What children learn at Malin Bridge Primary School
Our Year Group Skills documents aim to provide simplified curriculum information. They help to maintain focus on the key elements of learning which have most significant influence on children’s progress and outcomes. They are available to download below. You can also see examples of our curriculum in action by downloading The Malin Bridge Primary Curriculum in Action
Foundation Stage (Children Aged 3-5 Years)
The period from age three to the end of Reception year is described as the Foundation Stage. It is a distinct stage and important both in its own right and in preparing children for later schooling.
In the first year of Foundation Stage children attend nursery or Pre School (Foundation Stage 1 – FS1) and in the second they start school (Foundation Stage 2 – FS2). The youngest classes at Malin Bridge Primary are FS2 classes and we work closely with the different FS1 providers to support children’s transition into school.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile summarises and describes children’s attainment at the end of the EYFS. It is based on ongoing observation and assessment in the three prime and four specific areas of learning, and the three learning characteristics, set out below.
The prime areas of learning:
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development
The specific areas of learning:
- understanding the world
- expressive arts and design
The learning characteristics:
- playing and exploring
- active learning
- creating and thinking critically
For each Early Learning Goal teachers will assess whether a child is meeting the level of development expected at the end of the Reception Year (expected), exceeding this level (exceeding), or not yet reaching this level (emerging).
The Early Learning Goals establish expectations for most children to reach by the end of the Foundation stage (i.e. end of Reception year). By the beginning of Year 1 some children will have exceeded the goals but other children will be working towards some or all of these goals.
Primary Curriculum (KS1 & KS2)
At Malin Bridge Primary School we strive to provide an engaging, relevant and broad curriculum which develops the children’s skills to overcome a variety of challenges. 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 and Citizenship. Personal Social Health and Economic Education (PSHE) and Religious Education are also part of our curriculum.
As a school we have created themes that promote the children’s interest and allow them to develop their skills within different subject areas through a shared context. We are happy to share our curriculum documents which outline the themes undertaken by different year groups during different times of the academic year. We develop children’s independence and resourcefulness so they can apply skills in one subject area to overcome challenges and achieve in another.
Alongside our commitment to providing an enjoyable and interesting curriculum, we also have a rigorous approach to progress. The objectives set out in the national curriculum have been appropriately designated to different year groups making sure that as a child develops at Malin Bridge Primary they are continually developing new skills; whilst having the opportunity to consolidate things they have already learnt. We ensure the children are able to share their understanding and successes in a variety of ways; children at Malin Bridge Primary are given a variety of opportunities to achieve.
We aspire to provide children with memorable experiences through educational visits, expert visitors to school, residential visits, community events and lots of practical learning. We utilise a variety of ICT to inspire and support the children as well as providing them with different ways of sharing their learning. Across Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, we use the Pearson ActiveLearn online reading programme and Phonics Bug phonics scheme.
The school has been awarded the Basic Skills Primary Quality Mark for its high standard of teaching and learning in literacy and numeracy. The Quality Mark is about the essential skills children need throughout their lives, such as reading, writing, spelling and number work.
This website has been created by the BBC to help parents and carers to support their children’s education and has information about the national curriculum as well as Class Clips and Learner Guides: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education
The Department for Education guidance about the school curriculum can be found at https://www.gov.uk/national-curriculum
Topics at Malin Bridge may vary in length from what is indicated below, they may also change and new ones may be added based on children’s interests and world events.
Year A Topic Overview
Year B Topic Overview
The topic overview tables show the topic themes that are covered over a two years in each area of school. The themes may change dependent on cohorts’ interests and local/world events. However, they will always cover the termly objectives of each area of school listed in the documents below.
The ICT, MFL, P.E, R.E and Music objectives are not included in the above documents. The curriculum plans for these can be found in the relevant documents below:
Other Information from the Prospectus 2016-17
Religious Education 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 is taught throughout school and is based upon the Sheffield Agreed Syllabus within the National Curriculum. 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.
Sex & Relationship Education
Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) 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. 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.