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Our Curriculum

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The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum that 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 the children in our area. 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 in all subjects.

All national curriculum subjects are taught, including French in Key Stage 2. In addition, all children have regular Forest school sessions and swimming lessons are taught as part of the PE curriculum. We follow a rolling programme using a topic based approach that links the different areas of the curriculum. Each aspect of the subject is then differentiated to meet the needs of the children

2018-2019 Curriculum Maps

Autumn Term:

Coneys Class - Amazing Animals (including humans) Curriculum Map

Lamberts Clas - Rainforests & Chocolate Curriculum Map

Pildson Class -  On The Frontline Curriculum Map

2017-2018 Curriculum Maps

Autumn Term:

Coneys Class - Home Sweet Home Curriculum Map

Lamberts Clas - Polar Regions Curriculum Map

Pildson Class -  Anglo Saxons and Vikings Curriculum Map

Spring Term:

Coneys Class - Famous People & Places Curriculum Map

Lamberts Class - Reduse, Reuse, Recycle Curriculum Map

Pilsdon Class - Islands around the World Curriculum Map

Summer Term:

Coneys Class - Transport Curriculum Map

Lamberts Class - Stone Age to Iron Age Curriculum Map

Pilsdon Class - Islands around the World Curriculum Map - New topic commencing after SATS

Early Years Foundation Stage (for children aged 3 to 5)

This is a stage of education designed for children in the early years. It is a distinct stage and encourages children to develop skills within a play based environment. The curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning and development.

The three prime areas are: Communication and language, Physical development and Personal, social and emotional development.

The four specific areas are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive arts and design. At Marshwood we place a great emphasis on speaking, language and listening skills when children join us, so that they have the tools to get off to a really good start.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

At the end of the EYFS – in the summer term of the reception year in school – teachers complete an assessment which is known as the EYFS Profile. This assessment is carried out by the reception teachers and is based on what they, and other staff caring for your child, have observed over a period of time.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings.

Communication and language involves providing opportunities for children to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development involves providing opportunities for children to be active and develop their co-ordination, control and movement through a range of PE activities such as Gymnastics and in the summer the children go swimming. Children should be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Literacy involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. We follow a well-established and successful phonic programme that comprises a range of resources from both the Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics schemes of work.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to be able to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. They also have opportunities to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design technology.

Our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Curriculum (for children aged 5 to 11)

When children go into Year 1 they begin Key Stage 1; which covers years 1 and 2, and from Years 3 to 6 they are in Key Stage 2.

As a school we work hard to devise a meaningful and challenging curriculum for the children that meet the needs of our pupils whilst using local resources and amenities. Some of the curriculum is taught through learning themes and all learning involves the children building upon prior learning through first hand experience.

All children study three ‘core’ subjects: English, Mathematics and Science and nine ‘foundation’ subjects: Information & Communications Technology (ICT), Personal, Social and Health Education, History, Geography, Music, Art, Design & Technology, Religious Education and Physical Education. There is also a requirement to teach a language in KS2 and at Marshwood the children in years 3/4/5 & 8 learn French. In addition to the National Curriculum we include many other activities in our timetable to enrich and widen the children’s experiences. Over KS1 and 2 the children use our new outdoor space classroom and take part in Forest School activities such as, den building. There are also educational visits, visitors, outdoor pursuits and residential trips.

The Core Subjects

Literacy

Pupils are taught reading, writing, spelling, grammar and handwriting. Literacy is taught daily, either as a subject in its own right, or through a different subject from the wider curriculum, so that the writing which takes place has real meaning. A wide range of texts, stories and poems are used to support learning. The school follows the Letters & Sounds phonic programme with children also accessing Jolly Phonics and Grammar resources to support their understanding.

We place huge emphasis on reading from the start, using ways which suit your child best to get them enjoying books, using a range of Reading Schemes including Rapid Readers and the Peak Publications Guided reading scheme. We identify children needing extra support very early on, because we monitor their progress at all times and track how they are doing. Where needed we use a number of different interventions to develop early skills and help each child to gain confidence. We have recently invested in additional reading scheme books to support the reading development of our younger readers. To develop their love of books we have worked closely with Dorset Library Service to provide a range of literature in our library.

In class, children enjoy guided reading in small groups with their teachers each week.

Numeracy

Children learn basic skills and understanding of mathematical concepts through a combination of problem solving activities and mental calculations.

We provide our children with the basic skills and an understanding of essential mathematical processes aiming for them to become fluent in using the number system, to be able to reason and solve problems, to enjoy maths and develop the skills to use it as a tool for future life. Our children engage in a great deal of number work and problem solving through the wider application of mathematics. This includes money, time, statistics, data handling, measurement, shape and the ability to use mathematics in everyday life.

We aim, through careful teaching, to help children not only achieve the correct solutions but also to understand and value the process of that achievement. They should then be able to meet new situations and problems in a positive manner, confident in the knowledge that they have the mathematical skills to support them.

Science

Science stimulates and excites children’s natural curiosity about living things, materials and the physical world around them.

Through scientific activities we develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding to help them to make sense of familiar events, everyday things and their personal health. Our children are encouraged to investigate questions using a variety of approaches, such as research, exploration, observation, prediction, critical thinking, decision making and discussion. They also learn how to evaluate evidence, explain things and communicate their ideas and findings in a variety of ways.

Other Curriculum Information

History and Geography

Every term, each class has a different topic to study which includes as many practical experiences as possible. In geography, we ensure that geographical enquiry and skills are used when developing knowledge of places, environment and developmental change. Children learn to communicate using geographical language, read maps and explain issues.

In history, children learn about people, events and places, both from the recent past and the more distant past. We work hard at making the subjects real and full of practical experience. The children enjoy spending days visiting museums and living the past through role play.

Religious Education

Children are taught about a range of faiths and denominations through a range of experiences. Children are provided with opportunities to share their own beliefs in school.

Under the provisions of the Education Reform Act 1988 all parents have a right to withdraw their child from the School’s daily ‘Collective Act of Worship’ or from religious education.

Computing (ICT)

ICT assumes an important role as a key curriculum subject and as an essential tool to retrieve and present information across all curriculum areas. All children have access to a variety of technology, including ipads as an integral part of their studies. Interactive whiteboards support learning across the full curriculum and are used in every classroom. Children are always supervised when using ICT. The school has rigorous safeguarding procedures in place for use of the internet. Details of internet safety are incorporated into our e-safety policy and available to view in the school office or on our website.

Music

All children study music as part of the National Curriculum. They have opportunities for participation in and appreciation of a wide range of music and have the opportunity to sing and play a wide range of instruments. They create music from an early age and learn elements of reading music.

In Dorset children in Years 3 & 4 take part in the Music For All scheme. This scheme allows all children to learn a muscial instrument for free over a 10 week period before some of the children are selcted top carry on with the lessons which are delivered by a specialist Music teacher.

Across KS2 Children have the opportunity to learn a range of other instruments. A peripatetic music teacher gives lessons in a variety of instruments including piano, clarinet, tumpet, drums and guitar as required. These are additional and optional activities for which parents have to meet the costs of tutoring and, possibly, purchase and hire of instruments. Details are sent out each year or may be obtained from the office.

Physical Education, Outdoor Pursuits and Extra Curricular Sport

Children are offered a range of sporting activities both during and beyond the school day. In addition to the statutory PE curriculum, (striking and fielding, gymnastics, dance, athletics, net and ball games and swimming) pupils are offered additional opportunities through clubs and after school activities such as football, netball, and cricket and through local leagues and festivals. Children also participate in the half-termly inter-school Stockland cross country Races and a range on Intra Mat sporting competitions alongside our link schools. 

Each class has the opportunity to swim during the summer term and some of our PE premium Grant is used to help fund the use of specialist swimming teachers. 

In addition to PE lessons that develop teamwork, children experience activities such as orienteering and problem solving in an outdoor setting.

Children in Years 3/4/5/6 have further opportunities during residential programmes.

Personal, Social and Health Education

The school also uses SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) materials.

Health education is a cross-curricular aspect and overlaps with social education. Our children’s health is given a high priority in school. As well as considering diet and exercise, our health education programme includes a programme of sex education, which has been drawn up in accordance with the Local Authority’s guidelines and has been approved by the school governors.

Outdoor Learning

At Marshwood we actively promote a love of teh outdoors. Our outdoor space and the use of a local woodland provides improved opportunities for Forest School and OAA activities, enabling children to learn outside in a range of curriculum areas and alongside others.

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.

Assessment

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 a special online tracker to record end of term 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.

Announcement

Remember our KS1 and KS2 Sporting Chance Clubs Start this week. 

Year 6 Camp

20 Jul 2018

Year 6 have been enjoying a super end of year camp at school. After some rounders on the field the children enjoyed a delicious BBQ back at camp. Once it was getting dark the children ventured out ove...

Lamberts Class OAA

18 Jul 2018

Well done to Lamberts who succesfully survived the end of year camp. All of the children succesfully completed the various challenges and an amazing time was had by all!

King Arthur's Knights and the Dragon

18 Jul 2018

Congratulations to Years 5 and 6 who put on an amazing end of year production. This years play told the tale of King Arthur's Knight and a rather scary dragon. The standard of singing and acting was s...

Orienteering

17 Jul 2018

After the rain Lamberts enjoyed a spot of orienteering. Four teams set off into the woods to locate 25 navigation points, with mixed results! There was some super team work on display, as the teams ra...

Lower KS2 Residential

16 Jul 2018

The children have settled in well at this years camp and already enjoyed a fun filled morning of woodland crafts and curling (without the ice). After lunch the class were all set to test out their cli...

Personal Water Survival

13 Jul 2018

Congratulations to our talented swimmers who completed their personal survival units 1 and 2 this week. As part of the programme the children in involved had to demonstarte the strength as swimmers, s...

Stone Age Arts & Crafts

13 Jul 2018

Years 3 and 4 showcased some of their fantastic Stone Age inspired Arts & Crafts during celebration worship on Friday. Using clay the children reaserched and made their very own Neolithic jewellery. T...

Royal Marines Mini Commando Day

11 Jul 2018

Year 6 children from Marshwood CE Primary Academy and Loders Primary joined peers from across the Acorn Multi Academy Trust  for a fun filled day with the Royal Marines. The event took place in the gr...

KS2 CPR Training

04 Jul 2018

A huge well done to all our children in KS2 who succesfully completed a mornings CPR training thanks to parent and paramedic Mrs Chapman. All the children were presented with certificates, after provi...

Olympic Sailing Centre Visit

03 Jul 2018

Pilsdon Class enjoyed a fantastic day out at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Centre in Weymouth. All of the children got to experience the thrill of sailing thanks to the brilliant 'Sail For A Fiver"...

PFA CREAM TEAS

29 Jun 2018

Please come along and support our PFA on Sunday 8th July 2018, when they will be openning the school to serve delicious cream teas between 2:30 and 5:00pm. All money raised will be used to further enh...

LKS2 Codebreakers

26 Jun 2018

Some of our talented mathematicians in Years 3 & 4 took part in a codebreaking maths compeition with children from across the ACORN MAT. The event took place in Axminster and the children worked in te...

Marshwood Cricketing Success

26 Jun 2018

Congratulations to our KS2 cricket team who were victorious in an end of season match against Axminster. Poor Axminster had no answer to Marshwood's straight line bowling and huge hitting. This deadly...

Call the Fire brigade!

22 Jun 2018

A big thank you to Charmouth fire station who came along and visited the school today. All of the children enjoyed a thorough tour of the station fire engine and the various equipment it has to carry....

Royal Institution Maths Masterclass

19 Jun 2018

Children from across the ACORN MAT came together today to enjoy a maths masterclass with Dr Jenny Sharp from Plymouth University. The session was part of the schools staff development programme, ahead...

Stonehenge Visit

18 Jun 2018

Lamberts Class enjoyed a fantastic visit to Stonehenge this week, as they found out all about the importance of this world famous historical monument. They were amazed to see tourists from all over th...

Scotty Go Computer Programming

15 Jun 2018

Pilsdon Pen have enjoyed a couple of weeks of programming with ICT wiz Dan, as they developed their understanding of coding using teh Scotty Go software and resources. Across the sessions, children wo...

Story Boat

12 Jun 2018

The children arrived at school this week to discover a beautiful wooden boat had appeared in the school playground. Thankfully, the appearance was thanks to traditional boatbuilder Gail McGarva and no...

Stone Age Maths - Geometry

05 Jun 2018

Lamberts Class put their knowledge and understanding of geometry to good use, as they designed and made three different Stone Age shelters. In doing so they used a range of different shapes, as they c...

The Royal Wedding

18 May 2018

Marshwood School were keen to show their British Values and get behind the Royal wedding celebrations this week. In doing so the children decortaed the school with flags, bunting and various good will...

KS1 QuadKids Athletics

15 May 2018

Congratulations to our Athletes in KS1 who were victorious in the Acorn MAT QuadKids athletics competition at Chardstock this week. In glorious weather the team competed in a range of throwing, runnin...

Lascaux Cave Paintings

11 May 2018

Lamberts Class have enjoyed recreating the famous Lascaux cave paintings in topic this week. They produced images of Stone Age hunts, discussed the reasons behind the limted colour pallets used by our...

Science Food Chains

09 May 2018

Lamberts Class have been exploring food chains in a range of local and global habitats. After using various sources to locate the relevent information they produced these detailed pictoral food chains...

West Dorset Tri Golf Competition

26 Apr 2018

Children from Years three and four enjoyed a super afternoon of golf at the Sir. John Colfox Academy in Bridport today. Competing against 30 other teams from all over the region 'Marshwood 1' were the...

Coneys Tadpoles

24 Apr 2018

Our Reception children have been learning all about the lifecycle of tadpoles in Science, as they look after a tank of their very own tadpoles. So far the children have seen the tadpoles hatch out fro...

Ultimate Frisbee

19 Apr 2018

This half term the children will be learning to play Ulitimate Frisbee duirng our Wednesday after school club with Adam from Elite Coaching & Fitness. The club is proving extremely popular and it was...

Found Words

17 Apr 2018

Inspired by the magical book The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, the children from Years 5 and 6 at Marshwood CE Primary Academy have written their own book of Found Words. Surro...

Easter Service

29 Mar 2018

St Mary's church was packed for this years Easter Service, as teh children acted our the various parts of the Easter story, sang beautiful, shared some musical prayer and also raised money for the Bay...

Egg Decorating Competition

29 Mar 2018

We were inundated with Egg-stravagent entries for this years egg decorating competition. The standard of the enteries this year was as Egg-ceptional as ever, with staff members, animals, local landmar...

Sport Relief Mile

22 Mar 2018

A huge thank you and well done to everyone who took part in this years Sport Relief Mile. There was a great turnout and all teh runners appreciated the support and refreshments from the PFA. Almost £5...

Author & Illustrator Louise Yates Visits Marshwood

21 Mar 2018

Celebrated author and illustrator Louise Yates (http://www.louise-yates.com) kindly gave up her time to visit Marshwood school, where she shared with the children the story of how she became a publi...

Science Week Fun

21 Mar 2018

Children across the school engaged in a variety of Scientific activities, as Marshwood celebrated Science Week in style. In doing so, Coneys Class were joined by Mrs Ballam from The Woodroffe School....

Book Week At Marshwood

23 Feb 2018

The children enjoyed a fantastic 'Book-Week' as they immersed themselves in the fantastic world of reading. All week the children engaged in a variety of activities, and also enjoyed meeting local aut...

Football at Chardstock

21 Feb 2018

Congratulations to our KS2 footballers who enjoyed some healthy competition at Chardstock, where they faced the host team and neighbours Axminster Community Primary School. Great fun was hard by all,...

Awe and Wonder

10 Jan 2018

The children wished to share the beautiful scene which greeted them this morning. A blanket of mist was sat in the vale, as the winter sun was rising behind St Mary's Church. Absolutely stunning!

Community Speed Watch & Road Safety

10 Jan 2018

To kick off 2018 the children joined members of the local Community Speed Watch Campaign in monitoring the speed of traffic passing the school. All of the children were involved and they were disappoi...

Carols by Candleight in St Mary's Church

13 Dec 2017

A packed St Mary's Church were treated to delicious mince pies and mulled wine, before Marshwood Schools annual Carol Concert. As the children entered, the lights were dimmed and the church was illumi...

Nativity Play

13 Dec 2017

Children of Marshwood CE Primary academy enjoyed showcasing their singing, dancing and acting talents in front of a packed St Mary's Church this week. Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 put on a stunning Na...

Acorn Mat Year 3 & 4 Handball Tournament

29 Jun 2017

We hosted the Acorn MAT Year three and four Handball tournament this week, and it was great to be joined by teams from Mrs Ethestone’s, St. Adndrew’s, Chardstock and Membury. A great morning of health...

A Strange Tree Has Appeared

27 Jun 2017

Coneys Class had quite a shock this week when a strange metallic tree appeared in the classroom! The 'messy area' has been taken over and the tree is slowly being populated by beautiful silver butterf...

Lamberts Residential

21 Jun 2017

Everyone having an amazing time in Huish Woods. Archery and Zip wire (Even Mrs Morgan and Mr. Owen had a go!) ticked off, now time for some caving!

Lamberts Residential - Caving & Climbing!

21 Jun 2017

This afternoon the children enjoyed themselves borrowing underground in the artificial caves. It was a little wet in the tunnels, but that did not deter our intrepid explorers, in fact it had the oppo...