Our curriculum is based around the National Curriculum 2014.
The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.
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Leaflets showing National Curriculum Objectives for Each Year Group
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Please click on the link (picture below) to see how your child can prepare for their KS2 mathematics SATs whether they are in Year 5 or 6. For Year 6, there are topic boosters and past papers with video tutorials to help target specific weaknesses. For Year 5, there is a mini-maths (less than 5 minute) video for every day of the year to help establish a daily routine and thinking-outside-the-box puzzles. The resources can be used on PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones via the website.
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YouTube help buttons for every question!
Art and Design
At Mill Hill we believe that:
- A high quality art education provides the specific skills in a variety of themes and through studying a range of artists and art movements/styles.
- Art inspires children, developing their knowledge and understanding, and curiosity about inspirational artists and artwork.
- Art enables children to develop techniques and a range of skills.
At Mill Hill, Art and Design is planned carefully to allow children from Foundation stage up to Year 6, exposure to a range of knowledge and skills, building and mastering techniques so by the end of their time with us, will be confident in drawing, painting, sculpture and other forms of art and design techniques. End of year expectations and detailed progression maps for the whole school support accurate assessment in art and ensure a dynamic and exciting curriculum is offered.
Techniques on a page
At Mill Hill Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about the British Values as directed under Ofsted guidance, September 2014:
‘ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain’
British Values are defined as
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
We aim to actively promote British Values through our assemblies, whole school systems and structures, such as electing and running a School Council. We also promote the British values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes opportunities for exploring these values.
Children, parents and staff have many opportunities for their voices to be heard at our school. Democracy is central to how we operate – we are proud to be a Community Primary School and see ourselves as being central to our community.
Rule of law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those govern the class, the school or the country are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices at our school, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we provide opportunities for our children to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe and planned curriculum.
At Mill Hill we show respect to each other regardless of any differences. Different cultural events take place throughout the school year encouraging children to learn about and show respect for different cultures.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
At Mill Hill we aim to enhance pupils’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society through a range of experiences.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology teaches pupils how to work logically, researching, exploring, creating and evaluating. Projects in each year group focus on developing the pupils’ problem solving skills alongside promoting creative thinking. Key knowledge and skills are developed through giving pupils opportunity to research, design, make and evaluate. Pupils develop an understanding of the role design and technology plays both in our society and globally.
Each year group completes 3 projects during the year, one which focuses on cooking and nutrition. Projects are planned around the 3 p’s principle – a product for a person with a purpose. Key knowledge and skills for each year group are identified and pupils are assessed in relation to these at the end of each project. Skills include cutting, joining, assembling and shaping.
English plays an important part in the social and personal development of children. We teach our pupils to read, write, speak and listen so as to promote not only enjoyment but also a sense of achievement. We give our children opportunities to develop all their language skills through narratives, poetry, non-fiction and plays amongst other genres.
We provide a large and varied selection of books in the class and school library. We actively encourage parents to support the child’s reading at home, making reading pleasurable and free from pressure.
Phonics and Reading
In Reception we will teach your child to read using phonics. This is where the children learn the sounds each letter makes and blend these together to make words. In school we have just moved onto using the validated scheme ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised’ and are rolling this out through Summer Term 2022 for a full launch in September 2022. For more information on how this scheme works click on this link for resources for parents https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/
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At Mill Hill we believe that:
- A high quality geography education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the knowledge of location, interactions and development.
- Geography inspires children, developing their sense of excitement and curiosity about the world around them.
- Geography enables children to develop an essential range of skills that are useful across all learning.
At Mill Hill, pupils explore the 4 areas of the Geography curriculum, applying and building on previous learning each year.
- Location knowledge
Pupils learn about the local area and beyond, including the United Kingdom, Europe and North and South America. Pupils find out about continents, oceans, countries and major cities, as well as human and physical characteristics; and how some of these aspects have changed over time. Pupils identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones.
- Place knowledge
Pupils explore the similarities and differences of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom, a region in a European country, and a region within North or South America.
- Human and physical geography
Pupils learn about key physical characteristics, including: climate zones, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and the water cycle, as well as human characteristics, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.
- Geographical skills and fieldwork
Pupils use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features. They use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and wider world. Pupils use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local areas using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.
How does Geography link to British Values?
The British values and the Spiritual, Moral and Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) form an integral part of the Geography Curriculum. Each pupil has the opportunity to learn about different cultures and reflect on their learning. Pupils develop an awareness of different cultures and cultivates tolerance. It sparks a love of learning and deep critical and creative thinking. The Geography curriculum allows children to think responsibly about how they impact the world around them. It allows teamwork and build resilience through a range of activities.
Individual liberty – Pupils are given the opportunity to explore issues surrounding human rights, e.g. Fairtrade
Mutual respect and tolerance – Pupils develop an understanding and respect for different cultures through our studies of place and people.
At Mill Hill we believe that:
- A high quality history education provides the foundation for understanding the influences on shaping the modern world.
- History inspires children, developing their sense of excitement and curiosity about all worldwide current and past events
- History enables children to develop an essential range of skills that are useful across all learning.
ICT / Computer
At Mill Hill we believe teaching computing to a high quality allows pupils to work using logical thinking and problem-solving skills. It develops pupils’ ability for a particular purpose, and also to use technology in other areas of the curriculum and in the wider world. E-Safety gives the children opportunities improves pupils’ understanding of the risks involved in using the internet
Pupils will explore the three areas of the computing curriculum:
DIGITAL LITERACY (including e-safety) – evaluating digital content, using technology safely, respectfully and responsibly and identifying a range of ways to report concerns.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY – using technology to create, manipulate and retrieve digital content and present data and information.
COMPUTER SCIENCE – design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals
Links to British Values
Computing allows children to develop respect and tolerance in exploring and appreciating other opinions and cultures via the internet. Collaborative learning provides opportunities to express democratic principles, innovative thinking and problem-solving.
The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practise with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately;
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language;
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
We aim to place investigations, problem solving and reasoning skills at the heart of our mathematics teaching. The expectation is that all children welcome challenge, can link mathematical topics to each other and build a strong understanding of the relationships between them.
Through careful assessment, planning and preparation we aim to ensure that all children progress once the basic concept is understood. All children are given the opportunity to use concrete manipulatives to enhance their understanding of each mathematical concept, they will then be asked to create or show examples of how this could look pictorially. This ensures that all children can make clear links between concepts and can see what is happening, the changes that have taken place and the outcomes of that method. Those who grasp new material quickly will be able to access a range of fluency challenges leading onto rich problem solving and reasoning tasks.
Show: Children will use manipulatives to show understanding of a question or concept. They will then move along the working wall at their own pace as follows.
Do: Children will demonstrate their understanding of a concept using manipulatives and pictorial representations, moving to abstract representations.
Think: Convince me that… Children will prove their answers by explaining their reasoning.
Explain: What is the Same? What is different? Children will be able to find different ways to get to the answer and be able to explore the problem deeper if a variable changes.
Solve: Pupils deepen their understanding by investigating, sorting, comparing or by looking for patterns and rules in the representations they are exploring the problem with. Children will be expected to use a range of mathematical concepts to reason and problem solve.
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Maths Presentation Policy
National Curriculum Maths Leaflets
Long Term Plans – click on the Year Group title for a detailed plan (White Rose Maths)
Modern Foreign Languages
At Mill Hill Community Primary School we teach and learn French
The French curriculum at Mill Hill is designed to develop communicative skills and encourage intercultural knowledge and understanding. We seek to open children’s minds to different cultures whereby they feel “Citizens of the World”. Furthermore, we want to nurture a lifelong passion and curiosity for languages and to consolidate the skills for future language learning.
MFL at Mill Hill provides:
- Opportunities to listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
- Opportunities to explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.
- Opportunities to engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help.
- Pupils will speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
- Opportunities to develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
- Opportunities to present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences.
- Pupils will read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing.
- Opportunities to appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.
- Opportunities to broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary.
- Opportunities to understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.
- At Mill Hill you will see celebration of all languages and cultures: on displays, maps of the world, books in different languages and story sacks in different languages. We reach out to our local and wider community by asking parents to share their cultures and we have international links.
At Mill Hill we believe that:
- a high-quality music education provides the foundations for exploring the cultural world through the use of their voices, bodies and a range of musical equipment.
- music inspires children, developing their sense of excitement and curiosity about a range of musical genres, experimenting, composing, playing and performing music, as well as appreciating and understanding live and recorded music.
- music enables children to develop an essential range of skills to enable collaborative and independent practice and performance.
At Mill Hill, we aim to:
- Develop the child as a whole through engagement in musical activity.
- Ensure all pupils are able to access musical activities.
- Explore and understand how sounds are made and can be organised into musical structures.
- Explore how music is made through a variety of instruments.
- Develop the interrelated skills of composition, performance and music appreciation.
- Explore how music is composed and written down.
- Explore how music is influenced by the time, place and purpose for which it was written.
- Develop and nurture pupils’ sense of self, and allow opportunities to explore their own ability.
- Explore thoughts and ideas through their imagination.
- Develop pupil’s knowledge and understanding by having opportunities to practise skills.
- Create a platform to recognise and celebrate the diverse culture of our school through music.
Mill Hill uses the Charanga scheme of work to teach Music. Each year group follows at least 2 of the units from the scheme which are adapted to suit the needs of the pupils. We believe that singing lies at the heart of good music teaching, therefore our teaching focuses on developing the pupil’s ability to sing in tune and with others. Each unit is taught through learning to sing and play a song. These songs develop in complexity and length as the pupils progress through the school. Through learning these songs, opportunities are also provided for listening to and appraising different styles of music, improvising and composing music, and learning about the features of music (e.g. tempo, texture, dynamics, structure, rhythm, pitch etc.). The Charanga scheme builds upon prior learning and provides opportunities for pupils of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each unit.
Personal ,Social, Health, & Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
At Mill Hill we believe that:
- A high quality PSHCE education provides the foundations for understanding the world themselves and how to play an active role within it.
- PSHCE inspires children, developing their sense of self and community.
- PSHCE enables children to develop an essential range of life skills to enable them to become emotionally resilient citizens.
Our PSHCE teaching follows the North Yorkshire County Council’s framework which includes the DfE RSE and health education statutory learning and focuses on the following five themes:
- Me and my relationships
- Keeping myself safe – Online safety
- My Healthy Lifestyle – Emotional health and wellbeing
- Me and My future
- Becoming an active citizen
Each year group covers six units a year, each time building on previous learning and with opportunities for pupils to reflect upon their personal progress. The PSHCE curriculum is delivered using a range of teaching and learning styles, including drama, discussion, group tasks, artwork and circle time. The scope of these units includes exploring the causes and types of bullying, strategies for coping with transition and change, understanding our emotions, body awareness and growing up, and road and water safety. E-safety is an integral part of some of these units as well as being covered through the ICT curriculum.
PSHCE is not only taught in regular discrete lessons, but also enriched and applied in many aspects of school life. These include opportunities for ‘Show and Tell’, weekly awards for ‘Star of the Week’ and ‘Thumbs up’. We tailor our teaching to also reflect the needs of our community in which our children live and what may be applicable to their lives at a particular time.
Links to our School Vision
- Pupils learn about what it means to belong to a community
- Pupils learn strategies for developing and sustaining positive relationships
- Pupils are encouraged to develop self-esteem, explore their emotions and learn strategies for dealing with change
- Pupils are taught the importance of respect, tolerance and to value diversity
- There is a focus on developing pupils’ self-esteem, both through explicit teaching and through opportunities to celebrate talents and achievement
The British Values, and the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) form an integral part of the PSHCE curriculum. Mutual respect, tolerance and an appreciation of diversity underpin our approach to teaching as we create a learning environment where we listen to the views of others. Pupils are equipped with the knowledge and skills to make independent and informed choices. The Rule of Law is explored in terms of rights, responsibilities and understanding how rules benefit us all.
At Mill Hill we believe that:
- High quality physical education experiences provide the foundations for understanding the need to participate on regular disciplines – gymnastics, dance, games, athletics, etc
- Physical Education inspires children to develop their sense of excitement and curiosity about a healthy mind and body
- Physical Education enables children to develop an essential range of skills that are useful throughout their lives
At Mill Hill all children will have a range of opportunities to develop their competence, knowledge skills and understanding through various activity. We encourage at least 2 hours a week of physical education, incorporating one indoor and one outdoor session. As well as this structured curriculum time we also encourage regular activity breaks in the children’s learning and offer extra-curricular clubs and physical challenges at lunchtimes. We encourage and promote participation and competition for all whether that will be against class mates, in house competitions or other schools in a range of sports throughout the sporting calendar. We will also use play leaders and sports leaders across the school to coach, support and officiate a variety of activities. Across all of our PE opportunities we encourage sportsmanship through identifying and praising particular behaviours and highlighting these as positive examples to one another.
Safe practice is fundamental to development of skills and access to well maintained and appropriate resources and equipment used within a safe environment will further develop progress within this subject. Safe practice also includes wearing appropriate clothing and being prepared to participate in physical activity, eliminating the risk to yourself and others. We work in partnership with the North Yorkshire County council following their developed scheme of work and the local schools partnership (SCSSP) where we regularly attend meetings and have access to a range of opportunities to evolve the PE curriculum and develop staff and pupils within this subject.
Finally we celebrate PE by regularly recognising sporting talent and achievements across a wide range of sports in assemblies, newsletters and on the website.
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Religious Education at Mill Hill
- develops deeper level thinking through enquiry based learning.
- is relevant to the Mill Hill community.
- provides opportunities for engagement with the Church, the wider Northallerton community and a range of religions.
- Our RE curriculum is designed to meet the content requirements of the North Yorkshire agreed syllabus.
Our RE lessons are based on a big question each half term. We make connections and collect clues to help us answer the big question. Teaching of RE runs throughout the school and includes visits out to different places of worship. The Mill Hill RE curriculum includes study of Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Humanism. The end of year statements ensures progression of knowledge and skills from learning in previous year groups. This is used to support pupils’ reflection and form teacher’s assessments based on what we are learning about and what are we learning from.
RE links to the School Vision
- Our curriculum is designed to reflect and understand faiths within our school community.
- Ethical questioning and critical thinking is developed through the RE curriculum. Pupils also learn about ‘rules’ of different religions and how they impact how we live today.
- Planning is progressive and skills are taught from early years to Year 6.
- We teach tolerance, respect and compassion towards all faiths and communities.
- Diversity is celebrated through different faiths.
- Our curriculum develops children as a ‘Global Citizen’ and provides experiences with the wider world through church links and visits.
- Cross curricular opportunities including art, music, PE are embedded in the RE curriculum. Pupils are exposed to the rich diversity of wider society.
- We embrace and celebrate all faiths in our school and invite pupils, parents and visitors from the community to share their faiths with one another.
Links to School and British Values
Our curriculum develops the British value of mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. Understanding of rule of law, individual liberty and respect for democracy is taught and explored in depth through debate and critical thinking activities.
We hold a daily assembly where we come together as a group to sing and focus on themes. On Thursdays we have a sharing assembly when children’s work and achievements are celebrated and on Fridays we have a Celebration assembly where rewards are given out.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and the Collective Act of Worship. Please contact the Head Teacher if you wish to discuss this option.
The Intent, implementation and Impact of our Curriculum – Science.
Mill Hill understands the need for all pupils to develop their Scientific ability as an essential component of all subjects and as a subject in its own right. A good understanding of scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding helps to support pupils work across the curriculum.
The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:
1. develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
2. develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
3. are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
At Mill Hill we believe that:
- a high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
- science inspires children, developing their sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.
- science enables children to develop an essential range of skills that are useful across all learning.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school.
Planning for science is a process in which all teachers are involved to ensure that the school gives full coverage of, ‘The National Curriculum programmes of study for Science 2014’ and, ‘Understanding of the World’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Science teaching at Mill Hill involves adapting and extending the curriculum to match all pupils’ needs. Where possible, Science is linked to class topics. Science is taught as discrete units and lessons where needed to ensure coverage. Due to the varying nature of our school and its’ class structure Science units are planned in a rolling programme for both mixed year group and single year group teaching. This guarantees topics are covered and ensures progression from year to year.
We ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:
- Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future.
- Help our children acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of scientific ideas.
- Help develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world.
- Build on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems.
- Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and developing the skills of investigation – including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
- Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
- Develop the use of computing in investigating and recording.
- Make links between science and other subjects.
Science is taught consistently, once a week for one and a half hours, but connections with other subjects and contexts are developed and discussed with pupils. For example, drawing graphs to show the results of an investigation linking with maths and the botanical/observational drawings of plants with art.
At Mill Hill we aspire to promote children’s independence and for all children to take responsibility in their own learning, therefore we have implemented self/teacher assessment sheets for each unit. The children use this as a working document to track their achievements and progress throughout a topic. Alongside this we use Knowledge mats for each unit which introduces new vocabulary.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives.
All children will have:
- A wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills.
- A richer vocabulary which will enable to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.
- High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life