Curriculum

This describes everything that goes on in school which results in your child learning about the world around him/her.  It comprises formal, structured learning; extra-curricular activities; and the ‘hidden’ curriculum, which embodies attitude and culture.
 

The Governing Body’s Statement of Curriculum Aims

“We aim to provide a happy, caring and secure environment in which children can work co-operatively and independently and develop an awareness of the needs of others.  Moor Hall School aims to provide the children with a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum which promotes spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development.
 
We encourage pupils to be respectful of people and property and thereby take a pride in themselves and their school.
 
Throughout their school life, children will be encouraged towards independence and responsible decision making, as part of their essential preparation for the next step to secondary school and adult life”.
 
Our curriculum puts into practice the requirements of the National Curriculum, the Birmingham Education Authority, and the Governors of the school.  The National Curriculum comprises of English, Mathematics, Science, RE, PE, History, Geography, Design Technology, Music, Art and Religious Education.   In addition to this we teach SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning).
 
We also have specialist teaching of French (from Year 1) and Music.
 
Our curriculum is underpinned by encouraging children to develop higher order learning behaviours. We are developing Guy Claxton’s BLP (Building Learning Power) at Moor Hall.
 
The various curriculum areas, e.g., Art, English, etc, may be taught as separate subjects or they may be taught in a cross-curricular way through links.  The school has a cycle of topics which has been planned to operate throughout the seven years, ensuring that the children cover all the main elements of the National Curriculum.   The topics are reviewed annually.
The content of the curriculum for each year group can be found on the class web pages by following the link to ‘meet the teacher’ presentation.
 
In EYFS and KS1 children follow the Jolly Phonics Scheme. This is supplemented by Read Write Inc and Floppy Phonics. Support materials are available here Floppy Phonics

The school uses the Oxford Reading Tree as the main reading scheme, but this is supplemented by a variety of reading materials.

Children engage in ‘Guided Reading’ between 9am and 9.30am each day.
 
Following are brief outlines of the different subject areas taught at Moor Hall.  Further curriculum statements are available in school for inspection by parents on request.
 
The school holds the Quality Mark for high standards in Literacy and Numeracy; the Healthy Schools Award;  and Sport England Active Mark.