Our curriculum aims to create a learning environment which reflects the key principles of The Bridge Academy Trust:
ENJOY - ENRICH - ACHIEVE - ASPIRE
ENJOY - Our children will have experiences throughout their time at Mildmay Primary which are enjoyable and memorable. Children who are happy have a positive attitude towards their learning and will make greater progress.
ENRICH - Our children will have access to a broad curriculum which goes beyond the classroom experience. Trips, residential visits, visitors, curriculum weeks alongside sports, music and academic opportunities will all enrich their primary school journey.
ACHIEVE - Our children will be recognised for their achievements both inside and outside school. We know that children who experience success will believe in themselves and will consequently thrive in all areas. We aim for every child to reach their potential and be equipped with the necessary social and academic skills to progress on to the next stage of their lives.
ASPIRE - Our children will be encouraged and supported to have high expectations for themselves. The school has a growth mindset approach to learning and teaches that through hard work and determination anything is possible.
“An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't. It's knowing where to go to find out what you need to know; and it's knowing how to use the information you get.” - William Feather
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – Yeats
In an ever-changing world, a good curriculum needs to teach the right knowledge and skills to address the challenges children will face in the future. With an increasingly rapid rate of economic and social change, schools are in the unusual position of needing to prepare children for jobs and roles in society that may not yet exist.
In modern society, information is available at the click of a button. To acquire this information as knowledge and be able to use and apply it, a child must possess a wide variety of skills.
At Mildmay Primary School, we understand that knowledge and skills are intertwined – being able to effectively use and apply knowledge matters more than just the acquisition of it; skills are therefore extremely significant in successful learning.
Research indicates that children learn more effectively and remember more when they can use appropriate skills to access, develop, process and express their knowledge. At Mildmay Primary School, skills-based learning and objectives create classroom environments where independence, thinking skills, collaboration, resilience and active learning are developed at the same time as knowledge is acquired.
Our curriculum demands a strong focus on the core elements, enabling children to build a solid platform from the literacy and numeracy ‘basics’ that underpin their wider learning; we ensure that the ‘basics’, crucial to the independent learner and for effective progress, are explicitly transferred to other areas of study and investigation.
Our rigorously mapped progression strategies, across the entire curriculum, give rise to a broad, balanced, thematic and engaging educational experience which offers wide-ranging opportunities for children to develop, progress, perform and excel.
We strongly believe that our children will be best prepared for the challenges of the next stage in their education and their life beyond when they know how to find things out, how to apply what they have learnt and how to drive their own learning through the acquisition and development of their learning skills.
The Mildmay Primary School curriculum also recognises the importance of social and cultural development of children. We aim to promote the voice of young people and to help children learn to have an informed opinion and to make a well-informed decision; to develop emotionally resilient individuals; to engender empathy and understanding amongst equals and help children manage their own wellbeing.
If you would like any further information regarding the curriculum, please contact the school office or your child's class teacher in the first instance.