Our Curriculum Vision
At the end of their time at Millbrook Junior School, we want our children to know and feel that the world is an exciting, diverse and multi dimensional place. Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We want our children to have the confidence, skills and knowledge to be able to hold their own in conversations and have ideas and opinions they are able to share with others. We want them to become confident readers who enjoy reading. Our curriculum will provide opportunities for children to experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning and develop a rich and deep subject knowledge.
We want our children to leave our school with ambition for the future.
Our Curriculum Intent
- Place and space – To understand the visual, cultural, social and environmental aspects of places around the world and how these differ from their own locality and how others experience the world.
- Knowledge – to have a rich and broad vocabulary, to be able to explain and debate, basing this on supporting evidence. To enjoy the challenge and enjoyment of learning and develop a rich and deep subject knowledge.
- Ambition – To have wishes and dreams for all areas of their lives, including their academic attainment, to take part in a range of activities to find and develop their talents and have ambition for themselves as adults.
Phonics and Reading
At Millbrook Junior School, we believe that reading should be a priority and at the heart of everything that we teach. We aim to equip every child with the necessary skills to read accurately, fluently and with increasing understanding.
We recognise that the teaching of quality phonics is imperative so that pupils are able to decode fluently before they can focus on comprehension and reading for meaning. As children join us from key stage one, we will build on their current skills, knowledge and understanding by following Letters and Sounds for the teaching of phonics. This will allow children to secure the skills required for word recognition and decoding required for early reading and writing.
We teach reading skills through our CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) Power of Reading teaching sequences and during discrete reading skills lessons. We encourage and enable our children to practise and apply their reading skills through discussion in all subjects across the curriculum.
Once our children are independent readers, we use Accelerated Reader, a computer based program which encourages them to read and reach their individual targets. Our pupils are taught how to use the Dewey Decimal System and are then able to select their books from our well stocked library. We also firmly believe that children must be allowed to read for ‘pleasure and at leisure’, so we encourage them to bring reading material of their own choice in to school to share with others.
Writing and Grammar
At Millbrook Junior School, it is our intent that children develop a love of writing for different registers and purposes.
We deliver our English lessons through The Power of Reading CLPE teaching sequences. A creative teaching approach is used for units of work that are based around quality children’s literature. Sequences include sessions where reading; speaking and listening; vocabulary and language development; and drama conventions are integral to writing outcomes.
Accuracy in syntax is also prioritised at Millbrook Junior School. We teach children to develop a knowledge of the different registers in writing and we reinforce the use of Standard English as necessary across the curriculum in both the spoken and written word. Grammar and punctuation concepts are interwoven within the CLPE teaching sequences as well as being taught discretely. These are practised verbally and applied as appropriate to all writing outcomes.
At Millbrook Junior School, we want our children to have the confidence to use creative language; choose ambitious vocabulary and consider the impact of their word choices. To achieve this, our children need to learn strategies that will help them to develop the skills and knowledge to spell accurately.
All children across Millbrook Junior School follow the Nelson Spelling scheme. Pupils investigate spelling rules and patterns, and they undertake independent investigations to help them build the confidence required when applying these skills during their independent writing.
We believe that children should be encouraged to take great pride in the presentation of their work and that they should value their efforts at all times when writing across the curriculum. At Millbrook Junior School, we use the Letterjoin handwriting scheme across all year groups. Our teachers teach and model letter formations and their joins, and our children subsequently practise these and apply them in their writing across all subjects.
To ensure children master a robust understanding and secure foundation in Maths, our Mathematics curriculum follows the Power Maths scheme of work. This teaches a mastery approach to mathematics which is further embedded by children having the opportunity to deepen their understanding by using Maths Flex. We encourage pupils to take their learning out of the classroom and explore maths in the wider world.
You can find out more about Power Maths by reading the 'Power maths presentaton for parents' on the right hand side of this page.
At Millbrook Junior School, we teach Science using a practical, investigative approach. We focus on providing children with the fundamental knowledge and the key skills they will need to be able to independently explore and research the world around them. We are very excited to announce that we are working towards Primary Science Quality Mark award in Science. During the next year we will evaluate and reflect on the quality of science teaching and learning at our school. We will be asking for you, as parents and governors to work with us to develop our principles and science vision very shortly.
We teach computing in all year groups. Each class has a weekly lesson in the IT Suite. We follow the Kapow Primary Computing scheme which aims to instil a sense of enjoyment around using technology and develops pupil’s appreciation of its capabilities, giving the children the opportunities technology offers to, create, manage organise and collaborate. Through our computing curriculum, we intend for pupils to not only be digitally competent but also to be responsible online citizens. In class, children have access to laptops and Google chrome books.
Modern Foreign Language
The Modern Foreign Language that is taught at our school is French and the main resource that we use at school and at home is the online learning platform Linguascope.
Children are taught to develop the language learning skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through a variety of approaches. They have opportunities to appreciate songs, poems and stories. They are able to link new learning to prior learning and make connections with their own language as they are introduced to grammar.
Children are encouraged to value the learning of a language and identify themselves as global citizens. Through their language learning experiences, the vision that the children have for themselves is to be confident, independent, enthusiastic, open to new adventures in learning, challenge themselves to persevere, celebrate and respect differences, and be prepared for language learning beyond Millbrook Junior School, as a citizen of the international world in which we live.
PE and Games
PE is a vital part of a primary school child’s education. Implementing the skills to lead an active and healthy lifestyle at this early age, as well as instilling a joy of physical activity, can have a hugely positive impact on children’s lives. Exercising regularly helps promote good health and can improve mental health and social skills. For some children, PE can provide their best opportunity to really excel.
Our aim at Millbrook is to provide children with opportunities to develop knowledge, acquiring a range of sporting skills as well as learning to work with others.
Children receive two hours of P.E. per week, one delivered by the Premier Sports team, and the other an ‘outdoor learning’ session which includes use of our brand-new outdoor gym equipment.
History is a fascinating subject that teaches pupils about how the world that we know has been shaped by the events of the past. Using the Cornerstones Curriculum, children at Millbrook Junior School are introduced to an array of different historical periods, starting with Stone Age Britain and travelling through time right up to the World Wars, with many stops along the way. Pupils use a number of different resources to build both their skills and knowledge as well as enjoying a range of memorable experiences. They return to a common theme within all their History units, ‘Monarchy, Rule and Governance’, in order to build links across different periods and be able to make meaningful comparisons. As they progress through the school, our pupils will build a deeper understanding of how a diverse range of historical eras have all contributed to the way in which we live today.
Geography is a dynamic subject that engages pupils’ natural curiosity for the world around them. At Millbrook Junior School, Geography is taught as part of the Cornerstones Curriculum, which allows the children to make meaningful links to other subjects. It enables them to develop knowledge and skills that are both progressive and transferable. As they progress through the school, the children deepen their place and locational knowledge as well as learning more about the links between human and physical geography. They will also develop their geographical skills and fieldwork through investigations and enquiries. We seek to help the children make sense of their own place in the world and inspire them to constantly learn more about the world in which they live.
Millbrook Junior School believes that Art is an essential part of children’s education. The art curriculum will develop children’s understanding of the visual language of art. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, form), will be developed by providing a curriculum, which will enable children to reach their full potential. The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art project are progressive throughout the school. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of their artwork, as well as the artists and different cultures that they are learning about and being inspired by.
Design Technology is a dynamic subject that offers pupils a broad range of skills and experiences. At Millbrook Junior School, Design Technology is taught as part of the Cornerstones Curriculum, which provides children with a real life context for learning. Pupils investigate and evaluate what already exists, design and make their own products, before evaluating their creations. Pupils develop their understanding of cooking and nutrition, preparing a range of dishes. This is supported by developing their technical and subject knowledge. As pupils progress through school, we aim to develop the next generation of designers, engineers and technologists, whilst inspiring children to create, experience and participate in our world’s diverse arts and culture through Design Technology.
At Millbrook Junior School, we use Kapow Primary music scheme as the basis for our music curriculum. The content is categorised into four strands: performing, listening, composing and the history of music. These strands have the overarching strand the inter-related dimensions of music.
Personal Social Health Education
PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) is taught through the Jigsaw programme however the mindful approach is seen throughout the whole of the curriculum. We aim to provide children with knowledge, understanding and skills they will need throughout their lives. Jigsaw brings together PSHE, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. It also ensures that we cover statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education, and Sex Education (this is taught in the summer term). British Values including democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs are also included in the programme.
For further information please go to https://www.jigsawpshe.com/
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.
You can find out more about the RE syllabus by clicking here.
Details about how we comply with our duties in the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 can be found in our Accesibility Plan Policy which can be found by clicking here.