Learning at MRA is based around our school values and the following skills:
Creativity and problem solving
Basic skills are of paramount importance. They are taught during English and maths in the mornings and in the afternoons, children are able to extend and apply these skills through the creative curriculum. We set for English and maths, so that teaching can be tightly targeted at the appropriate level and that children can therefore make maximum progress. Where appropriate, children are taught within the National Curriculum for their age group, and where inappropriate, they work within the age group that best suits their needs. Oracy and reading are a huge focus for us at Marlborough Road. Initially, children are taught to read using a rigorous synthetic phonics scheme called Read, Write, Inc. Through our library, we encourage all children to take books home and develop a love of reading which is key to future academic success, and children read in every English lesson and whenever else is possible throughout the curriculum. Every opportunity is taken to develop children’s speaking and listening skills and all staff from Nursery to Year 6 are trained in ELKLAN, a programme developed by speech and language therapists which promotes understanding and communication skills.
Extended Learning and Enrichment
At Marlborough Road Academy, we believe that learning should extend throughout every aspect of the school day and that children should be exposed to as many rich and varied experiences as possible. For this reason, clubs and groups operate during lunchtime and after school, often in mixed age groups. These include: football, netball, athletics, cross country, construction, art, den-building, go-karting, street dance and outdoor cooking (to name but a few!). We also build a wide variety of trips, visits and guest speakers into our curriculum. These include Viking days at Tatton Park, Formby beach parties, visits by the Owl Man, orienteering in Delamere Forest, Shakesperean performances at the Victoria Baths, farm experiences..........again to name but a few!
All of these activities help to develop our children’s language and vocabulary, as well as providing them with many opportunities to develop their teamwork; creativity and problem–solving; self management; and communication skills.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
We want to produce resilient, enthusiastic and happy learners and so we devote time to teaching good behaviour and emotional wellbeing. We spend class Together Time every day looking at strategies for overcoming difficulties and exploring our values, and this theme is continued in weekly assemblies. We are committed to the Resilience Doughnut model which encourages children to focus on the positive aspects of their lives, and enables them to cope with adversity. Our highly skilled key workers focus on supporting children who need extra help in order to overcome their barriers to learning, and at lunchtime, adult support is available for all children in the quiet room. In EYFS, lunchtime nurture groups run, incorporating team games, social stories and lego therapy. Staff are trained in emotion coaching.
British values at Marlborough Road Academy
At Marlborough Road Academy, we actively promote the fundamental British values of:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith
We do this through our curriculum. Some examples of this include helping children to understand a range of faiths through our teaching of RE; understanding our justice system through our history topic on crime and punishment and a trip to the law courts; understanding the concept of democracy through our history topic on Ancient Greece and celebrating Black history month, International Women’s day and LGBT Pride week in PHSE.
We also promote fundamental British values by ensuring that all pupils within the school have a voice that is listened to. We actively promote our School Council which is elected through a democratic process and we regularly survey children’s opinions and ensure that these are carefully considered when making decisions.
Our behaviour policy centres on teaching good character and treating others with respect and kindness; our 3 simple rules apply to every member of our school community.
"At our school, we are safe; choose kind and work hard"
Pupils in the Nursery and Reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (see link on the left-hand side) which covers the following areas:
- Communication and language
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
- Physical development
- Expressive art and design
- Personal, social and emotional development
Pupils are organised into groups with a designated key person and learn through a mixture of targeted support in investigative play. We teach phonics and counting skills from the very beginning, and children have access to exciting outdoor spaces and challenges which continue to develop these skills. Parental involvement is very important to us, and parents are encouraged to stay and play with their child or to join in with library and reading sessions.
Key Stage1 and Key Stage2
Pupils work from the National Curriculum and study the following subjects:
- P E
- Design Technology
- MFL (Spanish)
- R E
For further details on what your child will be learning, please click on the link on the left-hand side or talk to their teacher.
At Key Stage 1 we follow the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme.