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Curriculum

Curriculum Intent - Guiding Principles

It is our intention that the curriculum at our school will be rich and varied and will offer pupils the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills and become confident, independent learners. By planning motivating and relevant topics that encompass the foundation subjects within a coherent and progressive framework, pupils see clear links between different aspects of their learning and develop a rich and deep subject knowledge.  

At North Mundham we value our wonderful learning environment and unique location and ensure that our curriculum reflects that. By ensuring that experiences, visits and practical activities are relevant and relatable, pupils are encouraged to apply their skills and pursue their own passions and interests. 

It is our intent that the curriculum is fully inclusive and offers opportunities to explore the diversity of our pupils, community and society. We work with all stakeholders to ensure that all needs and abilities are provided for. 

Our Learners

We want our learners to:… 

  • Be independent 
  • Be confident 
  • Be resilient 
  • Ask questions 
  • Be inquisitive 
  • Take risks 
  • Have a desire to learn and achieve 
  • Be able to reflect on their learning 
  • Respect each other and work collaboratively together 
  • Develop self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities 
  • Leave our school as lifelong learners 

Our Curriculum Implementation

We will achieve this by… 

  • Providing high quality learning experiences that build on prior learning 
  • Developing pupils’ subject knowledge to a deep and high level 
  • Supporting pupils to feel safe and secure and ready to learn 
  • Assessing pupils’ knowledge in order to ensure progression and address any gaps in understanding or knowledge 
  • Develop creative and robust ways to record pupils’ knowledge and understanding 
  • Providing memorable days, visits, visitors and practical opportunities that enrich the learning experience 
  • Underpinning their learning with progressive and holistic lifeskills (through JIgsaw and PE) to support their mental and physical well-being. 

Content Overview

Through our English Curriculum, we strive to teach the children how important their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills will be in the real world; whether that be enjoying a fabulous book, reading a toy instruction pamphlet, performing in a play or class assembly, or writing a letter to grandparents. We have created a curriculum that encourages enthusiasm and engagement with English and provides our children with rich and varied learning opportunities that help them to become confident and enthusiastic learners.

English learning brings together phonics, reading, writing, handwriting, speaking and listening and is taught through a rich programme of learning activities. These are often linked to topic work but not always. We aim to incorporate as many ‘real’ reasons for writing as we can, to motivate and engage the children.

Alongside a daily English lesson, the children have additional time each day to listen to a story and read quietly alone or with a friend.

Reading

Books not only enrich the minds of children; they also help them relax and enjoy some precious calm
moments. Reading is a vital skill at every stage of school life and beyond. Every staff member at North Mundham Primary understands the importance of reading and is committed to promoting a love of reading from the very first day children start at the school. Reading not only allows children to access all areas of the curriculum it also enables them to transport themselves to different continents, worlds and lives.

At North Mundham we know that this is a key area for families and school to work together. We set high expectations of reading every day -home and school – and use our School Diary as a running record, which we encourage parents to write in and sign.

We teach reading in a variety of ways at North Mundham Primary School; this includes phonics teaching, reading carousel activities,1 to 1 reading and whole class reading.

As a school, we follow the phonics-based programme called ‘Read, Write, Inc’ produced by Ruth Miskin.

In Reception, the children participate in daily RWI sessions. The children are introduced to the sounds of the alphabet and learn to blend the sounds together to read words. We encourage parents to read with their child and to recognise the importance of reading to their child on a daily basis to promote an enjoyment and love of reading.

In Key Stage 1 daily RWI lessons are timetabled. In these sessions, the children look at a range of sounds across the week. This includes nonsense words, real words and common exception words. In accordance with the RWI programme, the children read ‘ditty books’ with the relevant sounds covered in their set.

The school has a fiction and non-fiction library and a wide variety of reading scheme books. Reading for pleasure is strong in our school. During the year there are additional activities such as writing competitions, meeting authors, writing poetry ‘by the canal’ and reading challenges -participation is high from all groups of pupils.

All year groups take books home to share, to practice and enjoy. Initially the reading books are from one of the several reading schemes: Rigby Star and Rigby Rocket, Collins Big Cat, Nelson and Ginn. They are colour coded by reading age, so that the children experience a wide range of styles and genre from the very beginning.

We want children to enjoy reading and have an element of choice in what they read. Choosing a book is a special time. Early readers choose an additional book from the picture book library. Once children are able to read more independently, they choose from the library or from books they have at home. Staff discuss and guide their choices to ensure success, enjoyment and development. Teachers will monitor the books children are reading and how well they are getting through a book.

Core texts for guided reading lessons are chosen carefully for each class. They are used to inspire, amaze and enjoy. The texts are often linked to topics and themes or author visits. Teachers use the texts to develop a love and excitement of reading, to encourage children to extend their vocabulary, retrieve information, develop skills of discussion and inference and to talk about storyline and author choice (words, sentence types, characterisation…). Children are read to daily and sometimes these core texts are used. At North Mundham, children are exposed to a wide range of highquality authors, rich text types and styles allowing children access to books which may be above their reading level.

Writing

We strive for children to enjoy the process of writing and sharing their writing to others. Lessons encourage children to play with words, have a go freely, spell carefully, edit thoughtfully and share enthusiastically. We teach through high quality modelling of good examples followed by the children having a go and seeing that they can be successful writers. Lessons involve learning the elements of spelling, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary. We want the children to write with good sentence structure, exciting vocabulary and gain a sense of pride in what they can do as they journey through the school. Structured writing is followed by independent writing where each child has the chance to show
off what they have learnt.

We use ‘The Write Stuff’(Jane Considine) units of work twice a term, alongside work planned by the teacher, inspired by a book, a film clip, topic, a trip or world event.

We teach children the mechanics of handwriting using the Letter-join scheme. Children will begin by developing writing skills with pre-cursive patterns leading to accomplished handwriting that shows a neat cursive script. We are looking for quality, speed and stamina in handwriting, allowing children to write for longer and produce handwriting that is legible and consistently of a high standard.

 

At North Mundham we believe that mathematical learning should combine developing a thorough and clear understanding of concepts with the ability to reason and apply in problem solving situations and investigations.

Mathematical understanding is underpinned by the use of visual and kinaesthetic strategies which thoroughly embed concepts, enabling the children to make links with and build on previous learning.

Whilst working towards efficiency in calculation, we believe that it is important for children to understand what they are doing rather than simply following a method. Using this conceptual first approach means that children are better able to identify errors in their working out. The children will learn using the concrete, pictorial abstract approach. This can be seen in our calculation policy.

Through investigative activities, children develop strategies for solving problems and how to reason and implement their core knowledge effectively

Wherever possible, mathematical learning culminates with a practical application which demonstrates the relevance of maths in our everyday lives.

We have developed a system of Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) that encourage the children to learn age appropriate skills that will support their curriculum learning. This allows us to communicate effectively around core skills that parents can support their children with each half term.

We ensure that the children receive a varied diet of mathematical input. This can include a formal lesson; a maths meeting to revise key concepts or revisit current learning objectives through a variety of methods including daily practice, singing and games; an opportunity to explore our own mathematical understanding and stretch ourselves through independent thought in ‘goal free; sessions and the opportunity to develop KIRF knowledge.

The curriculum we use is the White Rose Maths Curriculum and we follow the planning units you can find attached below. White Rose hopes to achieve the following:

We want pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, to be able to reason and to solve problems. Our curriculum embraces these National Curriculum aims, and provides guidance to help pupils to become:

Visualisers – we use the CPA approach to help pupils understand mathematics and to make connections between different representations.

Describers – we place great emphasis on mathematical language and questioning so pupils can discuss the mathematics they are doing, and so support them to take ideas further.

Experimenters – as well as being fluent mathematicians, we want pupils to love and learn more about mathematics.

We firmly believe that children should enjoy mathematics and should have opportunities to succeed. We feel at North Mundham we want to equip children to succeed in life, nurture a love of exploration and create quizzical problem solvers who can reason as to why they are making choices.

 

During our science lessons our school uses engaging, practical experiments to help children learn about a wider range of living things, materials and nature.

We will cover the following areas to broaden their scientific knowledge:

  1. Life Processes and Living Things
  2. Materials and their properties
  3. Physical Processes

Through investigations the children will be planning, observing, measuring and evaluating information in systematic ways. They talk about their work and its significance, and communicate ideas using a wide range of scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts and graphs.

Modern Foreign Language (MFL)

French is taught in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 to all children. The lessons are active and aim to encourage everyone to speak confidently. There is a French club available for younger children.

The main focus in art lessons is to encourage children to be creative artists and to develop the skills to enable this. Children are taught a range of skills – drawing, painting, using textiles, dyeing, printing and working with clay. They also study the work and techniques of famous artists and art from other cultures. Children work in 3D as well as 2D. You can see our artwork all around the school – you will even see it outside if you look carefully.

Each year the school holds an Arts Week to celebrate the children’s work and the culmination of this is a wonderful exhibition.

History

History is taught through topics and uses ‘enquiry’, role play, visits, first-hand experience and artefacts to bring the subject to life. Children (and teachers) dress up for special themed days, such as; being evacuees for a day and experiencing life in a new village school (writing a postcard home to Mother and Father), dressing up as Romans or Victorians and taking part in a Viking raid after writing rousing battle speeches! We hope to equip our children with the ability to ask perceptive questions, think critically and weigh up evidence. We learn about important people in history, such as Florence Nightingale and Neil Armstrong, and learn about the process of change along the way.

Geography

In Geography we hope to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. It is taught through topics and visits where possible! We visit the local area (lettuce and flower nurseries and our local village), explore Portsmouth and use interactive programmes to learn about places further afield. The children learn about river systems, local geographical features and use Ordinance Survey maps. We aim to teach children to develop geographical skills, language and knowledge, to be aware of the world around them and the importance of caring for the environment. We compare the geographical aspects of our local area with city life and learn about the mountainous landscape of North America, learning to understand the geographical similarities and differences.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural

Religious Education (R.E.)

Children are taught about the main world religions – Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. They learn about religious festivals, customs and ways of worship. Lessons encourage positive attitudes towards, and respect for, the beliefs of others and in doing so encourage understanding of the similarities and differences between people that are part of our rich culture.

Lifeskills

All children follow a programme of Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education which in our school we call ‘Lifeskills’. This recognizes the importance of the whole child and develops children’s relationships and social skills. Keeping safe, friendship, anti-bullying, healthy living and making well informed choices are regularly revisited as age appropriate.

In the second half of KS2 Sex and Relationship education is part of our Lifeskills curriculum. Our aims in these lessons are to inform the children, maintain high self esteem and self respect and promote sensitivity and responsibility as children grow.

The school is proud of its strong music tradition. In lessons children are taught to sing, to listen to music, to play percussion and be actively involved in composing and performing.

In Year 4 all children learn to play the clarinet in class music lessons with specialist teachers.

In addition to curriculum music children may learn to play an instrument; woodwind, brass, violin, piano, singing, drums and guitar lessons are available.

The school has a choir and a very successful wind band supported by the West Sussex Music Trust.

At North Mundham we encourage all children to participate in sport through fostering a team spirit and an enjoyment of sport. The PE curriculum includes: athletics, dance, games, gymnastics, outdoor and adventurous activities and swimming.

Approximately 2 hours per week of curriculum time is given to P.E. and in addition there is a wide range of extra curricular sports. The school takes part in a wide variety of competitive and fun-based inter-school tournaments and events.

The school takes advantage of specialist sport coaching including most recently; football, cricket, tennis, canoeing and dance.

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We are fortunate to have our own enclosed woodland and a member of staff trained to deliver high quality ‘Forest Schools’ lessons. In Forest Schools children develop their appreciation and understanding of the environment, learn practical outdoor skills and work cooperatively together developing communication, trust and problem solving.

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Extra-Curricular Clubs

After School Activities

We offer a variety of clubs that provide additional opportunities for the children to learn a new skill, practice a talent or nurture an interest in a fun and safe environment.

Examples of clubs are: Dance, Board games, Netball, Football, Tag Rugby, Book Club, Reading, Yoga, Art, Choir, Guitar and Craft. Some clubs are run by school staff and others are provided by external providers (there will be a charge for these).

School Care Club

Our aim is to provide high quality before and after school care for pupils who attend North Mundham School. The club aims to create an informal, ‘family’ environment where children of different ages interact, play and relax together at the beginning and end of the day.

Care Club Manager: Miss V Humphreys

Play Assistants: Miss A Moore and Miss J Stead

Children enter and leave Heron Care Club via the main school entrance. They use the hall, the community room and the outdoor spaces for supervised activities.

Children can attend the club daily, on regular days each week or on an adhoc basis. Bookings are made by completing a booking form available from the school office.

Before attending the club for the first time, parents / carers need to complete a ‘child details form’ which includes details of contact telephone numbers, medical conditions, allergies etc.

The school reserves the right to refuse a booking or cancel a child’s booking if their behaviour jeopardises the safety or well-being of other children attending the club or if outstanding bills are not paid.

The club operates three sessions:
Morning (Monday – Friday) 8am – 8.35am.  Cost £4 including breakfast

After School: Session A (Monday – Friday) 3.20pm – 4.30pm. Cost £7 including snack
After School: Session B (Monday – Thursday) 3.20pm – 5.30pm. Cost £10 including snack

The club operates for the full academic year excluding any INSET days and Bank Holidays.

We offer a variety of activities for the children to enjoy and explore. Each session includes some outside play (weather permitting) and snack time. The sessions are fluid and children are encouraged to explore their own interests as well.

In the mornings the session includes breakfast time. The children sit together and help themselves to a variety of healthy breakfast products. In the afternoon snacks will include a combination of: sandwiches, wraps, crumpets etc with a choice of fillings. Fruit will be available each day. The children will be involved in getting snacks ready, choosing what to eat and helping to clear away. Parents / carers are asked to inform club staff of dietary requirements and allergies on the registration form and these are closely adhered to.

  1. All staff employed are appropriately qualified and are police checked and medically cleared to work with children.
  2. The staff are qualified first aiders.
  3. Appropriate staff : child ratios are adhered to and, in an emergency, Care Club staff can call on additional support from other staff in school.
  4. Class teachers will have a list of who is attending the Care Club each day. They will ensure that children arrive safely at Care Club. If children are attending an after school club they will be delivered to Care Club when this finishes at 4pm. 
  5. Children can only be collected by adults that parents / carers have notified school about. If the person collecting your child changes at short notice please phone the Care Club to confirm your consent to this arrangement. 
  6. Children must be signed out on collection.
  7. All accidents are recorded. If an accident has occurred the adult collecting will be informed and asked to sign an ‘Accident / Illness Report Form’.
  8. Please advise the school office in advance if your child will not be attending a session you have booked for whatever reason. Eg. Illness, going home with a friend for a playdate etc.

The club follows the school’s policy for the administration of medicines. Please see the school website or ask in the office.

All activities of the Care Club are risk assessed. The club follows the school’s policies and procedures.

If parents / carers have cause for complaint they should initially discuss the matter with a member of staff from Care Club. If an issue is not resolved to their satisfaction, parents / carers should put their concerns in writing to the Headteacher of North Mundham School. Procedure would then follow the school’s complaint procedure available from the school office.

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