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Information about the work going on in each class will be put on each Classes own page. This will be added at the start of each new term.
The Government has laid down clear guidelines for what should be taught in schools. Our Foundation Stage children cover all areas of the Foundation Stage Curriculum which prepares them for their development through the National Curriculum. This framework, the National Curriculum, contains eleven subjects, with a significant proportion of time being devoted to the development of children’s literacy and numeracy skills.
Our children's reading is being supported by a new reading scheme throughout the school to be introduced from January 2017. These are colour banded books from Reception to Year 6 written by 'real' authors that the children will recognise, such as David Walliams, Terry Deary, and Anne Fine, published by Badger Books.
· Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
· Design and Technology
· Art and Design
· Religious Education
In addition, Citizenship and Health Education are taught (PSHE). At Marden Vale we also teach Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) in Years 3 to 6.
At present we are teaching these areas through a skills based curriculum based on 'The Essentials Curriculum' developed by the renowned educational advisor Chris Quigley. However, we are always looking at new ideas for teaching the children and, if we can, improve the way they learn.
We teach the children through a programme of subject-centred work (e.g. Mathematics) and integrated work, where subjects are combined together to make the links in learning. Our teachers prepare yearly and termly ‘curriculum plans’ as well as weekly lesson plans. An overview of each term’s planned work is published for parents and is available on the school website.
We want every child at Marden Vale to reach his or her full academic potential. To help them, we try to ensure that our lessons are:
· Varied and balanced
· Suited to each child’s needs and abilities
We want our curriculum to be the complete 'learning package' offered by the school. By that, we mean that it encompasses more than just the lessons and activities provided while children are at school. It also sets the tone, standards, quality and discipline of the school and the attitudes and values we wish to encourage.
We feel that HOW children learn and behave is just as important to us as WHAT they learn.
The curriculum at Marden Vale is equally concerned therefore, with personal qualities, behaviour and conduct, as well as the knowledge and skills the children should acquire. For this reason, we nurture and encourage:
· friendship, responsibility, teamwork, respect and loyalty
· politeness, courtesy, consideration and social awareness
· high moral standards, good character and behaviour
· qualities of curiosity, imagination, creativity and inventiveness
· care for the school and the wider environment
To aid parents in following how we teach certain aspects at Marden Vale we will be producing leaflets on 'Phonics' and 'Calculation' which will be available at the school reception. Each class also runs several parent 'workshops' each year on a variety of themes to enable parents to support their children’s learning at home.
Educational visits enable us to capitalize on a wealth of exciting and educational resources beyond our school. They provide a real opportunity to reinforce learning, widen horizons, develop new skills and engage in new experiences.
We also offer a residential visit for our year 6 children. This is for 5 days/ 4 nights:
These are wonderful opportunities for the children where particular skills are focused upon within the context of an outdoor adventurous week.
In order to undertake visits and activities, we ask for voluntary donations from parents to cover costs. Voluntary contributions are requested to cover costs such as coach charges, admission fees, visiting companies’ charges and insurance.
Parents are always advised in advance of such requests and provision is available for anyone having difficulty in affording to pay.
Physical Education and Games
The main aim of our P.E. programme is enjoyment of physical activity, with the added bonus of improved skill, fitness, strength and agility. Our children take part in gymnastics, dance/movement, games, skills and athletics. Where possible we try to supplement our P.E. curriculum and to take advantage of opportunities offered to us to allow children to try different sports within the school P.E. programme. There is also a full swimming programme at a local pool for Year 3 and 4 children. We use a scheme called 'Real PE' to help us deliver the physical education requirements. Further information is available by contacting the PE subject leader.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The school provides a wide range of after school clubs and activities. At appropriate stages in their school life, children are actively encouraged to involve themselves in our programme. Extra curricular activities are seen as an important extension of school life where children can try things out, extend skills or compete in a structured and planned way. Teachers, classroom assistants, external agencies, parents and friends of the school are all involved in providing a range of activities that has included:
Where professional coaches are used there may be a charge to parents.