What are we trying to achieve with our curriculum at Millbrook C P School?

At Millbrook, our curriculum has been designed to adhere fully to the National Curriculum Programmes of Study.  The Essentials Full Spectrum Curriculum and Curriculum Planner written by Chris Quigley enables us to efficiently adjust our curriculum year on year thereby ensuring full coverage within our school including our vertically grouped classes.  This curriculum along with Millbrook’s milestones clearly states the knowledge and understanding to be gained at each stage of a child’s development at our school.

Each class has a curriculum map which identifies the core learning objectives and a subject specific map which identifies topics to be followed through the year.  At Millbrook , we compliment this core curriculum with specific programmes which are tailored to the needs at our school.

For example, Ruth Miskin’s Read, Write Inc enables our children to make a strong start to their reading and writing attainment.  McGaw and Hill’s Spelling Mastery ensures our children receive a loyal and structured approach to spelling throughout our school.  Nelson Grammar is used in Key Stage 2 to ensure a progressive structure and common approach to our grammar teaching.  White Rose Planning and Times Tables Rock Stars form the foundations of our Mathematics curriculum.  The Power Of Reading aims to a love of reading in our children.

On World Book Day, we all studied the book called ‘The Writing Machine.’

How is our curriculum delivered at Millbrook C P School?

Our curriculum is delivered through exciting, inspirational and creative teaching, ensuring that pupils are fully engaged with their learning and connections are made within and between subjects.  We regularly have WOW events to launch specific topics across school.  For example, Virgin Balloons brought a hot air balloon to our school and this marked the memorable event that ensured our topic ‘Up, up and away.’ was a great success.  A special Mini Police Launch Day, saw the arrival of the Police helicopter which performed a dance for us on our field.  A mystery engulfed the school when an Unidentified Flying Object landed on our school field.

English and Maths take place in the mornings along with specific programmes tailored to the needs of our children here at Millbrook.  The afternoons are alive with subject and topic work as identified in our curriculum maps.  Teachers can choose to block lessons across the afternoons to ensure greatest impact on pupils’ learning.

Our curriculum is enriched with visits off site, visitors to school and a widening range of after school clubs.  We believe that children need authentic experiences and a rich cultural stock to support their attainment.  Educational trips to the vast range of resources on our doorstep here in Kirkby are littered throughout our curriculum.  A highlight from this year’s curriculum so far has been a focus on recycling.  Our personal development curriculum encourages our children to take a world view.  This along with our science and geography studies led us to follow the particular interests of Class 8 and consider how we could better take care of our planet.

A trip to Gillmoss Recycling Discovery Centre inspired our children.
Class 8 followed this up with a visit from United Utilities to help us think about conserving water.
An in-house competition encouraged children to recycle batteries and a visit from the Rangers highlighted the litter in our area.

What difference is our curriculum making to the pupils’ learning?

Our end of key stage data continues to demonstrate good attainment and progress across school.  Assessment of our wider curriculum in July 2018 showed that children are both knowing more and remembering more across most subjects.  A large majority of children demonstrate the knowledge and understanding we would expect for their stage of development.  Any gaps in the children’s current knowledge has been identified and this has informed our curriculum content for the academic year 2018 to 2019.  Curriculum and subject leaders will ensure training and resources enable children and teachers to continue to improve the impact of our curriculum.  You can find our curriculum milestones on the curriculum tab above.

We used our assessment of the science curriculum to identify more able scientists who enjoyed a six week science block at Kirkby High School.

What’s coming next year?

As I am writing this in the Summer Term 2019, already plans are building for further development work on our curriculum, as we fine tune it to suit the needs of our children at Millbrook.  Power of Reading has been a great success this year and the books we study in English are going to be at the centre of our subject and topic plans for 2019 to 2020 academic year.  Our staff will meet on our first Inset day in September to plan how best to implement our curriculum map in the coming year.  We aim to find ways to make meaningful connections across our curriculum to help children to know and remember more.  We will be looking at our milestones and deciding what is the key knowledge we want our children to know and remember as they go forward.