Curriculum


Detailed curriculum coverage can be found in Topic Maps under the Children, Classes pages of the website

 

Morton Primary School Curriculum Intent

At Morton Primary School our evolving curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers.

Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our school community.

The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values.

We aim to do this by giving our children the ability to develop changes in their long term memory.

The progress of our children is built on them:

  • Knowing more.
  • Remembering more.
  • Being able to do more.

We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that childhood should be happy and investigative at an enquiring time in their lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.  

Community involvement is an essential part of our children’s lives and we celebrate local traditions and enable the children to take an active role in events throughout the year.

How we plan to enhance the curriculum experiences for our children at Morton Primary School.

At Morton we believe that by offering our children a variety of different curriculum experiences we can enhance the leaching and learning that takes place at school.

This academic year we have planned a number of these experiences:

  • Performing Hamlet an abridged performance at Mansfield Palace Theatre in conjunction with Shakespeare for Schools
  • Often Festival an outreach participatory arts programme in conjunction with Platform Thirty 1
  • Pinocchio by Image Theatre Company (in school)
  • JS Lowry Museum visit
  • Millennium Gallery visit
  • Derby Museum visit
  • Djemba Drumming workshops and performance (two classes)
  • Mosaic design competition followed by mosaic making workshops to produce a whole school mosaic
  • Keyboard (peripatetic music teacher)
  • Dance festival - Bolsover District School Sports Partnership for Primary and Secondary Schools
  • African Art and Dance workshops
  • Christmas Pantomime at Mansfield Palace Theatre
  • Christmas Nativity Performance – Key Stage 1
  • Christmas Carol Concert – Key Stage 2
  • Young Voices performance at Sheffield Arena
  • Matlock Farm Park visit
  • Toy Museum visit
  • Lea Green residential visit
  • Space Centre visit
  • Block of Forest School for outdoor learning
  • After School Choir
  • After School Sports Club
  • Cluster, District and County Sports Competitions.

As well as the above experiences each child will  produce their own piece of Artwork on a canvas to be shared with parents, carers and visitors during a special Arts celebration afternoon.

Children leave Morton Primary with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.

Our curriculum is planned to:

  • prepare children for an ever changing world where they can be responsible citizens
  • allow the children to build knowledge and skills and to be able to apply these skills to solve problems in a variety of situations
  • provide opportunities for children to be creative and develop their own ideas and allow children to become independent, resilient learners
  • develop cultural capital by providing opportunities outside the classroom environment and build a knowledge and understanding of these new experiences
  • enable children to lead a fulfilling and healthy lifestyle through PSHE
  • provide opportunities for outdoor learning and fieldwork
  • be flexible and allow us to respond to personal, local and national events through weekly assemblies and First News articles

The organisation of our curriculum reflects new expectations and changes to areas of learning. It prepares pupils by giving them lots of opportunities and experiences to prepare them for life in Modern Britain; through developing pupils’ independent learning and enquiry skills. 

Some subjects like PE will be taught as discreet lessons and are not always able to be a taught within a topic but links are made where possible.

Teaching of Religious Education follows the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Within RE lessons, as well as in other subjects where relevant, pupils are taught about the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of others with different faiths and beliefs. 

Our creative Curriculum Maps provide a broad and balanced and exciting curriculum that sees pupils learning a wider set of skills. Each Curriculum Map is broken down into a 2 year cycle to reflect our current school organisation of mixed year classes. 

At Morton Primary School we embrace the changes made to the National Curriculum introduced in 2014 and this is built into our 2 year cycle of learning through our creative curriculum.

A parents guide to the National Curriculum can be found here https://www.risingstars-uk.com/media/Rising-Stars/Other/The-new-NC-in-English-Primary-schools-A-guide-for-parents.pdf?ext=.pdf

 

Morton Primary School Curriculum Topic Maps Overview of 2 Year Cycle

2019-2020

Class 1

 

Super Me

 

 

Blast Off

 

Fire and Ice

 

Fairy Tales

 

On the Farm

 

Pirates

Visits planned incorporating Cultural Capital & Artsmark:

Pinocchio (in school), Millennium Gallery, X-Mas Pantomime Mansfield Palace Theatre, Matlock Farm Park TBC, Block of Forest School Autumn Term.

Class 2

 

Flash ‘n’ Crash

 

Light and Sound

 

It’s a Baby!

 

Living Things and Growing

 

 

Up There, Down Here.

 

Seasons, Time and Landscapes.

 

All Mixed Up!

 

Materials for Different Purposes.

Visits planned incorporating Cultural Capital & Artsmark:

Pinocchio (in school), Derby Museum, X-Mas Pantomime Mansfield Palace Theatre, Toy Museum TBC, Block of Forest School Autumn Term.

Class 3

 

Day and Night I Feel The Earth Move

 

UK

 

 

Materialistic (Materials) and Sound

 

Anglo Saxon and Viking.

 

Rumble in the Jungle.

 

Cycles of Life (Rainforest)

 

It’s Getting Hot in Here

 

Seaside (Victorians)

Visits planned incorporating Cultural Capital & Artsmark:

Pinocchio (in school), Often Festival, JS Lowry Museum, , X-Mas Pantomime Mansfield Palace Theatre, Lea Green residential, Block of Forest School Spring Term.

Class 4

 

Survival of the Fittest

 

Hamlet vs The Lion King

 

 

Spinning in Circles

 

Space

 

 

There and Back Again

 

WW

 

Our Bodies

 

 

Make it Spark

Visits planned incorporating Cultural Capital & Artsmark:

Pinocchio (in school), Millennium Gallery, Lea Green residential, Shakespeare for Schools Hamlet abridged performance at Mansfield Palace Theatre, X-Mas Pantomime Mansfield Palace Theatre, Space Centre TBC, Block of Forest School Summer Term.

                         

 

Morton Primary School Curriculum Topic Maps Overview of 2 Year Cycle

2020-2021

Class 1

 

Woodland

 

 

Toy Story

 

Marvellous Machines

 

 

Around the World

 

Plant a little seed

 

Mini Beast Madness

Visits planned incorporating Cultural Capital & Artsmark:

To be confirmed

Class 2

 

Creature Features

Animals and Environments

 

 

Push Me Pull You!

Forces

 

All change

Changing Materials

 

The Earth Has It.

Earth’s Natural Resources

Visits planned incorporating Cultural Capital & Artsmark:

To be confirmed

Class 3

Surface Changes

 

Rocks and Soils

 

Egyptians

 

A Matter of Change

 

Weather, Rivers and The Water Cycle

Forces Near and Far

 

The Romans

It’s Alive

 

Animals around the World

Visits planned incorporating Cultural Capital & Artsmark:

To be confirmed

Class 4

 

Extreme Weather

 

Ancient Greece

 

Harry Potter

 

Transport

 

Our Bodies

 

Mayan Civilisation

Visits planned incorporating Cultural Capital & Artsmark:

To be confirmed