Our Curriculum

 

We work hard to offer an exciting, broad and balanced curriculum, relevant to the needs of all our pupils. The curriculum focusses on the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Computing. The locally agreed syllabus for Religious Education is also taught.

We also teach the foundation subjects of Art, Music, Physical Education, Design and Technology, Modern Languages (Spanish), History, Geography and PSHE and Citizenship (Personal, Health, Social Education and Citizenship).

To develop a creative, stimulating and engaging curriculum for our pupils we include many visits off-site and visitors into school.

Sustainability, recycling and reusing are an important feature in our school. We are an ECO Green Flag School and many of our curriculum activities are built around these values.

Each term, a brief forecast of the curriculum units and focus that will be covered by each year group is sent home so that parents and carers can support their childrens learning.

At the end of Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 our pupils sit tests in Mathematics, Reading and Writing. Year 6 pupils sit the Standard Assessment Tests in Maths, Reading, Writing and SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar).

We place great emphasis on the basic skills of literacy and numeracy and it is our aim that the acquisition and practice of skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening are given maximum priority. We hold the Basic Skills Quality Mark 4 Award.


 

English

The majority of English is taught through a daily lesson which ensures that all pupils are exposed to linked reading and writing activities that cover a wide selection of non-fiction and fiction texts within a range of genre. Pupils receive whole class teaching, group activities and support as well as individual and small group intervention teaching.

Comprehension, grammatical awareness, punctuation and sentence construction are taught through English lessons and applied through other curriculum subjects. Comprehension is also taught through additional Guided Reading sessions in every year group. A cursive hand-writing style is taught in the school through the PenPals scheme which builds onto the same scheme taught in Moss Park Infant School to ensure continuity. Weekly Spellings are now taught in school and a list of these can be found in the ‘Curriculum Skills Overview’ section on the school website.

The children have access to a wide range of reading material. Library books, for free reading, are chosen by the children using a computerised system. The Oxford Reading Tree and Oxford Tree Tops schemes are the core reading schemes used in school. These are colour coded for ability. A reading record is held by the teacher and a reading log accompanies the books when they are sent home.

The Read, Write, Inc phonics scheme is taught to support pupils reading skills. Book reviews are completed by every child regularly and shared with the class. As skills improve, the focus moves towards inference and deduction and other higher order reading skills which include critical and reflective reading. The children experience a wide range of activities to promote speaking and listening skills and every pupil is expected to give a One Minute Talk every year, to their class, on a subject of their choosing.


 Mathematics

Mathematic lessons, which are 60 minutes long, take place six times a week for every year group, usually in a morning. Our curriculum follows the new curriculum of 2014. All pupils are encouraged to consider why Mathematics is important and how it is used in every day life.

Teaching is supported through the use of the Collins Busy Ant scheme.

We acknowledge that a thorough knowledge of multiplication tables and associated facts is vital. All pupils are taught and should learn the appropriate facts for their age group. Homework is sent home weekly.

Once a week, the pupils in Year 5 and 6 are vertically grouped for their Maths session and use the Schofield and Sims resources.

Children in Years 5 and 6 are grouped by ability throughout the week for Mathematics.  In all year groups, differentiated activities are designed to meet the needs of individual pupils or groups.

We actively aim to vary our approaches to the teaching and learning of Mathematics to engage the children, to make the learning relevant and keep them excited about the subject.


Science

Pupils will work on a Science topic for a number of weeks, with emphasis being placed upon investigation. The skills of prediction, interpretation of results, hypothesising and fair testing are taught across school with emphasis upon increasing pupils scientific knowledge and understanding.


Computing (including ICT)

In our school, Computing is taught both discreetly, to ensure the acquisition of skills, and through other subjects to assist learning. We have a dedicated ICT room and laptops for pupils to use in class. Software programmes which build up pupils’ skills include: data handling, word processing, art and music packages, email, spreads sheets, control technology programs and graphics. The school uses Purple Mash and ‘Espresso Coding’ to supplement pupils learning and enjoyment across the curriculum and this can be accessed from home. Pupils have their own log in and password. The school has its own Blog Website: www.mossparkjun.net where the community (pupils, parents and carers, governors and staff) amongst others, can find out what is happening in school and post ideas and comments.


Geography and History

These subjects are taught throughout the year following the 2014 Curriculum Programmes of Study. The subjects are taught discreetly ensuring pupils’ geographical and historical learning and skills develop fully. English, Art, Music, D&T, Science and Maths are only incorporated where appropriate to enhance learning in the two subjects. Visits and visitors play an important part in our curriculum to engage, motivate and widen pupils’ experiences whilst helping to bring learning in Geography and History ‘alive’.

We are proud to hold the International School Award and the Geography Quality Mark Silver.


Arts

The Arts are embraced in our school and through art, design, dance, drama and music pupils can express themselves, their thoughts and their learning. The Arts are taught both as separate lessons and through topic work. As well as practical aspects of art, design and craft, we have often worked with professional artists in school, art galleries, musicians, dancers and designers. We hold Art Days every term when pupils study a wide range of topics and translate their learning through art to produce most stimulating displays around the school. We hold an annual Art Exhibition of our pupils work, in school for the community. For the last few years we have exhibited work at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool. The school has held the Artsmark Gold quality mark for a number of years, in recognition of our on-going and substantial commitment to promoting the Arts across our curriculum.


Music is taught in every year group by Trafford Music Service (TMS). This includes: singing, performing, composing, listening and appraising skills. Through First Access Projects year (previously known as Wider Opportunity Projects), pupils to learn to play and experience a variety of instruments from different cultures; to date we have enjoyed African Drums, Indian music, Samba Brass Band instruments amongst others. Through private music tuition provided by Traffords Music Service, we can also offer guitar, piano and French horn lessons in school. (Parents pay directly to TMS for these.) Children also sing regularly across the curriculum, there is a weekly singing assembly and singing clubs are run at various points in the year. As a result, we have recently achieved the Silver Singup Award.


Design and Technology (D&T)

This is taught both discreetly and through other subjects. The practical subject involves planning, designing, constructing and evaluating activities. A wide range of materials are used and great emphasis is placed upon using tools safely. The pupils work individually or as part of a team and have to find solutions to problems and challenges.


Physical Education

We have a broad and balanced programme which allows pupils to use, as well as learn, skills through physical activities and challenges. The work is inclusive, designed to meet the needs of all pupils and includes lessons taken by professional coaches. We hold the School Games Silver Award.
Swimming takes place in Year 4 and pupils swim for one hour a week for half a year. Lessons are taken at Stretford Leisure Centre where we travel to by coach. Lessons are taught by qualified swimming instructors. There is no cost to parents. Swimming and PE form part of our curriculum and all pupils are expected to take part unless we receive a medical certificate from a Doctor or hospital.


Religious Education

We are a non-denominational school, but we teach Religious Education weekly for one hour through the locally agreed syllabus and hold a daily collective worship assembly. We strive to encourage pupils understanding of other religions, a spiritual life, religious and cultural diversity and a multi faith, multi-cultural society. Visitors from various faiths help us to deliver the subject. The children are taught a predominantly Christian curriculum but are also introduced to the other faiths of Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. Visits to places of worship are a feature of their learning and every year group visits a different place of worship. For example, in 2013-2014, pupils visited a Church, a Mosque, a Gurdwara and a Synagogue. Parents have the right, by written request to the Head teacher, to withdraw their child from religious education lessons and collective worship.


PSHE and Citizenship

Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship aims to enhance the knowledge, understanding and skills pupils need to live a healthy, independent and confident life whilst being responsible, informed and active citizens. We deliver the subject through a scheme which builds on pupils experiences as they move through the school and which encourages debate, thoughtfulness, decisions and the exploration of relationships. We wish to promote positive behaviour, empathy and social awareness. Visitors to school, including the school nurse, members of the rescue services, Magistrates and Charity representatives help us to deliver the subject. We hold the Healthy School Award.


Modern Languages

Spanish is taught across the school and learning is based upon speaking and listening skills. We employ a Specialist Teacher to deliver Spanish language lessons to all children throughout the year and from October to May we employ a Foreign Language Assistant to help us to deliver the subject, which we make fun and informative. The culture of Spain and other Spanish speaking countries, including food, songs and festivals, is also studied. International days and other school based events include, where appropriate, skills and knowledge learned in these language lessons.

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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education

We promote SMSC through every aspect of our school; through excellent relationships, our vibrant curriculum, our programme of enhancement and through promoting our values of respect and equal opportunities for all.

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Fundamental British Values

Fundamental British Values includes ensuring that our pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance. We teach pupils to understand that while people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its laws.

This is not about teaching a particular faith position; it is about understanding the interrelationship of faiths and beliefs.

An overview of how we build Fundamental British Values into our curriculum through PSHE opportunities can be found in the ‘Curriculum Overviews and Skills’ section of our website.



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