Our curriculum is broad and balanced. It is designed to meet the needs of our learners and covers the 2014 Primary National Curriculum. Within lessons, children are allowed to choose their own level of learning: Core, Challenge and Extension. Children are encourage to reflect on their learning and relate progress to the ‘Learning Line’.
Our English curriculum consists of: Reading; Writing; Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling; Speaking and Listening. We have a well-stocked library; children are encourage to develop a love of reading. We use Accelerated Reader and children are asked to ‘quiz’ online after they have read a book. We teach English lessons around high quality texts and themes that are specifically chosen to engage and excite.
To ensure children master a robust understanding and secure foundation in Maths, our Mathematics curriculum follows the Abacus scheme of work, which is built on the four pillars of understanding: Place Value, Number Facts, Images and Models and Doubling and Halving. We encourage pupils to take their learning out of the classroom and explore maths in the wider world.
Science is taught discretely. Our Science curriculum follows the Science Bug scheme of work which weaves together the working scientifically skills and the knowledge objectives, from the National Curriculum, to form six half-termly units per year group.
We teach computing in all year groups. Each class has a weekly lesson in the IT Suite. In class children have access to ipads, laptops and Hudls.
Modern Foreign Language
At Millbrook Junior School we teach French as our Modern Foreign Language and this is based on the Catherine Cheater Scheme.
At Millbrook Junior School we follow the Cornerstones Curriculum. We feel that children learn better when their interests and fascinations are allowed to flourish, where they are encouraged to explore subjects in a variety of ways and are viewed in terms of their strengths, not their weaknesses. Our curriculum is based on a four-stage teaching philosophy: Engage, Develop, Innovate, Express.
The subjects covered in curriculum are: History; Geography; Music; Art and Design; Design and Technology.
Relationship and Sex Education
Sex and relationship education is lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. We inform parents when aspects of the sex and relationship programme are taught and provide opportunities for parents to view the videos and resources being used.
Parents/carers have the right to withdraw their children from those aspects of sex and relationship education, not included in the Science National Curriculum; however, this rarely happens, by working in partnership parents/carers usually recognise the importance of this aspect of their child’s education.
We welcome all children at Millbrook Junior School, regardless of their faith. All children will be treated equally. We follow the locally Agreed Syllabus for Northamptonshire. Parents/carers may withdraw their children from Religious Education providing they give written notification to the school.