Marlfields Primary Academy – Our Curriculum Intent
At Marlfields Primary our engaging broad and balanced curriculum keeps the school’s vision at its heart. We believe it is the entitlement of all our pupils to: open their minds, find interests, talents , thrive in their learning, strive for excellence and develop a life-long love of learning. As an IQM flagship school our inclusive curriculum is accredited for challenging and engaging all our learners.
Our subject leaders and teaching team have ambitious expectations for our pupils. Staff use their expertise to ensure a balance of knowledge and skills, which meet the needs of all our pupils, providing all learners with the opportunities to deepen their learning. Our curriculum helps pupils build knowledge over time by making links with prior learning. Pupils learn through a wide range of experiences and as such become : naturally inquisitive, confident questioners, problem solvers and critical thinkers. When necessary a bespoke or specialised curriculum is devised for pupils.
Pupil’s wellbeing is at the heart of our curriculum and alongside academic subjects, we nurture and build life skills such as; respect, resourcefulness, resilience, readiness, reflectiveness and responsibility. Within school life, pupils become well equipped for their futures through an outstanding blend of cultural and social experiences; embedding British values and global education. Our wider curriculum excites our pupils and provides purpose and direction to their learning. The children’s views are valued greatly and used to personalise each classes learning experience. For each topic pupils share their areas of interest with their teacher, and these are used to motivate and encourage deeper learning opportunities.
A full overview of the curriculum at Marlfields is contained in our booklet “Curriculum @ Marlfields”
This document is shared with parents to present the details of the curriculum in an accessible and interesting way.
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From September 2014, British Values was introduced into our taught curriculum:-
At Marlfields Primary Academy we believe in and teach our learners about the fundamental British Values of:
These values are actively promoted through collective worship, our school golden rules, electing and running our school council. They are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE), Citizenship and Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and delivering our broad and balanced curriculum, which includes real opportunities for exploring these values.
British values are reinforced regularly in the following ways:
The Rule of Law
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
By doing this curriculum we will be developing our children to ensure that they:-
We would like to point parents to our individual class pages where the parents of partners leaflets can be found for each of our year groups. These leaflets are done each term and give parents clear guidance on the curriculum the children will be covering each term and how they can support at home.
Please also visit our blog page regularly which celebrates our work regularly with you all.
To further support our pupils we are a ‘KiVa school’ – for further information please see our leaflet for parents on this part of our curriculum available from the school office.
All children in our school are involved in enterprise activities throughout the year. Each year group has a specific week to focus on raising as much money from a £10 loan from Mrs Isherwood our Principal. It is part of our creative curriculum. Pupils are involved in making decisions about a product or service to sell, performing market research, marketing, publishing and promoting and then selling our product or service to other classes in school and our parents. Enterprise projects include; making art work to sell to the highest bidder, designing and making chocolate bars to sell, undertaking a sponsored spell and many more. All the profits generated from the pupil’s enterprise goes into their class bank account and the class are then responsible for how the money will be spent. In addition, we have local businesses coming into school to work with us to help us gain a knowledge and understanding of the world of work and enterprise. Each year the winning class members receive a medal and the trophy to hold for a year.
Each subject within school has a subject leader and for 2020-21 the vision for the subject is shown below:-
Subject Leaders Vision
For English & Maths – shown on their dedicated website pages.
(i) To maintain and the increase the status of science within a curriculum that enhances the learning and enquiry skills of children throughout the school.
(ii) For all children to have opportunities to gain scientific knowledge and skills through an inclusive, creative and broad curriculum that incorporates practical experiences and investigation linked to ICT and Numeracy links.
(iii) To gain the Primary Skills GOLD Quality Mark by Summer 2022.
RE Subject leader’s vision:
(i) To raise the profile of R.E across school making R.E teaching and learning an enjoyable, creative and stimulating experience for everyone.
(ii) To involve children in creating a stimulating school environment and teachers to use R.E to support standards in writing.
PHSCE Subject leader’s vision:
(i) For all children to experience an education in PSHE which places the child at the centre of planning, learning and assessment; taking into account local and global needs, valuing diversity, views and experiences.
(ii) To provide a balanced curriculum that facilitates learning and supports the development of the child as a whole.
(iii) To develop children who are responsible members of the community.
DT Subject leader’s vision:
(i) To raise the profile of D.T making D.T teaching and learning an enjoyable, creative and stimulating experience for everyone.
Art Subject leader’s vision:
(i) To raise the profile of art across school making art teaching and learning an enjoyable, creative and stimulating experience for everyone.
(ii) To involve children in creating a stimulating school environment.
(iii) To renew Arts Award moving onto Arts Mark. Introduce art champion to school.
Geography Subject leader’s vision:
(i) To raise the profile of Geography making geography teaching and learning an enjoyable, creative and stimulating experience for everyone.
(iii) To involve children in creating a stimulating school environment and teachers to use geography to support standards in writing.
History Subject leader’s vision:
(i) To raise the profile of History making Teaching and learning an enjoyable, creative and stimulating experience for everyone.
(iii) To involve children in creating a stimulating school environment and teachers to use History to support standards in writing.
Music Subject leader’s vision:
(i) To develop the confidence of our children through participation in the arts.
(ii) For the children in this school to be excited by Music.
(iii) To develop Marlfields Primary along the lines of being a recognised “Creative Arts” school by Arts Mark criteria.
MFL Subject leader’s vision:
(i) To provide children with an understanding of another language, culture and country.
(ii) To broaden their horizons and encourage them to become confident global citizens.