A Creative Curriculum at Morley Place
Our curriculum is carefully designed to ensure coverage and progression through exciting, broad and balanced experiences from which children can learn, whilst developing their knowledge and a range of transferrable skills. We have tailored our curriculum so that it strengthens students’ capacity to learn by developing positive attitudes towards challenges, allowing them to think creatively, independently and rationally.
We believe it is vital to teach a range of subjects discretely, yet creatively form links between subjects to consolidate and reinforce learning. Our planning builds upon prior learning to ensure that every child achieves and makes progress. Pupils know the purpose for their learning, how to refine their work and the relevance of these to their everyday lives. We aim to provide our children with a secure learning environment that is stimulating, challenging and happy, enabling our students to reach the highest possible levels of academic success and personal growth.
Subject by Subject
Our aim is to help children develop a love for the English language through the spoken and written word, as well as drama and speaking and listening activities. English is one of the core subjects in the National Curriculum and a prerequisite for educational and social progress. This subject underpins the work undertaken in other areas of the curriculum and therefore the teaching of all aspects of English is given a high priority. Confidence in basic language skills enables children to communicate creatively and imaginatively with the world at large in a variety of situations. As such, we believe that the acquisition of language skills is of the utmost importance.
Mathematics is taught through daily Numeracy lessons aimed at enabling children to understand mathematical processes, concepts and skills. There is a strong emphasis on the development of mental arithmetic and opportunities to use and apply mathematics in real life situations. Key mathematical skills are further developed and applied in other subjects throughout the year. Staff encourage a positive attitude by by presenting work in interesting and enjoyable ways to enable all children to actively participate in the learning process to help build confidence and create a sense of achievement.
Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. Our pupils’ are given the opportunity to take part in a range of practical and interesting experiments that stimulates their hunger for scientific enquiry. Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. Children are helped to understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change – impacting on industry, business and medicine and improving our quality of life. They learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.
At Morley Place we believe it is important for children to understand their place in the world and to have an awareness of their past in order to shape their visions for the future. Through the study of History, children make sense of their world and enrich their understanding of it. We believe that skills developed through the study of History are applicable in everyday life and fire curiosity about the past in Britain and the wider world. In turn this connects with the present and our future, giving a deeper understanding of our own personal history and a sense of belonging.
Through the study of Geography children learn about places, the human and physical processes which shape them (and the people who live in them), from the local to the global. Skills developed through Geography help pupils make sense of their surroundings and the wider world. They learn about the impact of human activity on the planet and understand the importance of developing a future that is sustainable. It can inspire them to think about their own place in the world, their values, their rights and responsibilities to other people and the environment. It enables them to understand how today’s actions shape the future. We believe it is crucial that children complete investigations in order to develop their geographical minds.
Our academy prides itself in providing rich, diverse and stimulating experiences in the teaching of Art and promoting creativity across our academy. Art draws upon the use of knowledge, skills and understanding from all of our other subjects, which often provide the context for projects. In this way, Art experience supports and reinforces children’s development across the whole curriculum.
Design & Technology is an area of study both in its own right and as a tool for learning in other areas. It gives the opportunity for forward thinking and the planning of practical tasks, creating objects, systems and environments to solve problems. DT involves designing, communicating, making, testing and evaluating, which encourages children to go beyond their first ideas and seek alternatives, so they may begin to influence and control the environment in which they live.
Pupils have 2 hours of PE per week through which we develop the six areas of activity as set out in the National Curriculum – Dance; Games; Gymnastics; Athletics; Outdoor and Adventurous activities; Swimming. Children are given the opportunity to swim in our Upper Phase (Y5/6) and our aim is for all pupils leaving the school to be able to swim a minimum 25m. Sports taught include football; tag rugby; netball; basketball; kwik cricket and short tennis, as well as athletics. Pupils take part in a range of tournaments and sports festivals both within the academy and against other schools.
Computing prepares children to participate in a rapidly changing world of technology that influences both work and leisure time. Pupils use ICT tools to find, explore, analyse, program, exchange and present information responsibly and creatively. They learn how to employ ICT to enable rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures. Increased capability in the use of ICT promotes initiative and independent learning, with pupils being able to make informed judgements about when and where to use technology to best effect. Our aim is to develop in each our pupils the skills necessary for them to be able to use all aspects of Information and Communication Technology confidently, safely and effectively, equipping them to succeed both now and in their future lives.
We believe that Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way our pupils think, feel and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. Music is an integral part of culture, past and present, helping children to understand themselves, relate to others and forge important links between home, school and the wider world. Along with regular singing sessions, we offer all children the chance to learn how to play an instrument and provide a variety of performance based musical opportunities throughout their academy careers.
We believe that the learning of a Modern Foreign Language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for our pupils. It helps them to develop communication skills and extends their knowledge of how language works. Learning another language gives children a new perspective on the world, encouraging them to understand their own cultures and those of others. It prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are often carried out in languages other than English. The choice of which language to teach is secondary to the lifelong language learning skills that the pupils will be encouraged to develop. Increased capability in the use of MFL promotes initiative, confidence and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.
RE provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupil’s knowledge and understanding of Christianity, other principal religions, religious traditions and contrasting world view. It also offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development. It helps enhance children’s awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, and also the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.