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The Curriculum at Mulberry

Curriculum Intent

 The main purpose of the curriculum is to ensure children think in more powerful ways.  Building long term memory makes the short term memory more powerful.  That is why curriculum matters.

Dylan Williams

At the Mulberry the key driver for our curriculum is possibilities, we aim to provide rich learning opportunities that lift children out of their own experiences and expose them to a range of possibilities for their future.

The curriculum links to our community and local history wherever possible whilst also giving children a global view and the chance to celebrate the diverse heritage in our school. Our fundamental aim is to create independent, ambitious learners who understand the possibilities ahead of them and what it takes to achieve.

The Mulberry curriculum is ambitious, knowledge rich and carefully constructed to meet the needs of our children. Reading is at the heart of our curriculum and underpins everything we do, because we know it guarantees our children leave with the best possible start. We teach ambitious vocabulary throughout all subjects and use structured talk stems to develop their language skills alongside powerful knowledge acquisition.

A rigorous start to reading begins with phonics, which we deliver through ‘Letters and Sounds’, beginning children on phase one in Nursery and aiming for all children to reach phase five by the end of year two. Children are expected to apply their phonic knowledge throughout the curriculum and embed their reading skills through phonetically matched home reading books.

Our whole class reading texts are mapped progressively and link to the wider curriculum when appropriate. 

The teaching of reading is delivered through ‘Daily Supported Reading’ in reception and key stage one, moving to ‘Destination Reader’ when children are ready in year three. Our whole class reading texts are mapped progressively and link to the wider curriculum when appropriate. New arrivals to the school are supported with rigorous phonics intervention and decodable reading books.

Our whole school approach to writing is delivered through ‘Talk for Writing’ as we know that children, particularly in their younger years, cannot write what they cannot say. Rich text selection allows children to continue embedding their reading skills whilst building an understanding of genre and themes.

Mathematics teaching follows a mastery approach with an emphasis on going deeper rather then moving on to new content too quickly. Reading is again emphasised by the use of stem sentences giving children the structure to reason, problem solve and explore mathematical concepts.

In our foundation subjects, we plan progression and build schema for our children. Knowledge is delivered in a coherent manner and regular retrieval practice is used to check transferral to long-term memory, allowing teachers to address any gaps and give children the opportunity to correct their misconceptions. We use quality texts and stories to bring the learning to life and embed subject specific vocabulary. The curriculum encourages children to make connections, predict outcomes and develop an enquiring mind whilst providing the cultural capital to enable children to move confidently through their path to success in modern Britain.

Reading Intent

A reading spine of children’s literature recommended by The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education signposts teachers to rich, challenging, high quality texts.

These books are read to and with children in English lessons, reading lessons and during whole class story time.

Cross-curricular links are made wherever possible and children write for different purposes.

All children in the Early Years Foundation Stage and key stage one are taught phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme. This then continues in key stage two as necessary through support for spelling and in grammar lessons.

1-2-1 reading, paired reading, guided reading, Daily Supported Reading and Destination Reader are used throughout the school to develop children’s fluency and comprehension skills, as well as a to foster a love of reading.

All classes have additional time outside the English lesson for spoken language, handwriting, spelling, grammar, reading, writing, and listening to stories.

Parents are involved in reading workshops, family phonics, book fairs, special reading events such as our ‘Big Bookie Breakfast’ and through home school reading.

The Foundation Stage

EYFS Policy

The Curriculum