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Curriculum

THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM

We follow the National Curriculum. The curriculum contains the programmes of study and attainment targets for all subjects, at all key stages. 

CURRICULUM INTENT AND IMPLEMENTATION

School curriculum information for each year group can be found on our Class pages. If you would like more information about the curriculum please speak to one of the class teachers or contact the school. 

CURRICULUM MAP

The map below provide parents/carers with the opportunity to see what the children are covering in class throughout the three terms. This document is reviewed termly.

LEARNING POWERS AND VALUES

Every Monday afternoon in assembly the children are introduced to our JIGSAW skill of the week which is emedded within our PSHCE lessons.

Alongside these skills we have our school LEARNING POWERS AND VALUES which were voted for by the children. The class teachers remind children about the learning powers and values throughout the week and a child who has shown these skills is presented with an award in our Friday Celebration Assembly.

PROGRESSION OF SKILLS

The documents below provide parents with information about the skills covered across the school in a range of areas. The documents for all subject areas will be on the website early in the Autumn term.

BRITISH VALUES

At Margaret Wix Primary School we look to promote fundamental British values as part of social, moral, spiritual and cultural provision.

CULTURAL CAPITAL AT MARGARET WIX PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

What does Cultural Capital mean at Margaret Wix Primary School?

 

Every child and family who joins our setting will have their own knowledge and experiences that will link to their culture and wider family. This might include: languages, beliefs, traditions, cultural and family heritage, interests, travel and work.

 

Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a child can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key ingredients children will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work.

 

Cultural capital gives power. It helps children achieve goals, become successful, and rise up the social ladder without necessarily having wealth or financial capital. Cultural capital is having assets that give children the desire to aspire and achieve social mobility whatever their starting point.

 

Ofsted define cultural capital as…

“As part of making the judgement about the quality of education, inspectors will consider the extent to which schools are equipping pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.

Our understanding of ‘knowledge and cultural capital’ is derived from the following wording in the national curriculum: ‘It is the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.’ “

 

At Margaret Wix Primary School, children benefit from a flexible curriculum that builds on what they understand and know already. We believe that exposure, not only to culture but also to situations in which the children might not have previous experiences of, is of paramount importance to their ongoing successes.

 

Gradually widening children’s experiences as they progress through school is an important step in providing rich and engaging learning across the curriculum. We plan carefully for children to have progressively richer experiences in nursery and beyond. These include trips to the local park, shops and visits to places of worship, museums, sports, visitors to school, and music venues just to name a few.

Personal Development:

 

  • Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education provision
  • Growth mindset strategies for the development of resilience
  • Support for transitions
  • Work to develop confidence e.g. role play, supporting peers, responsibilities, opportunities to perform
  • Activities focused on building self-esteem
  • Mental health & well-being provision
  • Nurture provision through targeted provision
  • Current affairs built into PSHE curriculum and reading sessions
  • Engagement in events to promote careers – Aspirations Day
  • Incorporating financial skills to the curriculum – Enterprise week for Year 6
  • Learning beyond the classroom – outdoor learning, extra -curricular activities , Forest School

Social Development:

  • Personal, Social and Health Education provision
  • Pupil voice
  • Pastoral support from all staff
  • Nurture provision through targeted provision
  • Support from outside agencies
  • Roles and responsibilities eg, School Parliament, House Captains, Charity Committee
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  • Volunteering and charitable work
  • Choir/music visits to local places
  • Extra-curricular clubs
  • Opportunities to perform in a range of contexts, eg music, sport, drama, class assemblies, concerts, plays
  • Engagement with people in the local community eg, authors, MPs, religious leaders, emergency crews

Physical Development:

 

  • Physical Education curriculum
  • Weekly runs, weekly swimming
  • Wide range of sporting activities and
  • The PSHE programme, including strands on drugs, smoking and alcohol
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  • Extra-curricular clubs related to sports and well-being
  • The celebration of sporting achievement including competitive sport
  • Activity-based residential visits
  • Design and technology units related to food preparation and nutrition including visits from experts

Moral Development:

 

  • Religious Education curriculum
  • School ethos and aims
  • Celebration assemblies and awards
  • Behaviour for learning policy and systems for promoting positive attitudes and behaviour eg, house points, learning ladders
  • Contributions to local, national and international charitable projects
  • Pupil voice opportunities eg School Parliament
  • Responsibilities across the school
  • Understanding cause and effect, making the right choices
  • Engagement in community events eg harvest festival collections for local food banks

Cultural Development:

 

  • Citizenship education through PSHE
  • Arts education including music and drama connection with St Albans Music School and Haberdashers
  • Access to the languages and cultures of other countries through the geography and MFL curriculum
  • Promotion of racial equality and community cohesion through the school’s ethos, informing all policy and practice
  • Cultural diversity celebrations
  • Assemblies
  • Charity events
  • World Book Day
  • Choir, orchestra, music groups, concerts
  • International Week
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  • Exposure to cultural opportunities eg, theatre, reading, museums, abbey
  • The curriculum and resources reflect the diversity of the school community eg, multi cultural toys, dolls with a range of skin tones, enhanced environment, books from different cultures with people of colour as the main characters, food condiments from around the world in the home corner
  • Multi faith festivals incorporated into assembly schedule
  • Displays showing people of colour in authority positions eg, authors, inspirational people

Spiritual Development: 

 

  • Religious Education Curriculum
  • Daily collective acts of reflection
  • Support for the expression of individual faiths
  • Wide range of opportunities for the appreciation and love of music
  • Meeting a variety of religious leaders

 

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