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Our Creative Curriculum

Curriculum Statement of Intent

Our aim is to nurture and educate children ‘towards a better life’ by providing a richly inspiring curriculum, suitable for all. They will be motivated by their school experience to achieve their personal potential, in readiness for the next chapter in their lives. We challenge children to strive for academic, creative, sporting and personal accomplishment within a broad and balanced curriculum. Our twelve core Values underpin everything we do within our inclusive school, where diversity is celebrated and children are taught to be members of the local, national and international community.

In a fast-paced world, we believe in nurturing happiness, resilience and success in children.

Our school motto is Ad Aevum Meliorum, translated as Towards a Better Life.

For more information, please go to the Our History section of the website.

British Values

At Maulden Lower School we recognise our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE and PSHE lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. Children embrace these concepts with enthusiasm and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.

Phonics and Reading

Pupils in Early Years and KS1 are taught Phonics daily and children in all year groups read regularly to their class teacher and teaching assistants in school during the daily Reading Half Hour.  Phonics is taught using the Read Write Inc scheme.  Further details can be found in the Curriculum section of our website, under English.  The Reading schemes we use include Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Rockets and Collins Big Cat. 

Early Years Curriculum in our Nursery and Reception Classes

At Maulden Lower School, we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2017. Within this, there are 7 areas of learning and development:

Prime Areas

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Each of these areas is broken down into smaller steps and age ranges from birth to the end of the Reception Year, where children are expected to meet the Early Learning Goals. For more information, please see the Development Matters document and the What to Expect When parent guide.

 

Curriculum in our Year 1-Year 4 Classes

At Maulden Lower School, we follow the National Curriculum in England 2014. The Key Stage One Programmes of Study apply to Year 1 and 2. They Key Stage Two Programmes of Study apply to Years 3 and 4 and continue into Years 5 and 6 at Middle School.

We cover the following subjects using a creative, topic-based approach to learning:

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science

Foundation Subjects

  • Computing
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Design Technology (DT)
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Languages (KS2 only)

Statutory Subjects covered by an Agreed Syllabus

  • Religious Education (RE)

Non-statutory Subjects

  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

Each of these subjects are explored in further detail in the Curriculum section of our website. Should you have any questions about what your child will be learning, please contact the class teacher.

For examples of weekly timetables, please click on the following links:    Early Years    Year 1    Year 2    Year 3    Year 4 

For more information about our topics and to download termly curriculum overviews, please click here to visit the Our Classes section of the website.