At Marlborough Primary School, we recognise the importance of English in the curriculum and in our daily lives. We view effective communication as key to the development of all learners. The full range of English skills (Reading, Writing and Spoken Language) are crucial in the acquisition of knowledge in other areas of the curriculum.
The Power of Reading involves teaching English with a focus on high quality, challenging texts that are engaging and easily accessible to all children. Children have the chance to engage with a variety of texts such as novels, poetry, picture books, narrative poems and classic stories. They are given opportunities to engage with the text through art, drama, hot seating and verbal debates as well as collaboratively generating vocabulary to be used in their own writing.
Reading is promoted every day through daily English and Reading sessions where the vital comprehension skills of retrieval, inference and author's use of language are taught effectively so that children are readily prepared for Secondary School.
At Marlborough Primary School, we understand the importance of using and applying our written skills to other areas of the curriculum. We actively encourage children to use what they have learnt in English when writing in other subjects. This allows them to develop their fluency in spelling, punctuation and grammar.
At Marlborough Primary School we follow the term by term overviews provided by the White Rose Maths Hub. The overview links to the new National Curriculum objectives for Maths and helps teachers plan stimulating and challenging lessons on a day to day basis.
The overviews for each year group are broken down into fluency, reasoning and problem
solving, which are the key aims of the new curriculum. Each objective has with it examples of key questions and activities.
These overviews are also designed to support a mastery approach to teaching and learning and have been designed to support the aims and objectives of the new National Curriculum.
- have number at their heart. A large proportion of time is spent reinforcing number to build competency.
- ensure teachers stay in the required key stage and support the ideal of depth before breadth.
- ensure students have the opportunity to stay together as they work through the schemes as a whole group.
- provide plenty of time to build reasoning and problem solving elements into the curriculum.
The Maths curriculum at Marlborough Primary School is well planned, challenging and meets the needs of all pupils. All learners are exposed to elements of challenge within their Maths lessons and as a consequence, are well supported in being able to apply their mathematical skills to a variety of different problems.
There is also a key focus on children becoming more confident in their arithmetic skills and being able to transfer these skills to mathematical reasoning questions, enabling teachers to create more opportunities for challenge. As well as this, all learners are given the opportunity to engage in ‘real life’ maths problems that provide a stimulating challenge for all abilities.
At Marlborough Primary School, we recognise that Science teaching and learning is about allowing children to develop an understanding and knowledge of the world along with developing their scientific enquiry skills. This knowledge is based on the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
Our teachers ensure that teaching and learning of Science has a strong focus on investigating and exploring to seek answers. In Science, children at Marlborough Primary School are encouraged to apply investigation skills allowing them to uncover ideas which add to their knowledge of the world around them.
The National Curriculum for Science ensures that all pupils have the opportunity to:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- become equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Our more-able pupils are extended through additional challenge within the curriculum. Examples of this is seen through opportunities to enrich their scientific thinking in the form of extension activities such as problem solving, investigative work and research of a scientific nature.
We also offer a weekly Science club to allow for these opportunities to be provided outside curriculum time.
ART AND DESIGN
Art and design technology has an essential role in every child’s education, to nurture and develop creativity and self-expression. Therefore at Marlborough Primary school our children are presented with opportunities to explore, express and develop creativity through investigating, designing, drawing, painting, sculpture and using a wide range of materials. Art and DT is interlinked across the curriculum where it embedded into Literacy, Maths, Science and other creative subjects. Whilst promoting a visual and kinaesthetic style of learning every child has the chance to celebrate and showcase their very own master pieces. We want our children to dive into challenges, investigate and take risks and most of all be proud of what they have created. Creativity takes courage -“Henri Matisse”
We engage children from nursery up until year 6, encouraging imagination and responsibility in all areas of art and design where children learn a variety of techniques and approaches. Every child is an Artist as said by the famous -Pablo Picasso.
PERSONAL, HEALTH, SOCIAL AND CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION, (PHSCE)
Our vision is to provide high quality planning for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Citizenship to promote children and young people’s personal development and well-being and to embed work-related learning activities in all key stages. To develop this, we will contribute to enabling our children to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.
This will be achieved through:
- Developing confidence, responsibility and making the most of individuals’ abilities
- Developing a healthier, safer lifestyle (driving to achieve Silver Healthy Eating Award)
- Preparing to play an active role as citizens through Charities and trips to local Homecare Centre
- Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people by introducing Peer Mentors.
The school is currently using a flexible planning model which allows for cross curricular links, Emotional Aspect of Learning (SEAL). We recently became a Fairtrade School and also joined Anti-Bullying Quality Mark-UK. The long term aim is to have a PSHE framework that underpins the broader curriculum.
Other aspects of PSHCE such as British Values are deeply rooted in the school’s core values. These are shared, celebrated and developed through assemblies and lessons.
Opportunities for cross curriculum opportunities are being developed across the school.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, (RE)
At Marlborough Primary School, Religious Education provides children with a platform to reflect on important questions about the meaning and purpose of life such as identity, belonging, and the difference between right and wrong. Children develop their knowledge, understanding and awareness of a range of world faiths.
Through engaging and thought provoking lessons, trips, workshops and guest speaking events, Religious education provides an opportunity for children to learn about and from religious beliefs, insights and practices.
As a UN Rights Respecting school, teaching staff strive to poster a learning environment that promotes religious tolerance and respect, and that celebrates the religious diversity of the children and adults that make up the Marlborough school community in Harrow, the most religiously diverse borough in London. Religious education provides an opportunity for children to develop a meaningful knowledge and understanding of the social, cultural, spiritual and moral dimensions of religions, as well as their unifying themes and messages.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION, (PE)
Marlborough Primary School is committed to providing a wide and balanced PE and sports curriculum which is delivered by staff and other qualified coaches. Children benefit from an enjoyable skill development experience through curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
Pupils are stimulated within gymnastics, swimming and a range of different sport skills. In addition to this, during lunchtimes children are provided with a broad range of physical activities and 'Change 4 Life Club' where healthy lifestyles are promoted.
Participating in sports competitions and tournaments is a vital part of our school’s vision so that gifted and talented and all our children can develop their potential.
Music is a universal language; it is an important means of communication and can change the way children feel, think and act. At Marlborough Primary, we aim to encourage children to develop a love of music and musical skills, increasing their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
Music is taught in every year group from Nursery to Year 6, by our specialist Music teacher, where we teach the related skills of playing, singing, listening, improvising and composing music. Children in Year 4 are taught the guitalele in whole class teaching. Every child in Year 3 also gets an additional term of steel pan teaching. During the summer term a gifted and talented group is created from the children who have been learning the steel pans and guitaleles. They are given the opportunity to practise and prepare for a performance.
KS1 and KS2 enjoy weekly singing assemblies, where they sing both modern and traditional songs. In addition, each assembly a member of staff shares a piece of music that they personally enjoy, this develops their musical appreciation, awareness and genre range. Through this they are exposed to music that reflects the cultures within the school and the wider community we live in.
With a strong partnership with Harrow Music Services, children have opportunities to learn a variety of instruments throughout their time at Marlborough with the option to complete grade exams. Children can learn the following instruments:
- Steel pans
Children are given further opportunities to perform their music in class assemblies, termly performances and the KS1 and Year 6 productions. Marlborough Primary also has a dedicated KS2 choir who perform at school concerts and during assemblies.
The study of History is embedded through learning opportunities across the core and foundation curriculum. At the beginning of each academic year, children will familiarise themselves with the chronology of the topic they are about to study. In October, there is a whole school focus on Black History Month with a number of assemblies, workshops and sessions which enable the children to celebrate the Black contributions to British society. Other programmes of study across the school include: Time Travelers, Our World, Pre historic Ages, Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, Vikings and Anglo Saxons, The Battle of Britain, British History from the 1930s as well as local History. These are taught using both a cross curriculum approach and as an individual subject. The integration of subject areas into themes gives the pupils the maximum opportunity for learning valuable skills and concepts as well as covering all the necessary requirements of the National Curriculum. Every opportunity to practise literacy skills through extended writing are also maximised. Each area of study in history is strongly supported by educational visits and in-school workshops.
Geography is a valued part of the curriculum at Marlborough Primary School and we aim to provide a purposeful means for exploring, appreciating and understanding the world in which we live in. By doing so, we can inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. We aim to offer children access to a variety of high quality learning experiences and by doing so we can meet the requirements of the national curriculum which ensures that all pupils by the end of each key stage, knows, can apply and understands the knowledge, skills and processes specified in the relevant programmes of study. By providing opportunities for children to develop their fascination for geographical issues we can stimulate independent enquiry and investigation to grow knowledge of both their locality and the wider world. We provide a range of experiences from which the children can develop the relevant geographical skills, knowledge and understanding including carefully selected first-hand experiences and the use of secondary sources.
The aim of the Computing Curriculum at Marlborough School is to equip our children with the fundamental computing skills to make them safe, confident and competent users of technology of the future. Throughout the school children are taught to understand how digital systems work in core coding units, as well as expressing themselves in a range of multi-media. Across the curriculum technology is used to enhance the learning experience and provide opportunities for creativity, collaboration and cross curricula learning. Our social media presence is used by staff members to celebrate the wide variety of learning experience taking place at Marlborough School each day, keeping parents updated on the lives of their children at school. This is underpinned by a strong e-safety foundation in which all members of our school community are made aware of the importance of using technology in a safe and responsibility manner.
At Marlborough, children in KS2 will be learning Spanish this year, as we believe that learning a language enriches the overall educational experience, and provides an excellent opportunity to develop children's intercultural understanding, as well as promoting values based on respect, tolerance and equality. It also supports generic literacy skills and facilitates the revisiting and consolidation of concepts and skills learned in the first language.
All children from Year 3 to Year 6 will have a Spanish lesson per week, delivered by their class teacher. Children enjoy practising their language skills through fun activities in a range of cross-curricular contexts. This motivates them and helps them to develop their self-confidence and creativity.
Spanish lessons consist of an appropriate balance of spoken and written language. Lessons at the primary level lay the foundations for further foreign language learning at Key Stage 3 and beyond. At the end of primary education, children will be able to understand and communicate simple ideas in speech and writing, using familiar language and their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.
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