At Moulton, every child is valued as an individual. We are committed to the nurture and development of the ‘well-rounded’ child – a child that is confident, motivated, emotionally secure and who has the knowledge and skills to leave us well prepared for a changing world. Therefore, we have designed a curriculum which provides opportunities and experiences to develop positive attitudes to learning, self-belief and critical thinking skills that children need to be successful in their future lives.
Through our Attitudes to Learning programme, our children learn to collaborate with others and develop independence in their learning; this in turn helps them to be resilient and resourceful learners that are confident to work together and take risks that help them grow.
Our ‘Learning Animals’ help our children develop the following characteristics: resilience (spider), relationships (badger), reflective (raven), resourceful (squirrel) and risk-taking (fox).
Our PSHE curriculum is carefully designed to support children’s emotional development and well-being, and minimize barriers to learning, enabling them to cope with the challenges they will face in the future. We are a GOLD TAMHs school, which reflects our extensive provision for supporting children’s emotional and mental health.
Our expectations for children’s achievement are high. We want them all to attain well in the core areas (reading, writing, maths and science) and develop knowledge and skills in the other areas of the curriculum, preparing them for the next stages of their education.
Reading will always be at the heart of our curriculum and we believe that learning to read is an entitlement for all our children. Reading well and for pleasure is the foundation for learning and allows every child the opportunity to succeed and love learning.
In our maths curriculum, we aim to develop confident mathematicians with the necessary skills to tackle maths in everyday life. This enables our children to build upon their knowledge as they move through the school and have a greater depth of understanding of mathematics, which will support them through their future education.
Our curriculum is based on the Early Years Framework in Reception and the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2. It is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum but also what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave.
At Moulton, we recognise and value the role that a broad and creative curriculum has on children’s overall achievement and well-being. We give our children as many diverse opportunities as we can to take part in activities that build self-esteem, confidence, resilience and develop positive relationships.
We use an integrated, themed approach, which the children find motivating and which helps them make links and connections across the curriculum. It is carefully structured to engage interest at the start of a topic, includes an ‘innovation project’ to apply the knowledge and skills acquired, and an ‘express event’ to share their learning with a wider audience and create a purpose for learning.
Curriculum Development Plan
Over the past two years, we have been developing the extent and breadth of our curriculum to ensure our children develop the knowledge and skills they need to achieve well. This has included a comprehensive review of each subject and a plan to develop each area over time as follows:
- 2018-19 – creative arts: drama, dance, performance arts
- 2019-20 – Art, Geography and Science (autumn/spring terms)
- 2020-21 – PSHE, Music and History (summer/autumn terms)
- 2020 – 2021 – DT (autumn/spring/summer)
- 2021 – RE, DT and MFL (spring/summer terms)
- 2021-22 MFL – curriculum review and next steps