We follow the Statutory National Curriculum September 2014.
We believe that alongside these statutory requirements it is also important for children to be taught skills to equip them to be lifelong learners. We actively develop thinking, questioning, problem solving and creative skills. Children are encouraged to become independent learners, be decisive and confident in the decisions they make, be good citizens who can develop healthy and positive relationships with others and remain healthy and resilient. Class teachers will send termly letters to keep you informed of the topics that children will be covering that term and ways in which you can help them and join in with us.
Through our enquiry based curriculum we aim to motivate and inspire children. Each enquiry topic for Autumn and Spring is based around a half termly History or Geography based theme. All other subjects are linked to this theme wherever possible. Literacy is based around books linked to the enquiry theme too. Summer 1 is a whole school enquiry topic based around keeping ourselves healthy and safe. In summer 2 each class chooses a book as the focus for their learning. Maths is taught daily following the principles of the mastery curriculum. In Key stage 1 children access a daily fluency session in addition to the maths lesson. In KS2 children access a fluency session 2 times per week. English is taught daily. Literacy is based around quality texts linked to the enquiry topic. In KS1 and EYFS children access a daily phonics session and guided reading sessions. Grammar, spelling, guided reading and close reading are taught in addition to English lessons in KS2.
Learning isn’t always confined to indoors. We are fortunate to have a large field, our own woods, an allotment, an outdoor traverse climbing wall and a trim trail. Each class has their own garden. In other words lots of outdoor learning, adventurous activities, opportunities and experiences happen here at Melbury. We believe that play and exploration through the natural environment not only enhances children’s learning but also helps them become aware of the beauty and fragility of their local and global environment. Our Learning Outside the Classroom Silver award is currently pending. We have achieved our Silver Geography award in July 2018.
We place a strong emphasis on 'the arts' in all its forms to enhance children's experiences and develop creativity. We are an Arts Mark school and are working towards the platinum standard.
Real experiences help to deepen children’s understanding of things. We try to organise as many enriching activities such as trips, visitors in school, theatre companies, musical events and storytellers etc. to support our curriculum.
Phonics and Reading
We use Nottingham City CLLD Letters and Sounds and 'Phonics Play' resources to teach phonics in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. We use a variety of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree. All books in school are banded appropriately to support learners. In KS2 children have a 50 book challenge each year to support reading and promote a love of books and stories.
Religious Education is taught with reference to the agreed syllabus for Nottingham, maintaining broadly Christian perspectives whilst reflecting the different backgrounds and faiths of our school community. Parents have the right to withdraw a child from religious education and collective worship in accordance with section 9 of the 1988 Education Act.
Health, Sex and Drugs Education
The school follows guidelines set by the local authority and the requirements contained in Circular 5/95 for the Department for Education.
We have accreditation in the drugs and physical activity strand as part of our Healthy School’s Award. We are a Drug Aware school and have signed the Nottingham RSE (relationships and sex) charter.
If you would like any further information regarding our curriculum, please contact the school office by telephone 0115 9155787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.