At St Mary Magdalene, we believe that the Curriculum is a whole learning experience offered and celebrated by the school. It is not just the lessons and activities which are planned and taught, it also includes the ethos for learning i.e. the attitudes and loving four values we expect implicitly in all lessons through our learning 10 behaviours. At St Mary Magdalene Primary School, we aim to teach our children how to grow into independent learners, who can also work and co-operate with others while developing their knowledge and skills, so they can achieve their full potential. Since September 2014, we have developed our learning behaviours with the Foundation Stage encompassing the learning 3 and this then developing into embedding our learning 10 in Key Stage 1 with story book characters children can relate to. Key Stage 2 have developed layers of learning 10 through use of our metal system and children use these layers throughout their Irresistible Leaning activities.
The learning 3 behaviours which Reception and Nursery encourage children to display, consist of:
Our learning 10 behaviours which we believe children should display when engaging with the curriculum, consist of:
We believe that the curriculum should be seen as much in terms of experience as of the knowledge and skills that children should acquire. It should also be equally concerned with personal development, positive behaviour and relationships.
The curriculum is designed to be creative, challenging and inspiring; the children are inspired through a range of themes, topics and independent learning activities. The school utilises the appropriate documentation, including the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage documentation to ensure learning matches national requirements, whilst children enjoy learning which is irresistible and based on their interests. The school’s creative curriculum makes meaningful links between different subjects and encourages the practice of basic skills in English and Maths. We follow ‘Irresistible Learning’ as a journey through which to develop our curriculum. Recently, we have adapted a text led learning approach with our children to enliven English so that children can understand the world in which books are set in. This approach provides children with opportunities to develop deeper understanding of historical contexts and the texts explored allow children to see the world through the eyes of different characters.
When preparing for our Irresistible Learning journeys, staff plan with subject leaders so that our topics encompass all subject area and provide children with opportunities to apply skills through different contexts. Children are at the heart of the learning journeys and we involve them in the planning and direction of different topics. We use their questions to inform and drive the learning in the activities. When exploring these activities, children challenge themselves with the outcomes they feel confident to achieve and this is scaffolded through our use of a metal system which shows progression of skills in the form of bronze, silver, gold and platinum. How children apply their knowledge and learning to different contexts is assessed and their depth of learning is recorded in the form of whether they are emerging, developing, secure or exceeding in the milestone appropriate to their age range.
Parents/carers are viewed as active supporters of learning in our school. They are encouraged to be part of school life through a range of activities which take place in the stunning starts, marvellous middles and fantastic finishes of our irresistible learning themes. Since September 2014, we have developed a parent directory so that we draw on their experiences and expertise to maximise creative learning opportunities. The school also has a ‘Passport to Learning’ in which we involve children in the experiences they would like to engage with during their time here at St Mary Magdalene. We use both the parent directory and passport, alongside planning of potential trips and visitors who could lead workshops, when considering the stunning starts, marvellous middles and fabulous finishes to our topics.