At Muxton, we are committed to broad, balanced and knowledge rich curriculum which will inspire and enthuse our children. We organise our school curriculum by mapping objectives through each stage of learning. In this way we ensure that ‘knowledge builds on knowledge’, helping children to know more and remember more. Our curriculum forms our progression model.
Objectives are categorised using subject specific headings in order to outline the substantive and disciplinary knowledge that children need to know. We are of the firm belief that by identifying the key knowledge that children require, we prepare them for a progressive, ambitious curriculum and successful transition through to Secondary School.
Our subject specific headings form our ‘threshold concepts’, key areas of the curriculum that are vital for children to understand and remember. We ensure that these concepts are regularly assessed and revisited so that lessons can be adapted in order to help all children to make progress.
Our knowledge rich curriculum actively promotes British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs throughout the school. It is designed to open their eyes to different cultures and different ways of life and being a member of a global community.
We also believe that the curriculum should provide additional experiences and activities which enrich the statutory requirements of the national curriculum and therefore provide a variety of engaging and memorable experiences for children.
The curriculum is planned using inspiring and creative starting points. Incorporating meaningful cross- curricular links between subjects in planning not only enriches children’s engagement and learning across the curriculum but also provides opportunities for children to apply and embed their reading, writing, communication and mathematical skills in a wide variety of contexts.
Through careful, systematic planning, we ensure that our curriculum has an appropriate balance of creativity and rigour. Teachers use their thorough and deep knowledge and assessment of prior learning to ensure appropriate continuity and progression for children and their learning.
The national curriculum programmes of study are used for each year group to ensure that the pitch and expectations of the planning are appropriate to secure good progress for all children. Whilst there is a brisk and rigorous pace to planning and teaching, there will be opportunities for children to broaden and deepen their knowledge, skills and understanding through a ‘mastery’ approach. This will not, however, mean unnecessary repetition of work or low levels of challenge.
Wherever possible, planning is a collaborative process within teaching teams to share ideas and good practice and ensure consistency across year groups. Our CPD programme ensures that all staff have thorough knowledge of the curriculum which is regularly updated.