The foundation subjects are taught through units of work or topics planned over a two or four year cycle, to ensure continuity and progression in teaching and learning from year to year. Wherever possible, first hand experiences are planned, through visits and visitors to help bring the learning to life.
In History the children develop their knowledge, understanding and skills of chronology and significant events, people and changes in the past. The children learn that the past is represented in different ways, and how to find out about the past from an appropriate range of sources of information. The children are encouraged to ask and answer questions, and organise and communicate their findings in a variety of ways. The breadth of study includes local, British, European and worldwide history.
The Geography curriculum enables the children to study the local and surrounding environments, another locality in the United Kingdom and one in a developing country.
The children develop their geographical knowledge, understanding and skills through practical fieldwork and the use of class based sources of information.
Design and Technology aims to develop both practical and creative skills. The subject combines elements of art and craft, science and technology and is designed to challenge the children to find a solution to set problems. Children are taught a range of skills through focused, practical tasks, which are then put to use in a variety of ‘Design and Make’ assignments including puppets, sandwiches, a playground and wheeled vehicles.
Art and design work aims to stimulate creativity and imagination. Pupils use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. Pupils are also encouraged to identify different kinds of art through the work of artists, craftspeople and designers in contemporary life, and in different times and cultures. We believe the stimulation of an aesthetically pleasing environment for learning encourages children to value their own work and the work of others.
The school works regularly with our Artist in Residence Glen Cosins.
Physical Education develops pupils’ physical competence and confidence. The PE curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges as individuals, and in groups and teams. The curriculum aims to promote positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles through the provision of gymnastics, dance, games and athletic activities. The school has its own dedicated and well equipped PE hall and also utilises the swimming pool at Maidwell Hall School to provde weekly swimming lessons, as well as having a dedicated PE lesson in the week.
The PE curriculum is enriched through the provision of additional activities which include after school clubs and visits from outside sporting professionals, such as members of the Northampton Football and Rugby Clubs.
In KS2 the school employs a specialist Class Teacher.
The Peripatetic Music Service also provides opportunities for instrumental tuition in Woodwind and Strings. The school also employs a guitar and piano teacher.
All the children at Maidwell receive weekly swimming lessons. The lessons take place at nearby Maidwell Hall School and are delivered by a fully qualified swimming teacher.
Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship help to give the pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives, and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. We have adopted the materials developed by Northamptonshire County Council which support, through detailed lesson plans, education in relationships and in drug awareness.
The programme extends across both Key Stages, is linked to the Science curriculum, and is appropriate to the age of the children. Parents are kept fully informed of these aspects of the curriculum which is supported by the provision of regular ‘Circle Time’ and the activities of the School Council. Circle time meetings in each class promote self-esteem, self discipline and responsibility towards others.
The School Council is a representative group of pupils from each year group, guided and advised by a member of the teaching staff. The School Council meets regularly to discuss and present ideas and suggestions which the pupils feel would benefit the school. Circle Time and School Council suggestions have resulted in improvements to the school, such as playground rules and new playground equipment.
Religious Education is a statutory requirement in the curriculum. At Maidwell Primary School the RE curriculum follows the agreed syllabus for Northamptonshire.
The RE curriculum enables the children to develop their knowledge and understanding of the main features and teaching of Christianity and other principal religions and starts the children on their own spiritual journey through life.
The curriculum is supported and enriched by visits to places of worship such as the Church of St Mary in Maidwell, the Hindu Temple in Wellingborough and the Northampton Synagogue. Representatives of different faith groups are also invited into school to deepen the children’s understanding of the lives of believers within other faiths and traditions.
Parents are entitled to withdraw their children from Religious Education and should contact the Headteacher if they wish to exercise this right.
At KS2 the children receive a weekly lesson in Spanish(1hr) from a native Spanish speaking teacher.
Collective Worship has a central position in our school. Collective Worship is held daily, as a whole school.
Collective Worship is carefully planned through half termly themes which provide valuable opportunities for spiritual, cultural, moral and social development.
We aim to provide high quality worship which is stimulating and enjoyable for all participants. Worship sessions include opportunities for sharing experiences, singing, prayer and quiet reflection.
Parents are entitled to withdraw their children from Collective Worship and should contact the Headteacher if they wish to exercise this right.