The Curriculum

'I like practical work and investigations and always remember things when I have taken an active part in lessons'. (Y6 pupil)

The Principles behind the Curriculum at Marlborough Road Academy

The curriculum at Marlborough Road Academy is based around the school values and the overarching skills of teamwork, creativity and problem solving, self-management and communication. The curriculum is centred around the acquisition of basic skills in literacy and numeracy and their application in other subjects across the curriculum. Pupils work with the national curriculum for their age group, where this is appropriate. Where it is not appropriate, pupils work with the curriculum for the age group that best meets their learning needs. The school operates a system of setting within age phases in literacy and numeracy during the mornings. Pupils are taught in age-appropriate groups in the afternoons. Developing pupils' oracy is a strength of the school and its curriculum is designed to enhance language development. A creative approach is taken to non-core subjects through the 'learning challenge creative curriculum', where each unit of work begins and ends with a question that needs to be investigated.

For further information about the National Curriculum please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum


'Pupils of all ages are keen to learn and are confident writers from a young age. Pupils behave well in lessons: they concentrate hard and show pride in their work. They find the creative curriculum interesting, and enjoy the many extra-curricular activities and trips.'

The school curriculum results in the 'skilful development of children's communication and language skills.'

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (Nursery and Reception)

Pupils in the Nursery and Reception classes follow a curriculum called the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which can be found in the Early Years Development Matters' document - see the link below. It leads towards pupils being assessed against a series of Early Learning goals. Pupils are organised into groups with a designated key person for some of their learning, but also work in pairs, whole classes or as individuals. Pupils learn through a mixture of targeted support in investigative play, which takes account of the children's interests and cultures. All pupils are taught phonics to start them reading and there is constant access to specially created outdoor spaces. Pupils are encouraged to apply the knowledge and skills they learn inside to the learning they do in the outdoor space.


The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum has the following main areas:

  • Communication, Language
  • Maths
  • Literacy
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Physical Development
  • Expressive Art and Design
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Parents and carers are invited to 'Stay and Play' sessions and 'Stay and Read' sessions to learn alongside their child - they are very popular!

Key Stage 1 & 2

Pupils build on their learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage and move onto the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum covers the following subjects

Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, Science, History, Geography, P.E, Art, Music, Design Technology, A Modern Foreign Language

We teach RE from the agreed Salford syllabus. http://www.salford.gov.uk/sacreresyllabus.htm

The modern foreign language is Spanish. For details of what is taught in each year group please visit the mailings page:

  • Geography & History
  • Science
  • Music

For all other subjects the children follow the National Curriculum

For further information about the National Curriculum please visit http://www.marlboroughroadacademy.co.uk/policies/ 

The school places a focus on literacy and numeracy and on making sure that pupils have a solid grasp of basic skills. This is important in a school where so many different languages are spoken. The other subjects are taught either as individual subjects or as part of the creative learning challenge curriculum, which follows children's interests and cultures and provides an opportunity for pupils to apply their learning from literacy and numeracy. It also teaches pupils to develop skills of problem solving, communication, self-management, creative thinking and teamwork. This is further supported at lunchtime, when pupils work with a teacher in mixed age groups on a range of physical and mental challenges.

In Year 1 and 2, parents and carers are invited to 'Stay and Read' sessions.

At Key Stage 1 we follow the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme.

Phonics is taught via a scheme called Read, Write, Inc. (Nursery to Yr4) and Fresh Start in Yr5 to Yr6.

Trips and visits are an important part of the curriculum. We welcome additional help from parents and carers – if you wish to volunteer please call in at the school office so that the necessary arrangements can be made.

Pupil Premium

At Marlborough Road Academy we aim to provide high quality teaching in the smallest possible groups, so that our pupils make maximum progress. The government's pupil premium payment to school is used to facilitate this by allowing us a fifth teacher for every four classes. It is also used to provide enrichment opportunities for our children, such as trips, visits and visitors.

Marlborough Road Academy, Dudley Street, Salford M7 4XD TEL: 0161 921 2110