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.
When designing our curriculum we have looked to use our local area to support learning experiences.
For example in Year 5 we visit nearby Drayton Manor Park to support our Scream Machine curriculum project and learn about forces at work.
In Year 2 as part of our Towers and Turrets history learning project we visit Tamworth Castle.
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 where 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 latest curriculum newsletter and knowledge organiser for that particular year group.
Millfield Primary School - English - Reading
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
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 Mrs K Smith.
Millfield Primary School - Cornerstones Curriculum
With the introduction of new National Curriculum in September 2014 we have worked hard to refresh our school approach and provision for pupils.
As part of this work we have implemented the new Cornerstones Curriculum (from September 2015), a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations.
Our curriculum is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning. We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts.
Our curriculum provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that requires children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum. Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
Click here to access a curriculum map of the ILP's being covered at our school in each year group.
You can also access a Cornerstones curriculum map by clicking on the relevant year group below:
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.