Marshwood School Curriculum
The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum which is underpinned by our core values and which provides rich, stimulating learning experiences enhanced through first hand experiences, visits and visitors. Wherever possible, we make great use of the local area to tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of our children, in order to promote their spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development; so they are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We provide a curriculum that develops children academically, physically, and socially. As well as teaching key skills in English and Maths, the pupils are encouraged to tackle problems and work independently across all subjects. We also provide a daily act of collective worship and teach Religious Education to every pupil. At Marshwood we also provide each pupil with personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE).
The National Curriculum
At Marshwood we follow the National Curriculum. This provides an outline of the core knowledge around which our staff will continue to develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of our pupils’ knowledge, understanding, vocabulary and skills. The Secretary of State for Education has published Programmes of Study for each subject which set out the subject matter, skills and processes to be taught at each Key Stage.
The compulsory subjects for both Key Stages are as follows:
English, Mathematics and Science
Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education
We are also required to teach a Foreign Language at Key Stage 2 and in our school this is French. In addition, we are required to teach Religious Education to both Key Stages.
Visitors and Visits
We welcome a range of visitors into School to support children in their learning. These include writers, artists, scientists and musicians etc. We also encourage the involvement of parents. We invest in as many visits as we can, so that children learn from real and exciting first hand experiences.
We carefully monitor and assess our children, keeping records on our planning after each lesson, so that we can plan for future lessons based on what pupils need to know next. We use an online tracker to record assessments, meeting regularly to discuss progress and ensuring that early intervention is put in place where further support is needed.
A Foundation Profile is completed at the end of your child’s first year in School. There are Statutory Assessment Tasks (SATs) at the end of each Key Stage (Year 2 and Year 6). These assessments are shared with parents on the end of year school report.
At Marshwood CE Primary Academy, we have designed a curriculum to meet the needs of our school and the rural community we serve.
Our Marshwood M’s: ‘Motivate, Mentor, Master’ sit at the heart of our decision-making and shape our curriculum intent, implementation and impact.
We MOTIVATE our pupils in the joy of learning through a broad, balanced and inspiring curriculum that is driven by pupils’ needs and interests.
We MENTOR our pupils’ and enrich their learning by connecting them to their local, national and global world and by opening doors to new experiences and opportunities.
We support every pupil to MASTER and excel, regardless of the challenges they may face and are committed to building an inclusive school that raises aspirations for all.
We provide a curriculum that:
- is tailored to meet the needs of our pupils and school community
- is rooted in the context of our school and its locality, culture and heritage
- provides a broad range of experiences that inspire our pupils and connect them to their local, national and global world
- provides opportunities for pupils to understand and develop our core Christian values of: Love and Compassion, Thankfulness, Service, Peace, Forgiveness and Endurance.
- is ambitious for all pupils
- develops our core learning powers/behaviours of: Perseverance, Concentration/Focus, Inquiry, Effort, Imagination, Reflection and Collaboration, alongside Independence.
- recognises and celebrates the unique contribution each individual makes to our school community
- provides enrichment opportunities to broaden and enhance the curriculum experience
- secures pupils’ core skills, knowledge and understanding to an age appropriate level and beyond
- is adapted and developed to meet the needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities
- provides full coverage of the National Curriculum and appropriate progression from EYFS to Year 6
- prepares pupils well for the next phase of their education and life beyond school
- is flexible and responsive to pupils’ interests, feedback and evaluations, including how well they perform in internal and external assessments
Our pupils will:
- develop as confident, ambitious and reflective learners who are inspired to achieve their best and make a positive contribution to our school and the wider world
- develop a love of learning and an understanding of how to learn and become lifelong learners
- demonstrate our core Christian values in their behaviour and interactions with others
- feel a sense of belonging and pride in their school and the wider Acorn MAT
- be well prepared for life in 21st Century Britain
- experience equality of opportunity, addressing any gaps in their knowledge, skills and understanding, to diminish social disadvantage
- achieve at least age-related expectations across the curriculum including in reading, writing and mathematics except where this is not possible due to an identified learning need
- have the opportunity to fill any gaps in their knowledge, skills and understanding so that they make good progress in all subjects
- achieve well in external assessment against national benchmarks at the end of each key stage
- have the opportunity to develop and pursue their interests, talents and future goals through a wide range of opportunities and experiences