Curriculum

English

Developing good language skills is essential for all children as it enables them to unlock all the other areas of the curriculum.

Through our literacy lessons, we teach our pupils skills which will enable them to:

  • Convey meaning clearly and accurately through speech.
  • Listen with concentration and understanding
  • Read fluently and accurately with understanding and enjoyment
  • Write with interest and imagination in a variety of styles
  • Acquire a high standard of spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Learn how to acquire information and knowledge from written material and other sources

Whilst these skills are taught within planned literacy lessons, they are skills that are embedded in all areas of the curriculum.

At Mayville, we promote reading for pleasure and actively encourage pupils to read a variety of texts both within school and at home. We work collaboratively with our parents, asking them to listen to their children read at home on a regular basis. Our pupils have a weekly library session in our vibrant school library. Our younger pupils also visit our local community library on a regular basis.

To promote reading further, we have an annual ‘Book Week’ based around a specific genre of writing. This week includes a mixture of art, drama and writing activities that are planned to inspire pupils to broaden their reading choices. As well as this, we have visits from famous children’s authors and we take part in days such as World Book Day and Roald Dahl Day.

At the start of our pupils’ reading and writing journey we use the Read, Write Inc scheme to teach phonics. A good understanding of phonics enables pupils to become fluent readers, accurate spellers and more willing writers. 

We believe that it is important for children to have the confidence and self-belief to speak in front of others. We promote the development of speaking and listening by giving pupils plenty of opportunity to take part in drama related activities. This could be done discreetly within any lesson or more specifically during a timetabled drama session. Pupils also deliver assemblies to the school and to parents. Pupils also take part in productions including Christmas plays and Junior Rock Challenge.


Mathematics

“Mathematics introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum. It helps children make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them, offers ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and makes a crucial contribution to their development as successful learners.”

Mathematics in the Primary Curriculum by Sage Publications

In light of this statement, it is our aim is to help children develop into confident mathematicians who are able to use mathematics as a tool in a wide range of activities both in and out of school.

The mathematics curriculum encourages mastery of basic principles that underpin the subject.

Our pupils should:

  • Have a well-developed sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system
  • Know by heart age appropriate number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves
  • Use what they know by heart to figure out numbers mentally
  • Calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and in writing and paper, drawing on a range of calculation strategies
  • Recognise when it is appropriate to use a calculator and be able to do so effectively
  • Make sense of number problems, including non-routine/’real’ problems and identify the operations needed to solve them
  • Explain their methods and reasoning, using correct mathematical terms
  • Judge whether their answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them where necessary
  • Suggest suitable units for measuring and make sensible estimates of measurements
  • Explain and make predictions from the numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables
  • Develop spatial awareness and an understanding of the properties of 2D and 3D shapes

Our mathematics curriculum is delivered using a variety of methods and resources. Pupils in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 use resources from the Abacus scheme. Practical maths is encouraged and is used to explore number concepts. Learning outside the classroom is used where possible and enables our pupils to see mathematical principles in a real life context. 


Science

Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies their curiosity with knowledge. As science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels. Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. Through science, pupils understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change – impacting on industry, business and medicine and improving the quality of life. They learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.

During their time in Key Stage 1, our pupils receive two science lessons each week. During these lessons, pupils observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and physical phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. They begin to evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. They share ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables with the help of ICT if it is appropriate. Where possible, cross curricular links are made with other curriculum subjects, enabling pupils to understand the place of science in the wider world. 

At Key Stage 2 pupils learn about a wider range of living things, materials and physical phenomena. They make links between ideas and explain things using simple models and theories. They apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health. They think about the effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and in other contexts. They carry out more systematic investigations, working on their own and with others. They use a range of reference sources in their work. They talk about their work and its significance, using a wide range of scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts, graphs and ICT to communicate their ideas.


Religious Education

We are a school that is built on the foundations of traditional Christian values and this is reflected in our religious education curriculum. Pupils are taught about the life and teachings of Jesus and the place of Christianity in society. We also believe that it is very important for pupils to have understanding, tolerance and respect for other religions, so our programme of study involves looking at all main religions, making comparisons between them. 

Through timetabled lessons, school assemblies and PSHE sessions we ain to:

  • Promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils
  • Prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
  • Encourage pupils to respect self, others and the natural world
  • Encourage pupils to appreciate diversity and variety in religion and cultures
  • Encourage pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions, while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning
  • Challenge pupils to reflect on, consider, analyse, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their responses

Physical Education

Sport plays an integral part in the day to day lives of pupils at Mayville. Through an extensive range of sports, pupils are given opportunities to develop their skills and techniques as well as their ability to work as part of a team. Taking part in sport not only encourages pupils to lead a healthy life, but it also promotes the importance of respect, fair play, determination and cooperation. Pupils in the Pre-Prep and Junior departments receive three timetabled P.E lessons each week. 

Sports taught to the boys during their time in Pre-Prep and Juniors include: ball skills, football, rugby, badminton, basketball, cricket, swimming, athletics and table tennis. Girls are given the opportunity to learn: gymnastics, dance, ball skills, netball, hockey, badminton, rounders, swimming and athletics .

In addition to their weekly P.E lessons, all pupils take part in a number of inter-house sports events throughout the year, giving all pupils the opportunity to take part in competitive sport. As well as inter-house events in many of the sports listed above, there are also the exciting occasions of sports day and the cross country and swimming gala (for Junior pupils.)

During their time in the Junior school, pupils will also have the chance to represent their school, competing against other schools in a mixture of leagues, tournaments and friendly fixtures.

Sport plays an important part in the all-round development of children. At Mayville, all pupils , whatever their sporting ability, will have the chance to play, learn, develop and have fun.


Creative Arts

We believe that the arts are a fundamental part of the curriculum and define the arts as music, dance, drama and art. We believe that the arts offer opportunities for the children to explore, express and communicate their feelings whilst gaining experiences of the wider world. By offering our pupils a rich, broad based creative arts curriculum, we hope to build pupils’ personal development through developing their self-belief and confidence, and by unlocking, nurturing and celebrating their growing skills and talents.

Key Stage One

  • Weekly assemblies (including singing)
  • Christmas production 
  • Art is taught weekly
  • Pupils have a timetabled music and choir lessons 
  • Drama is taught primarily as part of literacy with extra drama-based activities incorporated into other areas of the curriculum
  • Creative arts days
  • Visiting theatre groups/artists/musicians

Key Stage Two

  • Weekly assemblies (singing)
  • Religious assemblies/festivals involving drama, music, poetry, and art
  • Art is taught weekly 
  • Pupils have a timetabled weekly music lesson
  • Weekly dance lessons for girls
  • Drama is taught primarily as part of literacy with extra drama-based activities until year 5 and 6 when pupils have a weekly timetabled drama lesson
  • Creative arts days
  • Peripatetic music teaching of a variety of string, woodwind and brass instruments
  • Regular arts activities and performances for school, parents and the wider community

Extra-curricular activities during the year:

  • Whole-school assemblies with performance content
  • Parents’ assemblies with performance content
  • Christmas show
  • Mini concerts
  • Prize Giving performances
  • Performances in the local community
  • Workshops by visiting musicians/artists/theatre groups
  • Art, dance, drama and orchestra after school clubs

Humanities

The fundamental aim of the study of Humanities is to help our pupils develop an understanding of their own lives and the world in which they live. This is achieved through the study of individuals, societies, cultures, and the environment.


Geography

  • Knowledge and understanding of places – Pupils develop their    sense of identity through learning about their locality and the wider world.
  • Knowledge and understanding of patterns and     processes – Pupils recognise and explain selected physical     and human processes.
  • Knowledge and understanding of environmental relationships    and issues –Pupils describe how people damage    or improve the environment (sustainable development).
  • Develop geographical    skills and vocabulary necessary    to carry    out effective geographical enquiry.

History

  • Knowledge and understanding of chronology — pupils recognise that the past can be divided into periods of time
  • Develop a range and depth of historical knowledge and understanding — pupils develop factual knowledge of events, people, periods of time, and changes in the past

In both of these subjects, pupils will use key skills to gain knowledge:

  • Undertaking investigations and enquiries, using various methods, media and sources
  • Comparing, interpreting, and analysing different types of evidence from a range of sources
  • present and communicate findings in a range of ways and develop arguments and explanations using appropriate specialist vocabulary and techniques
  • Considering, responding to, and debating alternative viewpoints

History and geography lessons are taught on a weekly basis. Pupils are given access to a wide range of resources to enhance their learning within the classroom. The school is placed in an enviable location, close to many museums, sites of historical interest and natural geographical areas and educational trips are planned to complement the work done within the class. 


Languages

Languages are introduced to our pupils at a very young age. French is taught to all of our pupils, from the age of two, by specialist language teachers.