How our Curriculum is designed
Through our curriculum, we want to provide children with a range of rich experiences to build resilience, independence and compassion. We aim to engage with the local and wider community to make a positive impact and we encourage all pupils to become courageous advocates to make the world a better place. What will this mean for our children as future citizens? They will be ambitious, follow their dreams and embrace their uniqueness, which will enable them to thrive and lead a successful, fulfilling life.
To put reading at the heart of our school. It is about embedding skills and knowledge that the children need to flourish, to live life in all its fullness (John 10:10). We want children to believe they have the potential to change communities and the world for the better.
At Mottram, we provide a creative broad and balanced curriculum which stems from our vision as we encourage children to be the change they want to see in the world.
Through our Christian vision, our Aims and as a result of pupils being taught the Mottram curriculum, our children will be:
- Communicators – We know the value of good communication and how this can aid children to flourish and have better life outcomes. We want children to be able to express themselves in many different ways.
- Explorers – We understand the importance of children exploring their lives and how they fit into the world and how we can learn from what has gone before. We want children to take part in new and exciting experiences to help them grow.
- Readers – We value how reading runs throughout the curriculum and how important it is to choose the right text for the right reason. How these books can help expand children’s richness of vocabulary and let you dare to dream of a life you would like to lead. We want children to embrace and engage with a wealth of books that inspire and engage.
- Believers – We know how important it is to believe you can be the change in the world you want to see by engaging in community activities. We want children to know that they can make a difference to lives and community. They can be the change they want to see in the world.
We believe these drivers will give our children the cultural capital of knowledge, behaviours and skills to achieve their goals, be successful in society and contribute to making a change in our communities for the better. We embrace the Church of England Vision for Education and believe all our children can flourish to ‘live life in all its fullness’.
The unique curriculum we offer for our children at Mottram is a combination of the National Curriculum, our curriculum drivers, topics from Cornerstones, our bespoke progression documents, which have clear end points for teaching, alongside the National Curriculum outdoors.
We interweave Golden Threads through our chosen topics so previous learning is built upon and children can deepen their understanding of issues.
It seeks to teach skills and knowledge through a three year rolling programme (due to mixed age groups). End points are clearly defined in our progression documents therefore, if a child in Y1/Y2/3 was being taught the topic Moon Zoom, the progression documents would define the end points for the teaching for the different year groups. We use the topics in the Cornerstone’s Curriculum as a starting point then adapt them to suit the needs of our children. We also use Kapow and Twinkl as a teaching resource.
Entitlement and Enrichment
We want to provide children with a range of rich experiences to build resilience, independence and compassion. We aim to engage with the local and wider community to make a positive impact on pupil life outcomes and foster their love of learning beyond the classroom. As the diagram shows we partner with many agencies as we believe this enriches our curriculum and enables a richer vocabulary acquisition to increases our children’s cultural capital.
Pedagogy at Mottram
The approach we follow is engage, develop, innovate and express. To engage, we start with a memorable experience to capture the imaginations of the children. Through the develop stage, we teach the skills and knowledge that are built upon prior learning. Through the innovate stage, children are given opportunities to showcase what they know through a creating/making process. Finally, through the express stage, children share their learning.