Mousehold Infant & Nursery School Curriculum Statement of Intent
Our ‘High Five’ is the golden thread that underpins our Curriculum:
Respect Help Learn Enjoy Achieve
Children leave Mousehold as successful learners who:
are critical thinkers, with enquiring minds who can adapt to the ever changing world around them. (Respect)
can understand, cooperate and shape the world together. (Help)
are motivated and passionate about life long learning. (Learn)
are happy and confident to succeed in modern British society. (Enjoy) are resilient, with a growth mindset to carry on achieving. (Achieve)
We provide our children with an ambitious, exciting and empowering curriculum that:
- is broad, balanced, ambitious and values every area of learning
- is coherent and well-planned in progression of knowledge and skills in every subject
- offers a wide range of quality extra-curricular opportunities
- goes above and beyond the expectations of the National Curriculum
- supports and embraces all children and their families
- helps children see their place in their local community and as a global citizen
- values creativity and encourages learning links across the curriculum
Our curriculum makes learning fun, hands on and stimulating. We provide a highly inclusive creative curriculum which enables pupils to achieve in a happy and safe environment. There is a focus on developing the whole child with a wide variety of clubs during the school day and after school. All staff work together effectively to plan and deliver a curriculum that meets the needs of all children. The curriculum is rich, purposeful and challenging for all children.
All children throughout their time with us experience local visits, visiting authors and artists, samba lessons, ukelele lessons, capoeira lessons, forest school lessons and a wide range of activities indoors and outdoors to enhance the curriculum.
Our learning environments develop creative and independent learners who are motivated, resilient and focused.
Our school is a learning community in which all children and adults are continuously engaged in developing and extending their own learning. We continuously aim to develop and refine the effectiveness of teaching and learning across the school by reflecting upon and discussing what has been successful and why. Good practice is celebrated and shared amongst staff, whilst recognising the value of sharing and learning from mistakes and difficulties.
Provision is outstanding because staff know the children so well, and pupils learn through an active curriculum with involvement in practical and meaningful activities such as Forest Schools, Capoeira, Ukelele and Samba drumming. The Curriculum makes learning fun, hands on and stimulating by providing real experiences such as Time and Tide, Norwich Castle, How Hill Nature Reserve, BeWilderwood and Gressenhall Rural Life Museum. Teachers and teaching assistants work together effectively to plan and deliver a curriculum that is rich, purposeful and challenging for all children, this involves events such as World Book Day, Reading, Maths and P.E Cafes, Slanted Dance
This highly inclusive curriculum enables pupils to achieve their full potential in a happy, fun and safe environment.
Covid restrictions have not compromised our curriculum, apart from fewer school trips beyond the local area.
We have also added the Six Principles of Nurture – threaded through all aspects of learning:
- Learning is understood developmentally
- The classroom offers a secure base
- The importance of nurture for wellbeing and self esteem ( staff and children )
- Language is a vital means of communication
- All behaviour is communication
- The importance of transitions
Curriculum Maps 2021-22
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Every teacher is also a Subject Leader. Subject Leaders, along with teachers, are responsible for planning the learning from Nursery to Year 2. The progression maps show the sequence of learning from Nursery to Year and cover knowledge and skills. Teachers know what prior learning has taken place and what learning is taking place after their lesson. This helps each lesson be purposeful and well sequenced.
The children at our school follow the 2014 National Curriculum, although our exciting programme of learning is not limited by it. The curriculum is enriched with many exciting opportunities for diverse learning.
How do we support children and families with home learning?
We believe that if children enjoy their learning then they will succeed because of self belief. The home learning is always based around learning in class and often involves children practising a skill learnt in class or involves fun ways to remember and consolidate knowledge learnt in class.
Learning letters are sent home every fortnight. These help you understand what is being taught and why. The letters also give ideas for home learning.
Knowledge Organisers are sent home at the start of each topic and referred to as the lessons go by. These are for children, parents and staff to refer to enabling all to be aware of the new learning the children are experiencing. Our aim is for children to have a deep knowledge of the topic/subject by the end of the unit of work. They will then be able to transfer this knowledge to other areas of the curriculum and make links, strengthening their chances of remembering and understanding concepts.
How can you support your child’s learning journey at Mousehold?
Throughout the year we have many opportunities when you can come into school and enjoy the learning experience with your children.
- In Nursery we have Stay and Play sessions for parents and carers to come and talk to the teacher, look in the child’s Creative Learning Journeys and to join in with some of the learning activities.
- In Reception the children have Forest Schools outdoor learning lessons. Parents are welcome to come along and help at these sessions.
- In all year groups we have learning cafes. These cover subjects such as Reading, PE, Maths and Art. These often start with a talk to parents in the hall – sometimes explaining how we teach subjects such as Maths or Phonics. This is then followed by a practical creative session in the class with your child.
- We have sessions focusing on helping you support your child stay safe online.
- Every Friday after school parents and carers can come into school to talk to the teacher, look in your child’s books and see the curriculum in the learning environment.
Reading is so important
Most importantly please read with your child daily where possible. If children can read then they have better life chances as they grow older. Children will bring reading books home to share with families. These books contain sounds in that your child knows so that they can read the book with enjoyment and practise to develop fluency.
Being able to read is the key to success in all other subjects.