In this section, you will find information about our school’s curriculum, including:
- the content of the curriculum we follow in each academic year for every subject
- the names of the phonics and reading schemes we are using in KS1
- how parents or other members of the public can find out more about the curriculum we follow
Our aim is to equip children not only with the statutory requirements of the curriculum but to prepare them for their role as active, responsible citizens. Our wide range of additional learning opportunities provide an opportunity for the children to learn from other cultures, respect diversity, co-operate with one another and value each individual. We celebrate success and build on disappointment in order to develop resilient young people of the future.
At Florence Melly, we offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based. A curriculum which: promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
The curriculum at Florence Melly is determined by the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, the National Curriculum, Liverpool City Council Curriculum Guidelines and the school’s individual subject policies.
For more details, please click this link to access our Curriculum Statement:
This school curriculum page is intended to give you information about:
What your child will be learning each half term, for the academic year.
Celebration Weeks, what they are, when they are.
Fundraising days and Awareness Raising days.
Guest Speakers who add an extra dimension to your child’s education.
Other events in school that support our curriculum.
You and your child may find this curriculum guide useful as it will:
Encourage discussion at home about your child’s learning.
Encourage your child to develop independence towards their approach to learning at home.
Enable you to organise what your child will need to wear on specific Fund Raising and Awareness Raising days.
Subject Specific Information
Please use the links below to access information, curriculum maps, assessment milestones and photographs relating to individual subject areas.
At Florence Melly Community Primary School, we value Art & Design. We are ARTISTS! Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
For further information, please click the following link: Art & Design at Florence Melly
At Florence Melly Community Primary School, we value Geography. WE ARE GEOGRAPHERS! A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Our Geography curriculum aims to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As our pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world will help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.
For further information, please click the following link: Geography at Florence Melly
At Florence Melly Community Primary School, we value Design Technology. WE ARE DESIGNERS and TECHNOLOGISTS! Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
For further information, please click the following link: Design Technology at Florence Melly
At Florence Melly Community Primary School, we value Science. WE ARE SCIENTISTS! A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
For further information, please click the following link: Science at Florence Melly
At Florence Melly Community Primary School, we value Religious Education. WE ARE THEOLOGISTS! Religious education contributes dynamically to children and young people’s education in schools by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. In RE children learn about and from religions and world views in local, national and global contexts, to discover, explore and consider different answers to these questions. They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response and to agree or disagree respectfully. Teaching therefore should equip pupils with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and world views, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. It should develop in pupils an aptitude for dialogue so that they can participate positively in our society with its diverse religions and world views. Pupils should gain and deploy the skills needed to understand, interpret and evaluate texts, sources of wisdom and authority and other evidence. They learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ.
For further information, please click the following link: RE at Florence Melly
At Florence Melly Community Primary School, we value History.WE ARE HISTORIANS! A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
For further information, please click the following link: History at Florence Melly
A Florence Melly Community Primary School, we value Physical Education. WE ARE ATHLETES! A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
For further information, please click the following link: Physical Education at Florence Melly
At Florence Melly Community Primary School, we value Music. WE ARE MUSICIANS! Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high- quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
For further information, please click the following link: Music at Florence Melly
At Florence Melly Community Primary School, we value Computing. WE ARE DIGITAL NOMADS! A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
For further information, please click the following link: Computing at Florence Melly
At Florence Melly Community Primary School, we value SMSC. WE ARE INCLUSIVE and DIVERSE! We actively promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at our school. This involves collective worship, establishing a strong school ethos supported by effective relationships throughout the school, and providing relevant activities beyond the classroom to ensure pupils’ SMSC development. Through a high-quality SMSC curriculum we promote the fundamental British values. Our pupils understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law. Our pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance. Our DREAMS core values underpin all aspects of school life. We challenge opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to fundamental British values.
For further information, please click the following link: SMSC at Florence Melly
Phonics in the EYFS is taught using a combination of Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics. A parent guide is available using this link (Jolly Phonics Parent Guide) and provides background information on the Jolly Phonics programme and also suggests products that would be suitable for use in the home. In KS1, phonics is taught using the School Improvement Liverpool KS1 Phonics Planning Document.
The guided reading scheme that we have adopted across the whole-school is ‘Collins Big Cat’.
Please visit http://www.collins.co.uk/page/Collins+Big+Cat for further information.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Under the new model, learning and development is divided into seven areas as follows:
Three Prime areas of learning: Communication and language, Physical development and Personal, Social and Emotional development.
Four specific areas of learning: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world and Expressive arts & design.
KS1 and KS2
At KS1 and KS2 children use the Chis Quigley Essentials Curriculum alongside the National Curriculum. Due to copyright reasons, we cannot allow the full Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum to be published on the school website. However, to give clarity, Chris Quigley have created a document for schools using the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum to use on their websites in line with DfE requirements. This can be found using the link below:
Our curriculum provides our pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
The National Curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the National Curriculum specifications.For further guidance on the National Curriculum can be found using the link below.
The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum. Our staff have spent considerable time developing their own long-term curriculum maps for their year groups. These documents outline the content of the curriculum for each year group, across the academic year. They provide insight into what each year group will be teaching.
At Florence Melly Community Primary, we are committed to providing inspirational and innovative teaching and the highest quality learning experiences for all our pupils. We aim to create an environment which promotes curiosity, a love and thirst for learning and empowers our children to become independent, lifelong learners. Our children are the ‘jewels in our crown’ and we ensure every child is valued, challenged and encouraged to achieve their full potential.
Please visit our Twitter and Flickr feeds for regular updates of the activities our pupils are doing as part of their curriculum: