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

At Millbrook Primary School we aim to be inclusive, diverse and tolerant. We are situated in Kirkby Town and work within a family of local schools.   Our curriculum celebrates the local area and enables all children at Millbrook to show the qualities of a Kirkby child.   We want the children of Millbrook School and Kirkby Town to be confident, knowledgeable, resilient and ambitious.

Our curriculum supports children’s future ambitions to be good citizens contributing to the world and developing the key drivers which enhance our curriculum: resilience, responsibility, respect, independence, communication, inspiration, unity, inclusion and mindfulness.  Our behaviour policy compliments this by emphasising the importance of children being ready, respectful and safe at all times.

After much disruption during the previous academic year, we have devised a specific recovery curriculum to support our children to catch up on any missed school work. We aim to teach an ambitious and broad curriculum in all subjects with the normal curriculum returning by Summer term 2021.  During Autumn term 2020 and Spring term 2021, we will prioritise addressing any significant gaps in our pupil’s knowledge.

For pupils in key stages 1 and 2, school leaders are expected to prioritise identifying gaps and re-establish good progress in the essentials (phonics and reading, increasing vocabulary, writing and mathematics), identifying opportunities across the curriculum so they read widely, and developing their knowledge and vocabulary.

How will we establish good progress in the essentials at Millbrook?

We will prioritise early reading across the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 by teaching daily phonics lessons from Reception to Year 2.  The children are currently being assessed as I write this on September 3rd to ensure we know their next steps.

In addition, each class across the whole school will study a range of excellent reading books through our Power of Reading programme. This will enable us to focus on English skills through books which interest our children and enable our teachers to plan many cross curricular opportunities.  Children will learn a new and ambitious vocabulary each day through our Word of the Day focus.  Children will be taught discrete grammar lessons and use their grammar for writing throughout our curriculum.

We will have a 20 minute Spelling Mastery lesson each day.  The placement tests are taking place in the first week of September to ensure we are able to deliver the appropriate catch-up lessons for each child.

Daily mathematics lessons will focus on the current learning in each year group but we will also build in opportunities to catch up on the previous Summer Curriculum. Additional mathematics groups work in the afternoon will ensure that we enable each child to catch up as soon as possible.

How will we ensure we maintain a broad and balanced curriculum?

We have planned our curriculum to ensure that during Autumn and Spring Term children will study each of the subjects on the National Curriculum at least once.  Children will have a specific emphasis on Physical Education and Personal, Social and Health Education throughout the year. By Summer 2021, the children will revisit every subject to ensure they have experienced a full broad and balanced curriculum.

Specific curriculum maps and topics can be seen on the tabs below this tab.