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A large proportion of the teaching time is taken up by the National Curriculum. This comprises three core subjects – English, Mathematics and Science, and six foundation subjects – Design Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education and Computing.

Religious Education is also taught. It has been agreed by the Governors that the school adopts the Kent Curriculum Policy and Statement.

Mathematics

‘Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but extreme beauty’ – Bertrand Russell

Mathematics is not just about knowing answers, understanding facts and being able to roll these out at will. At Molehill, we are working to give children a firm understanding of all areas of Mathematics but to also enjoy the beauty and relevance of Mathematics in the real world. Children can experience a sense of awe and wonder as they solve a problem for the first time, discover a more elegant solution and make links between different areas of Mathematics.

Mathematics is important in everyday life and is not just a skill that children should learn at school, then forget. Being fluent with numbers, understanding patterns and using logic and problem solving skills are part of everyday life. Mathematics makes a significant contribution to modern society as the basic skills of Mathematics are vital for the life opportunities of our children and Mathematics helps to develop the mind and those highly valued cognitive skills.

 

Learners at Molehill Primary Academy study Mathematics to become functioning, successful adults who are able to think for themselves and thrive in the real world. Our aim is that all children should leave Molehill Primary Academy with a positive opinion of Mathematics and a positive outlook on their future studies of the subject. The language of mathematics is international. The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised.  Mathematics helps us to understand and change the World.

 

If you would like any further information, please don’t hesitate to talk to your child’s class teacher.

If you would like more information about the White Rose Maths Hub, please find the website address below.

http://whiterosemathshub.co.uk/

English

At Molehill Primary Academy we aim to equip pupils with the language and written skills that they will need to thrive and to instil a love of literature through reading.

The ability to read, write, speak and listen empowers children to communicate effectively, interpret the world around them insightfully and engage with a fast-moving world meaningfully.

Literate children grow up to become adults who are more likely to be employed in higher earning occupations, healthy and more engaged with society.

In Key Stage 1, we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics scheme to help support children’s reading and spelling skills.

You can find out more information about ‘Letters and Sounds’ by clicking here.

Foundation Subjects

We use a two-year rolling cycle of topics to ensure all children in each year group are taught phase specific foundation subject skills as outlined in the National Curriculum.

Where possible we link Kent Scheme for Science to foundation topics in order to create a seamless learning experience; however, where this is not possible, Science may be taught discretely in order to ensure curriculum coverage.

Click below to see our topics.

We have found, through our experiences of using IPC and the LAT mathematics framework for a year, that there are changes needed in the way that the National Curriculum is planned, delivered and assessed at Molehill.

Over the past term, the Vice Principal has been working with principals, EYFS practitioners, subject leaders, teachers and the executive principal to help development curriculum delivery and assessment in preparation for September.

The new approach is a child-centred skills-based curriculum which has been carefully planned so as to ensure the relevant age-appropriate skills are covered.

The National Curriculum is the curriculum which will be followed and subject leaders and SLT will monitor books and planning carefully to ensure coverage of the curriculum is complete.

The individual skills from the National Curriculum which are taught over the two year cycle are able to be found in the ‘Individual Class Curriculum Information’ section under the ‘Curriculum’ tab of the website.

Medium term plans are also able to be found in these sections.

If you have any questions about Molehill Primary Academy’s curriculum offer please contact the school office and we will be happy to help.