Curriculum

The Curriculum at Maybury Primary School

In these stones horizons sing (Gwyneth Lewis)…These words were adopted to reflect the ambition of the school under a previous Headteacher with Welsh roots.  However, they are just as apt today as the words symbolise our beliefs for our children and their future. We strive to ensure that the walls of our building literally sing with the rich and engaging curriculum and opportunities provided for our children as we prepare them for life as they live now, for their secondary school years and ultimately adult life in modern Britain. Our aim is to develop well rounded, well-mannered children who know right from wrong, are tolerant and respectful so that the choices for their futures – their horizons – are maximised. 

Our curriculum aims to help every learner develop knowledge, skills and attributes for learning, life and work.  We have used our knowledge and understanding of our children and their community to help us tailor what we believe is an exciting, innovative and creative curriculum which meets the needs of our learners.  We work in partnership with parents and the local community and are committed to provide an education of academic excellence. Our curriculum is driven by the learning and development of:

  • Basic skills
  • Social and Emotional Well Being
  • Creativity
  • Business Enterprise

The curriculum at Maybury extends beyond the classroom and learning is planned for throughout the whole day and beyond.  For example, meal times in our restaurant are shared times with all our children and staff which focus on the development of social skills, speaking and listening and an awareness of the importance of a healthy diet.  We invest heavily in opportunities for children to develop in the sports and the arts and have a wide range of extra-curricular clubs. Educational visits and visitors to the school are a strong feature of the school curriculum enabling children to gain first hand learning experiences.

We believe that our curriculum plays a major role in developing in developing the capacity in our children’s desire to learn. We want them to come to school and to enjoy being here. Our curriculum plans build on prior learning and set out expectations for each subject and area of learning.

Phonics

Children begin their phonics learning in Foundation 1 using a programme called ‘Letters and Sounds’. In Foundation 2, the children move onto the Read Write Inc. programme.  This programme continues throughout Key Stage 1, where the children are taught in groupings which are devised according to their needs.  The children are rigorously monitored.  As a result, children are regrouped regularly ensuring good progression.  Our phonics teaching is highly successful.  In the past three years, this has led to a greater proportion of children in Year 1 (and after retesting in Year 2) than is seen nationally, reaching the nationally expected level in the phonics screening test.

Reading

All children from F2 to Year 6 have a daily guided reading session. Guided Reading is carefully timetabled so that TAs and other adults from across the school are targeted in these sessions. Guided reading is based on two reading schemes – The Bug Club and Project X.  These books are all book banded according to age, as are the home reading books which consist of a variety of ‘real’ books and books from previous schemes. In conjunction with these, the school also has a variety of group sets of novels to challenge the more able readers in guided reading sessions. Read Write Comprehension is also used to target readers in Key stage 2. 

Jigsaw PSHE

From the Foundation Stage to Year 6, Jigsaw PSHE is a mindful approach to learning which brings together Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a weekly lesson.

Children are at the heart of Jigsaw, which aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. Children are taught to become aware of their thoughts and feelings, relating this to the PSHE subject being studied.  

This is a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same Puzzle (or theme) at the same time.

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Please follow the links below to find out more about learning in each year group. At parents’ evenings, class teachers will talk about the curriculum and discuss children’s progress against it. If you would like to find out more about our curriculum, then please do not hesitate to contact us to make an appointment to come into school.