At Mawnan CE VA Primary School our curriculum is carefully planned to promote enjoyable and memorable learning, exceptional outcomes and personal growth and development. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught using the EYFS framework with an emphasis on developing key skills, knowledge and understanding through direct teaching and well-structured continuous provision.
We provide a broad and balanced curriculum that is designed with the statutory National Curriculum at its heart. Our intention is for our curriculum to engage all children at Mawnan School and equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to enable them to be happy, confident and active members of society. Our curriculum promotes long term learning and we believe that progress means knowing more and remembering more. We have developed a curriculum built on how memory works to ensure that children not only have access to ‘the best that has been thought and said’ but also are taught this in a way that ensures children can remember the curriculum content in future years. One of our central aims of the curriculum is to ensure that our pupils are both “interesting and interested” so the National Curriculum statutory subjects are delivered in the most meaningful and engaging way, alongside complementary activities which are skilfully woven into teaching and learning to enrich the learning experiences our children receive.
Throughout each learning topic, each child is continuously assessed and the curriculum developed and adapted in order to allow every child to be supported and challenged. There is a focus on deep learning or ‘mastery’ so that knowledge and skills are embedded and can be applied to a wide variety of contexts. Safeguarding is embedded deep into our curriculum, teaching children about how to keep themselves safe in the modern world. Our aim is for children to become motivated, confident individuals who develop a life-long love of learning and the skills to thrive in our rapidly changing world.
As a Church of England school, Christian Values are at the core of our curriculum. Mawnan’s school values and aims underpin the academic work and we believe that it is of equal value to teach and develop learning skills such as independence, reflection, creativity, enquiry, teamwork and resilience. Through ensuring strong spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, our school can actively demonstrate promotion of British Fundamental Values both discretely and interwoven into all aspects of school life. This includes the pursuit of excellence for preparing our children to be world citizens of the 21st century. We acknowledge RE as a core subject and include ‘Understanding Christianity’ as well as a comprehensive multi-faith curriculum and to provide children with the opportunity to be courageous advocates we always have a termly charitable link.
We live in a beautiful part of the world so always seek to build high-quality learning opportunities that take children out of the classroom. We want our children to understand that learning occurs everywhere, inside and outside. In addition to making full use of our amazing school grounds our EYFS and Key Stage 1 children benefit from weekly visits to our nature reserve where they have regular opportunities to develop reflective and inquisitive thinking along with problem-solving approaches in ‘real’ situations. We develop a love, appreciation and respect for nature and all that is living alongside an understanding of how we can look after our environment. We see educational visits and visitors as a vital stimulation for children’s interest and these are closely linked with the contexts of our learning themes. We value parents as co-educators and parents are invited in at the beginning of each term to share the learning experiences that the will encounter in the term ahead. This enables our families to be part the children’s ongoing learning journey.
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