Curriculum

The Curriculum at Morville Church of England Primary School 

Curriculum Vision 

Mission Statement for Morville

‘Our Christian school offers a unique rural setting that provides exceptional opportunities to promote individual learning. We nurture the development of our children’s academic, physical, spiritual & emotional needs within a family and community environment.’

We are extremely proud of the broad curriculum that we offer at Morville CE Primary School.

At the heart of our curriculum is a set of core Christian values. These underpin our curriculum and the ethos of the school. We place great importance on offering a broad curriculum which develops the whole child. Through our core Christian values, we foster an environment where the social, emotional, physical, academic, moral, spiritual and cultural development of each child is considered.

We firmly believe that everyone is entitled to an ambitious curriculum and where high aspirations benefit all learners. Our curriculum is accessible for all, including children with SEND and from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our curriculum considers the needs of a 21st Century child and is ambitious in providing our children with the knowledge, skills and learning behaviours required to become lifelong learners.

We aim for all children to leave our school with a secure knowledge and understanding of the academic content and with the understanding of how to be socially, morally, and culturally responsible and aware; make positive contributions to their community and endeavour to be the best that they can be; ambitious and with a thirst to live life in all its fullness.

In designing our curriculum, we wanted to ensure;

  •  It is ambitious for all pupils and provides additional opportunities to inspire ambition within our pupils, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  •  It is well sequenced and ensures children can systematically build on prior knowledge and skills to know more and do more, securing core skills, creative thinking and essential knowledge and understanding to an age-appropriate level and beyond.
  •  It is expertly adapted for our pupils with additional barriers to learning.
  • It provides careful coverage of the National Curriculum with clear progression from Y1 to Y6 that would provide all children with the opportunity to achieve our curriculum intention in each subject area.
  •  It provides enrichment opportunities to broaden and enhance the learning experience for all pupils, allowing them to learn through first-hand and practical experiences, make connections and enjoy learning.
  • It prepares children for life in modern Britain through a celebration and appreciation of diversity in modern Britain.
  •  It is flexible and responds to pupils’ feedback, the evaluations of how well pupils learn and make progress, and in pupils’ performance in external and internal assessments.
  •  It is tailored to meet the needs of our school, in the context of our school’s location and rooted in the needs of our community, drawing on the community, and specifically making links with our church community.
  •  It provides opportunities for pupils to understand and develop our Christian values.

 

What is taught?

Our curriculum is a programme of education which sets out the important knowledge and understanding to be gained at each stage of a child’s journey through our school. Our broad curriculum supports children to develop as creative thinkers who think deeply about their learning and because of the careful way in which our curriculum has been sequenced, ensures children are able to make links to and build upon prior learning experiences.

Our curriculum starts in Early Years. We have developed our EYFS curriculum using the Development Matters non-statutory curriculum guidance for the Early Years.

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Our Year 1 curriculum builds on what our children know and can do upon transition from EYFS. At Morville CE Primary School from Years 1 to 6 we follow the National Curriculum, but our curriculum offer is so much more than just the National Curriculum!

The ‘basic’ school curriculum includes the ‘national curriculum’, as well as relationships, sex and health education, and religious education.

The National Curriculum covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in  English, Mathematics, Science, Art & Design, History, Geography, Music, Computing, Design and Technology (D&T), and Physical Education (PE).

Word reading- Phonics – We aim to provide high quality phonic work, so that children have the knowledge, skills and understanding to apply the process to both spoken and recorded language. We recognise that word recognition skills are crucial in enabling children to read fluently, freeing them up to concentrate on the meaning of the text. Success for All Phonics is a DFE validated scheme taking a systematic approach, which is designed to help staff teach children how the alphabet works for reading and spelling. This time limited programme of phonics work is aimed at securing fluent word recognition skills for reading by the end of KS1 and as an intervention in KS2. Phonics is taught in pure year groups so that the children receive age-appropriate provision. Any catch up/intervention will be delivered in addition to whole class sessions.

Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Shropshire Agreed Syllabus. This RE syllabus is designed to deepen pupils’ knowledge about religions and develop their ‘religious literacy’ by studying one religion at a time (‘systematic’ units), and then including ‘thematic’ units, which build on learning by comparing the religions, beliefs and practices studied. Understanding Christianity offers an approach to teaching and learning about Christianity with units of work and supporting resources from EYFS to Year 6. The teaching of RE forms part of the Early Years curriculum for PSED and Understanding the World. The resources have been created by the Church of England Education Office and RE Today and are only available through attendance at a training programme ran by an accredited trainer. Staff have completed this training. Understanding Christianity supports teachers to explore the core concepts of Christianity in a progressive way. The teaching approach is one of theological enquiry and the units of work support both continuity and progression.

Personal, Social and Health Education is also taught. We follow the nationally award winning, Shropshire Respect Yourself Relationship and Sex Education Programme. The programme provides a comprehensive scheme of work from Year 1 to Year 6. The Shropshire programme puts the R before the S. We refer to RSE (Relationship and Sex Education); we place emphasis on relationships, supporting pupils’ understanding and skill in developing positive and healthy relationships.

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Our well-sequenced delivery of the Nation Curriculum is complemented by an exciting variety of visitors and trips, including residential visits for some year groups, sporting activities, citizenship and Forest School.

The government have placed great emphasis on schools developing Cultural Capital. Cultural Capital is the essential knowledge that children need to prepare them for their future success. We see Cultural Capital as the accumulation of knowledge, attitudes, habits, language and possessions that enables individuals to demonstrate their cultural competence and social status. Our school plays a crucial role in developing this through immersing children in dance and music, and planning theatre and gallery visits and historic site visits and by introducing them to literature and art.

Embedding cultural capital into our curriculum is a way of closing the gap between children from differing socio-economic backgrounds by ensuring that children from all backgrounds have the same opportunities in society to achieve their full potential.

We take great care to enrich learning across the National Curriculum through first-hand and practical experiences; we believe that experiential opportunities are central to children’s learning. Our curriculum is further enriched through the wide range of after-school club provision and sporting competitions, led through our links with the East Shropshire Sports Partnership.

 

Curriculum Intent:

To achieve our curriculum aims we have set out our intent for each curriculum area; what we want children to know and be able to do in each subject.

Mathematics Subject Intent:

It is our intent that children will learn mathematics through a mastery approach, which is deep, sustainable and achievable for all. They will have fluent knowledge and understanding of the number system with the ability to rapidly recall number facts, in addition to performing written and mental calculations efficiently. They will develop factual, conceptual and procedural fluency through a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach. Through a broad range of skills in applying mathematics, they will solve real life problems and reason about mathematical concepts and make connections. When faced with challenges in new and unusual contexts, children will think independently and persevere, showing confidence in success. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children will learn to appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of mathematics. As children develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about maths, they will understand that it is a creative and highly inter-connected subject.

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English Subject Intent

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It is our intent that children will read widely and often at home and school for pleasure, for information and to expand and enhance their knowledge and understanding across all subjects. They are immersed in a reading curriculum that is rich and varied. Teachers model expert reading and use quality texts for children to interrogate. Through captivating imaginations, it is our aim that our children are motivated to apply progressively advanced skills that are transferrable to the digital and global world. Our children not only learn to read, but they also read to learn: reading is at the heart of our curriculum.

 

Writing

It is our intent that children are inspired by high-quality literature and a range of stimuli, which makes readers engage with and enjoy writing. Writing for a variety of purposes and audiences, the children apply progressively more complex skills to communicate ideas fluently and with interesting detail in a range of genres. Vocabulary is also taught through demonstration writing and modelled explicitly through talk; therefore, the children will have a highly developed repertoire of words which extend detail and description in their writing. Writing in our school is well-organised and structured, with teachers making effective use of a genre guide to ensure children have opportunities to write for a wide range of purposes. Throughout the writing process, our children will edit and redraft their work, responding to feedback from teachers and peers.

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Science Subject Intent 

It is our intent that children will have a secure and broad knowledge of the physical, chemical and biological scientific world around them. This will be achieved through exploration, observation, critical thinking and working scientifically. Through allowing equal scientific opportunities for all, children will develop a passion for exploring, unpicking and unlocking the world of science. Children will plan and carry out their own investigations, experiments and fieldwork, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.

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RE Subject Intent 

It is our intent that children will know and understand a range of religious and non-religious worldviews, so that they can: describe, explain and analyse religious and non-religious beliefs and practices. We want them to recognise the diversity which exists within and between individuals and communities. Through our RE curriculum, children will know and understand a range of responses to questions of meaning, purpose and truth.

 

History Subject Intent 

It is our intent that children leave Worfield School understanding how the past influences the present. Through studies of significant people, events and time periods, children will secure their understanding of chronology. They will compare and contrast, making connections with themes in history, as well as evaluating the impact and influence through time. The children will develop enquiring minds through critical use of primary, secondary and digital sources to support their explanations and judgements.

We also want them to feel proud about aspects of their local area heritage and how it connects to regional, national and international events. Through drama, role play, artefacts and use of interactive digital media, our children are immersed in historical contexts.

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Geography Subject Intent 

It is our intent that children leave our school having questioned the world they live in through investigation and exploration through fieldwork. Children will learn about the physical world and the human impact we can have on it. They will be able to create reasoned arguments informed by well-balanced opinions using an extensive base of geographical vocabulary.

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Music Subject Intent: 

It is our intent that children will experience a range of musical cultures and genres. They will receive basic musical instruction, compose, and perform their own music, in addition to the opportunity to learn an instrument.

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Design and Technology Subject Intent: 

It is our intent that children will be able to research and design innovatively, creating their own criteria for success in order to solve real life, relevant problems for a consumer. They will apply subject specific knowledge and make links to other curriculum areas in order to become designers and makers, working safely and ethically with a range of tools and materials. Children will be able to critically evaluate their product against their original design criteria and refine their work accordingly.

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Art and design Subject Intent:

It is our intent that children will study and understand significant artists and artwork which will enable them to respond in a range of media. Through a child’s artistic journey at Morville they will learn from a variety of cultures and artistic experiences to develop their individual creativity, which will inspire them to express themselves, using their imagination, initiative and original ideas. They will become confident drawers, painters, sculptors, craft makers and digital designers.

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Computing Subject Intent:

It is our intent that we develop technology literate children, using a range of devices and applications to enhance, motivate and support their learning in innovative ways. At Morville School children will be responsible digital citizens who appreciate the benefits of using technology. They will develop a range of strategies to keep themselves safe from the potential dangers online to effectively connect with the world.

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Languages Subject Intent:

It is our intent that our children will be aware and welcoming of different languages and cultures. They will become increasingly confident and fluent in speaking, listening, reading and writing in French.

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Physical Education Subject Intent: 

It is our intent that our children will live a healthy and active lifestyle, understanding the impact that physical activity has on their bodies. Through a range of activities and sports, they will practise and apply skills, in order to participate in competitive games and perform in front of an audience. In line with our school values, all children work as part of a team to develop good sporting behaviours. Our children will be provided with opportunities to develop leadership qualities within sporting activities.

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PSHE Subject Intent: 

It is our intent to provide our children with the knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their well-being health and relationships, now and in the future. This will ensure that they are ready to embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life in modern Britain.

 

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Subject Skills Progression 

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