At Merritts Brook, our aim is to ensure we provide a broad and balanced curriculum to equip our pupils with the skills, knowledge and understanding to be successful in their future lives. We also recognise the importance of enriching the curriculum for our pupils and ensure it is full of engaging and thoughtful content that links to all aspects of society.
The majority of our foundation curriculum is taught through discrete subjects enabling children to dig deeper into each topic and become engaged in the art of discovery. To support us in our delivery, we use an array of resources, along with field trips and visits to allow lessons to ‘come alive’. It is our aim to ensure all children can reach their full potential and become innovative learners through this style of curriculum. Assessment is carried out on a termly basis using the same systematic approach used for the core subjects so that we can follow pupils’ progress throughout the year.
We believe parents play an important role in their children’s learning and so every half-term they are invited to attend a presentation of their learning. The children enjoy taking part and it helps to give a sense of purpose to their learning activities. We also ask parents to support our half termly homework projects in a shared home learning challenge that is carefully linked to the work children have been doing in school. The results of this collaboration are then displayed around the school.
Enriching the Curriculum
We want the children to have a thirst for knowledge and therefore feel that children learn effectively through direct experience. We therefore offer opportunities for pupils from nursery upwards, to enhance their learning experiences by bringing the curriculum alive and making their learning more fun. We aim to enrich our curriculum through well chosen educational visits, workshops (both on and off site) and topic related costume and role play days. We have regular visitors in school such as the poet Paul Cookson, the fire service, theatre companies, etc. Every year group gets the chance to take part in drumming during the year.