Our Cambridge Connected Curriculum - Intent & Personal Development
A Learning Adventure Through Cambridge and Beyond!
Our Curriculum Intention
"We want our children to be happy and healthy today, fulfilled in the future and able to make their world an even better place."
At Milton Road Primary School, we offer all pupils a rich, broad and balanced curriculum that not only meets the requirements of the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, as well as the Cambridgeshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education, but which also engages and enthuses all learners to create an irrisistable Learning Adventure.
Our Cambridge Connected Curriculum uses our local area, our city and our world as starting points for the learning adventure. The themes for each term are mapped out to connect with the stories, people and places in the present and in the past as ways to help our young people to navigate the future.
Samuel Johnson said, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” We feel this is a good way to think about Cambridge and Greater Cambridge. There is so much on our doorstep, in the urban and rural landscape, which can be optimised to build knowledge, develop character and open windows into the rest of the world and future possibilities. We say, "If teachers give children the keys to the City they will never be tired of learning!"
Set around the four compass points our unique Cambridge Connected Curriculum offers a rounded, whole education that balances personal development (identity/south) creativity and communication (connection/east), academic rigour and cultural capital (adventure/west) with the voice, choice and agency of the child to be a positive changemaker. (citizenship/planet/north). The compass points also align with our four core values that make up the Mnemonic CREW - Courage, Responsibility, Excellence and Wisdom. Ours is a curriculum designed around the heart, hand, head and hope of human existence.
We are thrilled to be working with local Artist, Illustrator and Editor Emma Bennett to produce tangible maps that children will receive, to help them plot and memorise the amazing things they have experienced as part of their learning adventure. You can find out more about Emma Bennett HERE
Wehope that by having a physical map to hold onto year on year, the children will be able to build a mental map of their knowledge and a schema of understanding. This project is on progress and will be launched in September 2024.
Emma Bennett is the creator of The Cambridge Art Book, a fabulous collection of contemporary image from over 50 talented artists working in a mix of media. She is also the Editor for this series of Art Books.
Thanks to high quality teaching and an effective curriculum, our pupils make good academic progress in Reading, Writing and Maths throughout their time in our school, and score highly in the Statutory National Attainment Tests, (SATS) at the end of Year 6.
However, we know that this is only part of the story. In addition to achieving well academically our pupils also perform well in the Arts, Sports and Sciences including in Music, Design Technology, Drama, and Physical Education such as Dancing, Football, Netball and Gymnastics. From feedback from partner secondary schools and from parents we are told that our curriculum creates "all rounders" who not only perform well in exams but are confident, creative, innovative, articulate, kind, sociable and have excellent communication skills.
Our Pedagogic Principles
Our pedagogy is our collective belief and understanding about what works best for children and what helps them to learn. We are a research informed school and a community of practice. Through dialogue and enquiry we problem solve, share and discuss the culture, conditions, environments, activities and approaches which are most effective in ensuring every child succeeds.
Our pedagogy is inspired by a great deal or research and thinking, (which can be seen by clicking on the Colleague Pedagogic Principles Tab), including on the principles in the Early Years Framework: Unique Child, Positive Relationships, Enabling Environments.
The compass design for our Cambridge Connected Curriculum captures these four ideas and our intended outcomes for our pupils:
South - Courageous Individual (Unique Child EYFS)
East - Excellent Friend (Positive Relationships EYFS)
West - Wise Learner (Learning & Development EYFS)
North - Responsible Citizen (Enabling Environments EYFS)
As mentioned above, our holistic curriculum is designed to educate the whole child. Personal Development is key to this. Through the planned, hidden and extra curriculum, children are learning about the world around them, how to behave, how to develop good social, moral, cultural and spiritual understanding, and how to be a good Citizen, ready to participate in life in Modern Britain.
Schools have a statutory duty to prepare learners for life in modern Britain by: equipping them to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society; developing their understanding of fundamental British values; developing their understanding and appreciation of diversity; celebrating what we have in common and promoting respect for the different protected characteristics as defined in law. To do this we use a range of resources including BBC Bite Size, Picture News and the No Outsiders Programme.
In addition to the resources listed above Personal Development opportunities are woven into the fabric of our curriculum, culture, ethos and ways of working. In the document below we have started to collate examples of the learning opportunities and activities that contribute to our personal development curriculum. We have listed our offer under eleven categories. Please scroll the bar from left to right to see all eleven areas.
PE, Sport, Daily Activity
Fundamental British Values
Equality, Diversity Inclusion & Protected Characteristics
Cultural Capital and Enrichment
Citizenship, Careers, Economic Education & Transition
Resilience and Mental Health
Social and Moral Development
Relationships and Sex Education
Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Skills Builder - Essential Skills
As per our Curriculum Design, we want our provision to be holistic, so that children acquire both knowledge and skills. We know that essential skills are vital to ensure that our children have all the confidence, resilience, creativity and strength of character to be happy and healthy today and fulfilled in the future including in their educational next steps and future careers.
Milton Road is proud to be a Skills Builder School and we align our four values of Courage, Responsibility, Excellence and Wisdom with the eight essential skills areas of the Skills Builder Universal Framework.These are Listening and Speaking, Problem Solving and Creativity, Staying Positive and Aiming High, Leadership and Teamwork.
Learning About Fundamental British Values and Protected Characteristics
Indoor and Outdoor Environments
"Have nothing in your classroom, you don't know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." with thanks to William Morris
Milton Road Primary School is an attractive building set in beautiful grounds. With a large field, orchards, playgrounds, a kitchen garden, a Library opened by Michael Rosen and an attractive central courtyard there are many lovely spaces for children to work, rest, learn and play.
Taking Kettle's Yard as our inspiration, the indoor environments are calm, clutter free and purposefully oriented to maximise the positive experience for the children and successful outcomes for their learning.
The National Curriculum, Programmes of Study and Currciulum Implimetation
The school ensures it meet the statutary requirements of the National Curriculum which sets out the skills, knowledge, understanding and expected levels of achievement to be acquired in each subject at Key Stage 1 (Years 1–2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3–6). The core subjects are: English (reading and writing), Maths, and Science.
You can find out more about how our school implements our curriculum intention by visiting our Subject Leadership Programmes of Study page.