“An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't. It's knowing where to go to find out what you need to know; and it's knowing how to use the information you get.”
- William Feather
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
Rational for Our Curriculum
In an ever-changing world, a good curriculum needs to teach the right knowledge and skills to address the challenges children will face in the future. With an increasingly rapid rate of economic and social change, schools are in the unusual position of needing to prepare children for jobs and roles in society that may not yet exist. In modern society, information is available at the click of a button. To acquire this information as knowledge and be able to use and apply it, a child must possess a wide variety of skills.
At Mildmay Junior School, we understand that knowledge and skills are intertwined – being able to effectively use and apply knowledge matters more than just the acquisition of it; skills are therefore extremely significant in successful learning.
Research indicates that children learn more effectively and remember more when they can use appropriate skills to access, develop, process and express their knowledge. At Mildmay Junior School, skills-based learning and objectives create classroom environments where independence, thinking skills, collaboration and active learning are developed at the same time as knowledge is acquired.
Our curriculum demands a strong focus on the core elements, enabling children to build a solid platform from the literacy and numeracy ‘basics’ that underpin their wider learning; we ensure that the ‘basics’, crucial to the independent learner and for effective progress, are explicitly transferred to other areas of study and investigation. Our rigorously mapped progression strategies, across the entire curriculum, give rise to a broad, balanced, thematic and engaging educational experience which offers wide-ranging opportunities for children to develop, progress, perform and excel.
We strongly believe that our children will be best prepared for the challenges of the next stage in their education and their life beyond when they know how to find things out, how to apply what they have learnt and how to drive their own learning through the acquisition and development of their learning skills.
The Mildmay Junior School curriculum also recognises the importance of social and cultural development of children. We aim to promote the voice of young people and to help children learn to have an informed opinion and to make a well informed decision; to develop emotionally resilient individuals; to engender empathy and understanding amongst equals and help children manage their own wellbeing.