At Morley Memorial Primary School, our aim is to provide children with a curriculum that is broad, balanced and stimulating, and that encourages a love of life-long learning. Put simply, we want to make learning irresistible.
All children study the National Curriculum, the main elements of which are English, Mathematics, Science, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Art and Design, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education (PE), Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE), Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Design Technology and Religious Education.
Class Teachers use a range of different teaching strategies to support learners, and we have a clear focus on experiential learning. Drama is often used to support learning, with children having the chance to meet all sorts of different characters, from Willy Wonka to Henry VIII and his six wives, as part of their learning.
Learning is organised in topics, which may have a particular focus on a certain curriculum area. The topics are often presented under catchy titles such as ‘Blood, Bones & Body bits’; ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ or ‘Off with their Heads!’.
Topics are introduced through ‘Wow’ days, where the children get to be involved in an exciting and engaging activity to stimulate their thinking and get them excited about the topic and the learning.
Children are supported in developing their reading skills through the use of phonics-based books which are book-banded to provide appropriate differentiation and to support children’s progression and acquisition of key reading skills. Daily Phonics sessions are conducted in Key Stage 1. We make use of the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme to support planning and delivery. Children in Y1 undertake the Phonics Screening check in the Summer Term. Any children in Y2, who did not attain the pass mark when they were in Y1, will also undertake the phonics screening check.