Curriculum Intent and Curriculum Statement
The aim of Millfield is to provide opportunities for children to develop as respectful, determined and proud learners with high aspirations, who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. Respectful, Determined and Proud are our school values and are embedded in school life. There is a high focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding. The school ensures that children are aware and are becoming prepared for life in modern Britain.
Millfield provides a highly inclusive environment where learners enjoy their education. Pupils at all levels are helped to achieve their potential. Those who are highly able are challenged and supported through appropriately pitched teaching. Those who find learning more challenging are encouraged and given targeted support to embed skills, to develop at their own pace or simply to learn in a style that best suits their individual needs. We promote The Cognitive Load Theory, which reinforces the importance of recap to secure learning.
Millfield’s focus on curriculum development is always carefully designed to ensure coverage and progression. It provides pupils with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills. The children's own community, its heritage and traditions are used as a starting point for engaging interest. A primary focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations and the desire to learn. Promoting pride is fundamental at Millfield; as a school value and an acronym for positive learning behaviours it is a central part of school life.
Millfield is in the process of utilising the outside environment to engage, motivate and stimulate children’s learning and ideas. Our school yurt, pond and wildlife areas are central in providing these opportunities for children. This has promoted cross curricular learning which our children have responded to with passion and curiosity.
Music is developing a higher profile at Millfield. We have specialist teachers who lead tailored sessions for individuals, groups, classes and the whole school. Musical opportunities are extensive, these consist of playing different instruments, such as the: ukulele, guitar, recorder and keyboard, as well as the teaching of singing and percussion instruments. Giving music a focus across the school has engaged many children including children with SEND.
The school provides the full core offer of extended school provision. To promote physical health and wellbeing, a range of clubs gives learners opportunities to access a wide variety of sports clubs after school hours and during lunch times. High quality visits and visitors into school enhance the curriculum and provide opportunities for writing for a purpose.
A house system has been established as part of Millfield’s structure; it provides opportunities for team work and collaboration, as well as working with a range of ages and abilities. This system supports opportunities for competitive games and also reinforces the importance of sportsmanship.
Faculties play an important part in the success of the curriculum by leading a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review. This structure provides a strong foundation and opportunities for staff to collaboratively work together. Faculties design and implement inspirational days throughout the year to promote cross curricular learning in engaging, memorable and practical methods.
This curriculum design ensures that the needs of all children can be met within the environment of high quality teaching and learning, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate. There is a positive impact on children’s outcomes due to Millfield’s diverse curriculum. Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour. Children feel safe to try new things.
Handwriting Letter Formation
Displays around the School
|Key Stage 1 Reading Challenge||Key Stage 2 Reading Challenge||Interactive maths display in Rowan Class|