At Middleton we want to ensure that all learning is given a context and that the children influence the content that is taught. We aim to teach through a cross curricular topic approach. This means the children can access a variety of learning opportunities that cover the National Curriculum subjects but are linked to one main topic. Some subjects may still be taught separately depending on their relevance to the topic and daily Maths lessons will still be taught with links made where relevant.
We aim for our topics to:
- Generate interest, curiosity and a thirst for learning
- Include real-life, practical and outdoor learning experiences
- Promote children’s independence and ability to take ownership of their learning
- Celebrate learning with a ‘launch’ at the start and a ‘celebration’ at the end of the topic which consolidates learning and is shared across the school community in different ways for example with exhibitions, performances, presentations, publications or sharing work online.
- Foster a love of literature through our book/author based topics
Rights Respecting School incorporating British values
We are a UNICEF Rights Respecting School. We have obtained our level 1 award and are waiting to hear about our level 2 accreditation. This means we place children’s rights and the ‘fundamental British values’ of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs at the heart of everything we do. These values are reflected in our policies, procedures and most importantly, our everyday practice at Middleton and are firmly embedded and valued within our school ethos.
Assessment is a key component in understanding where our children are at with their learning and where they next to go next. Thorough assessment for learning underpins all our teaching and interventions and helps to actively involve the children in understanding their own next steps.
We assess children in a variety of ways and believe that assessment is a tool that is done with the children and not to them! We work with the children to evaluate their own learning on a regular basis and where they can let us know how confident they are feeling about what they are learning: they can share if they need a further challenge or need more time to feel confident about an area of their learning.
We use FLiC (Framing Learning in the Classroom) on the iPads as an on-going record of how the children are moving through the National Curriculum. This builds an individual profile for each child of where their successes lie, where they may need to deepen their learning and where they may need more time to consolidate some learning. We use mini quizzes and tests on a half termly basis to verify our judgements of how children are learning and help to feed back into our planning and teaching sequences.
What we’ve been up to…
As we settle in for night 2 at Kingswood, we have shared our favourite moments. So far highlights include: raft building, zip wire and archery (oh and of course the food). We are looking forward to the climbing wall tomorrow. We have had lovely weather for the most part and are all happy and healthy. We will continue to send regular messages through marvellousme. We are looking forward to seeing you all Friday.
Our RRSA steering group has been busy. With UNICEF in mind, they have made a special video for the new school year.
Please find the link inside this post.
On Tuesday 25 July, we had a whole school picnic in Wollaton Park. We played cricket, football, parachute games, skipping ropes etc. The children particularly enjoyed meeting up with older siblings and other family members. Once again this annual event was a crowd-pleaser. A real sense of community could be felt as everyone came together to sit, chat and share. A big thank you to everyone who gave their time and support.