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Curriculum Statements

English

The Mulberry Primary School aims to provide a Literacy based curriculum within which a focus on key reading skills can be maintained.
Word reading at the school is taught through systematic synthetic phonics, using the Letters and Sounds programme.

In the classroom there are four types of reading approaches used:

  • Independent Reading;
  • Guided Reciprocal Reading;
  • Shared Reading, where the teacher models 'think aloud' reading strategies;
  • Teacher reading aloud (e.g.: through the class novel)

Reading schemes used within Key Stage 1 are, Phonics Bug, Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Big Cat Books.

Children are encouraged and expected to practise reading regularly in school and at home, by participation in the school's Reading Reward Scheme (Reception to Year 2) and in the Accelerated Reader Programme (Years 3-6). Additional reading support for individuals is provided through the '15 Minutes a Day Initiative' and the Leicester City Council Inference Training Scheme.

Mathematics

We deliver daily maths lessons based on the National Curriculum. Mental maths is considered a core skill and there is an emphasis on developing a range of mental strategies and knowledge of key facts such as times tables. Pupils are then encouraged to build on this foundation by developing a range of robust written methods in line with the school's calculation policy.

All pupils are also given an opportunity to take part in a weekly maths investigation which allows them to work collaboratively and develop skills such as reasoning, explaining and the ability to think in an abstract way. Pupils are also encouraged to think about why maths is important in our everyday lives and to apply it to real life situations.

Furthermore, we have links with local secondary schools which provide opportunities for enrichment for our most able mathematicians, as does our regular after school maths club.

Science

At The Mulberry Primary School we believe that Science offers a structured approach to learning, which will be transferred to other areas of the curriculum. It helps children to develop their thinking skills and provides contexts for stimulating and encouraging pupils' curiosity to explore and understand the world around them.

Our aim is for children to encounter Science:

  • In as natural a context as possible.
  • As an integral part of a theme/topic.
  • So that it builds on what children already know and can do.
  • So it is relevant and meaningful to the child
  • So that it makes links to the children's own environment.

Teachers plan using The National Curriculum to ensure coverage according to its programmes of study and adapt their lessons according to the specific needs of their pupils. Planning also draws on many web based resources including those provided by The British Science Association.

Children are encouraged to further develop their knowledge and skills outside school through homework projects and suggested extension activities linked to their classwork.

The school participates in National Science and Engineering Week every year as well as staging a whole school Science Fair open to parents, carers and other family members.

ICT & Computing

At The Mulberry Primary School, ICT is taught as an integral part of the new Computing Curriculum. Although some areas of learning are discrete, children are given opportunities to learn and apply skills across many different areas, such as:

  • Multimedia presentations, desktop publishing and web-design
  • Modelling and simulations
  • Internet use; emphasis is placed on using the internet safely
  • Data Handling
  • Sequencing instructions and making things happen
  • Computer Science 
  • Coding and Programming

We use a range of resources to support our curriculum; visualisers, IWB's, wireless laptops, digital cameras, programmable toys, video cameras and a range of software that supports all areas.

PE

All children at The Mulberry Primary School take part in regular (twice weekly) planned PE lessons. They are given the opportunity to develop key skills such as co-ordination, agility and improved stamina and fitness, through participation in a range of sports including dance, gymnastics and outdoor games. Our year 4, 5 and 6 pupils have swimming lessons at Tottenham Green Leisure Centre. All children participate in weekly lessons with dedicated sports coaches to further develop their knowledge and abilities in a range of sports. Year 6 also take part in a variety of outdoor and adventurous activities during the residential week in Pendarren Wales. 

The Olympic and Paralympic values and 'good sportsmanship' are highly valued and regularly discussed, as is the importance of exercise to a healthy lifestyle. Pupils are expected to demonstrate their understanding of these values during lessons, and when participating in our regular intra-school competitions.

Pupils are given further opportunities to hone their skills in our lunchtime and after school clubs and as members of school teams, which take part in regular inter-school competitions. Our key aim is that all of our pupils will develop a love of sport which will enable them to lead healthy future lives.

History & Geography (Humanities)

The aim of teaching humanities at Mulberry Primary School is to promote the understanding and stimulate interest of the world and of the people who lived here in the past. Our hope is the children will learn to value the contributions made by others to multicultural Britain and the wider world.

Our History teaching focuses on teaching children to investigate events and people from the past and in doing so develop the skills of enquiry, interpretation and problem solving.

Our Geography teaching focuses on teaching children about their own local environments (KS1) to learning about places in the UK and wider world, and how places relate to each other (KS2). We ensure through planning that children develop and use geographical skills.

There is also a strong focus on providing opportunities to enrich children's experience of topics through regular visits to places of educational interest.

PSHE

Personal, social and health education (PSHE) is a planned part of the school curriculum that is also reflected through the whole school experience.

PSHE at the Mulberry Primary School supports the development of personal, social and life skills; the identification of and dealing with emotions and feelings, exploring health related issues, understanding about oneself, relationships with others and one's place in the world.

It equips our pupils with knowledge, understanding and skills and helps them to explore and develop attitudes and values. It supports pupils to lead healthy, safe, fulfilled and responsible lives.

Citizenship education at The Mulberry Primary School prepares our pupils for the social and moral responsibilities of community involvement. It enables them to develop political literacy and to make a positive contribution to their local, national and global communities.

The school organises regular fundraising events and themed weeks which allow the children to explore relevant issues and to take action, enabling them to make a positive contribution to their local, national and global communities.

Music

At The Mulberry Primary School music is taught through singing, listening and playing. Children are taught a wide repertory of songs appropriate to their age group. These include hymns, traditional songs from other lands and cultures and songs from the past as well as modern songs. Children are encouraged to develop an awareness of the different effects of music, as well as to give thoughtful and sensitive response to recorded music. Children are taught how to use pitched and un-pitched percussion instruments and are taught to recognise and discriminate between the various elements of music such as pitch and rhythm.

Other opportunities for music:

  • Instrumental lessons - small group and individual instrumental tuition is available at an additional cost. Most of this tuition is provided by visiting tutors who are used throughout Haringey.
  • Choir
  • Weekly Singing in Key Stage 1 and in Key Stage 2

MFL

At the Mulberry Primary School, we aim to provide all our children in Key Stage 2, regardless of their existing language experience, with a basic understanding of the French language and a desire to learn more both about French and about France itself.

We focus on grammar that will support the children's grasp of English grammar and syntax.
With advice from local Secondary teachers, we design our teaching units around topics which will provide our children with the vocabulary they will need to enjoy a confident start to language learning at Secondary school.
We help our children to explore ways of language learning which will support their learning in other curriculum areas as well.
We encourage them to listen to what others say and to respond confidently even when using new words or ideas.

Children enjoy a range of games and songs to help them to learn, and are encouraged to use their French outside the classroom whenever possible.

RE

RE teaching at the Mulberry Primary School is based on the new SACRE Agreed Syllabus, 'Awareness, Mystery and Value.' It focuses jointly on the two Attainment Targets: Learning About Religion and Belief and Learning From Religion and Belief.
We explore six major world faiths, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, on a journey of discovery about the beliefs and customs of others around the world and in our own community.

Our aims are:

1. To understand and respond to the beliefs and attitudes we meet by:

  • learning about the teachings and ways of life of those of other faiths;
  • exploring the impact of religion and belief on people's lives;
  • respecting and appreciating other people's beliefs and values.

2. To explore our own and other people's ideas about society, about moral and ethical values and about the major questions of life and death through:

  • discovering how people develop a sense of identity and belonging through their faith;
  • understanding how people's moral values are linked to their faith and evaluating those values to make informed, rational and imaginative choices;
  • looking at how people, including ourselves, respond to the ultimate questions that confront humanity.

Art & Design

At The Mulberry Primary School art and design is taught through a creative curriculum. We believe that art and design should be an enjoyable experience and that our children develop the confidence, skills and experience to work with a range of media, such as pencil, charcoal, paint, collage, ink, textiles and clay. We encourage children to evaluate their own ideas and methods, and the works of others, and say what they think and feel about them.

We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in art and design lessons. Our principle goal is to develop the children's knowledge, skills and understanding in art and design. Teachers employ a variety of teaching styles which include: whole-class, groups and individual activities. Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performances for the other children

We give children the opportunity within lessons opportunities to work on their own and also in collaboration with other, on projects in two and three dimensions and on different scales. Children also have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources, including ICT.

Other opportunities for art and design:

Art and design club

 

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