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At Milldene Primary School we aim to widen the perspective that children arrive with, through offering a broad, balanced curriculum. This curriculum is linked through work on topics and the development of cross-curricular links, with first hand experience whenever possible.  We invite specialists and members of the local community into the school to enhance the curriculum.  English, Mathematics, Science and Computing remain core subjects and are taught more regularly than the foundation subjects.

We hold curricular weeks or days, which promote creativity and unite the school with a common theme. The involvement of parents in both the work of the school and in sharing the outcomes is an important feature of these weeks.

We also use school visits and visitors as a way of providing interest and stimulus and extension for the curriculum. Each class has either a visit out of school or a visitor into school each term. A wide variety of activities are arranged for the children - ranging from a trip to the Science Museum, wildlife centre or Saxon Village, to hatching chicks in the classroom.

In computing, we have improved staff knowledge and children's experiences and have a bank of laptops that Key Stage 2 use regularly to enhance their learning.

We use Accelerated Reader in KS2 as a way of grading books so that children are reading at an appropriate level.

We use a range of colour banded books in KS1, with books from the ranges published by Collins Big Cat and Oxford Reading Tree. You can read about how the school uses this system here: Open PDF

For phonics in KS1 we use Letterland and Phonics Play which are vehicles to enrich the Letters and Sounds approach.

From Year Two onwards, we use Read Write Inc. as an intervention for children who need extra support with phonics and reading for meaning.  We use precision teaching and Phonics Play plans for further individual and small group support.

You can read about the school's approach to reading fluency here: Open PDF

We are working to develop the four main transitional stages so that children progress smoothly in their learning and development:

1. Home/pre-school provision to Reception.  There are visits to our setting by children from Milldene Playgroup and we are looking to develop further our liaison with other pre-school providers in the locality. Prospective parents and their children are invited into school for a variety of induction events to ensure an easy transition from home to school.

2. Foundation Stage to Year 1.  The teachers of the Foundation class and Year 1 plan together for the end of the summer term of Reception and for the beginning of the autumn term for Year 1.

3. Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2.  The Year 2 and 3 classes combine for some activities during the summer term and there is liaison between the teachers.

4. Year 6 to Year 7 (secondary education).  Visits are arranged to local secondary schools for Year 6 pupils. Children with Special Educational Needs are taken to their new school to meet the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and the Learning Support Assistants who will be working with them.