On this page:
- Curriculum Intent Statement
- Rationale for Our Curriculum
- Whole School Curriculum Map (Overview)
- Additional Information (Maths, English & RE)
- DFE National Curriculum (Primary - PDF)
Curriculum Intent Statement:
Mildmay Junior School provides a broad, balanced and integrated curriculum that fully delivers NC14. Our curriculum design is knowledge-engaged with skills-progression as the significant focus in all year groups and subjects. Skilled teaching, planning, resourcing and specialist learning support ensures that the curriculum meets the needs of all learners, offering high ambition and a full access to the curriculum for all.
The curriculum at Mildmay Junior School is fully integrated where appropriate, with cross-curricular theming to address the skills and knowledge to effectively equip the pupils for transition to secondary school and in their future beyond education. Learning across all subjects is designed to meet progressive expectation at the end of each year and ambitious endpoints at the end of Key Stage 2.
Our curriculum is inclusive by design and offers equity of access for all learners regardless of SEN or other barriers to learning. Where children are initially not fully able to access all subjects, (eg. through language or hearing impairment), specialist support and provision promotes aspiration to reach the same endpoints as their chronological peers.
We are fully committed to teaching all children the full, broad curriculum. Staff at Mildmay Junior School exploit available opportunities right across the curriculum to address cultural capital, social and emotional development, engagement and aspiration of learners from every sub-cohort in all years.
Rationale for Our Curriculum:
“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.”
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.