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.
Recovery Curriculum - September 2020
At our school we have thought carefully about the impact of Covid-19 on education and the progress of our pupils and as a result carefully considered the curriculum plans and teaching approaches that we will adopt from September 2020.
Our priority is for all pupils to be happy, feel safe and be engaged in their learning when they return to school so that they can make the best possible progress.
The first step to re-engaging our children with their learning is through building on their confidence and capturing their interest with exciting and engaging topics. It will serve no purpose to children or staff to start the next academic year by testing children to find ‘gaps’ in their learning, or by reminding them of what they have missed. All children learn at different paces and all children have times where they find learning a challenge – this is healthy, and staff are well-prepared for how to support children during this time.
We believe that relationships are at the heart of good teaching. Our priority is to warmly welcome our children back in September and to reinforce strong home school links. Many children have been disconnected from their friends and teachers for five months. Time will be made to listen to children, their experiences and to support them with the transition back into school routines – both pastorally and academically.
We know that a child will not learn effectively if they are worried or anxious therefore, we have thought about the most effective way to support our pupils’ ability to learn. This approach will encompass and support the academic expectations for every child in our care.
It is important that alongside this we prioritise what children must learn, as well as what skills and knowledge they need to move forward rapidly.
At Millfield Primary School we have – along with many schools - spent time looking at evidence and research by Professor Barry Carpenter, CBE, Professor of Mental Health in Education at Oxford Brookes University who has developed a ‘Recovery Curriculum’ to support children with their transition back into school. It is a way for schools to help children come back into school life, acknowledging the experiences that they have had over the past six months.
The evidence available suggests children (and parents) are likely to feel anxious about the return and will need support, reassurance and positivity when they come back. Time will be made for children who require additional support and all staff are clear on supporting the re-connection with school whilst maintaining an ambitious curriculum for all our children.
You can find out more about the ‘Recovery Curriculum’ and the ‘five levers’ of this curriculum by clicking here.
We hope this has explained some of the thinking behind our approach and provided some re-assurance.
We are confident that by working together we will be able to help pupils to feel happy, settle quickly, and enjoy learning again at school so that they make the best possible progress from their starting points.
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.
Curriculum and Assessment
The new National Curriculum introduced in September 2014 does not have levels of attainment, but instead has ‘expectations’ children are required to meet at each banding. Attainment will be reported as being below, at, or above Age Related Expectations (ARE). Click on the links below to see the expected ARE for pupils in each year group across the school.
Age Related Expectations