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Curriculum

Cleobury Mortimer Primary School

Curriculum Statement

 

Mission Statement

“Enjoying and Achieving Together”

At Cleobury Mortimer Primary School we offer our children a broad and balanced curriculum that fulfils the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. Our aim is to deliver a curriculum that is lively, engaging and centred on high quality first-hand experiences to prepare children for the modern world.

Our curriculum overview breaks down our aims into:

  • What are we trying to achieve?
  • How do we organise learning?
  • How well are we achieving our aims?

We constantly review what we do to ensure the curriculum is relevant and prepares the children for our ever-changing world.

Each subject area has its own policy including the intent, implementation and impact of the teaching of the subject. Subject leaders work together as we use a cross curricular approach to enable children to make natural links between subject areas and deepen their learning.  Within each theme, we have incorporated:

 

ESR (Education for Social Responsibility)

This provides children with lessons to give them the skills to care for the world they will inherit. From climate change and fragile ecosystems, to ethical trade, finite resources and living fulfilled lives, our ESR curriculum is designed to help children prepare for the future. It will teach the children about challenges the world is facing and give them the passion to improve and preserve the future of our planet and help them to live happy, healthier, kinder lives. They will learn to think about the bigger picture and living our life in a way which benefits society at large – including those living in other parts of the world. This will hopefully help the children to live happy, healthy, safe lives in the future.

People and Culture

In each year group we have a theme to enable children to learn about what life is like for those in other parts of the world. This will help them to understand and embrace difference and celebrate the variety of cultures we have on our planet.

EYFS Curriculum

CMPS  follows the Foundation Stage curriculum (2017) set out by the government. For children in the Nursery and Reception classes, this means a curriculum that is organised into seven areas of learning: Prime Areas- communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development.

Specific Areas- literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design.

At Cleobury Gateway Nursery, we value the importance of child led learning.  Planning 'in the moment' is all about seizing the moment for children to progress in their learning, whilst following their own interests.  Based on what the children are already deeply involved in, this way of planning relies on our skilled practitioners, to use quality interactions to draw out the children’s knowledge and build on it there and then (in the moment). We observe the children in their play and look out for ‘teachable moments’ (moments during play which provide an opportunity for a practitioner to teach the child) which we then act upon in order to ensure the children progress.

 

This way of working means that most planning is retrospective (there is no forward planning). Each member of the Early Years team records what they have done each day to help the children with their learning. We then look at this at the end of the day to consider how we can further develop and extend this learning. 

In Reception, some learning is led and structured by adults and some is initiated by children through play and exploration.

Curriculum for Years 1-6

CMPS follows the National Curriculum introduced by the Government in September 2014. The curriculum is divided into two Key Stages- Key Stage 1 for Years 1 & 2 and Key Stage 2 for Years 3-6. Throughout, there are three “core” subjects: English, Maths and Science. Children are also taught what are known as the “foundation” subjects: Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Languages, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education. In addition, it is the school’s statutory duty to teach Religious Education using the agreed syllabus followed all schools in the SGET. The school also implements Sex and Relationship Education (SRE). The teaching of SRE will become statutory in September 2020.

We have high expectations of our children in all subjects; work is presented to high standard and informative marking ensures children know how to improve their work.

Children and adults work in an environment of mutual respect and trust which contributes to a very positive learning environment.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The statutory curriculum is complemented by a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities including:

  • Clubs: sports, music, crafts, gardening, audio book club and fencing.
  • Trips: each class goes on at least one trip each year to complement the work they do in class. This includes visits to places of worship.
  • Visitors: outside expertise and visitors are used to broaden and enhances children’s learning.
  • Residential: Year 6 go for a weeklong residential every year giving them the opportunity to learn skills and take part in activities we cannot facilitate at school. Additionally, they learn about independence and responsibility in a secure and supported environment whilst building their teamwork skills.
  • STEM: to enrich the curriculum we have STEM events each term, many of which include visitors from industry to inspire the children.
  • Link with Trust secondary school: we have strong PE and STEM links with Lacon Childe School where children take part in many sporting events as well as going up for a STEM lesson each half term. This also helps to secure a smooth transition to secondary education.
  • Links with local businesses e.g. the trip to Kudos Blends to see science in action.
  • Library: every week a Key Stage 2 class visits the library to choose new reading books to promote a love of reading.
  • Outdoor Classroom for all to use
  • Bikeability – safe cycling course for children before they leave primary school
  • Police Cadets – Year 6 PC Scott Smither (Youth Engagement Officer for West Mercia Police) has been running the course with year 6. It has been designed to develop the children’s leadership skills, promote citizenship, community awareness and an understanding of the diverse work of the police, through a range of fun and exciting activities.
  • Parents: to share the exciting curriculum activities and promote a greater understanding of their child’s learning, parents / carers are invited in each half term.
  • Outdoor learning with our learning mentor and his team: whole classes, groups and individual children experience outdoor learning opportunities each week to encourage resourcefulness, resilience and enjoyment of the environment.
  • Links with the local community: the children receive visits from the Town Councillors and work on joint projects to improve the community. We also visit the senior citizens to sing for them at Christmas.
  • Nursery attend fortnightly Gym Tots sessions at Lacon Childe
  • Nursery run a “Rhyme Time” session at Cleobury Library once a month.