At Middlestown Junior and Infant School our curriculum is guided by The National Curriculum. From September 2014 a new National Curriculum was introduced for all children except those in years 2 and 6. The children in years 2 and 6 will move to the New National Curriculum from September 2015.
Please click the link below to access a copy of the New National Curriculum document.
Language and Literacy
Within the National Curriculum this is broken down to include speaking and listening, reading and writing.
We develop pupil’s abilities to communicate effectively in speech and writing not only during literacy lessons but across all subjects within the curriculum. Competence in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and handwriting is encouraged throughout the curriculum in order to enable the children to communicate appropriately and effectively.
Spoken language reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development cognitively, socially and linguistically and underpins the development of reading and writing.
Reading consists of two dimensions; word reading and comprehension. The school has developed a whole school set of reading requirements to ensure that reading is actively taught and underpins all other learning.
There is also a whole school set of writing requirements which ensure a systematic and consistent approach to the teaching and marking of writing.
Across school we use a reading scheme which consists of Oxford Reading Tree, Ginn, Rigby Star and Rigby Rocket books. We are also in the process of installing a kindle app on our set of ipad minis.
The school aims to establish confidence in the use of mathematics by ensuring that each child experiences success and is able to think clearly, and argue logically. We use exposition, discussion, appropriate practical work, practice of fundamental skills, investigational work, problem solving and the use of calculators and computers.
Through a thorough understanding of mathematics, children can present information, understand numbers, estimate, calculate and solve mathematical problems. They will be able to use mathematics in everyday situations. Early Years and Key Stage 1 also have Numicon resources to help with problem solving and basic mathematical skills.
Children also use Mathletics, snappy maths, big maths and follow a set of whole school non negotiables for maths.
Across all groups children will develop a solid understanding of the world through the areas of biology, chemistry and physics. Children will be encouraged to inquire and develop an understanding of nature and the processes and methods of science. Teachers will help children develop a sense of excitement and curiosity towards science which will encourage them to explain their observations or predict how things might behave. During each block of study, children will be expected to develop a deep understanding which they can explain using a wide range of technical terminology.
What was once called ‘ICT’ has now been changed to ‘Computing.’ Under the new Curriculum, there is a greater emphasis on the need for children to be able to understand and write algorithms, create and debug simple programs and to use programming and coding. We aim to equip our children with the knowledge of safe internet use, through all Key Stages, and we place great importance on their understanding of the internet as both a tool for education and research, as well as something that is part of their everyday lives. We still intend to teach children the skills to be computer literate across a variety of software programs, aiming for them to have transferable skills they can use in the future.
We believe that computing should be embedded within all aspects of the curriculum and so, where appropriate, the subject is also taught and used in a cross curricular manner to enrich and support their learning further.
All children have access to computers in school to support their learning through the use of laptops. Interactive whiteboards are in every classroom to promote learning. We also have a class set of mini i-pads which are used to enhance teaching and learning. Two clever touch screens have recently been installed in foundation and year 1.
The teaching of RE is based on the Wakefield Agreed Syllabus, through which the children develop their knowledge of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism, as well as being made aware of Sikhism and Buddhism. This encourages them to recognise the right of people to hold diverse beliefs and values, and develop positive attitudes of respect towards other people.
The children are also encouraged to develop an appreciation of the world in which we live and to reflect upon their responsibility towards it. RE aims to provide opportunities to enhance the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils.
Reverend Lesley Anne Mattocks has also been an asset to children’s learning, sharing her knowledge in a lively fashion that engages the children’s interests and enhancing their learning. Children also have visits to the village church for a variety of festivals and celebrations.
Collective worship is held for the whole school every day. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious education and collective worship. Please contact the Headteacher.
History aims to inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past, both of Britain and the wider world. It will help them understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and the relationships between different groups as well as their own identity. They will understand the methods of historical enquiry- to ask questions, to think critically, to weigh evidence and sift arguments.
Geography inspires a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, resulting in an increased awareness, knowledge and understanding of places, people and environment.
Teaching geography will equip pupils with knowledge about the diverse places, people, resources and natural and human resources together with an understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. They will learn about the formation and use of landscapes and environments and how the Earth’s features change over time.
Art is taught from Foundation Stage to Year 6, with skills progressing through the range of media. The children are taught to paint with powder paint, ready mixed paint then with watercolours. They draw with pastel, charcoal, pencil and ink. They learn the skills of printing and collage as well as exploring textiles through using threads to sew and embroider.
3D is explored through the use of clay, reclaimed materials and wood.
Children explore the ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. The creative arts are valued by all staff that provide a cross-curricular curriculum that is accessible to all children. Art recognises the freedom of the individual expression. It stimulates creativity and imagination. It allows children to respond to the world around them and provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences to enrich their learning.
Design and Technology
D and T prepare children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. It encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team.
Through the study of D and T the children will learn the skills of design, making and evaluating, whilst at the same time, learning how to select and use appropriate tools, following safe procedures.
Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music. Also, they develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms and to begin to make judgments about the quality of music.
The children in Key Stage 1 and 2 have opportunities to be taught by peripatetic music teachers, to play brass, strings, drums and woodwind instruments. There is also a School Choir. Children in year 5 are part of the wider opportunities scheme, where the whole class learns to play in a Samba band.
Through PE we aim to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding so that they can perform with increasing confidence in a range of physical activities. These include dance, games, gymnastics, athletics, swimming, and outdoor and adventurous activities. Year 6 undertake a residential at Robinwood which involves a lot of physical and adventurous opportunities.
Our ultimate aim is to ensure that all children access two hours of physical activity each week.
Children in Years 4 and 5 receive swimming lessons at Sun Lane Swimming Pool in Wakefield.
Many opportunities also exist for children to join sporting activities after school. Children are taught a wide variety of games skills and take part in regular festivals with other schools locally provide the opportunity for inter-school matches and competition.
Middlestown school attaches great importance to the SEALs (social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) curriculum. Each class undertake activities each week following a half termly theme which is also celebrated and reinforced in assemblies.
Sex and Relationship Education
Sex Education is taught within the Science and PSHCE Curriculum. In KS1 children will be made aware that humans produce babies, which develop into children and then into adults. KS2 children will study the main stages of the human life cycle. The Governors’ agreed policy recognises that great care should be taken to match sex education provision to the maturity of the pupils involved, and that children’s questions are handled sensitively.
The policy also recognises that parents have the right to withdraw their child from the school’s programme of Sex Education, other than those elements which are required by the National Curriculum Science order. The Sex and Relationship Policy is available for parents to read by contacting the school.
All Key Stage 2 children follow the Wakefield Scheme for Primary French which enables them to hold simple conversations and write simple phrases in French.
Please visit each of the year group pages to see an up to date picture of what they are currently covering in their lessons.