The Mill Primary Academy
The Mill Primary Academy
The Mill Primary Academy

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Our curriculum is bespoke to us and is driven by the fact that we want children to leave the Mill secure in their own identity; familiar with their own community and sense of family; skilled in making connections with friends and the wider world.

Core principles

These core principles run through our school in all our curriculum studies. They drive how we want our children to think, behave and how we want to shape their beliefs.

THESE ARE THE BIG QUESTIONS . . .

Community

  • What community have I grown up in?
  • What family community do I have?
  • How do I contribute to the school as a community?
  • How can I contribute to the wider community?
  • What creates a community?
  • What type of community do I want to help create and what do I do in it?

Identity

  • Who am I?
  • What do I believe?
  • What makes me, me?
  • Where do I get my beliefs?
  • What type of person do I want to be?

Connection

  • How am I connected to the location of where I am living?
  • How am I connected to people around me?
  • How do I connect to other people?
  • How do I connect my beliefs to my role in the world?
  • What connections do I want to make and hold on to?

Our curriculum is based around themes that engage the children and we take a linked approach to our learning.

Curriculum Units:

Our curriculum units are covered in every year group and follow some core principles. Each year group

  1. Room 13
  2. Games, including one card game
  3. Farming and animals
  4. Drama/musicality

Room 13

Room 13 is our student run art based studio. Each year group should run a 6 week brief on the principles of Room 13 (independence, entrepreneurship, persevering with a piece of work) using the skills they develop in Room 13.

Games, including one card game

Family is important to our philosophy, as is the tradition of card playing and sharing games with families. In one term every year children will share games or learn a game and we will encourage them to play games with others.

Farming and animals

We have animals at The Mill. The animals help to teach children about care of other living things; respect, empathy; food and food chains and of course natural resources.

Drama/Musicality

We believe that each child should experience and explore the skills and talents that sometimes remain hidden and untapped. We also believe that these subjects in particular teach skills that explore character traits such as self-expression and self-belief that go to the core of Identity.

TERM Rec Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

1

Drama/M

Nursery Rhymes

Drama/M

Songs for our school

Farming

Pond studies/ woodland

Games

Traditional

RM13

Animation for Year 1 Phonics

Drama/M

Mary Poppins – family

RM13

Xmas fair/ portraits

2

Drama/M

Nursery Rhymes

Games

What games did people play?

Farming

Organic foods and designing festival menus

Drama/M

Shakespeare

3

RM13

Texture and Pattern

Games

Sharing Games

RM13

Art inspired Maths exhibition

Games

Games Master

Farming

Fair trade and farming around the world

Farming

Sustainable living

4

Games

Sharing Games

Farming

Farm to table

RM13

Books and Printing illustrations/front cover

Farming

Farming through the ages

Farming

Sustainable living

5

Farming

Caring for animals

RM13

Shadow Puppets and story telling

Drama/M

Tangled – community maps

Drama/M 

Lion King, community display

Drama/M

Shrek – Mr and Mrs!

Games

Ageing population

SATS

6

RM13

Identity/Hindleap/portraits Big art

Games

Dragons Den

The school calendar has theme weeks which are followed by the whole school. This enables us to assess children across the school and focus the learning for the whole community. The teachers have a lot of freedom in these weeks in order to engage the children and for the children themselves to be able to express their desires and have input in to their learning.

The theme weeks culminate in displays of work in our “Progression corridor” and in an open afternoon where parents can see the work their children and others have produced.

We start in October with an Art and Writing week.

In March we have an International week.

In June we have a Sports week.

In July we have an Eco and Science week.