The Curriculum Team at Mount Pellon have worked incredibly hard to create a curriculum that is active and engaging for all learners. It was imperative to create a curriculum that incorporates all different learning styles to ensure that it is a curriculum for all. We use key skills to guarantee it is broad and balanced which focuses on all foundation subjects. We also have a great emphasis on group and independent learning to give children responsibility for their learning and moving it forward.
We cover 4 main topics from years 1-6 with a driver focus of Geography, History, Science, Art/DT, then we ensure the rest of our foundation subjects support each driver to give the children a range of lessons throughout the term or half term. EYFS cover 3 topics a year which supports the Development Matters Points. As well as in class, we also have created a programme to take children beyond the four walls to gain first hand experiences of the world around them undertaking termly visits to support and reinforce learning.
All our topics begin with an exciting hook to submerge the children into their topic and give them a thirst for knowledge. For example, our Year 1 classes were learning about senses and each classroom catered to a different sense. The children were able to taste a range of ingredients, hear, smell and feel different objects. The purpose of this was to assist with their understanding of the topic and what it would entail. On completion of the topics we have created showcase events for our parents to include them in our learning to boast about our knowledge and the work we have produced. Many of our parents who have attended the showcases have been amazed by the children, their confidence at presenting and their knowledge and understanding of all the different elements of their topic. As we have enjoyed having parents in to show our work to, next half term we will be inviting parents to join us in our topic lessons to assist with the learning.
As part of the new curriculum the children in KS2 have been learning Spanish. They have a weekly Spanish less where they learn greetings, instructions and eventually stories which increases their understanding of other cultures.
Last academic year we were lucky enough to have planters built and this year we have started to plant our own seeds. This will help the children learn where food comes from, how it grows and how to harvest. Once we harvest our produce our aim will be to plan and cook healthy meals with our chosen vegetable.
You can also visit the News or Gallery section to see what the children have been doing as part of their Curriculum.
At Mount Pellon we follow the agreed RE Syllabus for Calderdale and Kirklees. This syllabus was developed by a team of specialists representing all faith groups, ensuring the curriculum we deliver is accurate and respectful of all religions