The Marine Curriculum
At Marine Academy Primary, our mission is to provide an outstanding education that ensures all pupils reach their greatest potential and live by life’s highest values.
We have developed our own Marine Curriculum, which is comprehensive, where children learn through exploration, has a clear process of learning with specific learning goals for every National Curriculum subject, for personal learning and for international mindedness. The Marine Curriculum sets out clear progression and application of skills across all areas. We aim to ensure pupils are independently minded and confident citizens of the future.
Our curriculum drives progress through establishing a rigorous knowledge base and a life-long love of learning. We have considered the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are required to achieve academic excellence at secondary school and beyond. Subject leaders and teachers then plan backwards from this point. This ensures that pupils in each year group receive a rigorous, coherent and intelligently sequenced curriculum, which builds on what has come before. The curriculum at Marine Academy Primary is grounded in the strongest available evidence about how pupils learn and retain knowledge in the long term – focusing in particular on research from cognitive science.
At Marine Academy Primary, subject leaders and teachers think about the curriculum at three levels. The first is the intended curriculum – what we intend pupils to learn. Subject leaders set out this detail meticulously, drawing on their academic knowledge, the National Curriculum and experience of what is necessary to flourish in their subject. The second level is the implemented curriculum; the resources teachers use to deliver the curriculum. An example of these are the knowledge organisers, bespoke work booklets, lessons or resources that have been written for each subject and year group. Finally, we emphasise the importance of the enacted curriculum, where our skilled teachers bring all of this knowledge to life in a way that will be meaningful and exciting for the pupils that they know so well.
Ensuring that the impact on the children is great in all subjects, this includes their progress and attainment but also that their cultural capital is developed and the children become successful and internationally minded citizens. Each half term, Curriculum Stars are chosen from each year group and are celebrated for excelling in the given subject. This is further complemented by going on trips, fully funded by the Academy, six times per year (for more information about this please click on the Extended Curriculum tab on your right).
We expect learning to have context, with rich learning opportunities that link to and build upon previous learning to enable children to develop transferable knowledge and skills. We maximise learning by carefully weaving our curriculum together so that subjects within a theme connect wherever possible. Our curriculum makes sense - everything has a purpose. It also takes full advantage of our locality and in selecting our areas of study, we consider our local area; what it is now and what it has been through history and how our city and its surroundings have been shaped over time.
What we want for our children:
• To develop awe and wonder and a lifelong love of learning in a range of subjects.
• To be curious, motivated and excited about coming to school.
• To adopt fundamental British Values and be responsible citizens with strong moral standards and able to contribute to society.
• To develop a sense of their own nationality and culture at the same time as developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others, especially those throughout Modern Britain.
• To be brave: to try new things without fear of failure.
• To collaborate: to learn with and from others.
• To talk about their learning and to know and remember more.
• To be resilient, resourceful, develop meaningful relationships and reflect upon their learning.
• To see that making mistakes and taking risks is a good thing.
• To be up for a challenge.
• For learning to stick, so that their knowledge can build upon and connect with previous knowledge.
We are confident that the impact of our approach is that we truly offer a broad and balanced curriculum to all pupils. It offers the chance for all pupils to encounter and understand the very best that has been thought, said, sung, danced, made and played. We believe that this will inspire pupils to go on and excel in their chosen field, with the widest range of opportunities available to them.
We encourage Parents/Carers to be involved as much as possible with their children’s learning; there are regular opportunities for Parent/Carer engagement with the school through Children’s Progress Meetings, Early Morning Learning and numerous school events. From Reception, Parents/Carers are encouraged to come into the classroom at the start of the school day and learn alongside their children. Parents can have total confidence that the needs of every child, as they grow and develop, can be catered for throughout their years in education with us at Marine Academy Primary.
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