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MillbrookPrimary School

"Believe Achieve Succeed"

Curriculum Intent

Curriculum Statement

Believe - Achieve - Succeed


At Millbrook Primary School we offer a broad and balanced curriculum, which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, as they progress through each year group. Our curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and our intent is shaped through our four core strands:


Awe & Wonder: a desire to know something; feel curious


Knowledge & Understanding: facts, information and skills acquired through experience and education; a thirst for knowledge


Good citizenship: making good choices; being responsible; helping, supporting and leading others, and contributing positively to the community.


Achievement & Success: realising your potential with effort, skill, or courage.




Our curriculum intent is delivered through a whole school experience. Purposeful and creative topics, themes and texts are chosen with these aims in mind. This is reflected in our school Long Term Plans, which each year group follow over the course of the academic year. Teachers use these plans to build clear sequences of lessons and exciting learning opportunities that show a clear progression in skills for all non-core subjects and support children to make clear links in their learning. In addition, some of the topics chosen address a range of appropriately challenging issues, in order to develop children’s understanding of the world. For example in Year 6, one of the English texts chosen, centres around the topic of refugees and migration, in order to help educate our children to appreciate diversity, increase tolerance and develop them into global citizens.


Every element of our curriculum has been carefully considered from when the children start in our Nursery right up to Year 6.  The skills needed for each subject area and the knowledge that is linked to those skills, is planned to ensure progression and depth of each strand.  For example, in Science, children are taught the basic parts of the plant at the beginning of Year 1, this is then further developed in Year 2 when looking at conditions needed for successful growth, and then through KS2 further parts of the plants are discovered when linking to germination and reproduction.  


High quality texts form the core of our English curriculum, providing our children with opportunities to read and write across a range of contexts and for different purposes and in response to a variety of exciting first-hand experiences. Each text has been carefully chosen, either because of its message or meaning; the richness of language or illustrations it provides, or because of the multi-layered prompts for discussion.


Teaching reading is a priority in the Early Years, as we recognise that this provides the foundations for learning.  Reading for pleasure is encouraged throughout the school using a range of strategies and our fantastic library is full of hand-picked high quality books that engage readers of all ages. 


In Maths, we believe that everyone can achieve, and that all pupils should experience the awe, wonder and relevance that this subject has to offer.


At Millbrook Primary School, we aim to foster children’s mathematical understanding and help all children to develop a confident, skilled and resilient approach to all aspects of mathematics. This is delivered through flexible groupings, providing engaging activities within an environment that embraces mistakes as opportunities for further learning, thus enabling children to succeed as mathematicians.


Through the teaching of key mathematics skills we enable our children to:

  • Be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry
  • Solve problems by applying their mathematical understanding and knowledge

Children are taught English and Mathematics every day in our school. They also have weekly topic, PE and music lessons. The delivery of our curriculum is further enhanced through our use of specialist PE and Music teachers that not only work alongside teachers, but also support the curriculum leads in these subjects. This also enables high quality provision in these areas such as djembe drum and recorder lessons in music, and gymnastics and tag-rugby in PE.


The curriculum we provide extends beyond the academic, with an equal focus on personal development and citizenship. It is crucial for pupils at Millbrook that we prepare them well for their adult lives, so they understand how to engage with, and contribute to, the community. We provide plentiful opportunities to do this, such as the MCA (Millbrook Citizenship Award) scheme; junior leadership team; peer supporters; sports leaders; anti-bullying ambassadors (‘Unite team’); office assistants; librarians, as well as other volunteering opportunities. We take great pride in our extensive pastoral support (ELSA support; Learning mentor support; The Nest), and wider ranging extra-curricular enrichment opportunities, e.g. cycling proficiency, forest school, construction club and utilising the ‘open plus’ scheme at the local library.


Recently introduced across the school, the rationale behind 'Building Learning Powers' (BLP) is that is enhances and expands the capacity of children to learn. It helps children to develop transferable learning skills and prepares them to become a lifelong learner.


By building up a coherent picture of what it takes to be a good learner, children are able to develop their learning character and habits, as well as their appetite and ability to learn in different ways.


The research and publications of Professor Guy Claxton, and good practice from other schools, has informed our approach to BLP. At Millbrook, we consider BLP in terms of Reflectiveness, Resourcefulness, Responsibility and Resilience (the 4 R’s).


Children are taught and encouraged to make links with their BLP throughout their learning and are increasingly encouraged to consider which learning muscles will help them learn best.




Leaders and teachers are responsible for the design, structure and sequencing of the curriculum. In order to assess the effectiveness of the curriculum, leads oversee, champion and monitor the development of subject areas. This work is undertaken through a range of activities, such as observing teaching; supporting teachers; assessing pupils work and outcomes, and talking to pupils about their learning.


The end result of a well-thought out and challenging curriculum, is that pupils know and understand more about themselves and the wider world, and importantly, are ready for the next stage of their learning.


Pupils of Millbrook understand what it means to be a good citizen and as such, show appreciation of others and have an understanding of how they contribute to the wider community.


In summary, our aim is for all pupils to have been recognised for the contribution they have made to school and the wider community, and also to leave believing in themselves, having achieved their potential and ready for further success.






The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage covers children’s development from birth to the end of their first year in school. The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum covers six key areas:


– Personal, Social and Emotional Development
– Communication and Language
– Mathematics
– Understanding of the world
– Physical Development
– Literacy
– Expressive Arts and Design

Our nursery offers a warm and welcoming environment for your child. There is a wide range of resources; well-planned activities and scope for adventurous and imaginative play both indoors and outdoors.

The purpose of our Foundation Stage is to give every one of our children the best start in life because it is vital for early positive experiences to impact on children’s future chances. Children are encouraged to learn actively, through exploration, play and conversations and their learning takes place inside and outside.


In our Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, to develop the children’s phonics and reading, we follow Letters and Sounds, with some resources from Jolly Phonics.

Key Stages One and Two


Children follow the National Curriculum. The subjects covered are the core subjects of: English, Maths and Science, alongside the foundation subjects of Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music, PE and MFL (for KS2).


At Millbrook Primary School we believe that children learn best when what they learn is real, relevant and linked to what they already know. We follow the National Curriculum through a creative approach, which is formalised into exciting and engaging topics that draw children into their learning. We also believe that children need to develop a variety of skills to prepare them for later life, and we teach these through this creative approach, and through other aspects of the school curriculum such as PSHCE and assemblies.


We try to ensure that topics start with a ‘wow’ or a hook that engages children, and that work towards a real product that children can share with their peers, teachers and parents. Wherever possible, the national curriculum subjects are included and taught through each topic. Where this is not possible stand alone lessons, or sequences of lessons, are taught to ensure that children receive good coverage of the skills and knowledge they need.


We have subject leaders, leading each area of the curriculum and there are agreed plans in place for each year group, showing progression. Subject leaders are responsible for monitoring the delivery of their curriculum area, inspiring children with new and exciting resources and checking on the standards of the work delivered. Our overarching topics for 2020-21, as well as curriculum coverage for each subject for Years One through to Six can be found below:

If you have a question about a particular subject, please contact the subject co-ordinator. Mrs Wheatley is the Inclusion Manager and can help with information about how work is differentiated for children of all abilities.


Curriculum and Subject Leaders


Curriculum responsibilities 

Faye Charlton and Laura Youngman  

Quality of Education  

Richard Baish 


Richard Baish and Jenna Wood 


Faye Charlton and Becky Langley  

English  (Writing and Reading)

Julie Catungal 


Myfanwy Jones  


Suzi Batterton 


Rosie Meyer and Marion Betts  


Komal Sonhatra 


Jenna Wood and Abi Baldry 

Art and DT 

Ian Law 


Rebekah Hornsey  


Alex Silifant  


Laura Youngman 

MFL (KS2) 

Cat Boaz  (VAT)


Rosie Donnellan

Building Learning Powers 

Sue Joyce 

Extra-Curricular activities 

Calum Jaques 

Pupil Leadership