At Malin Bridge Primary School we strive to provide an engaging, relevant and broad curriculum which develops children’s skill and knowledge, whilst also celebrating diversity. All aspects of the curriculum have been designed with progression in mind, to ensure children build on existing skills and knowledge, which enables them to make links to new learning more easily and commit this knowledge to their long-term memories. In order to provide children with opportunities to revisit previous learning, and build their long-term memories, the curriculum at Malin Bridge follows a 3D approach.
Vertical and horizontal links are made through key concepts taught in each subject. As children progress through school, they will revisit these ideas, building on what came before. Each year group or phase ensures purposeful links can be made across different subjects whilst diagonal links tie together key concepts across year groups and across subjects.
By making these purposeful links and allowing children regular opportunities to revisit learning (remembering), this ensures that key knowledge is committed to their long-term memories.
The curriculum at Malin Bridge significantly focuses on Speaking and Listening, Maths, Reading, Writing and Computing as we feel these provide children with the skills needed to access a wide range of learning. For more information about English and Maths at Malin Bridge, please use the tabs on the left.
Children are assessed using PITA Scores in all subjects. Please see our PITA Guidance for Parents document for more information: PITA Guidance for Parents
Foundation Stage (FS1 and FS2)
The foundation curriculum is built around the three prime and four specific areas of learning, and the three learning characteristics, which are set out below.
The foundation curriculum has been designed around six topics which aim to lay the foundations for future learning in KS1 and beyond.
Click here to view the Nursery/Foundation Stage 1 Group page for further information.
Click here to view the Foundation Stage 2 Group page for further information.
Primary Curriculum (KS1 and KS2)
Our curriculum is built around the objectives set out in the National Curriculum, which covers the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design, Design Technology, Music, Physical Education, Languages (French), Religious Education and Citizenship, which includes RSHE and PSHE.
Each subject has a ‘Subject Story’ which explains the main concepts we wish to explore with the children, and how the topics selected enable children to build a solid understanding of them, from FS to UKS2 and beyond.
To ensure consistency across each year group or phase, each unit has a knowledge sheet available which details the exact knowledge the unit should cover. This ensures all classes deliver the same knowledge to pupils and provides an easy-to-use system for recapping and embedding previous learning.
To explore the concept of diversity, each phase across school has been assigned at least one continent which they will use as an ‘anchor point’ with many wider curriculum toping linking to these continents. This develops children’s understanding of diverse places, people, cultures, historical events and environments.
To further compliment children’s learning about diverse people and places, phases have also been assigned a number of significant people using the Little People, Big Dreams books, to support with ensuring representation of all groups of people within the curriculum is achieved.
By the time children leave Malin Bridge, they should have a broad and balanced understanding of key events, significant people, places and cultures from across the globe, as well as a solid understanding of the key concepts studied, which they can build on in KS3 and beyond.
Engage/Enrichment and Express
When planning any learning, teachers will consider and identify how they plan to enrich the learning for the children. This may take a variety of forms for example through an educational visit, visitors into school or topic linked activity days. Teachers also identify how the learning is to be shared with an audience. This can take many forms, from putting on an event for parents/carers, sharing learning with designated partner classes, sharing learning and photographs through Twitter, undertaking an investigation to demonstrate application of skills, or presenting learning through drama or various ICT. We strive to ensure children are given a real sense of purpose to their learning wherever possible.
Religious and Collective Worship
All staff and children meet for daily collective worship, which takes a variety of forms. The content of our assemblies encourages a positive school ethos of tolerance, caring and understanding for all. Assemblies are used to reinforce and develop our school standards.
Religious Education (RE) at Malin Bridge seeks to promote the school values of celebrate diversity and enquire about the world. Through RE, pupils will develop a deep understanding of other people, different faiths and world views, as well as different ways of life. RE lessons are built around an enquiry approach which develops children’s’ critical thinking skills, enabling them to make informed decisions concerning religion and belief. Each religion covered is given equal treatment, and will not be promoted in any way. RE does not try to persuade, but rather to inform and develop skills with which evaluation can take place. Each unit covered will reinforce the notion of variation with the faith studied, emphasising that the common beliefs shared are not the beliefs of all members of that particular religion.
Parents have a legal right to exempt their child from collective worship and RE and should consult with us if they wish to do so. Alternative arrangements will be made if necessary.
Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)
Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) is the aspect of the curriculum concerned with the process of growing up and maturing physically and emotionally. Our aim is that children are prepared to meet the range of changes in their lives with accurate information and the confidence and skills to make healthy choices.
The materials used through school are those commonly used in schools within the city and are available for parents and carers to view and discuss. Topics covered include:
- Families and friendships
- Forming healthy relationships
- Physical health and mental wellbeing
- Exploring personal identity and emotions
- Identifying stereotypes and prejudice
- Reducing discrimination and bullying
- Celebrating diversity and promoting equity
- Learning about community and governance
- Understanding nationality and belonging
- Exploring cultures, traditions and religious perspectives
- Understanding puberty (physical and mental changes)
- Sex Education (optional in Year 6)
Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their children from sex education, but we would, as ever, encourage any parent or carer to discuss their concerns with the school first.
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