Children at Mersham Primary School are inquisitive and enthusiastic about learning and our curriculum is designed to excite and motivate children by being stimulating, fun and relevant. Our fantastic outdoor facilities allow us to provide a wealth of learning opportunities outside – the school prides itself in enabling children to have those opportunities to learn actively outdoors to not only teach fundamental aspects of the curriculum, but also to support children’s physical and mental health and wellbeing, as well as inclusion for all. Achieving the standards for the Platinum School Games Award since 2016 is further testament to this.
In order for our pupils to be well-prepared for the next phase of their education, we believe our curriculum and its implementation must develop pupils who are aiming high, are resilient, independent and have the ability to reflect on their own learning. Being located within a rural community, the local area provides a fantastic resource for teaching our curriculum and those key values. For example, Geography, History, Religious Education, Physical Education, Music and PSHE can all be developed as a result of children being able to follow a trail around the village, participate in events at the local Church and Sports Club, as well as build dens in the woods nearby.
The National Curriculum provides the core framework for what children learn at Mersham Primary School but this is adapted to each child in the school, taking into account their age, gender, individual circumstances or academic ability. We have also thought carefully about how to make this relevant and real for children and how learning in the classroom links to the world they know and understand. From Early Years to the end of Year 6, the curriculum builds key knowledge and skills sequentially in each subject area, taking into account what children already know and understand. We also consider how to make learning memorable through creating exciting learning experiences that may include offsite visits and visitors to the school or that link to the children’s own interests.
Reading has a strong focus at Mersham Primary School as without this, children will have difficulty accessing the broader curriculum. In addition to being taught phonics and reading skills, children are encouraged to “Read for Joy”. Class teachers select high quality texts to share with the children as a whole class and children are encouraged to read a range of texts independently. D.E.A.R (Drop Everything and Read) happens on a regular basis where the whole class, including the adults read for pleasure. The library, run by our Year 6 Library monitors, is also available at lunchtime for children to read and borrow books.
Enabling children to meet their full potential is an important goal for the school, and our focus on reading, promoting maths fluency, supporting children to have a broad vocabulary and providing meaningful cross-curricular writing opportunities are some of the ways in which we strive to prepare children not only for the next stage in their education but also to become effective citizens of the future.