Kirk Merrington Primary School teaches children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others whilst developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve all that they can.
We follow a ‘skills based curriculum’ whereby the key/basic skills needed to make progress in each subject are embedded within a theme delivered to pupils through questions and investigation which sparks their interest.
Each class studies one engaging theme per term or half-term, starting with a question session on what they already know and what they want to know to engage them in their learning. To ensure the full coverage of the National Curriculum, each subject area has been carefully mapped across the school to fit with these themes.
The key skills (deemed essential for pupil progress) from each subject area have been mapped to each topic as non-negotiable elements of study. Currently staff are developing the long and medium planning documents for each subject and theme in association with the introduction of the New Curriculum that will be taught from September 2014.
The new plans will enable the effective differentiation, progression and assessment of key skills that need to be taught in each year group. Our Curriculum Subjects can be viewed or downloaded by our parents and carers.
It includes not only the formal requirement of the National Curriculum, but also the range of additional opportunities that the school organizes in order to enrich the experiences of our children. This includes the range of ‘Extra Curricular’ opportunities available to all year groups.
Our school follows a number of programmes to enhance learning such as Read, Write, Inc. Each teacher engages initiatives in support of individual pupil’s needs such as Speech and Language Programmes, Toe by Toe and Movement programme.
Kirk Merrington Primary School has an extensive levelled reading scheme that draws together a wide range of reading materials. In addition to the general reading books there are also special books for reluctant readers, readers with disabilities as well as an extensive library for free readers (those children who have progressed beyond the scheme)