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Pupil at Marlborough Road Academy

Curriculum

The principles behind the curriculum at Marlborough Road Academy

Learning at Marlborough Road Academy is based around our school values and the following skills:

Teamwork
Creativity and problem solving
Self-management
Communication

At Marlborough Road Academy, we spend from 9:05am - 10:45am teaching English. For the first part of the lesson, we cover phonics (which is taught through the Read Write Inc scheme), GPS (grammar, punctuation and spelling) and comprehension skills. The second part of the lesson is based around a high quality children's book that is taken from our reading spine. Children read and analyse the book, and then engage in exciting writing opportunities that are linked to it.

Click here to view the National Curriculum for English https://www.gov.uk/national-curriculum/key-stage-1-and-2  

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.  This is organised as a topic which incorporates a range of subject areas.  Lessons are pitched at the appropriate year group standard and children are scaffolded and supported where necessary.  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, roller skating 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, Shakespearean 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:

  • democracy
  • 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"

EYFS

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
  • Maths
  • English
  • 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:

English - Subject Leader Ms Wileman.  Scheme of Work - Teaching of content domains such as information retrieval, inference and vocabulary through the reading to writing journey (in-house scheme) and Read Write Inc. phonics scheme.

Maths - Subject Leader Mr Dickinson.  Scheme of Work - Maths mastery scheme until Year 2 with Maths mastery long term plans used throughout the school and Rising Stars (commercial scheme) being available to support teacher.

Science - Subject Leader Mrs Ward.  Scheme of Work - Rising Stars (commercial scheme)

History - Subject Leader Mrs Morris.  Scheme of Work - Focus learning (commercial scheme)

Geography - Subject Leader Miss Shah.  Scheme of Work - Focus learning (commercial scheme)

PE - Subject Leader Mr Falconi.  Scheme of Work - Rising Stars Champions (commercial scheme)

PHSE - Subject Leader Miss Edwards.  Scheme of Work - Highway Heroes (commercial scheme)

Music - Subject Leader Mrs Coggins.  Scheme of Work - Charanga (commercial scheme)

Art - Subject Leader Miss Holroyd.  Scheme of Work - In house scheme.

DT - Subject Leader Miss Beaver. Scheme of Work - In house scheme.

Computing - Subject Leader Mrs McCarthy. Scheme of Work - In house scheme.

MFL - Subject Leader Miss White. Scheme of Work - In house scheme.

For further information about what your child will be learning, please click the link on the left-hand side or talk to their teacher or subject leader.  Further resources are available on the pupil page of this website.

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