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Curriculum

The curriculum at Morley Primary School
All pupils in school are taught in mixed age classes, and study the National Curriculum. The staff plan exciting themes which incorporate all aspects of the National Curriculum within a programme of cross-curricular activities, as well as discrete teaching where appropriate. OfSTED (2012) said that our curriculum was incredibly rich and that children had a ‘magical experience’ in lessons where ‘the atmosphere is electric’.
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Our curriculum themes

 

Staff base the learning around half term, or termly, themes. These are enriched by a range of external visits and visitors, for example Class 2 visit the Bagshaw Museum for their Egyptians theme, and Class 1 enjoy a day at Warwick Castle. We have had owls in school, and a variety of rainforest creepy crawlies. Class 3 take part in the Spires project as part of their design and technology work, and we have welcomed several authors and illustrators. We have worked with the RSPB and have spent a day learning circus skills. Many of these themes incorporate a 2-3 week book study which links a quality text to the term's theme, for example Street Child by Berlie Doherty, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson or Stig of the Dump by Clive King. 

 

The learning is based on a two or three year cycle, due to our mixed age classes. Here is a flavour of what we learn.

 

  Term 1   Term 2   Term 3  

Class 1

Rotation 1

All about me

Festivals and

Celebrations

Space is Ace Dinosaurs Pirates

Teddy Bears'

Picnic

Rotation 2

Castles and

Knights

Warwick Castle

5 a Day

The Gruffalo

Gruffalo Hunt

Zooming round

Spring and

Growing

Under

the Sea

Rotation 3

Rainforests

Twycross Zoo

Superheroes

Ahlberg

Minibeasts

Inventors and

Explorers

Holidays

Class 2

Rotation 1

Under the Sea

Carsington Water

India

Open Centre

Romans

Buxton Museum

Romans

Poole's Cavern

Once Upon a Time

Bolsover Castle

Stone Age/Iron Age

Play in a Day

Rotation 2

Chocolate

Thorntons

Ice

Snow Dome

Tudors

Haddon Hall

Tudors

This is England

Open Centre

Rivers
Rotation 3

Robots/Inventions

Make It

Fire

Stone Centre

Egyptians

Play in a Day

Egyptians

Bagshaw Museum

Rainforests

Zoo Lab

Botanical Gardens

Thematic geography eg World Cup, Olympics

Airport visit

Class 3

Rotation 1

Victorians

Galleries of Justice

Victorians

Wollaton Park

World War 2

Cannock Chase

World War 2

Holocaust Museum

Anglo Saxons

 

Vikings
Rotation 2

1960s

Liverpool

1960s

 

Titanic

Play in a Day

Aztecs/Mayans Ancient Greece

Thematic geography eg Worls Cup, Olympics

Airport visit

 

In addition, all pupils in Class 2 take part in the Wider Opportunities in music scheme, so far learning violin, flute, samba, steel drum and singing. All pupils in Class 3 learn ukulele, drumming and handbells. All pupils in school have weekly French lessons where we benefit greatly from the support of Mrs Cloherty who comes in to work with the children (and staff).

 

As we have no school hall, we hire a local sports centre for one day each week during the Spring term so that the children can have specific teaching in dance and gymnastics. All pupils in Years 3-5 have weekly swimming lessons.

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Our curriculum planning was revised in accordance with the new Primary Curriculum for September 2014. This is monitored annually to ensure coverage; a broad and balanced curriculum underpinned by rich and exciting learning opportunities; and to ensure that it provides children with opportunities to develop an understanding of life in Modern Britain.

 

Approach to phonics and reading schemes

 

From the Early Years, phonics is taught to all pupils, and may continue into Key Stage 2 where appropriate. We use the Letters and Sounds programme, incorporating oral, written and interactive elements each day. Phonics is taught every morning from 11.20 - 11.40.

                                                                                                                                                                                 Phonics within the Gigantic Triathlon

Our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree, which runs throughout school. The main reading scheme is supplemented by a wide range of other reading material, both fiction and non-fiction. The reading scheme is organised into colour bands through which children progress at their own speed. School staff will move children through the bands when both their decoding and comprehension skills show they are ready.

If you would like more information about our curriculum, or have something which you can offer, then please contact school direct. Thank you.
Morley School Open Day - Thursday 5th October 10.30am-7.00pm. All welcome. Come and visit our school.
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