From September 2014 we will be following the new National Curriculum.
The National Curriculum sets out programmes of study for all key stages, showing the subject content that needs to be taught to all pupils.
We use this to write our own curriculum map for each class to ensure there is progression and diversity as the children move through the school.
It is important that we devise a curriculum which:
• promotes the spiritual, social, moral, and cultural, development of pupils at the school. We also ensure that there are many global links to represent the World that we live in.
• prepares pupils at the school for their future lives by providing opportunities to take responsibilities and experiences of later life
To see the curriculum map for each class please click on the relevant link below...
Subject Specific Areas
Our curriculum documents have been created by the staff team at Mary Exton Primary School. Reference has been made to the specific knowledge and skills required within the National Curriculum (September 2014) in addition to carefully thought out content that provides a broad and balanced curriculum. Throughout our curriculum we seek to teach and instill the core British values of: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and cultures.
Find out more: Mary Extons' British Values
Teachers will seek to deliver a curriculum in a cross-curricular way where opportunities to link subjects will be sought and where pupil interest will guide the strands of study.
Reading is taught through a synthetic phonics approach using letters and sounds. Guided reading takes place in Key Stage 2 and any children still requiring phonics support are targeted.
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling.
Topics run across a two year rotation with joint year groups working together as follows:
Year 1 and 2
Year 3 and 4
Year 5 and 6
Please click on the links below to view curriculum overviews for each subject:
Core subject overviews. We follow the assessment schemes supported by the Hertfordshire Assessment Team.
Within literacy we follow the Herts for Learning suggested long-term overview. We teach a range of fiction and non-fiction genres.
On entry to Mary Exton in September our reception class will continue to use the EYFS curriculum. The EYFS uses the term Learning and Development to describe seven areas of learning. These are all related to each other; however they are divided into Prime and Specific Areas.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Playing and exploring: children investigate and experience things and ‘have a go’;
Active learning: children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements;
Creating and thinking critically: children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.
Together with the Prime and Specific areas these comprise the knowledge, skills and experiences that are developmentally appropriate for children from birth to 5 years. Underpinning all areas are the EYFS Principles.
For further information please click on the link: EYFS Parents Guide (PDF)
To view how the school uses Sport Premium funding please click here.
We ensure that children's learning is enhanced by educational visits. These have included:
Shepreth Wildlife Park
Black Country Museum
The National Space Centre
Hatfield House Living History Experience
Visiting North Herts College
We also offer opportunities for the school choir to perform externally :
Milford Lodge residential home
Royal Albert Hall
In addition all children have the opportunity to participate in classroom assemblies and productions. We also participate in local events such as the 'Christmas Tree Festival' and 'Smile'.
We also celebrate external achievements such as music grade accomplishments and personal achievements in their after school clubs.