We currently have 3 mixed age classes R/1, 2/3, 4/5/6 as well as our nursery class who work very closely with the R/1 class. Due to an increase in pupil numbers, we have an additional teacher in the mornings this year to allow the year 6s to be taught separately.
All classes benefit from the additional support provided by full time teaching assistants. As well as their own class teacher, children have specialist teachers for some lessons regularly eg. music, sport, Spanish, Forest School. Throughout the year, we also benefit from working with our feeder secondary school and children enjoy Language days, science workshops, art lessons, ICT lessons and use of the library amongst other things.
“The curriculum will be taught within the context of Christian values, in accordance with the school’s Mission Statement”. We aim to provide an atmosphere, inside and out, which offers the possibility of stimulation and enrichment to all who work within it. Our curriculum meets the requirements of the National Curriculum as well as developing awareness of personal and social understanding, moral and cultural understanding, health, the environment and the industrial world. We often work on whole school themes providing exciting and relevant experiences to bring learning to life. Teachers will use whole-class, group or individual teaching as they consider appropriate. Links may be made between subjects when appropriate to create themes and topics such as ‘Houses’ or ‘Our School’. Find out more about each curriculum subject by visiting the individual subject pages. Our Curriculum Policy provides more detail on our offer and philosophy, some of which is detailed below:
At our schools we want the children to become ‘Experts’ and develop a mastery approach. We want children to understand the life-long skills that give all the curriculum areas relevance to real life and future career opportunities.
We want children at our schools to develop:
• An extensive base of knowledge and vocabulary.
• A mastery of the skills within each subject and apply them across the curriculum
• Fluency in enquiry and the ability to apply questioning skills and use effective analytical and presentational techniques.
• The ability to reach clear conclusions and develop a reasoned argument to explain findings.
• Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity as shown in interpretations and representations of the subject matter.
• A passion for and commitment to the subjects taught, and a real sense of curiosity to find out about the world and the subjects covered.
• The ability to express well-balanced opinions, rooted in very good knowledge and understanding about the issues and evidence available.
To offer a curriculum which takes into account
• Our individual needs
• Our locality in rural Shropshire
• The differing needs of our children and the school community.
With this in mind we have recruited additional experts to develop this approach. Our own teachers observe these expects, therefore developing and enriching their own skills.
• Shropshire Music service – whole class instrument tuition; classroom music; school ensembles.
• Jonny Hughes Sports Coaching – whole class PE lessons, lunchtime and afterschool clubs.
• Spanish – one of our fully qualified teaching staff has responsibility for teaching Spanish and leading MFL across both schools.
• Forest School – we have a qualified Forest School leader who delivers sessions weekly to all our classes
Our Unique Offer
• Myddle Church – we are fortunate enough to be a very short walk from the church, so use this every Thursday for our collective worship. The reverend leads a short service linked to our theme. These regular visits have helped to create the ‘Myddle Magic’ which we are proud of; the children show respect, co-operation, support and generosity. The Reverend comes into school regularly alongside this and offers support with RE and to the leadership team in his role as governor. The children work with the wider church community, taking part in events and celebrations at the church wherever possible. Wem Baptist church come regularly to school to deliver our collective worship throughout the year.
• Forest School – Forest school lessons are undertaken by all children from nursery to year 6. We have a well maintained forest area as well as extensive school grounds which are utilised to good effect to ensure the children can develop their self-belief, confidence, learning capacity, enthusiasm, communication and problem-solving skills and emotional well-being. It is used as a vehicle to stimulate science, geography, Understanding the World (EYFS), as well as many aspects of PSHE and SMSC.
• Whole school themes – the whole school works on a termly theme, usually based on an aspect of history or geography. There is a progression in skills in each class which are planned and tracked by individual class teachers. The shared theme encourages collaboration, parental support and involvement and enhanced engagement from the children.
• BARK – everything we teach and learn is underpinned by ‘Behaviour, Attitude, Respect and Kindness, which is the basis of our way of working – it is our values and ethos in practice. This is explicitly taught in some sessions such as PSHE and in collective worship. It is expected and applied in all other aspects of children’s work and conduct around school. Children are rewarded for demonstrating these values.
• Transition – We have our own on-site nursery, who work together with our Reception children. The staff work across the nursery and main school, making transition from EYFS to key stage 1 very smooth. We have a mother and baby group once a week, which again supports transition into our setting. We make regular visits throughout the year to our feeder secondary school, to support and extend our curriculum. We attend science, maths, PE and MFL days. Children from year 2-6 take part in these activities. We invite the year 7 staff to our support and observe in year 6 and attend moderation meetings.