Our New Curriculum
September 2019 is the start of developing our new curriculum at Maun Infant and Nursery School. Every child from Nursery through to Year Two is unique and our curriculum ensures we are constantly developing learning, mastery skills, resilience, confidence and perseverance. Although our curriculum is underpinned by the aims of the National Curriculum, there are other planned opportunities that make up the wider school curriculum, our ethos and values. Each project will start with a hook that engages and sparks curiosity amongst our children. The projects will include visits, visitors and performances which will bring all their learning together. We have developed three curriculum drivers that will shape our curriculum, bring out the aims and values of our school and respond to the particular needs of our school community. Our drivers are - growth, resilience and possibilities. Keep looking at the website to see how our curriculum develops over the year.
KS1 Curriculum Coverage Grids
The English curriculum is taught using a Talk for writing approach which, develops the children's writing skills and use of creative vocabulary. Alongside this the children have Rainbow Grammar lessons, phonics, spelling and handwriting. In Year 2 the children follow a spelling scheme - No Nonsense Spelling. Across school, children have daily English and guided reading sessions. Guided reading gives the children opportunities to develop their reading and comprehension skills. The children read quality books. They also have their own personal login to Bug Club. This allows the children to read appropriate book banded books assigned to them by their teacher on a tablet at home or school.
Phonics - learning through play
We always try to help you support your child at home with their learning. Spelling and grammar are given such high priority in the National Curriculum now, it is important for parents to be as 'clued up' as possible when it comes to supporting children with their writing. Here are some explanations which may help give some clarification:
Writing at Maun, the stages of writing, top tips!
Jason Wade Spelling Coffee Morning
Achieving Excellence in Handwriting
RE teaching at Maun follows the guidance of the Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Schools Agreed Curriculum for Religious Education (SACRE). The focus during Foundation Stage is on the Christian faith, with Christianity and Judaism both being taught during Key Stage 1. Children reflect on their own family beliefs and practices, and compare them with the beliefs and practices of these religions, as well as the stories and traditions of their holy books, the
Torah and the Bible. They also study festivals of these and other faiths as they occur through the year, including Christian Harvest Festival and Christmas, the Hindu festival of Diwali and the Chinese New Year.
Teaching is delivered through discussion, handling artefacts, art and crafts,
story telling and reading, drama, music, visits to places of worship and visitors to school.
The teaching respects at all times that children at our school come from a
variety of faith backgrounds, including those religions that are being taught and others, as well as agnostic and atheist viewpoints. We encourage and
value children’s access to this aspect of the curriculum, as we do with all our curriculum teaching, but parents and responsible adults do have the right to withdraw children from RE teaching if they wish to do so.“
SMSC at Maun
SMSC is the abbreviation for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. We promote these important areas with our everyday working, learning, playing and socialising together at school. SMSC helps children to develop a deeper understanding of the wider world, an understanding of themselves and empathy with others. It also enables children to take an active role in society and take responsibility for it.
Through our spiritual development at school we develop our self-esteem and early skills of critical thinking. We learn to be reflective about our own beliefs and develop respect for different faiths as we find out about faiths, feelings, and develop a fascination in learning about themselves, others and the wider world.
Through our moral development at school we learn to recognise the differences between right and wrong. We try to understand the consequences of our behaviour and actions and consider the viewpoints of others. We also learn to care for living things and the environment.
Through our social development at school we develop a range of social skills in different contexts. We foster an understanding of the British Values: democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Through our cultural development we start to develop an understanding and appreciation of a range of different cultures and a willingness to participate and respond to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities. We start to show respect for different faiths and begin to show tolerance for different religions, ethnicities and socio-economic groups.
Overview of SMSC curriculum
Spiritual curriculum content is highlighted in yellow.
Moral curriculum content is highlighted in green.
Social curriculum is highlighted in red.
Cultural curriculum is highlighted in blue.
Characters For Learning
Throughout school the children use different characters to help them become confident learners with 'go for it', positive attitudes. Each character has a red level, amber level and green level. They always try to aim for green!
At Maun Infant and Nursery school it is our aim to develop children's confidence, self-awareness, self-belief and self-esteem. By developing these skills it means the children develop insight, they are more resilient and able to respond to situations rather than react.
By taking part in the Take Five scheme the children learn different breathing exercises which they can use throughout their school day or at home to keep the calm and focused. Below are a few comments the children made about Take Five and how it helps them:
When we are in school ‘Take 5’ helps us to;
Happy, good, strong
Clears the brain
Stops you from talking
Calms you down
Ready to learn
The classroom feels calm
We don’t tell each other off for no reason
When I open my eyes after it looks lighter
Homework challenges are set every half term across FS and KS1. Each cohort sets various challenges linked to the learning that will take place throughout the half term period. The different challenges enable the children to share their skills in writing, art, Maths, DT, IT and have quality time with adult support at home. Each challenge is worth points and we challenge the children to aim for 30 points. Each half term we show the fantastic work at our Homework Showcases where school is open for families to come and look.
We always look forward to seeing all of your creative ideas.