At Milford Primary School we are committed to nurturing our pupils to enable them to become responsible global citizens. We believe our pupils are entitled to an exciting, rich curriculum that provides them with the skills and knowledge needed for life beyond primary school. We are committed to creating a stimulating learning environment which gives the children the best start to their education.
Each half term, every class will have an overarching topic theme. This is introduced to the children through a big question. The topics are cross curricular (for example the English, History and Art may be linked) but there isn’t the expectation that all subjects will link together. Instead the different subjects will be linked by concepts chosen from the document below. These concepts will be the subject of class discussions and debates and be used as a way of providing coherence across the different subjects. When planning, we make horizontal links across the subjects but also vertical links with learning from previous years.
Knowledge is at the heart of the curriculum but important skills – generic and subject specific- are taught alongside knowledge. For each national curriculum area, we have produced progression statements which outline the subject specific skills that are taught in each area. Using these as a basis for our planning ensures that the children’s skills build up over time and progress is clearly made.
For each topic we provide a real audience or purpose to the learning to increase the engagement of the children as they see that learning has relevance. This might be low stakes such as another class in the school, their friend or their parents. However we also aim for each class to have a bigger ‘outside’ purpose at least once a year (For example, publishing a book, putting on a performance, presenting to an outside visitor, writing to a real person about a relevant topic)
We provide a curriculum that reflects our local area and is relevant to our children. We have a local history/geography topic in each class and we make many links with our community throughout the year. To prepare our children for life in a multi-cultural society, we make sure that when plan our topics, we bring an awareness of other cultures and faiths through the books we read and the topics we cover. Our school values are also woven through all our planning to ensure the children can understand the real life relevance of them and apply them to their own lives.