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Curriculum Statement

The curriculum at Middleton Primary School comprises all the learning and other development opportunities that pupils experience at the school. We aim to provide our pupils with a broad, balanced education, develop them to fulfil their potential and nurture them into good citizens, conscious of their responsibilities to each other, their family, society and the world of work. British Values underpin our entire ethos and curriculum. 

 

We believe that education, at home and at school, is a route to moral, social, cultural, spiritual, physical and mental development, and thus the well-being of the individual. Education should also reaffirm our commitment to the virtues of truth, justice, honesty and sense of duty. 

 

At Middleton, we also believe that:

  • Each pupil is entitled to receive the best education possible and to achieve the highest standards
  • The curriculum should meet pupil’s individual needs
  • Pupils learn best from a broad and challenging curriculum
  • The curriculum should involve first-hand experience and be taught in ways which make sense for pupils
  • Achievement in a range of subjects across the curriculum and beyond improves pupils’ confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to tackle more challenging work and develop a positive attitude to school

 

Middleton Primary School is committed to meeting the requirements of the new primary curriculum from September 2014.  We have updated our schemes of work to reflect the content and challenge of the new curriculum and we are proud to offer broad and balanced experiences, making the most of many and varied opportunities to broaden and enrich the curriculum for our children.

 

We aim to teach our curriculum in an engaging, interesting and inspirational way primarily through a skills based, thematic approach. In particular, we are using the Chris Quigley Skills Based curriculum as the basis for our cross-curricular themes. These themes cover most subjects; excluding English, Mathematics, PSHE and Religious Education, which have their own schemes. Where possible, however, links are made to embed the learning in these subjects.  Our pupils lie at the heart of this thematic learning and play a large part in planning what they would like to learn as well. This approach provides a rich diversity of exciting themes that appeal to our children while still covering all the separate elements required by our National Curriculum.

 

We are passionate about providing children with opportunities to apply their knowledge and understanding of the curriculum and we offer a range of trips and visits to compliment their learning in school. Our comprehensive Visits Plan offers children opportunities to develop and explore the local area as well as visiting places of interest further afield. We provide a number of residential visits each year, which are exciting, varied and an fantastic opportunity for relationship building.  

 

We have very high expectations for attainment and progress in all subject but we also offer a wide range of art, musical and sporting opportunities throughout key stage one and two. Children are given opportunities to participate in after school clubs linked to these curriculum areas and are often invited to participate in competitive events such as the sport festivals and Music for Youth Regional Festivals.

 

Our commitment to providing such a rich and varied curriculum can be evidenced through the awarding of the Science, ICT and Arts marks during the academic year 2013-2014.

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