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Curriculum

Curriculum and Assessment

Children come to Maidenhall Primary School to learn. We work hard to provide opportunities for children to do their best. The staff plan learning opportunities that are varied, enjoyable and matched to the needs of your child. We are very much focused on ensuring all children at Maidenahll make the very best progress possible.

In common with all community schools, we follow the 2014 National Curriculum.

At Maidenhall we teach RE (as required by the 1996 Education Act), following the Luton Agreed RE Syllabus. The overview can be found here. A hard copy of the Luton Agreed RE Syllabus can be requested from the school office.

Our RE teaching reflects on emotions, moral codes, relationships, the wonders of life and religious stories, beliefs and festivals. These experiences will help children develop thoughtful and sensitive attitudes to all aspects of religious life.

Parents may withdraw their children from religious education and/or collective worship. Parents wishing to exercise their right of withdrawal are invited to discuss the matter with the Headteacher before making a formal, written request for withdrawal.

Homework

Foundation Stage: Your child may get a mixture of sounds and words to learn as well as their home reading book. However, we give the children time to settle and time for us to make assessments for homework starts.

Key Stage One: The focus for homework in Key Stage One is reading and phonics. Every child will bring home a reading book with reading record daily. The expectation is the book will be shared and families can make comments in the record. Within the reading record are phonics and reading activities to be undertaken. Additional pieces of homework may be issued to fit within a specific piece of work.

Key Stage Two: Homework is provided to children in their Learning Logs on a weekly basis. It is important that children make an effort in their learning both at school and at home. Inside the cover of the Learning Log there is a guide for parents to follow, alternatively see your child’s class teacher of a Family Worker for further support. Additional pieces of homework may be issued to fit within a specific piece of work.
Children need the support and encouragement of parents to complete homework and to encourage good habits for future life.

Schemes

Key Stage One: We currently use the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme and Oxford Reading Tree is our main reading scheme.

Physical Education

PE is an important subject. We are fortunate to have a dedicated PE leader and apprentice here at Maidenhall, as well as support from Active Luton. We also have our very own purpose built Sports Hall. Each child will do at least two hours of PE each week. We are increasing the opportunities available to pupils to do sporting activities before and after school.

All children must participate in POE. Careful records are kept and where PE kit is not available regularly, we will telephone home and request that a kit is brought into school.

What are we teaching?

Our Creative Curriculum: At Maidenhall Primary School we believe that our curriculum should be relevant, exciting, enjoyable but also challenging. Our approach to the curriculum is based around ensuring Progression. We have undertaken a lot of work when building in the new National Curriculum to ensure it is skills based and progressive. We use the Michael Higgs curriculum jigsaw to help us ensure we cover the content for the National Curriculum necessary to match and stretch our pupils learning. We aim to provide as many first hand experiences as possible and make learning an enriching experience. Wherever possible we build links between subject areas to strengthen learning in a meaningful way.

A little more about History & Geography

Geography is a subject which encourages children to gaze at their world with a sense of awe and wonder. We deliver our Geography curriculum through studies of the human and physical environment. These studies are located in different places ranging from our local area to studies based in other countries and other cultures.

We encourage pupils to notice and learn about similarities and differences between places. We study local areas/issues and extend these studies into the wider world. Where ever possible, children’s learning is based outside the classroom. Children are encouraged to use maps at a variety of scales to base their location studies. Map reading skills are taught throughout the school. The children use the maps to locate cities, countries, mountain ranges, rivers, seas and oceans. They use atlases, photos and the internet to explore the environment and economics of those countries which they study. They then use the skills they have developed in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT to report and record their findings.

At Maidenhall Primary School, we view History not only as simple facts and dates, but encourage pupils to become detectives who explore the past in an exciting way. History is taught mainly through a topic based approach and gives pupils a chance to explore a wide range of sources from which the past may come alive.

The study of history allows our children to compare and contrast, to examine how and why things have changed, to learn about historical characters and expand their research skills. We want them to understand how people have lived in the past and compare this to modern life. We encourage first hand experiences through handling real artefacts and wherever possible arranging field work visits to relevant sites of historical interest in the our local area. We feel it is important that our children understand how history has shaped lives today and why it is an exciting and relevant subject to learn.

Equipment

All equipment is provided by the school, therefore children do not need to bring pencil cases etc into school. They cause ‘clutter’ in the classrooms and are at risk of getting lost. We would ask that children keep their pencil cases at home where they will be useful to complete homework. We are happy to ‘lend’ equipment to families when required. Please talk to our Family Support Workers if there is anything we can do to support your learning at home.

Assessment

Assessment is a continual process and is used by teachers to plan the next learning steps for your child. Teachers use observation of the children and evidence from their work to make assessments. The progress made by each child is closely monitored by the Senior Leadership Team each term.

Foundation Stage: Throughout the year, there is continuous assessment as children move through the Development Matters aspects and areas of learning. The children are assessed at the end of their Reception year against the Early Learning Goals.

Year Two: During Year 2, children have end of Key Stage 1 assessments. These are assessments made by the class teacher and validated by relevant tasks and tests (SATs). The results are reported to parents.

Year Six: At the end of Year 6, pupils will undertake end of Key Stage 2 assessments in Maths and English (SATs). Their results will be sent home at the end of the summer term.

At the end of the school year you will receive a written report for your child.

Additional Needs

We have a number of staff who support individual children or small groups so that all children can achieve all that they should. If the school has concerns about a child’s learning or behaviour it will be discussed with all stakeholders. The school has great experience in supporting children with a range of special needs and some staff have undergone specialist training.

Voluntary Help

An extra pair of hands is always helpful. We have lots of jobs and activities when an extra adult would make all the difference. All of the activities will be planned by the staff for you to assist with. There are also jobs making and maintaining resources for those people who don’t wish to work directly with the children. All volunteers will be subject to checking through the Criminal Records Bureau. Please speak to one of the staff if you can volunteer your help. Parents are warmly welcomed into school and if they would like any more information on our curriculum please speak to your child’s class teacher or refer to the Curriculum Newsletters.

Maidenhall Primary School. Newark Road. Luton. LU4 8LD. e-mail: maidenhall.primary.admin@lbc.luton.sch.uk

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