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Curriculum

Our Curriculum

The core purpose of education at Lytchett Matravers Primary School is to provide our children with rich, deep and durable learning that is transferrable across a range of contexts.  It is built upon a strong emotionally literate and morally responsible foundation. This will equip them with the knowledge, skills, understanding behaviours and attitudes necessary for success in their next stage of education, their future employment and for their adult life within an ever-changing world.

Our unique curriculum design and curriculum approach is increasingly aligned to our specific local context and our pupils’ particular needs.

Our curriculum should enable our children to:

  • build strong, knowledge-based semantic memories, store them in their long-term memory and be able to retrieve and use them as a situation arises.
  • make strong connections within their learning that are durable and transferrable between contexts.
  • think creatively and critically.
  • innovate, solve problems and generate solutions.
  • develop strong analytical skills.
  • become emotionally literate and morally responsible citizens.

Science

Here at LMPS we aim to deliver a high-quality science education, providing the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. All pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, we aim to encourage our pupils to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.

Computing

Computing at LMPS aims to teach pupils how systems work and how to apply this through programming. We also aim to give pupils the opportunity to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. We intend to embed the use of information technology within the teaching of mathematics, science and design and technology. At LMPS we want our pupils to become digitally literate in order to prepare them as active participants in a digital world.

History

Our aim is to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. We aim to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. We encourage the children to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement. 

At LMPS, History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Geography

At LMPS, our geography education is designed to inspire a sense of curiosity and wonder in our children. We hope to encourage them to raise questions about the world they live in and to learn about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments that will remain with them forever. We strive for our teaching to equip pupils with knowledge about the Earth’s key physical and human processes and its people. We hope that as our pupils reach the end of Key Stage 1, we have inspired our children to appreciate their local area as well as to understand that we are part of a bigger world where areas have similarities and differences. As pupils progress through Key Stage 2, their knowledge about the world should form a strong foundation for them to widen their understanding of how physical and human processes, landscapes and environments are interconnected. They will learn about how the world will continually change over time and we as humans have parts to play in protecting our planet. At LMPS, we aim to ensure that the children’s geographical knowledge and understanding is supported by skills learnt throughout the key stages including map reading and fieldwork. 

RE

At LMPS we believe that RE is an important curriculum area that enhances the children's understanding and acceptance of different religions and cultures.  We aim to teach the children about different religions so that they can gain an understanding of important religious festivals and how they are celebrated. We intend to encourage pupils to explore their own beliefs and teach pupils to develop respect for different faiths and beliefs. Through the teaching of RE at LMPS we aim for pupils to build their sense of identity and belonging, which will help them flourish within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society.

Music

At LMPS we aim to engage and inspire pupils to develop both a love of music and their talent as musicians. We aim to develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, listen to and perform a wide range of musical styles both in individual and group settings.

Art &      Design

At LMPS we aim to provide a high-quality art and design education that engages, inspires and challenges pupils. Equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We aim to develop pupils understanding to help them to think critically and gain a more rigorous understanding of art and design. We want our children to know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

 

Design & Technology

At LMPS we aim to inspire children in Design and Technology using creativity and imagination.  Pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Children learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world, they explore this further through their mathematics, science, geography, history and art topics to develop a broad range of subject knowledge.

 

PE

At LMPS, we aim for a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. We ensure we provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. At LMPS, we provide opportunities to compete in sport at all ages and through a range of sporting areas.  Activities build character and help to embed our Sporting Values which are celebrated across the school.

 

MFL

At LMPS we teach foreign languages in order to provide an opening to other cultures, fostering pupils’ curiosity and deepening their understanding of the world. 

We aim to enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. 

We provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. 

Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

 

PSHE

At LMPS we believe that it’s very important that our pupils get an excellent, broad and well-balanced education that will teach them the necessary skills and prepare them for the future.  We seek to use PSHE education to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: keeping safe, drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle. At LMPS, we use the Jigsaw and mindful approach to PSHE for our pupils.  This brings together Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development.

 

Please click on the 'WHOLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM MAP' PDF file at the bottom of this page to take a look at our Curriculum outline for Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception), Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6).  

If you have any questions about our curriculum, please speak to your child's class teacher or contact the school office.