield Write
'Big Writing' is an innovative approach to the teaching of the skills of writing devised by leading educationalist Ros Wilson. The school has adapted elements of this approach to meet the needs of our pupils.
Every Friday our pupils across KS1 and KS2 complete the 'Millfield Write' where after a period of planning and direct teaching (as well as completing learning in preparation across the week) they are given an opportunity to write for a sustained period. It is designed to motivate children and make them want to write through a very structured approach.
We have found this approach highly effective for pupils across the school and it has a direct impact on raising the writing standard of all pupils.
For further information regarding the Millfield Write please contact our English subject leader Mr S Kelly (head teacher) - (Mrs K Smith English subject leader currently on maternity leave).
Millfield Primary School - Mathematics
Our vision for Mathematics teaching at our school
At our school we want all our pupils to become strong, confident mathematicians who have the necessary mathematical skills and knowledge needed for their future learning.
At Millfield Primary School, we use the Inspire Maths textbook scheme which is based on the Singapore method of teaching for mastery. This scheme helps our pupils to gain a firm understanding of number and allows them to make progress towards mastery in those skills and concepts they have learned.
The scheme requires high quality teaching with high expectations of all pupils. Support is given through the use of adult supervision and concrete / pictorial resources in order to scaffold learning to meet the needs of each learner.
We ensure there are opportunities for all children to apply their mathematical reasoning, linked to their current learning or prior knowledge, across the week.
Millfield Primary School - Science
Our vision for science teaching and learning at our school:
At Millfield Primary School we seek to create confident, excited scientists who can observe and explain phenomena and raise further questions which they then go on to investigate. We strive to equip the pupils with the necessary skills so that they can follow scientific lines of enquiry in all 3 fields of biology, physics and chemistry.
Our science curriculum provides pupils with a range of learning activities that help foster and encourage a love of science. We aim to ensure that pupils are able to apply their knowledge to a range of investigations and are continually prompted to raise questions so that they are excited to find out: What happens if? or I wonder what? All pupils are supported if necessary so that they are actively engaged in their science learning and are able to use this learning to make sense of the world around them.
For further information regarding our science curriculum please contact our science subject leader Mrs Fisher.
Millfield Primary School - Geography
Our vision for geography teaching and learning at our school:
At Millfield Primary School we will provide learning opportunities and experiences that help children grow and develop as individuals and as members of the local and global community. Our aim is to ensure that there are no limits or barriers to the children’s achievements, regardless of their backgrounds, circumstances or needs.
Our geography curriculum encourages children’s curiosity about the world and its people. It aims to equip children with the knowledge and understanding of the world, people, places and environment. It enables children to extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the United Kingdom to include the characteristics of the world’s most significant human and physical features.
To find out more about the geography curriculum at our school and how it is sequenced and connected please click here.
Millfield Primary School - History
Our vision for history teaching and learning at our school:
At Millfield Primary School we want to develop pupils understanding of key events and people in the past, how this shaped society and how it impacts on our local community past, present and future. We will encourage pupils to think like a historian, be inquisitive, ask questions and find answers using historical sources.
To find out more about the history curriculum at our school and how it is sequenced and connected please click here.
Click the image above to visit the DfE website for information about the National Curriculum.
Parents / carers can find out more about the Read Write Inc programme that we use in school. as well as ways to support their child with their reading at home by clicking on the image above.
Click the image above to find out more about the philosphy behind the Cornerstones Curriculum.