Millbridge Junior Infant and Nursery School

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The curriculum at Millbridge is a broad and balanced programme of educational experiences, designed to equip our pupils with the skills and attitudes necessary to carry them into adult life, to become successful, happy and fulfilled citizens. The curriculum conforms to current National Curriculum requirements and uses a topic-based approach. We deliver some aspects of the curriculum through educational visits. 

The Early Years Curriculum
The Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) has its own curriculum, divided up into three prime areas: Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal Social and Emotional Development, and four specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. All of these aspects are taught through a topic-based approach, with a strong emphasis on learning through play (both indoor and outdoor based).

Key Stage 1 & 2 Curriculum
Classes follow the National Curriculum, divided up into subjects: English, Mathematics, Computing, Science, Design Technology, Art, History, Geography, Music, Languages and Physical Education. We also teach Religious Education and Personal/Social/Health and Citizenship Education to enable our pupils to become tolerant and responsible citizens of the future.

Millbridge follows a phonics-based approach to teaching children to read. Phonics is taught on a daily basis following the Letters and Sounds Synthetic Phonics Programme as the main approach. In Nursery children are taught listening skills and to tune into sounds generally. From Reception all children are taught to recognise and say phonemes (units of sound) and the corresponding graphemes (written letter/s) and then use them to blend and segment words for reading and writing. It is taught in a fun, multisensory way using songs and actions. Children are also taught ‘tricky’ words which do not follow the phonic rules. Phonics teaching is differentiated and taught through both whole class and group work to meet the needs of all children. This approach to teaching phonics continues through Key Stage 1 and into Key Stage 2.

We do not use one specific reading scheme in the early years, but use a range of books. The reading books are colour banded for different reading levels. The children also have access to a variety of other reading books. Each colour reading band includes a range of genres, authors and illustrations. Children are allowed to take these books home. Every child has a reading record so that parents and school can communicate about this essential life skill. Pupils are expected to read three times a week with an adult at home. The children read in Guided Reading groups led by an adult focusing on different reading skills. Follow up activities or discussions ensure they have understood what they are reading. Some children also have access both at home and school to Lexia, an online reading programme.

Our Maths lessons are heavily focused on number skills (place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), meaning that our children are equipped to access the other areas of the Mathematics curriculum. Once a week, each class covers specific problem solving strategies using a scheme called STOPS (Sequenced Teaching Of Problem Solving).

Spiritual, Moral and Social Guidance
Religious Education is an integral part of the curriculum. The lessons are based on Kirklees’ Agreed Syllabus. We aim to make our pupils aware of the variety of faiths represented in Kirklees. Pupils develop a respect for, and an understanding of, their own beliefs and the beliefs of others. We have a daily assembly, a focal point for meeting together as a school, key stage or class. Throughout the year every class leads assemblies, linked to religious festivals, which parents are invited to. We also recognise the need to value the spiritual dimension in pupils who have no particular religious faith.

Curriculum Letters
Half-termly curriculum letters are sent home and also uploaded to this section of our website.  These contain details of the curriculum to be studied, and ideas on how parents can support their children at home.  If parents require additional information, please feel free to ask your child's teacher.