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.
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 find out more about the texts we will be covering, please visit our class pages.
To ensure children master a robust understanding and secure foundation in Maths, our Mathematics curriculum follows the Power Maths scheme of work, which teaches a mastery approach to mathematics. 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.
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 topic are: History; Geography; Music; Art and Design; Design and Technology.
You can find out more about the Cornerstones Curriculum by clicking here.
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.