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Sutton Education Trust Muschamp Primary School and Language Opportunity Base

Muschamp Primary School and Language Opportunity Base

To Excellence and Beyond

Curriculum

 

Curriculum Overview

 

Curriculum Intent

The curriculum we have chosen for our Muschampions will encourage, challenge and support all children to achieve our vision of ‘To Excellence and Beyond’.  Every child is recognised as a unique individual with their own unique learning journey.

Our children will be inspired to understand the skills and knowledge needed to be a scientist, an artist, a musician etc.  Our curriculum will enable each learner to have the equal opportunity to develop independence, confidence and self-esteem and to enjoy learning.  We will provide memorable experiences, opportunities to see and hear from experts within the area of study, the freedom to be creative, collaborative and motivated to enable all learners to be ready to make a positive contribution to their future world.  

We will ensure our children have a range of core skills and knowledge that will equip them for their next steps in education and enable them, within an ever changing world, to always go ‘To Excellence and Beyond’. 


 

As an artist our children will have the confidence and skills to be both creative and reflective in a judgement free environment.  Art is an essential form of expression for our Muschampions, children will be given the opportunity to explore their ideas by experimenting, inventing and creating their own unique works of art using a range of media and sources of inspiration.

Aims

  • To enable children to record from first-hand experience and from imagination and to select their own ideas to use in their work.
  • To develop creativity and imagination through a range of complex activities
  • To improve the children’s ability to control materials, tools and techniques
  • To increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art in different times and cultures
  • To develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials.
  • To foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the diversity of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists from different cultures and times.

 

In computing our Muschampions will learn to use technologies effectively, safely and responsibly.  To keep up with the rapidly changing world of computing children will develop knowledge about how and why technological systems work in order to prepare our learners to play their role in future technological innovation.  

Aims:

  • Provide an experience of technology in a way that facilitates the development of computing skills, understanding and capability in a systematic manner, involving some class or group teaching in a particular skill or concept, followed by time to apply and consolidate skills through appropriate and purposeful tasks
  • Provide activities that are sufficiently challenging to motivate and stretch all pupils
  • Allow all children to use a range of technology frequently
  • Use a range of technology alongside traditional methods so that children can see the potential benefits and shortcomings of the new technology
  • Foster independence, self-reliance, resilience and logical reasoning
  • Facilitate the development of safe and responsible digital citizens.

At Muschamp Primary School we recognise the potential that technology offers for supporting and enriching teaching and learning in school as well as the need to teach elements of the computing curriculum discretely.  To this end, we use technology to enrich the learning experiences of all children by:

  • Enabling children to do things that otherwise they could not
  • Freeing children from some repetitive tasks and allowing them greater access to composition, presentation, exploration and interpretation
  • Increasing children’s independence by providing immediate feedback on their decisions and actions
  • Increasing motivation and concentration
  • Using logical reasoning
  • Developing a discerning approach to media


 

Design and Technology gives our Muschampions the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of designing and building.  This helps nurture their innate creativity and problem solving skills as they attempt to build and construct a range of products in their different year groups.  Children are given opportunities to experiment with, and investigate, ways of building and crafting using various different materials, children have time to evaluate and make changes to their designs and work to meet success criteria.  

Aims

  • To produce creative work, explore ideas and record their experiences
  • Become fluent in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art and craft design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  • Know about great crafters and designers and understand historical and cultural influences on design.

 

Our learning in English is integral to our whole curriculum and the future of our Muschampions as learners and as members of the community. 

We value reading as a vital life skill and inspire a love of literacy so that pupils fall in love with reading for life.  Reading underpins children’s access to the curriculum and it clearly impacts on their overall achievement.  There is considerable research to show that children who enjoy reading and choose to read benefit not only academically, but also socially and emotionally.  Reading increases children’s vocabulary through encounters with words they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech.  Furthermore, children who read widely and frequently have more secure general knowledge. 

Aims 

  • To help each child to become confidently literate ready for life
  • To read regularly to develop decoding skills, prosody and comprehension
  • To foster a life-long love of reading 

We endeavour to create a love of writing with the skills to write with fluency and impact using a wide range of vocabulary and writing techniques.  Children learn to structure and organise their writing to suit the genre in which they are writing.  Children learn to present their work well with legible, fluent handwriting good spelling and accurate use of punctuation.  Children experience a range of high quality texts with a focus on exploring a range of models of excellence to guide their own development as writers.

Aims 

  • To develop the skill of handwriting and to be able to comfortably write at length
  • To foster a love of writing as a form of communication
  • To skilfully express oneself using the written word for a variety of purposes
  • To accurately spell and punctuate the written word

 

As a geographer our children will develop a sense of wonder and beauty about their world, their environment and their impact on its future.  Children will develop a sense of responsibility for the care of our world and a recognition of the part they play in its future.

Aims:

  • Acquire knowledge about locations and places that will help them to set local, national and international events within a geographical context.
  • Understand some of the important features of the Earth such as landforms, weather and climate, hydrological and ecological systems.
  • Begin to develop an understanding of the significance of location and looking at the distribution patterns in human activities.  Location also involves how places are linked by movements of peoples.  Children experience these aspects and begin to understand the interdependence of people through investigation of their own and contrasting places.
  • Understand some of the relationships between people and environments both how the environment affects people and how we affect the environment.
  • Develop a sense of place, a feeling for the ‘personality’ of a place and what it might be like to live there.
  • Develop an awareness, appreciation and sensitivity to ethnic, cultural and economic diversity.
  • Acquire and develop skills necessary for geographical enquiry and be able to communicate them. 

 

As an historian our children will become detectives who investigate and ask questions about the past to understand how it has affected their lives today and tomorrow, make sense of their world developing a sense of identity.  Children will learn to gather, analyse and interpret historical evidence from fully rounded sources of evidence.  We use our children’s experiences, locality and cultural diversity to support our understanding of history.

 

Aims

  • Develop an interest in the past and an appreciation of human achievements and aspirations
  • Learn about major issues and events in the history of their own country and of the world and how those events may have influenced each other, developing a sense of time.
  • Understand how the past is different from the present and that people of those times and places may have had different values and attitudes from ours.
  • Understand the nature of historical evidence by emphasising history as a process of enquiry and by developing the range of skills required to interpret primary and secondary source materials.
  • Promote pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by developing attitudes and values such as a respect for evidence and a toleration of a range of opinions, cultures and societies.
  • Promote and develop pupil’s key skills of communication, application of number use of IT, working with others, problem solving, information gathering and evaluation. 

 

As mathematicians Muschampions will learn to confidently embrace mathematics as an important and essential part of everyday life.  Children will become confident and fluent in the fundamental skills of mathematics, learning to reason and solve problems by applying these skills.  Wherever possible mathematics learning will be embedded into real life scenarios to empower children to use and apply their skills and knowledge.   

Aims

  • To confidently use number and skills to reason and solve problems
  • To use mathematical vocabulary accurately to discuss, reason and problem solve
  • To recognise maths in everyday life 
  • To develop the enjoyment and confidence to become excellent mathematicians 
  • To develop a positive and resilient attitude towards mathematics and a fascination of mathematics.

 

Muschampions will have the opportunity to learn a modern foreign language from year 3 up.  Learning another language encourages pupils’ curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world around them.  Early exposure to different languages helps children to learn new languages when they are older, Muschampions in key stage one will be exposed to our modern foreign language.  Our children will learn Spanish.

Aims

  • To be able to express their ideas and thoughts in another language
  • To understand and respond when spoken to in another language
  • To begin to read and write in another language 
  • To link a new language to known languages
  • To be curious about the differences in countries and cultures around the world

 

As a musician Muschampions will experience this powerful, unique form of communication that can develop their ability to listen carefully and express thoughts and emotions.  There is evidence to show that musical skills are transferable, promoting cognitive and physical development and evoking a profound emotional response. 

Aims

  • Develop skills in performance, improvisation and composition
  • Be able to sing music from a wide range of genres, both in unison and in parts
  • Develop a love of music making
  • Show an awareness of sounds and to begin to be able to describe these with an increasing use of musical terminology
  • Develop an appreciation of high quality musical performance and to begin to explain the reasons for their likes or dislikes in terms of musical performance
  • Learning about a range of composers and to begin to place these on a musical time line
  • Understand and describe the elements of musical performance , with increasing use of musical terminology
  • Develop the skills required for successful performance
  • Be able to listen carefully to musical performance and to evaluate these with increasing skill and accuracy
  • Be able to associate music with emotions and to begin to explain how music makes them ‘feel’.

 

Within PSHE Muschampions learn to show respect for themselves, others, their community and their world.  They understand diversity and its importance in society.  Children are encouraged to develop their ability to think and evaluate for themselves, to reflect and consider their opinions and to be tolerant members of an ever changing society.

Aims

  • Broaden children’s outlook beyond their home experiences 
  • To develop children’s knowledge and understanding of diversity, equality and tolerance
  • Give children the skills and knowledge to form their own opinions and constantly evaluate their thinking with maturity and learning

 

In physical education our Muschampions will be inspired to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities to develop an understanding of how to stay fit and healthy for life.  Children will become physically confident and have opportunities to try different sports and activities, compete and build skills such as; resilience, fairness and respect.

Aims

  • To teach children to be active and to gain a sense of enjoyment in the widest possible range of physical activities appropriate for their age
  • Aid development through exploring basic skills and actions in order to perform with increasing control and co-ordination
  • Support children in their development of positive attitudes to themselves, others and the environment including working together co-operatively and competitively
  • Allow children opportunities to make decisions about their own work and to act independently
  • Give scope for children to reflect on their work in order to improve it
  • Lead children to an understanding of why exercise is an essential part of healthy living.

 

Muschampions explore the religions of the world and their impacts on communities, culture and architecture.  Children learn the similarities and differences within and across religions, understand key knowledge and build an ever increasing understanding of religious beliefs.  Children develop the ability to talk about beliefs in a respectful and sensitive way.  Through visits and visitors children hear and see key elements of different religions.

Aims

  • Broaden children’s outlooks beyond their home experiences
  • Develop knowledge of the religions of the world, recognising similarities and differences 
  • To develop knowledge and understanding of differences, equality and tolerance

 

As scientists Muschampions will be curious about the questions they have, investigate solutions and use knowledge to solve problems and make informed decisions based on evidence.  Children will learn to explore, observe, question, investigate and think in order to solve investigations and apply their knowledge to support their understanding of the scientific world.  Children will be encouraged to be ever inquisitive and to question why and how throughout their learning.

Aims

  • Develop children’s scientific knowledge and their conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • Develop children’s understanding of nature, process and methods of science through different types of enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • Equip children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science today and of the future.