Our aim is to make Middleton’s Curriculum as exciting, engaging, relevant and creative as we possibly can. We are proud to be an UNICEF ‘Rights Respecting’ school and promote these principles in all our interactions and throughout all our curriculum.
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.
We aim for our topics to:
- Generate interest, curiosity and a thirst for learning
- Foster a love of literature through our book/author based topics
- Include real-life, practical and outdoor learning experiences
- Promote children’s independence and ability to take ownership of their learning
- Create opportunities to link with our RRSA and International Schools work
- 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
- Actively encourage healthy lifestyles, fitness, exercise and choices
Daily Maths lessons are taught from the ‘Maths No Problem’ mastery philosophy. This is an evidence-based approach to teaching maths that develops children’s mathematical fluency without resorting to rote learning. This enables pupils to develop a deep, long-term and adaptable understanding of maths at a slower pace which results in greater progress.
Rights Respecting School incorporating British values
We are a Level 2 UNICEF Rights Respecting School. This means we place children’s rights and the ‘fundamental British values’ of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and celebration 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. We reflect and talk about these values and makes links to what is happening in the world around us. We emphasise the importance of our voice in shaping the future.
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…
Last week 12 pupils had a fun day out at the Tennis Centre. Mark Dennison ,from BBC Radio Nottingham, interviewed some of them. Here is the Podcast:
Our RRSA steering group children were invited to be involved in a special fundraising event to help our sister school in Togo. The students organising this event were inspired by our RRSA group’s workshop on Children’s Rights in December 2017 and as a result wanted to help promote RRSA in the University. The fundraising event took place at the University, where we helped to sell cakes, tombola tickets and distribute leaflets about UNICEF and our sister school in Togo. We were also given a tour of the university and had a competition to design a university .Thanks to our students we helped to raised £100.83 . We had a fantastic day and returned to school with treats provided by the students and their tutor Fiona Hunter.