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Our Curriculum

CURRICULUM INTENT

We aim to deliver a curriculum that:

  • is engaging, exciting and challenging

  • is underpinned by our school values, aims and mission statement

  • develops children’s creativity and ability to problem solve

  • fosters a growth mindset approach to learning

  • prioritises reading to allow pupils to access the full curriculum

  • ensures mathematical fluency and confidence in numeracy

  • provides opportunities for cultural capital with regular visits and visitors that support learning & aspirations

  • is broad and balanced with cross curricular links

  • has clear progression in skills and knowledge

  • celebrates our differences and diversity

  • prepares children for their future – whatever that may be!

CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION

The school is organised into 9 classes which includes a morning and afternoon nursery. In addition, we provide 8 full time Nursery places.

At Morden Primary, our school curriculum includes all learning and other experiences that our children take part in.

Nursery and Reception children work on the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is statutory. Outdoor learning is a key element of this experience. Click here for further information on the Early Years and Foundation Stage Curriculum.

In Years 1-6, the National curriculum subjects are taught through a topic based approach. However, not all subjects can be linked to an over-arching topic and are therefore taught discretely. Click Here for further information on the National Curriculum

We are fortunate to have a specialist music teacher in Years 3-6 and a specialist PE teacher for Reception – Year 6.

We believe curriculum enrichment and enhancement is essential for supporting our school motto “Learn, Achieve, Enjoy”. Each class participates in regular visits to enhance the curriculum and develop children’s cultural capital by visiting museums, art galleries, zoos and churches amongst other places.

Ever seeking to engage and excite our children, we have many focused enrichment weeks. We hold an annual Book Week, Maths Week, Aspiration Week, Arts Week, Anti-bullying Week, Science Day and French Café day.

Sporting activities are important to children’s health and well-being. We have a daily Morden Mile, annual Sports Day and participate in many of the borough’s inter-school PE tournaments. We have a Gold Sportsmark award.

Morden children have many opportunities to showcase their performing arts skills and talents. The children perform in nativities in EYFS and KS1 and a carol concert for KS2. KS2 audition, rehearse and perform in a summer musical. Our Y6 children also annually sing to the elderly visitors from FISH when they deliver the annual food hampers during Harvest. Annually we participate in the Winter Wonderland celebrations in Wimbledon where our children sing and dance for the public. We also annually participate in singing and dancing in Sutton town centre to raise money for St Raphael’s hospice. We have weekly RockSteady lessons available for children where they can learn to play the electric guitar, drums or keyboard and form a band that performs a concert at the end of each half term. Singing assemblies are held each week and in the Autumn & Spring terms each class performs a class assembly to their parents. Children in Years 4 & 6 also have whole class recorder lessons.

Phonics is taught explicitly in EYFS and KS1. We use Letters and Sounds as our guide for teaching the phases and make it interactive and fun through the use of Jolly Phonics.


In Years 2-6 we teach Reading using a Whole Class Reading (WCR) approach implementing the gradual release of responsibility model (I do- we do- you do). High quality texts are used to enhance topics throughout the school.

We use a mastery approach to maths from Reception to Year 6. Reception-Year 4 use resources from the Maths No Problem scheme and Years 5 & 6 use resources from the White Rose scheme. We are currently participating in a SW London Maths Hub with a Teaching for Mastery approach to maths.

RE is taught using the Merton’s agreed SACRE (Standing Advisory council of Religious Education programme.) Our PE curriculum is developed from the MSSP (Merton School Sports Partnership) scheme of work. French is taught using the French Primary Project. Our website provides further information on our approach to the delivery of Maths and Literacy. Our prospectus provides an overview of how the other subject areas are taught at Morden Primary. Click here to view our prospectus.

For PSHE we are introducing the Relationships & Health Education material that becomes statutory in September 2020. Morden is an “early adopter” and this year will be an introduction to this curriculum. We have a school council that is led by class council representatives who meet regularly to address and discuss ideas they have to help continually improve our school.

Pupil Voice is essential at Morden and as such, we have introduced a PLT (Pupil Leadership Team) for September 2019. The PLT comprises of a Head Girl and Head Boy; Y6 House Captains (who lead the 5 hummingbird teams); Y5 Sports Leaders and our School council members. PLT regularly meet with the Senior Leadership team to share their ideas for school improvement.

Each of our classes has a clearly mapped long term and medium term plan which details the skills and knowledge progression in each subject area – see the “Yearly Topic Plans” and “Medium Term Plans” for specific year group information. Individual subject learning leaders have created progression documents for their subject areas. See the Subject tabs for this information.

CURRICULUM IMPACT

The impact our curriculum is having on standards of teaching and learning:

The curriculum at Morden is designed to enable a wide range of engagement, not only within class but in providing out of class opportunities to ensure children develop themselves as learners and we encourage each child to be as independent as they can be.

Results at the end of Statutory Key Stage 2 Assessments show an upward trajectory trend.

Questionnaires to the pupils, parents and staff allow us to regularly review and assess the impact that the curriculum is having. We have had many positive responses from the children to this effect:

  • “I like the school just the way it is.” (Y4)

  • “The teachers in my class constantly help me to be a good student.” (Y6)

  • “It’s fun because we go on trips and adventures.” (Year 4)

  • “I like Rocksteady, mathematics and getting my times table badges.” (Y2)

Following a recent parent survey (July 2019), we received acknowledgement that we continued to be successful in our approach to learning:

  • 100% state that visitors and parents are made to feel welcome

  • 98% state their child likes school

  • 97% state behaviour is managed well by staff

  • 97% there is a broad and varied curriculum catering for a wide range of needs

  • “My child is interested in books and storytelling thanks to the work of the school.”

  • “There is a strong commitment from the staff to children. They go above and beyond.”

  • “There is always something great going on – lots of activities – the school is a buzz of fun learning activities.”

Staff responses in a May 2019 survey were equally positive:

  • “Our school has a high emphasis on pastoral care with lots of things in place to support it.”

  • “The Leadership Team are approachable and supportive and help ensure we have a work life balance.”

At Morden Primary, the development of the whole child is our focus. All our staff are trained on attachment and trauma to support vulnerable children. Our safeguarding procedures were deemed to demonstrate “exceptional pastoral care” in Ofsted September 2018. Whether it’s pastoral, academic, sport, science or the performing arts, the child is at the core of everything we do.