Over the past year we have carried out research into different cognitive learning methods; surveyed parents, met with colleagues from partner schools and attended curriculum briefings. Bringing all of this research and knowledge, we have worked together to craft a curriculum that sets clear out comes and high expectations of staff, pupils and parents. Our curriculum progressively builds on the knowledge and understanding of the previous year and promotes creative links across the full breadth of subject areas.
Our curriculum is engaging, exciting and innovative, encompassing and celebrating all curriculum areas, helping to ensure that our children develop the knowledge and skills they need to excel, and become creative and curious citizens of the world. Our curriculum, allows them to ask thought-provoking questions which shapes their learning and enables them to develop into independent thinkers and learners.
Subject Leaders have worked together to craft a curriculum, based on the National Curriculum, with clear outcomes and high expectations of staff, pupils and parents. Our curriculum progressively builds on the knowledge and understanding of key PHSE and Religious Education concepts - developed by the staff team and parents’ views. It builds on a previous year and promotes creative links across the full breadth of subject areas (2 year rolling cycle of planning). We champion KNOWLEDGE of the world and ensure that each curriculum area is celebrated in each of our termly topics.
Our overarching themes of (Responsibility, Influence and Impact, Location (RIIL) help our children to develop deeper knowledge and understanding by offering opportunities to link, review and put knowledge into context across a range of subjects. Our progressive vocabulary, improved by our unique knowledge Organisers and Learning Banks support ‘sticky’ knowledge and aid retention of information.
Our concept map is central to the learning process, enabling children to think more deeply about topics and themes - for example, while learning about Volcanoes children would also gain a better understanding of the concept of adversity.
Our Broad and Balanced Curriculum
Our aim is to provide our children with a substantial, broad and balanced curriculum, which ensures that they are fully immersed in knowledge, vocabulary and experiences relevant to the world in which they live. Our curriculum looks to include, across all its subjects, a breadth of reading, writing, language and maths skills which recognise the benefits of creating direct links to enrich our pupils’ subject learning and increased enjoyment in all subjects.
Our broad and balanced curriculum was formed with our children at its centre. We know that there is no such thing as 'one size fits all' when it comes to a curriculum and it was important to us to carefully plan our topics and content with the children at its heart.
Our broad curriculum provides our children with the opportunities to learn about themselves, their community, their values and the wider world to ensure they can make the most of it. If you want to find out more about how we plan and implement our curriculum, take a look at our curriculum area pages. These have been written by out subject leaders.
Active Citizens of the World
Our starting point was to look at what we what our children to be.
We want them to be Global Citizens:
Healthy and Active
Safe and Nurtured
Included and Respected
Reach their individual potential
The Joy Of Not Knowing
“The Joy of Not Knowing (JONK) is a values-led philosophy of education and of school leadership that removes barriers and worries associated with not knowing or with findings things difficult by creating a learning to learn culture and ethos in schools where everyone perceives that anything and everything is possible.”
At MIJS we want our children to be curious, creative, collaborative, reflective, resourceful and resilient. We want our children to be able to analyse the world around them and contribute positively to society.