At Middlestown Primary Academy we firmly believe that the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum is key to developing the child as a whole. We want our children to leave our school as confident individuals, who are capable of achieving great things and have a lifelong love of learning. We have a diverse curriculum which is interwoven with the key learning attributes embodied within our I CARE hand. Children learn to be reflective, collaborative, ambitious and resilient learners and they approach school life in an enthusiastic way.
To achieve this, we create a curriculum which engages and motivates children to want to learn, to solve problems, to think critically and creatively and to reflect on the new skills they have learnt. We endeavour to provide themed approaches to learning, encourage frequent educational visits, as well as inviting visitors into school in order to bring subjects and learning to life.
The primary purpose of our curriculum is to guarantee a successful learning experience for every child and as such is designed to:
- Develop strong characters in order to be resilient and to cope with adversity;
- Develop creative individuals who collaborate and cooperate in order to solve problems and who see failure as an opportunity to learn;
- Develop pupils who think critically and care about their learning so that they always do their best;
- Develop pupils who care about their school, their community and the wider world; encouraging them to feel part of and contribute positively to fundamental British values;
- Ensure all children have high aspirations;
- Develop a thirst for learning for all pupils.
- Enable pupils to communicate, read and write and apply maths sufficiently well in order to prepare them to be successful in the next phase of their education.
The curriculum at Middlestown Primary Academy was redesigned during the academic year 2018-2019 to offer the best possible opportunities for learning for our children. Our curriculum encompasses the National Curriculum objectives and these objectives are built upon year upon year, which provides clear sequencing and progress during the journey through school. The curriculum has been carefully crafted to include local links including visitors and educational visits to ensure the children in our school are able to take full advantage of their surrounding environment. In addition, the curriculum is bespoke to our school and is closely linked to life experiences that we want the children to partake in. As a whole school, we take part in themes weeks such as Take 1 Picture week, Multicultural Week, Science Week and Kindness Week.
This is at the heart of everything that we do as reading is the key to unlock the potential of every child. Reading is taught through a consistent yet engaging approach, and our principle aim is to ensure that all children see reading not as a chore but something that is to be enjoyed. We use a range of texts to enthuse children including classical novels, non-fiction books, poetry, plays and fictional stories which are all linked to topic learning.
So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall.” – Roald Dahl
We have high expectation in phonics and follow the Letters and Sounds document. We support our children to become fluent readers and skilled writers through our systematic consistent approach to teaching phonics. Phonics is taught daily and in a variety of ways, including high quality modelling of sounding out, decoding, blending and segmenting. Our children enjoy applying the skills they learn through engaging, interactive resources and games where the children are given time to practise and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words. We use the teach, practise, apply model through phonics teaching.
We inspire our children to write using a book-led curriculum and real life experiences. We aim to engage and stimulate all children to write through what they experience in school. We believe that writing must allow children to use their imagination and engage with a range of genres. It is also crucial that we teach children grammar concepts that enable them to become proficient and accurate writers providing them with life-long writing skills. Our aim is for children to leave our school being passionate and confident writers.
‘If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.’ Stephen King
Mathematics introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and supports learning across the curriculum. It helps children make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them; offers ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and makes a crucial contribution to their development as successful learners.
At Middlestown Primary Academy, mathematics equips pupils with the uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. We believe that Mathematics is integral to all aspects of life and we aim to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude in Mathematics that will stay with them throughout their lives.
A positive attitude towards Mathematics is instilled within all of our pupils in order to foster confidence and achievement in a skill that is essential in our society. Through our creative approach to teaching and learning, we also seek to explore and utilise further opportunities to use and apply Mathematics across all subject areas so when our pupils leave Middlestown, they are individuals who are numerate, creative, independent, inquisitive, enquiring and confident learners.
‘You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.’ Maya Angelou
Art plays a vital part in our creative curriculum. We believe that art stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness, while providing children with the opportunities to develop intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially. Therefore, we believe that it should be taught as an individual subject as well as incorporated into other curriculum areas.
“Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.” Quentin Blake
Our Art curriculum enables our children to communicate what they see, feel and think. It allows them to experiment with their ideas, their use of colour, texture, form and pattern, and a range of different materials and processes. Children are encouraged to self-evaluate their creations and are taught how to be resilient to achieve their goals. We aim for children to reflect upon the work of both modern and historical artists and upon art from a variety of different cultures.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology should be the subject where [we] turn bright ideas into useful products.’ James Dyson
We endeavour to teach our children to become creative and innovative thinkers. Design and Technology is about providing opportunities for children to use creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs.
We provide our children with the skills needed to investigate, design, make, and evaluate their own work. Making mistakes is a huge part of Design and Technology and is integral to learning, so we encourage our children to think of improvements that could be made to their products.
Children will be taught textiles, structures, mechanisms, electrical and mechanical systems, ICT and cooking and nutrition.
We aim to provide a broad and rich Geography curriculum that encompasses both building a secure knowledge base alongside field skills. We wish to inspire a curiosity and fascination with this ever changing planet that we live in. We track progress from Foundation through to Year Six to ensure that the correct progression steps are in place so that children can deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Our children should confidently use Geographical terms from words such as ‘coast, ocean, valley’ in Year One through to ‘biomes, vegetation and hemisphere’ in Year Six. We have a broad range of Geographical topics which act as an inspiring vehicle for our children to apply their skills and deepen their knowledge. Some of our current topics include; ‘On Safari’, ‘The Titanic’, ‘Ice Kingdoms’, ‘Clean up Coxley’ and ‘The Amazon’. We believe that it is important that many of our topics are relevant and contextual to our children and so we explore the local area and make links with our community wherever possible, this includes the village of Middlestown, Coxley Woods and extending to Wakefield.
We believe History should stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about the lives and times of people who lived in the past. We believe children should have a strong awareness of a range of cultural heritages and how they fit into a chronological timeline. We aim to inspire our pupil’s curiosity through a range of different activities. The children examine both primary and secondary sources of evidence, they visit sights of historical significance through a range of different trips and we encourage visitors to come into the school to talk about their experiences of the past. The children will learn about a range of different historical periods, some of our current topics include; ‘The Great Fire of London’, ‘Space Travel; Neil Armstrong’, ‘Ancient Egypt’, ‘The Romans’ and ‘World War II’. Through all these topics the ultimate aim is that the children are curious and inspired about the past, so they are able to ask perceptive questions, think critically and develop their own perspectives and judgements.
At Middlestown Primary Academy we recognise that Computing and ICT will undoubtedly continue to play a major role in the children’s lives at home, in further education and future work places, so wish to ensure that their key experiences and developing abilities are both transferable and effective life skills. We want to equip pupils of all ages to understand that computational thinking and programming skills help them to understand both the natural and digital systems in the world around them. Our aim is that pupils can safely and confidently use a range of technology to creatively express themselves and to be active participants in the digital world. We want computing to be integrated into every day teaching and learning to engage, inspire and record the unique curriculum at Middlestown.
The MFL that we teach is French and it is taught throughout Key Stage 2. We believe that it is important that the children gain experiences of other languages so that they can understand the culture, similarities and differences of another country. We offer our children the confidence to speak with good intonation and pronunciation and encourage a passion for language and commitment to the subject. Through learning French, children are able to develop skills involving speaking, listening and responding, reading and responding and writing.
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in your own language,that goes to his heart.” Nelson Mandela
We make Music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build the confidence of all children.
Singing lies at the heart of good music teaching. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer and to listen to more extended pieces of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. Children are taught how to work with others to make music and how individuals combine together to make sounds. We also teach them musical notation and how to compose music.
Children participate in weekly singing assemblies as well as having the opportunity to join the school choir once they enter Key Stage 2. The choir performs at several events throughout the year including Young Voices and the Pyramid Music Day. Pupils in Year 3 will learn to play the recorder and in Year 1, the ocarina. Pupils can also choose to learn how to play an instrument taught by the peripatetic teachers. Year 5 children are taught Samba every week by the Wakefield Music Service.
“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”
―Professor Dumbledore, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
We strongly believe that all children should have access to a thoroughly planned, progressive physical education programme, which places a real emphasis on developing a wide range of physical competences, while encouraging healthy competition and teamwork. Throughout their time at Middlestown Primary Academy, our teachers strive to equip all children with the necessary skills, knowledge and range of physical experiences to motivate them to lead lifelong active, healthy lifestyles in which they continue their participation in physical activity and sport. We aim to give all children the opportunity to experience competitive sport by planning and participating in regular school-based events such as sports days, inter-school leagues and other local or regional events that may be appropriate and available.
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity” John F Kennedy
PSHCE is an integral part of the teaching and learning that we do at Middlestown Primary Academy. We believe wholeheartedly in delivering the social and emotional aspects of learning and these are taught weekly to all children in school. Our assembly rota demonstrates the importance of British values and reinforces the themes of our SEALs curriculum. Our aim is that every member of the school community feels valued and respected, and that each person is treated fairly and well. We are a caring community, whose values are built upon mutual trust and respect for all. We feel that this will prepare our children to become respectful citizens in the future and that they will continue to show these same open and positive attitudes towards people they meet, regardless of their social or cultural background.
Religious Education is provided in accordance with the agreed Wakefield syllabus for Religious Education. The aim of our Religious Education curriculum is to support our children to learn all about and engage with religious beliefs and practices and to develop an awareness of spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues. We also foster in our children a respect for other peoples’ views and to celebrate the diversity in society. Through acquiring knowledge and an understanding of religious beliefs and practices through the teaching of our Religious Education curriculum, our children grow in confidence and are able to ask appropriate questions, and can form and express their own opinions and beliefs. Our Religious Education curriculum provides lots of enjoyable learning opportunities, such as role play, drama, discussion, debate and visits. We also encourage and promote links with the local community and churches.
We believe that Science is a vital part of everyday life and teaching it through fascinating and practical approaches can inspire children. We strive to develop a sense of excitement, passion and curiosity about natural phenomena.
Our curriculum enhances the children’s scientific understanding and knowledge both independently and collaboratively. Our aim is to encourage the children to be inquisitive in Science and predict, explore and explain their own findings.
‘The important thing is to never stop questioning’ Albert Einstein.