Mendlesham Primary School
The term curriculum refers to the lessons and academic content taught in a school or in a specific course or program.
Our Curriculum for Year 1 – 6 is made up of a number of different subject areas, eg English, Maths, Science, Art etc and we make links between the subjects when it is relevant and appropriate. During the term, we organise a trip out of School if it is appropriate or a visitor to come into School.
We all have a strong focus each morning on English and Maths. Phonics is taught every day in Early Years and Key Stage 1.
Children in Year 3 and 4 have a specialist Music Tutor from the Suffolk County Music Service once a week throughout the year, and this year they are being taught to play the flute, at no cost to parents. Each child has an instrument to take home and practice on.
The Reception Class is slightly different as they follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum but they also benefit from time with our specialist PE teacher. They have their own Outdoor Area where much of their learning takes place.
Children in years 3 – 6 also benefit from specialist PE and French teaching, this is provided by our partner school – Stowupland High. This also has the secondary benefit of our children getting to know some of their High School teachers before they transition at the end of year 6. Our year 5 children have close links with our exchange school in France, they communicate in writing and meet up each year.
As we are fortunate to have the Millennium Woods just 5 minutes down the road, we use this wonderful resource throughout the school, with children visiting the woods for cross curricular learning activities.
We keep parents informed about what their children are doing through termly ‘Curriculum Guidelines’ for each class at the beginning of each term, a regular whole School Newsletter, Sharing Assemblies when parents can also look at their child’s work, termly SHARE events and End of Year Reports in July, as well as children’s individual Targets in Reading, Writing and Maths being sent home to parents. Children are also expected to read at home, learn their spelling and times tables, and complete homework as appropriate for their age. Parents and children have access to our online reading books too which are individually allocated by teachers, and we are rolling out a programme this term to give access to online Maths too. We warmly encourage parents to be part of their child’s education and offer many opportunities for them to do so.
Below are two downloadable grids which set out the Curriculum coverage at Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6).
The documents below the grids will tell you what each class is covering over our 2 year rolling programme and also specifically in more detail, what is being covered this term in each class.
KS 1 National Curriculum Coverage
KS 2 National Curriculum Coverage
Chestnut Class Yr 5 and 6 Long Term Planning Grids
Oak Class Long Term Planning Grids Yr 3 and 4
Elm Class Long Term Planning Grids Yr 1 and 2
Office Manager: Mrs Ann Cracknell
Mendlesham Primary School
Old Station Road
Suffolk. IP14 5RT
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