Middle School pupils follow our uniquely designed curriculum which is an enhanced version of the national curriculum. There are two parallel classes in Year 3-5 and teachers plan collaboratively for the year group. While content and approach may vary slightly, every pupil covers the essential work by the end of the year. Middle School is for pupils in Year 3 to Year 5 aged 7 – 9 years.
In English lessons, Middle School pupils are taught using the Talk-for-Writing strategy. Pupils learn fiction and non-fiction texts, through drama and role-play activities, they are taught the features of the genre of writing and grammar through these lessons. There is a weekly spelling lesson and test, guided reading sessions, and spelling and reading homework.
Pupils have a daily maths lesson in which they are taught key maths skills and lessons are planned to give pupils the opportunity for practical application. There is weekly maths homework and children are expected to regularly revise times tables and related division facts.
Science, History, Geography and Religious Studies are taught through a topic and skills-based approach following the objectives in the National Curriculum.
French, Spanish, Latin, Music, Art, Design Technology and Physical Education are taught by subject specialists following national curriculum expectations. More advanced pupils will follow an extended national curriculum, working above age expectations.
Continuing on from Little Prestfelde, pupils in Years 3-5 will be given a small amount of work to complete after school over the week. Activities, when set, should take no more than 15-20 minutes and will consist of some spelling and reading practice, maths and/or English. It is important that pupils are encouraged to develop a good work habit and the best help that parents can give them is to ensure that they have a quiet environment in which to work.
Middle School pupils will be assessed for reading and spelling ability at the beginning and end of the academic year. Teacher assessments are carried out continuously; teachers planning and summative assessments are used to reinforce this each term.