Our Applied Curriculum
The majority of the science is taught through hands on investigations and exploration. We teach the formal process of how to test scientifically and have a rich outdoor environment in which to experience science first hand. For example: something abstract, like forces, is explored in our bespoke science park. Our extensive exterior environment has a diverse eco-system and habitats for wildlife, including a pond, hawthorne hedge, meadow and unmanaged areas. We also have several pets. Materials are taught through their properties and their construction. We make children aware that the periodic table exists and use technology creatively to research and record materials that are unsuitable for investigations in a primary school. Experiments are managed within the topic structure, so that the groups are small and there is the opportunity for lots of development of scientific vocabulary. The children's knowledge is checked and any gaps of understanding is addressed through this small group work.
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
We offer extension activities in all of these areas to children who show an aptitude and interest. This includes children who receive the pupil premium allocation, to enhance their career opportunities, as we recognise that in a few years time, there will be ten times more jobs in technology, than in all the other career areas.
SMSC & British Values
This is how we support children to develop attitudes to learning and life.
The elements pervade all areas of school life. They can be defined as:
SPIRITUAL: the development of the non-material element of a human being which animates and sustains us. It develops our sense of identity, insight, meaning and purpose.
MORAL: this helps us to build a framework of moral values, which regulate our personal behaviour. It enables us to understand the range of responses available.
SOCIAL: we teach about the development of how people work together in groups and in the wider community.
CULTURAL: Cultural development is about the pupils' understanding of their own culture and othercultures intheir town, region and country. In topic sessions we also consider British cultures of the past, such the Romans and the Celts, in our 'Culture Camp'. Learners can live within the different cultures and then choose how they want to live. It helps us to feel why we behave as we do and further supports our understanding of how British Values have developed.
We recognise our statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We will act quickly and follow our procedures to ensure children receive effective support, protection and justice.
We teach religious education through the Wakefield and SACRE syllabus. We learn about religions and beliefs, developing knowledge and skills of enquiry. We learn from religion, responding, reflecting and engaging with the meaning, purpose and truth of Christianity. Religious Education encourages learners to be healthy and safe, to enjoy and achieve, to make a positive contribution to society and achieve economic well being. We teach at least 36 hours up to age seven and 45 hours in KS2; through discrete RE lessons, based on stories, artefacts, key texts and research. We also deepen understanding through topics such as 'Ourselves' and 'The Island', as these areas enable us to deepen understanding and give a context to test and apply their beliefs. We aim to develop the attitudes of self awareness, respect for all, open mindedness, appreciation and wonder. We achieve this through open questioning, thinking skills, literacy and discussion, the expressive arts, visits and visitors. In the early years we develop knowledge, understanding and attitudes through the Early Learning Goals and The Development Matters Framework.
At Mill Dam we use a wide range of computing resources for the children to explore technology, explain and share their work and ideas. The children often use film and animation to demonstrate what they have learned and school hosts the Moscars film awards to celebrate this work. School has a dedicated S.T.E.M lab in which children can develop and apply their coding skills with robotics and lego.
"I liked making a Saxon house because I like everything about Minecraft." K.G
"I like using Scratch because you get to make your own really fun stuff". G.H
"I liked using Skitch in maths because it was really fun." JOT