"Pupils are proud of their school. Their good behaviour and positive attitudes make a strong contribution to their success."
Ofsted January 2013
At Mackie Hill we follow the objectives in the revised 2014 national curriculum to plan and assess all subject areas. Our teachers plan and prepare lessons on a weekly basis and adapt these lessons on a daily basis as a result of the day's productivity and progression. Their planning allows lessons to be taught to the highest standard and planning is monitored by senior leadership on a weekly basis to help maintain high standards and creativity.
Foundation subjects are taught through related themes where every class in school pursues age related objectives through specific topics.
Each class has their own topic map which is sent out to parents and is also available on their class pages here on the website. Please see our curriculum maps below:
Subject Leader: Miss Rhodes.
Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 follow the synthetic phonics approach, using the 'Read Write Inc' programme. It is an approach to teaching phonics in which individual letters or letter sounds are blended to form groups of letters or sounds, and those groups are then blended to form complete words.
At Mackie Hill we take a rigorous and systematic approach to the teaching of phonics and our daily phonics sessions are fun, involving lots of visual prompts, speaking, listening and active games. There is great emphasis on children's active participation with the teacher modelling how to use phonic knowledge and the children following. They then quickly learn how to use their phonic knowledge for reading and writing activities and in their independent play.
This approach is proving very successful for pupils here at Mackie Hill as we have had excellent results in the recently introduced Year 1 phonics screening test. In 2017 89% of our pupils achieved the required standard which is once again above the national average.
We use a combination of reading schemes. These include Oxford Reading Tree, Floppy's Phonics, Ginn and Rigby Star. These give a variety of fiction and non-fiction books to develop children's reading range. Children learn to read at different rates. Once they finish the reading scheme, we encourage them to become 'free readers' and choose their own books.
At Mackie Hill we follow the Sheffield Handwriting Scheme which is based on the Sassoon infant font on laptops and PC's. We start this from a very early age and continue this throughout school so children develop a comfortable, legible, fluid style of handwriting. We complete handwriting on a daily basis. Once pupils are fluid and consistent, pupils will graduate to using pen in their books.
Throughout school Pie Corbett’s 'Talk 4 Writing' is used. In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 this takes place over 2 days. In Key Stage 2 this takes place over 3 days with an 'All in One' session towards the end of the week which has a SPAG focus.
Talk 4 Writing has an emphasis on getting children to ‘talk’ a text before they write. Pie Corbett believes that children can’t write unless they can talk it, which is a key driver when we plan our writing sessions.
In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children concentrate on learning, re-telling and changing parts of texts.
In Key Stage 2 children learn, re-tell, change parts and create their own texts. In week 1 children draw the text and performing it as a whole class, in groups and in pairs then write the re-tell. In week 2 children draw their text change, perform it then write their changes. In week 3 children draw and write their own texts.
This 'Talk 4 Writing' principle is used across the curriculum to develop and embed key writing skills in other areas.
SPaG refers to the teaching of Spelling and grammar skills.
Subject Leader: Mrs Helks
Mathematics teaching and learning
Mackie Hill J & I School is a ‘Numicon’ school. This means that we adopt the principles of the ‘Numicon’ approach in our teaching and learning of maths, to enable children to achieve the 3 main National curriculum aims:
1. Children become fluent in the fundamentals of maths (‘Do maths’)
2. Children can solve problems by applying their mathematics (‘Use maths’)
3. Children can reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry (‘Talk maths’)
This approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics is based on Bruner’s principles of learning, in which he states that children’s understanding of new concepts develops through 3 stages;
Concrete - Using real life objects and concrete apparatus
Visual - Using visual representations and pictures
Symbolic - Using abstract symbols and signs
Subject Leader: Mrs Helks
The main focus of teaching science throughout school is to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. They will be encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. They will be helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information. They will then begin to develop simple scientific language to talk about what they have found out and communicate their ideas to a range of audiences in a variety of ways.
Subject Leader: Mrs Cooke
For further information about our curriculum, including the teaching and learning policy, please email Mrs Elliott.