The curriculum at Moorgate has been specifically designed to ensure that children receive the entirity of the National Curriculum as a bare minimum. This is then enriched and enhanced to meet the needs of our community and to ensure that children have a wide and varied experience. Within the core subjects, children follow the following programmes of study.
The overarching aim for is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
A reading scheme is a structured and levelled set of books tailored to your child’s reading level. At Moorgate we don’t just use one reading scheme, we ensure that children have a broad range of books through various reading schemes such as Oxford Reading tree, Songbird Phonics and Project X which are then book-banded. We also offer high quality fiction and non-fiction books that are book-banded at an appropriate level. For more information on the various reading schemes and for additional free eBook’s that you can read at home, visit:
As pupils start Reception, we introduce them to ‘Floppy’s Phonics’, which is a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonics skills aligned with Letters and Sounds. They will continue with this programme to ensure consistency into Year 1. The sequence of lessons allows the children to build their code knowledge and phonic skills in a way that allows them to progress smoothly with their reading. The aim of this is to ensure children are fluent readers by the age of 7. Pupils in Year 1 will individually take part in the Phonics screening check. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. We will then report your child’s result at the end of the summer term.
To access the Floppy’s Phonics resources children can use the Oxford Owl to find the book they have been working on each week.
Writing Scheme and SPaG
In teaching Writing, we do not currently follow a scheme. Instead, teachers use high quality texts as a basis for their teaching of Writing. The rationale behind this is to ensure children are exposed to a varied and wide range of literature and vocabulary as per our Curriculum Intent. Throughout the teaching of genres, children are also exposed to the required punctuation, grammar and spelling requirements that are associated with that genre. Children receive a daily spelling / grammar lesson within their timetable.
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
The children will have daily maths lessons where they are taught the fundamentals of mathematics. This is also being supplemented through the introduction of our 99 club (maybe provide a link to the page) where our children are up to three times per week completing questions directly linked to the times tables they have learned we are hoping this will result in increased speed and confidence when tackling mental maths problems without relying on written workings and methods.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
Daily our children will have the opportunity to reason mathematically – this will take various forms. The children may be working on a reasoning task independently that complements the learning already completed; this sometimes could form the basis of the lesson where the teacher is modelling a similar task before the children are expected to then work independently; additionally it may form part of a plenary session where all children are expected to complete the task working in partners.
- 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.
Similarly to the reasoning the children will have the opportunity to regularly solve problems.
Our long term Maths plans are available below and detail the overview of the mathematics curriculum. Within Maths, we use Numicon as a planning and concrete resource. Staff also use other aspects of schemes and their own professional knowledge to ensure children get a wide range of exposure to top quality maths.
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- 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
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
At Moorgate, Science is delivered as part of our Topic Curriculum which is primarily taken from the Cornerstones units.