At Mount Pellon Primary Academy we are committed to meeting the requirements of the new primary curriculum and we continue to strive towards all pupils reaching their full potential by the time they reach Year Six.
We have updated our schemes of work to reflect the content and challenge of the new curriculum. Teachers will continue to receive training in the key areas of curriculum change. We will also use a range of external providers to enhance our provision where appropriate.
Our curriculum will be taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners, will be underpinned by our school values and provide an inspiring, stimulating, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for all children. We will continue to keep parents informed about the content of the curriculum through newsletters and the school website.
Over the coming year will we continue to adapt our current assessment procedures to meet the assessment requirements of the new curriculum and in response to future government publications relating to these. Over the course of the next year you will continue to be informed of your child’s progress through parents’ evenings, reports and targets and you are always welcome to arrange an appointment with the class teacher to address any concerns.
As a school we are proud of curriculum provision and continually strive to improve it through monitoring and evaluation. We are excited to launch the new curriculum and we hope you will enjoy it your child.
At Mount Pellon Primary Academy, our whole school curriculum branches from our use of quality texts and is designed to inspire and engage our children. The book, studied by each year group during each term, is the overarching theme for the topics in each subject area. All of our units of work are fully referenced to the Primary National Curriculum Framework.
At Mount Pellon Primary Academy we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.
Pupils are still working on the Early Learning Goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as they enter Year 1. There is a period in the Autumn Term where the majority of children progress to the National Curriculum. Throughout this period and beyond all children are still developing their phonic knowledge through the Read Write Inc. Programme and developing their fluency in reading through the Accelerated Reading Program and through daily Guided Reading.
The National Curriculum is delivered using an integrated topic approach centred around a ‘book spine’ of class novels and is assessed using Target Tracker. The more able are challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success. National requirements and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school and then individual year groups plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly. The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s Core Values (Enjoy, Believe, Achieve) and these are taught on their own and through other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum.
The English curriculum has been designed by ourselves, and as well as the reading curriculum described above, includes Cracking Comprehension, writing and GPS lessons. The mathematics curriculum utilises a maths mastery approach using a resource called No Problem Maths. English and maths are taught in mixed ability groups with the exception of Year 6 maths which is setted according to ability. In all year groups there are small group interventions in order to support pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians as well as interventions for pupils with SEND.
Specialist teachers physical education and the teaching of Spanish occurs from Year 3 upwards. All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole school programmes and approaches support quality teaching and learning and the school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils.
Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based events, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.
The computing curriculum has been a focus for this year. We have developed a curriculum which ensures the children are equipped with a wide range of resources to support their learning and understanding of computing.
At Mount Pellon we follow the agreed RE Syllabus for Calderdale and Kirklees. This syllabus was developed by a team of specialists representing all faith groups, ensuring the curriculum we deliver is accurate and respectful of all religions.