Curriculum

‘…the school has developed a rich and relevant curriculum which has an excellent impact on children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and combines subjects together very well through a cross-curricular approach to learning. Pupils say that this approach makes lessons interesting and enjoyable and provides them with a range of structured opportunities to develop new skills.’
Ofsted 2012

Our Curriculum Intent

 School vision statement: Growing together in wisdom and love; discovering life in all its fullness.

A thousand years ago, our small town was the first capital city of all England. Today, it hosts an international community of 3000 designers and engineers, at a world class research facility. Many are parents, some are governors.  We soak up their expertise and spirit of innovation, combining it with the timeless beauty of the ancient and the traditional, to create the future.

Our vision is to create a learning culture that ignites young minds and gives them limitless opportunities in the twenty-first century. Today’s children live in a digital age; our curriculum responds and adapts to the continuous changes in our technology-enhanced environment and society, whilst adhering to our core values of LOVE, COURAGE, RESPECT KINDNESS, INDEPENDENCE AND CREATIVITY.

Every member of staff is engaged in dreaming, defining and delivering one key aspect of that vision: building ‘Citizens of the Future.’

We Aim To… In order to achieve these aims, our curriculum will:
Encourage and develop the joy of learning in all children.Be creative, vibrant and engaging.
Prepare children for the future, enabling them to fulfil their potential and develop as rounded individuals.Support and enable the highest quality learning experiences.
Challenge children to excel personally, creatively, physically, academically.
Enable children to integrate new learning into their existing understanding.Provide clear progression.
Link learning across subject boundaries.
Value children, respecting and celebrating each one as unique. Be rooted in our values.
Be adapted and personalised in order to ensure equal access for all learners.
Include high quality personal, social and health education.
Provide religious education in line with our Christian foundation and nurture children’s spiritual development.
Enable children to be confident users of technology: to learn, to create and to express themselves.Continually innovate in our use of the latest technology.
Teach children to master technology, harnessing its power while knowing how to avoid its dangers.
Root learning in real world experiences.Capitalise on the resources of the local community and surrounding area.
Plan for learning to take place outdoors.

The Covid recovery curriculum

Covid-19 lockdowns have led to children missing significant amounts of education.  At Malmesbury Primary School the impact varies enormously from child to child and across year groups.  In general, the impact has been greater on younger years and on disadvantaged groups.  In terms of subjects, the effect is greatest in writing, with significant effects also observable on maths and to a lesser extent reading.

In line with government guidance, the school has reviewed its curriculum in order to allow more time to be spent on the core subjects of maths and English (reading and writing).

Science, like maths and English, is a core subject. It will therefore be taught unaltered using the published scheme of work.

History, geography, design & technology and art & design are taught through an integrated, topic-based approach.  The critical content for these subjects has been identified and is highlighted in an adapted version of the Curriculum Handbook.

Music is taught using the Charanga scheme as well as being embedded into our performance cycle.  We will teach three units per class from the scheme. Each year group will do a school performance over the year.  We will endeavour to continue this across this year, but if we are unable to perform to live audiences will publish recordings on our You Tube channel. 

The published scheme of work for computing will be reduced to the core units on coding and internet and e-safety.  Children will learn and apply skills of research and presentation within other subjects.

Time allocated to religious education will be reduced.  This will be through a combination of abridging each planned unit of study and / or not teaching certain units.  A balance will be maintained between Christianity and other religions in the planned ratio of 60:40.

Modern foreign languages (French) is taught in Key Stage 2 by a subject specialist, generally for about 1 hour a week.  This time will be reduced by 20 minutes to allow for additional teaching of reading. At present we have also stopped teaching French in Year 6 in order to teach children essential grammar skills that they will need for their end of year statutory assessments.

Physical education (PE),  (PSHE Personal, Social and Health Education) and RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) lessons will remain in their entirety in order to support both physical and mental health.

To see our full curriculum, including what the children are doing in English this year, continue to the bottom of the page.

Below is a curriculum overview outlining the theme for each term. Select a tab to view your child’s year group. In addition to this, termly curriculum newsletters are sent home that explain in more detail what will be covered in each curriculum area and ways you can support your child at home.  If you click on your child’s year group page you will be able to see what the children are doing in each year group.  Also see the Curriculum Booklets at the bottom of the page for more detail.

 ThemeREChristian CalendarFestivals and CultureSEAL 
Term 1All About MeBeing Special, Identity, Diversity and Belonging.HarvestChange: SeasonsOur Happy School
Term 2TransportGiving, Saying Thank You, Christmas.Advent / ChristmasNativityOut and About
Term 3People Who Help UsSpecial People, Values, Commitment and Community.Fair TradeChinese New YearFirst Aid
Term 4Spring, Growth and EasterSpecial Times EasterLent / EasterEasterHealthy Minds
Term 5Out of this WorldSpecial Places.Christian AidWater AwarenessReady, Steady, Go!
Term 6Water Under the SeaOur Natural World, Awe, Wonder and Mystery.TrinityWater AwarenessMy Friends and Family
TermTheme
Term 1Healthy Eating
Term 2Amazing Toys
Term 3Fantastic Fairy Tales
Term 4Circus
Term 5Caves to Castles
Term 6Going on Holiday
TermTheme
Term 1Victorians
Term 2Celebrations
Term 3Our World
Term 4Circus
Term 5Bugs Feast
Term 6Brilliant Brunel
TermTheme
Term 1Scavengers and Settlers
Term 2Light and Sound
Term 3Explorers and Adventurers
Term 4How Humans Work
Term 5Homes and Habitats
Term 6Brilliant Brunel
TermTheme
Term 1Scavengers and Settlers
Term 2Light and Sound
Term 3Explorers and Adventurers
Term 4How Humans Work
Term 5Homes and Habitats
Term 6Chocolate
TermTheme
Term 1The Great, the Bold and the Brave
Term 2Magical Materials
Term 3Extreme Survivors
Term 4Out of Africa
Term 5Being Human and Fit for Life
Term 6Rivers
TermTheme
Term 1The Great, the Bold and the Brave
Term 2Magical Materials
Term 3Extreme Survivors
Term 4Out of Africa
Term 5Being Human and Fit for Life
Term 6Out of Africa

Curriculum booklets are available to view below. They show the skills and knowledge your child will develop as the progress through the school and how that links with the new National Curriculum.

The information is organised by Milepost group, with EYFS included in the Milepost 1 booklet.

Some topics are taught across year groups, and this is indicated by coloured highlighting in the booklets.

Updated curriculum handbooks 2021-22