Moorfield Curriculum Statement
Our curriculum provides opportunities for children to:
- make connections
- develop knowledge and skills
- develop concepts and ideas.
This is achieved through a challenging, progressive model that ensures breadth and depth across the National Curriculum.
The thread running through our curriculum is teaching and learning that:
- facilitates and promotes independence
- develops collaboration and respect
- encourages pupils to develop their strengths and interests both mentally and physically
- creates learners to be ready for their exciting futures.
Our vision for the children of Moorfield is to:
- actively participate in a knowledge and skills-based curriculum which provides opportunities to be confident and inquisitive learners.
- be confident speakers, listeners, readers and writers by experiencing a consistent and creative curriculum.
- expand their knowledge and understanding of themselves, their community and the wider world.
- understand and respect why we are here, what has led to this place and question how we can influence the future.
- develop and support their own individual physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.
- have a healthy body, healthy mind, feel safe and create a trusting environment where every voice can be heard and valued.
- develop their creative skills and knowledge
- empower themselves to explore their interests and express and communicate their thoughts.
Moorfield Primary School is a welcoming and inclusive school where everyone is valued and where tolerance, honesty, co-operation and mutual respect for others are fostered. We are committed to the development of the whole child within a supportive, secure and creative environment. At Moorfield we encourage children to grow, thrive and be their best. We aspire for our children to have the skills to be resilient, independent, confident and motivated in this ever changing world, so that they can take full advantage of all future opportunities.
At Moorfield we have four core values at the heart of all that we do:
We aim to:
- provide a secure environment in which all our children can flourish and achieve all five outcomes of ‘Every Child Matters’ (be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution, and enjoy economic well-being);
- provide a learning environment where all individuals see themselves reflected and feel a sense of belonging;
- prepare children for life in a diverse society in which children are able to see their place in the local, regional, national and international community;
- include and value the contribution of all families to our understanding of equality and diversity and actively challenge discrimination and disadvantage;
- provide positive non-stereotyping information about different groups of people regardless of the 9 protected characteristics under the law, (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation) Equality Act 2010;
- make inclusion a thread which runs through all our activities.
At Moorfield Primary our curriculum intent is to:
- Create and maintain an exciting, stimulating and supportive learning environment.
- Engage children through interesting lessons, units and practical activities.
- Facilitate children’s acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of units.
- Make meaningful links between subjects, aspects of learning and effective connections to the real world in 21st Century Britain.
- Develop children’s capacity to work independently and collaboratively.
- Help them to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and morally.
- Cultivate successful relationships that will support their emotional well-being.
- Help children acquire a solid base for lifelong learning.
- Promote a positive attitude and inspire them to investigate, reason, think creatively and solve problems in a challenging but supportive environment.
- Help them to develop resilience and perseverance.
- Ensure that each child’s education has flexibility, is developmental, has consistency, continuity and progression.
- Provide a learning culture which supports their self-esteem, confidence, spirituality, cultural capital and transition.
- Enable children to contribute positively to the school and the wider community.
- Teach children to respect each other’s lifestyles, backgrounds and cultures, and value our diverse British society.
- Teach children the British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Respect, Tolerance and Individual Liberty.
At Moorfield, PSHE Education and RSE are considered across the curriculum and are a fundamental part of the children’s school experience and are explored in other areas of the curriculum such as assemblies, themed weeks (e.g. anti-bullying week, mental health awareness) and other curriculum areas (e.g. science). We believe that successful PSHE Education and RSE supports pupils learning capacity and this aspect of the school’s work is held in high regard as we believe that it promotes wellbeing and underpins children’s development as people. To support this, we follow the 1 decision programme scheme of work, which holds the PSHE Association Quality Mark, alongside DATE Spiral Curriculum, PSHE Association and Christopher Winter’s Programme of Study.
Reading is given a high priority in our curriculum, as the ability to read and understand is crucial for successful learning for all of our children. Each class has dedicated sessions each week to teach reading skills and their associated content domains. There is also a strong focus on the development of children’s vocabulary, as this is also a vital tool for understanding and the acquisition of new knowledge. This in turn enables the children to transfer these skills into all other areas of the curriculum.
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 follow the Systematic Synthetic Phonics programme Essential Letters and Sounds. For Grammar and Spelling rules we utilise Grammar Bug alongside our daily English lessons.
Our writing curriculum ‘Literacy Tree’ is linked to the concepts learnt in these themes so that the children can make links in their learning.
Our Mathematics curriculum embraces the Mastery approach. We use White Rose Maths and incorporate challenge into our daily lessons through ‘Deep, Deeper and Deepest’ activities which focus on reasoning and problem solving.
We have carefully mapped out the required knowledge from the EYFS and National Curriculum to ensure that all aspects are fully covered. We have a progression of skills and vocabulary for all subjects, so that the children are able to build on their prior learning and know what will come next.
We believe in ‘Inspiring Creative Learners for Exciting Futures’ and our well skilled staff use their creativity to ensure that all children are fully engaged in their learning journey. To ensure that there is a parity of offer in each year group, our teachers have dedicated PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment) Time together each week.
At Moorfield we want to provide all children with the opportunity to develop a lifelong love of learning and provide them with essential skills for life.
Children will leave Moorfield Primary School ready for the next stage in their learning at Secondary School. The curriculum will have provided a range of knowledge and skills to support them in their future learning. They will be able to work collaboratively with their peers and independently as inquisitive learners who are motivated to excel and who have a thirst for learning. The children will have a strong desire to embrace challenge and to be resilient learners. Our curriculum will also enable our pupils to become good citizens and demonstrate an appreciation for others. Our children will be respectful and will show tolerance and acceptance to those from different faiths and backgrounds.