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Curriculum Maps

We give children a broad and balanced curriculum that provides rich, stimulating learning experiences enhanced through first hand experiences, visits and visitors. We make great use of the local area to tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of the children in our area. We provide a curriculum that develops children academically, physically, and socially.

We use the National Curriculum programmes of study as the basis for the children’s learning. We follow a rolling programme using a topic based approach that links different areas of the curriculum. Each aspect of the subject is then differentiated to meet the needs of the children.

We have a Forest school learning environment complete with a fire pit, where children can enjoy outdoor learning experiences and cross curricular learning.

Autumn Term 2018 Topic Maps

Owl Class

Robin Class

Early Years Foundation Stage (for children aged 3 to 5)

This is a stage of education designed for children in the early years. It is a distinct stage and encourages children to develop skills within a play based environment. The curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning and development.

The three prime areas are: Communication and language, Physical development and Personal, social and emotional development.

The four specific areas are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive arts and design. At Membury we place a great emphasis on speaking, language and listening skills when children join us, so that they have the tools to get off to a really good start.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

At the end of the EYFS – in the summer term of the reception year in school – teachers complete an assessment which is known as the EYFS Profile. This assessment is carried out by the reception teachers and is based on what they, and other staff caring for your child, have observed over a period of time.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings.

Communication and language involves providing opportunities for children to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development involves providing opportunities for children to be active and develop their co-ordination, control and movement through a range of PE activities such as Gymnastics and in the summer the children go swimming. Children should be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Literacy involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. We follow a well-established and successful phonic programme that comprises a range of resources from both the Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics schemes of work.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to be able to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. They also have opportunities to share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design technology.

Our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Curriculum (for children aged 5 to 11)

When children go into Year 1 they begin Key Stage 1; which covers years 1 and 2, and from Years 3 to 6 they are in Key Stage 2.

As a school we work hard to devise a meaningful and challenging curriculum for the children that meet the needs of our pupils whilst using local resources and amenities. Some of the curriculum is taught through learning themes and all learning involves the children building upon prior learning through first-hand experience.

All children study three ‘core’ subjects: English, Mathematics and Science and nine ‘foundation’ subjects: Information & Communications Technology (ICT), Personal, Social and Health Education, History, Geography, Music, Art, Design & Technology, Religious Education and Physical Education. There is also a requirement to teach a language in KS2 and at Membury the children in years 3/4/5 & 6 learn French. In addition to the National Curriculum we include many other activities in our timetable to enrich and widen the children’s experiences. Over KS2 children take part in Forest School activities such as, den building. There are also educational visits, visitors, outdoor pursuits and residential trips.

The Core Subjects

LITERACY

Pupils are taught reading, writing, spelling, grammar and handwriting. Literacy is taught daily, either as a subject in its own right, or through a different subject from the wider curriculum, so that the writing which takes place has real meaning. A wide range of texts, stories and poems are used to support learning. The school follows the Letters & Sounds phonic programme with children also accessing Jolly Phonics and Grammar resources to support their understanding.

We place huge emphasis on reading from the start, using ways which suit your child best to get them enjoying books. We identify children needing extra support very early on, because we monitor their progress at all times and track how they are doing. Where needed we use a number of different interventions to develop early skills and help each child to gain confidence. We have recently invested in additional reading scheme books to support the reading development of our younger readers.

In class, children enjoy guided reading in small groups with their teachers each week.

NUMERACY

Children learn basic skills and understanding of mathematical concepts through a combination of problem solving activities and mental calculations.

We provide our children with the basic skills and an understanding of essential mathematical processes aiming for them to become fluent in using the number system, to be able to reason and solve problems, to enjoy maths and develop the skills to use it as a tool for future life. Our children engage in a great deal of number work and problem solving through the wider application of mathematics. This includes money, time, statistics, data handling, measurement, shape and the ability to use mathematics in everyday life.

We aim, through careful teaching, to help children not only achieve the correct solutions but also to understand and value the process of that achievement. They should then be able to meet new situations and problems in a positive manner, confident in the knowledge that they have the mathematical skills to support them.

SCIENCE

Science stimulates and excites children’s natural curiosity about living things, materials and the physical world around them.

Through scientific activities we develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding to help them to make sense of familiar events, everyday things and their personal health. Our children are encouraged to investigate questions using a variety of approaches, such as research, exploration, observation, prediction, critical thinking, decision making and discussion. They also learn how to evaluate evidence, explain things and communicate their ideas and findings in a variety of ways.

Other Curriculum Information

HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY

Every term, each class has a different topic to study which includes as many practical experiences as possible. In geography, we ensure that geographical enquiry and skills are used when developing knowledge of places, environment and developmental change. Children learn to communicate using geographical language, read maps and explain issues.

In history, children learn about people, events and places, both from the recent past and the more distant past. We work hard at making the subjects real and full of practical experience. The children enjoy spending days visiting museums and living the past through role play.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Children are taught about a range of faiths and denominations through a range of experiences. Children are provided with opportunities to share their own beliefs in school.

Under the provisions of the Education Reform Act 1988 all parents have a right to withdraw their child from religious education.

COMPUTING (ICT)

ICT assumes an important role as a key curriculum subject and as an essential tool to retrieve and present information across all curriculum areas. All children have access to a variety of technology, including ipads as an integral part of their studies. Interactive whiteboards support learning across the full curriculum and are used in every classroom. Children are always supervised when using ICT. The school has rigorous safeguarding procedures in place for use of the internet. Details of internet safety are incorporated into our e-safety policy and available to view in the school office or on our website.

MUSIC

All children study music as part of the National Curriculum. They have opportunities for participation in and appreciation of a wide range of music and have the opportunity to sing and play a wide range of instruments. They create music from an early age and learn elements of reading music.

KS1 and 2 Children have the opportunity to learn a range of other instruments. A peripatetic music teacher gives lessons in a variety of instruments including piano, violin and guitar as required. These are additional and optional activities for which parents have to meet the costs of tutoring and, possibly, purchase and hire of instruments. Details are sent out each year or may be obtained from the office.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION, OUTDOOR PURSUITS AND EXTRA CURRICULAR SPORT

Children are offered a range of sporting activities both during and beyond the school day. In addition to the statutory PE curriculum, (striking and fielding, gymnastics, dance, athletics, net and ball games and swimming) pupils are offered additional opportunities through clubs and after school activities such as football, netball, and cricket and through local leagues and festivals. Children also participate in a range of Intra Mat sporting competitions alongside our link schools. 

In addition to PE lessons that develop teamwork, children experience activities such as orienteering and problem solving in an outdoor setting.

Children in Years 4/6 have further opportunities during residential programmes.

PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION

The school also uses SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) materials.

Health education is a cross-curricular aspect and overlaps with social education. Our children’s health is given a high priority in school. As well as considering diet and exercise, our health education programme includes a programme of sex education, which has been drawn up in accordance with the Local Authority’s guidelines and has been approved by the school governors.

OUTDOOR LEARNING

At Membury we promote a love of the outdoors. We have use of the forest school outdoor space at St Andrew’s Primary and children in KS2 have the opportunity to learn outside in a range of curriculum areas and alongside others.

VISITORS AND VISITS

We welcome a range of visitors into School to support children in their learning. These include writers, artists, scientists and musicians etc. We also encourage the involvement of parents. We invest in as many visits as we can, so that children learn from real and exciting first hand experiences.

ASSESSMENT

We carefully monitor and assess our children, keeping records on our planning after each lesson, so that we can plan for future lessons based on what pupils need to know next. We use a special online tracker to record end of term assessments, meeting regularly to discuss progress and ensuring that early intervention is put in place where further support is needed.

A Foundation Profile is completed at the end of your child’s first year in School. There are Statutory Assessment Tasks (SATs) at the end of each Key Stage (Year 2 and Year 6).

These assessments are shared with parents on the end of year school report.

Announcement

Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running! Go to http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/membury-primary to browse the latest books and order online. For every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 25p in Scholastic Rewards.

Please place your order online by December 7th, 2018.

Year 4 Hooke Court

21 Nov 2018

Our Year 4 children, Mrs Cowan and Mrs Adair have all safely arrived at Hooke Court. They have had chance to settle into their rooms and make their beds before having lunch and beginning the first of...

Forest School Magic

13 Nov 2018

This week has been a very busy week for Owl Class. On Tuesday afternoon Owl Class traveled across to Chardstock for the fortnightly forest school lesson. This week we looked at the colours all around...

Tag Rugby Tournament

12 Nov 2018

What a day! Today Year 5 and 6 traveled with Mrs Cowan across to Axminster Primary Academy to compete in a multi-school Tag Rugby tournament. Membury played really well as a team and after a few close...

Marvellous Maths

09 Nov 2018

On Friday 9th November, Mrs Cowan organised a morning full of maths problem solving and investigations. We started the day with some fun games to get our minds working, before applying the skills that...

Mini Marines Year 6

17 Oct 2018

This week St Mary’s Primary School, Thorncombe hosted over 80 children from across the Acorn MAT, as children from Loders, Marshwood, Mrs Ethelston’s, Axminster, Membury and Chardstock joined them for...

Year 6 Dictionary Presentation

26 Sep 2018

We were very grateful of Axminster Rotary Club's donation of dictionaries to every Year 6 child. Our Year 6 children were really enthused to be using such bright, user friendly dictionaries. The Rotar...

Mini Marines

13 Jul 2018

Our Y5 and Y6 children spent the day at Chardstock St Andrews on Tuesday completing fitness and team building activities with Royal Marines Commandos. 

Year 3 Codebreaking

04 Jul 2018

Some of our talented mathematicians in Year 3 took part in a codebreaking competition with children from across the ACORN MAT. The event took place in Axminster and the c...

Sports Day

27 Jun 2018

On Tuesday afternoon we had our sports day on Membury Playing Field. The children enjoyed various events such as shot put, egg and spoon race, sprint, parents race and toddlers race to name but a few....

OFSTED

24 May 2018

Membury Primary Academy is celebrating another successful OFSTED inspection! The school was inspected in March and the report is packed with lots of positive comments and recognition of all the wonder...

World Book Day

09 Mar 2018

Robin and Owl class enjoyed 'World Book Day' a day early. Robin class studied villains in Roald Dahl stories, designed our own brooms based on 'Room on the Broom' and enjoyed making reading dens with...

Owl Class Book Tasting

08 Mar 2018

On the 28th February, Owl Class showcased their versions of the Lost Thing. Parents and Robin class were invited in to read the beautiful illustrated books that we had created and it was a fantastic s...

Discovering the Greek Gods and Goddesses

08 Mar 2018

In English we have been reading Percy Jackson and The Lighning Thief. As a challenge for Owl Class they were asked to research a God or Goddess from Greek mythology. The results were absolutely fantas...

Membury Skipathon for British Heart Disease

06 Mar 2018

On the 27th February 2018, Membury Primary Academy held a Skipathon. We had this event to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. They very kindly gave us skipping ropes to use whilst we practic...

Owl Class Gardening Club

22 Feb 2018

Today we started the Owl Class Gardening Club and it was so much fun! We were split into two groups: the year fives and sixes, and year threes and fours. The younger ones were planting beautiful, col...

Santa Letters

14 Dec 2017

Robin class and Pre-School went to Membury Post Office this week to find out how a post office is run as part of our 'People that help us' topic. Many thanks to Sharon the postmistress who explained t...

Northcott Theatre Trip

11 Dec 2017

The children had a wonderful day on Wednesday seeing ‘Dick Whittington’ at the Northcott Theatre. They particularly enjoyed seeing a play being performed on a much larger scale than the Nativity and f...

History Walk

16 Nov 2017

Owls recently undertook a 'Membury through the Ages' topic during which they created a fantastic display for the Membury History Society Exhibition going back from Roman times to present day. As a fol...

Ambulance Call Handler Visit

16 Nov 2017

A big thank you to Chantelle Souttar for coming to talk to the children about how the ambulance call handling system works and her job as a call handler. The children enjoyed asking many questions abo...

Remembrance Observation

16 Nov 2017

The children observed a silence at 11am on Friday at the war memorial. We spoke about the importance of what we were doing, why it was important and talked about service people today. Emma read verses...