CURRICULUM INTENT: Our aim is to provide a curriculum that raises children's personal aspirations by providing them with the skills, knowledge, understanding and vocabulary to realise their ambitions.
Mayfield's curriculum is built on a foundation of skills that are practiced, and extended each year, and on knowledge and vocabulary that informs and enriches understanding. All children have wide curricular experiences that broadens their horizons and deepens their learning.
CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION: The learning journey puts English at the heart of our curriculum. We teach many subjects using a cross-curricular approach. This means that there are strong links between subjects and children see learning as being connected, relevant and purposeful. Skills that pupils may have learnt in Computing or DT are used and applied to other contexts in science or mathematics. Skills are extended and enriched through this approach and the children tell us that learning is fun! And we all know that when we enjoy something we are more likely to learn, develop an appetite to learn more and to retain the skills and knowledge that have been gained.
Themed weeks raise the profile of subjects and areas of learning and provides children with new experiences, as well as opportunities to enrich and deepen learning.
CURRICULUM IMPACT: Engaged, inquisitive, happy children, who work well collaboratively and independently using a broad range of skills, an improving vocabulary and academic knowledge. Progress from starting points is strong in reading, writing and maths, often above all local schools and national averages.
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A cross-curricular approach to the Ancient Greeks would include, learning about Greek myths and legends, writing their own myths, which could be turned into a performance (drama) and recorded using digital devices. This could then be edited using suitable software. Art work would involve the use of pastels or rich paints and children would paint Greek urns and pots; they may visit the British Museum to learn more about the culture, history and see the artefacts of Ancient Greece, to ask questions and examine the evidence of their culture and to deepen their knowledge and understanding; children may cook Greek food and experience a Greek day where Greek food would be tasted and children (and staff) dress in Greek togas.
The curriculum is rich, key skills are taught, vocabulary enriched and new knowledge is used and applied to other contexts.