Following the updated guidance from Ofsted for 2019, we worked to review, evaluate and update our curriculum to ensure that it is broad and balanced and that it not only covers the National Curriculum and reflects the children in our school, but also develops their cultural capital for the world in which we all live. This review has become even more important following events around the world and our focus has been to ensure that the curriculum of Millennium reflects the diversity of our children and their families.
We launched our new curriculum in September 2020 and have trained our staff to ensure that it is meaningful and builds on prior learning. We have created a Policy for Progress (P4P) that ensures all of our children across the school receive the quality first teaching they need to impact on their outcomes to enable them as learners for the future.
At Millennium Primary School we believe learning should be exciting - our ultimate aim is to provide a highly enjoyable, enhanced curriculum which not only incorporates the National Curriculum but the needs, thoughts and ideas of every learner in our school. Our revised curriculum ensures that all of our pupils are motivated, engaged and enthused about every learning experience, inspiring them to become lifelong learners.
At Millennium our teaching and learning takes place within a subject based curriculum approach. Wherever possible we group our learning around a topic style approach but with greater emphasis on the importance of the weight and knowledge of each subject domain as being as important as English and Maths. It covers the National Curriculum points of study in a way that makes learning interesting and engaging for all of our pupils. The design of the curriculum takes into account the needs of all pupils. It values their diversity and allows them to make excellent progress within their learning.
The curriculum we have developed is spiralised, building on their prior knowledge and skills, linking key subject concepts across the whole school, where each curriculum year is divided into 3 or 4 humanity based focuses. One curriculum focus a year, children work towards an exciting exit point which we call our 'Big Outcomes' where they can share their learning with parents and friends of the school.
Each year group has a carefully planned weekly timetable which includes Computing sessions, music lessons in our dedicated music studio, PE lessons with our PE coach, assemblies, English and Maths basics, and foundation subjects work. The children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 have daily whole class reading sessions and take reading books home that they change on a weekly basis. In Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Year 3, children have daily structured phonics sessions following Letters and Sounds from the DfE. Children learn about the French language and culture through a range of activities such as cooking, singing, art and role play.
We work hard to enrich the learning at Millennium through high-quality displays which include artefacts to stimulate interest, children's work and resources such as word banks and number lines. Trips and visits are central to our curriculum and all classes enjoy many carefully chosen trips each year.
We have a Forest School on site which enables sessions to take place with fully-qualified staff who engage children in active outdoor learning.
In our assemblies we sing, reflect, seek to inspire awe and wonder, and celebrate festivals, achievements and people's lives. We also focus on moral issues which affect our everyday lives and encourage the development of values. Our school assemblies are non-denominational, however there are occasions when religious festivals and other important events are recognised and discussed within the framework of the school's values. Children do not have to actively take part but we expect them to observe and further their understanding and knowledge of the different cultural and religious beliefs of the school community.
Children learn in our school. They are excited about their learning and are able to develop a wide range of skills that they will then be able to carry with them throughout their lives.