At Malton Community Primary School we want our children to immerse themselves in enquiry.
Enquiry is based on the children’s wonders. Children lead the way when it comes to deciding how they will learn skills and National Curriculum objectives. Each class has a wonder wall. All curriculum areas can be encompassed into an enquiry. Some subjects may be taught as a separate, mini-enquiry if they do not fit with the children’s main enquiry.
Collaboration is key to successful enquiry. Knowing how to learn and work with others will prepare our children to for later life. Talk should be used as the main teaching tool in all lessons. Children move through a sequence of thinking and talking to each other. We use Talk Cards to group children.
Our Vision for the Curriculum
Overarching themes take our pupils on an annual journey beginning with themselves and their locality to an appreciation of the wider world: Right and wrong, who we are, expressing ourselves, overcoming challenge, making a difference and sharing the planet.
Within each theme, key skills are developed as children create and refine their work, explore possibilities, evaluate their outcomes and present their findings. We expect our children to represent what they learn to others, with confidence and excitement. Our inclusive curriculum, promotes eight characteristics of a successful learner:
A full version of our curriculum can be viewed here: MCPS Curriculum
PSHE Curriculum for Years 1, 2 and 3 can be viewed here: PSHE Curriculum
PSHE Curriculum for Years 4, 5 and 6 can be viewed here: PSHE Curriculum
Behaviour in our school
The school is now monitoring behaviour very carefully since the introduction of a new behaviour policy. Incidence of poor behaviour has decreased significantly and we are striving to ensure this trend continues. A copy of our behaviour policy can be found in the policies section of the website.
Bullying is the persistent, wilful and conscious desire to hurt, threaten, frighten or isolate someone else.”
At Malton Community Primary School we do take bullying very seriously and will deal with any bullying behaviour appropriately. If you have any concerns regarding bullying please see the class teacher in the first instance. A member of the senior leadership team will also be available if you continue to have concerns. Follow the links below for help and advice on bullying.
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Read, Write Inc. (RWI)
At Malton Community Primary School we use RWI as a tool to support the teaching of reading. We believe that reading opens the door to all learning. RWI teaches children to read and write successfully and quickly. All staff (teachers and teaching assistants) have been trained together to deliver the program, and they are supported in school by a designated RWI manager who assesses all children on the program to ensure they are taught in the right groups and supports teachers throughout the session on a weekly basis.
Read, Write Inc. is taught for an hour each day with the children grouped according to their reading level rather than the year group they are in. Reception children start the program in the autumn term for initially 20 minutes a day. This then builds up to two 20 minutes sessions a day.
Using RWI helps the children to:
- Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
- Learn to sound out words using Fred Talk
- Read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
- Show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions
- Learn to write and form letters correctly using simple formation rhymes
- Learn to write the letter groups which represent 44 sounds
- Learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk
- Write simple sentences
- Compose stories based on picture strips and using writing frames
Using the RWI program is helping our pupils to read effortlessly so that they can then put all their energy into comprehending what they read. With writing, the program supports spelling so this also becomes effortless and all energy can be placed on composing.
Once the children can decode words with little effort and have no gaps in their phonological understanding, they have completed the program and will join a guided reading group where the texts are chosen to strengthen and develop the child’s comprehension and inference.
For more information please visit the RWI Website
Our leader for numeracy is Mr Hardcastle.
Numeracy in our school is split between ‘Big Maths’ which focuses on arithmetic and mental/oral skills, and ‘Outer numeracy’ which is the using and applying of the skills taught through Big Maths.
Big Maths is taught daily in short, focused sessions. The aim of Big Maths is to improve fluency in both calculations and recollection of number facts (called ‘Learn its’). Each Friday, the children will take a Big Maths challenge, and aim to beat their best ever score. Your child will then take home their Big Maths challenge sheet to review at home. To find out more about Big Maths, click here.
Outer numeracy is taught in daily lessons and through our enquiry curriculum. There are so many opportunities to use maths in the outside world, and focusing on these helps prepare children for later life by showing the links between arithmetic and the world we live in.
Each child in the school has a login for the Sumdog website. Teachers can set specific tasks for children to complete and monitor their success using their own overview page. Sumdog is excellent for home learning and quickly ‘learns’ the level of the child accessing the resource and creates questions which target any weaknesses. Mr Palmer gives weekly Sumdog awards!
Here are some fantastic videos which show our calculation policy in action. These will be helpful when helping your child with their home learning, just click on the links below. If you have ideas for further videos, please contact Mr Hardcastle and we will arrange this.
Year 1 – Reinforcing addition strategies
Year 2 – Understanding Multiplication Facts
Year 2 – The communicative law for multiplication
Year 3 – Demonstration of expanded column addition
Year 3 – Subtraction – teaching children to consider the most appropriate methods before calculating
Year 3 – Introducing partitioned column subtraction method, from practical to written
Year 4 – Subtraction—teaching children to consider the most appropriate methods before calculating
Year 4 – Introducing partitioned column subtraction method, from practical to written
Year 4 – Moving to compact column method for subtraction
Year 5/6 – Moving from the grid method to a compact method
Year 5/6 – Reinforcing rapid times table recall
Year 5/6 – Demonstration of long multiplication
EYFS and Key Stage One start their journey towards physical competence through experiencing stimulating and engaging activities that are focused upon developing their physical literacy. In particular our younger children are provided opportunities to master the basics of locomotion, stability, and co-ordinated object control.
Key Stage Two children take part in weekly PE sessions on site. All lessons are delivered by Mr Allman, who is our full time Sport and PE specialist teacher. An integral aspect of the Key Stage Two PE curriculum focuses upon allowing children to develop as excellent communicators and team-workers. All children have the opportunity to work independently with choice, freedom and expression alongside contributing to small group and team challenges. Early key stage two children are given the opportunity to work towards technical mastery and build upon the basic fundamentals of physical literacy by developing their object control and co-ordination across a broad range of engaging activities.
As children progress into upper Key Stage Two they are challenged to apply their physical skills and technical concepts in competitive scenarios; focusing upon overcoming the constraints and tactics of various activities in addition to further refining their technical mastery. Our children work towards being able to competently reflect, compare, contrast and plan for improvement in areas of personal interest as they are exposed to engaging and stimulating sporting activities.
Year 6 children have the opportunity to participate in a diverse range of sporting activities each week led by ports specialists at Malton Community Sports Centre as part of our affiliation with the Malton Primary Schools Sports Partnership. This allows our older children the opportunity access outstanding facilities and resources, receive high quality curriculum delivery, and gain access to early transition experiences ahead of moving into Key Stage 3.
Additional provision for physical activity is made for our children with weekly after-school sports clubs and supervised lunchtime activities led by our highly skilled junior play leaders and Mrs Smith.
High level performers in upper Key Stage Two compete regularly in various sporting events and fixtures hosted by Malton Community Sports Centre as part of our Primary School Sports Partnership. In addition, as our school system continues expand our children will have increasing opportunities to compete in a range of sports against each other in inter-house sports events, culminating in our annual school sports day each summer term.
Weekly swimming lessons also ensure each child in Year 2-6 has the opportunity to develop water competence and confidence over the course of the year. As our community partnerships begin to grow we aim to be able provide a robust series of extended links and pathways into lifelong physical activity for our children within our local community.