At Marsh Hill, we ensure that art and design lessons engage, inspire and challenge our pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they learn to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.
As outlined in the National Curriculum, our pupils study a range of artists, architects and designers throughout Key Stage 2, whilst developing their mastery of art and design techniques.
Here is the Art and Design & Design and Technology Long Term Plan for Year 1 to Year 6.
At Marsh Hill Primary, we follow the Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work. Each child has their own individual usernames and passwords so their work can be saved in their own folders automatically and can be easily reviewed and assessed by their class teacher. Children are supported by having their printed logon cards to hand.
Each key stage has access to a class set of IPad and are timetabled for a one hour computing lesson each week. There are also opportunities for the IPads to be used in cross curricular activities.
Prior to the computing lesson, teachers set activities for pupils which they can then complete and hand-in online (2Dos). This enables the class teacher to assess their work easily as well as distribute resources to all their pupils.
There are eight areas of learning within the Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work and these have been integrated into the computing LTP (long term plan).
- Coding and computational thinking
- Internet and Email
- Art and Design
- Databases and graphing
- Writing and Presenting
- Communication and networks
Click here to log into Purple Mash. Children can use their individual logins to complete work at home as well.
Parents/Carers, please check with Class Teacher for child's log in. Children, please let your teacher know what you are doing.
Online Safety: The internet is a brilliant place to learn and explore, just remember to always be SMART! Online safety is at the forefront of our computing curriculum and within every computing lesson, teachers refer to the SMART guidelines. Children are reminded about: why they need to keep passwords safe and what to do if they come across something on the Internet which upsets them.
Click on the link to see Marsh Hill Primary School Computing Long Term Plan.
Click on the logos below to access more information about online safety or visit our e-safety page.
Design and Technology develops children’s skills and knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. It encourages children's creativity and encourages them to think about important issues.
There are two elements within the Design and Technology curriculum. Children learn about the designed and made world and how things work. In addition, they learn to design and make products for a particular purpose.
At Marsh Hill Primary School, we have adapted the curriculum to meet our school’s needs. In the timetable, there is allocated time for DT and art which forms part of a creative afternoon across the school. Where possible, teachers plan lessons that link with their topic. However, sometimes there needs to be standalone lessons to teach specific skills such as food technology.
Teachers assess pupils’ progress termly using Target Tracker.
Here is the Design and Technology Long Term Plan for Year 1 to Year 6.
We encourage each child to develop a natural interest in the world around them and this curiosity is used to develop their knowledge and understanding of not only their locality but of contrasting localities in the United Kingdom and the wider world. In all Key Stages we value the importance of trips as an important element in stimulating work in geography and broadening their understanding of the world around them. As well as the study of places, children are taught the essential skills of using resources such as maps, atlases and photographs as a means of gathering information. They are encouraged to ask probing questions, make relevant observations and develop a good geographical vocabulary.
Links with current world events are made whenever possible and displays are used to encourage children's interest.
Here is the Geography Long Term Plan for Year 1 to Year 6.
History is a very powerful subject in our curriculum as it sparks curiosity of the past in Britain and the wider world. Children find out about past lives and societies and how these have influenced the present. Pupils learn skills of chronology to help place significant events and people over time. Pupils also learn enquiry skills – how to gather and interpret evidence from a wide range of sources.
We seek imaginative ways to bring history to life for our pupils by organising a range of trips to museums, historical sites and visitors who have lived in historical times in each year group.
EYFS adopts a thematic approach to teaching and learning where the topic theme is cross curricular.
Here is the History Long Term Plan for Year 1 to Year 6.
We provide children in Key Stage 2 (Year 3 - 6) with the opportunity to learn basic Spanish phrases and greetings. They are able to develop their knowledge of the spoken language as well as the written vocabulary. We use an online resource called Speekee Spanish, where there are interactive videos and sound clips that demonstrate the pronunciation of each new piece of vocabulary that the children acquire.
Here is the Spanish Long Term Plan for Year 3 to Year 6.
Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression; it can play an important part in the personal development of children. As technology is increasingly available, music is more accessible in theculture and society we live in. Therefore, the teaching and learning of Music enables the children to better understand the world around them.
Marsh Hill uses Charanga, a system which reflects the suggested guidelines of the current National Curriculum, to teach Music across Key Stages 1 and 2. This ensures continuity and progression in knowledge and application of: music appraisal, games for rhythm and beat, singing, playing instruments, improvisation, composition and performing and sharing learning. These seven components of teaching and learning have been modified and adapted to cater for individual classes and children. Furthermore,specialist music teachers work regularly to teach an instrument in years 3 to 6. In addition, electives are also available for children in upper Key Stage 2. Click here to find out more about Charanga.
At Marsh Hill, we encourage musical development in the foundation stage where planning works towards the children achieving the Early Learning Goals. Since learning is very much topic based, Music is frequently taught alongside other areas of the curriculum. Pupils are given the opportunity to explore and experiment with a wide range of instruments and music. Through integrated activities like singing, body percussion and movement to music as a result pupils gain knowledge of the elements of music.
Here is the Long Term Plan for Music from Years 1 - 6.
At Marsh Hill Primary School, we aim to inspire all children, through a rich and varied PE curriculum, to develop a true love and passion for physical activity and competitive sport. We aim to help children to reach their full potential as confident, resilient physically active individuals by delivering an excellent Physical Education program. We will do this by ensuring that our schemes of work for PE are engaging, challenging and progressive. Alongside this, we will offer a range of extra curricula activities and sports-based clubs. We want the children to be able to experience both traditional activities such as Dance, Gymnastics, Swimming, Athletics and Games as well as more elite activities, such as Archery or Boxercise.
We aim that are children are able to identify and celebrate their own successes, as well as those of their peers and that they are also recognised by the adults they engage with, through praise and reward, culminating each year with sports awards that recognise outstanding talent and achievement. We aim to ensure that our delivery of physical education allows all children to have the skills and mind-set to leave primary school with the capabilities to be successful in their sporting challenges and active lifestyles at secondary school and beyond.
We strive to educate both our children and families to develop a greater understanding on how to live healthy lifestyles and make healthy choices. We are dedicated to developing healthy minds, as well as bodies, and will continue to support our children's mental and physical wellbeing.
Click on the link to view Physical Education Long Term Plan for Marsh Hill.
It is a statutory requirement that all schools in England and Wales are teaching Personal Social Health Education and Relationship Education as a fundamental part of the curriculum.
As part of implementing the RSE curriculum, schools must consult with the children, parents, staff and governors to ensure there is a general consensus on our approaches to policy and the curriculum content. Staff, pupils and governors have been consulted.
Marsh Hill Primary School will be starting their consultation process with parents on Monday 7th December 2020; the consultation will close on Monday 14th December 2020.
As part of this, we are asking parents to read through the following two documents:
To share your feedback to this consultation with us, we would appreciate your completion of the following questionnaire:
If you do have further questions about the two documents, please call the school office to speak to a member of the Leadership Team.
At Marsh Hill Primary School we follow the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus 2007 for Religious Education – Faith Makes a Difference. This conforms to national legislation which states that an agreed syllabus should: … reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are in the main Christian. Whilst taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principle religions represented in Great Britain. (Education Reform Act 1988).
Click here to find out more about Faith Makes a Difference
In RE we aim to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths. We enable the children to develop a sound knowledge of world religions and to develop mutual respect of different faiths and beliefs through twenty four dispositions which are grouped into six clusters. During RE children have the opportunity to reflect on what it means to have faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help the children to learn from religions as well as about religions. Religious Education enables children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people. Religious Education promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by helping them: to be reflective about their own beliefs; to be respectful of others with different faiths and beliefs; to celebrate diversity and to develop a greater understanding, tolerance and respect of those around them in Modern Britain. Our RE curriculum is broadly Christian to reflect the main religious traditions in Britain, whilst simultaneously incorporating the religious background of our community during RE lessons and Collective Worship.
Collective Worship is a legal requirement in all schools and should be a daily act of worship which is "wholly or mainly Christian in character". At Marsh Hill we have an inclusive approach, wanting all children and adults to have the opportunity to join in with this. Collective Worship is part of an assembly but may also be carried out in class if there isn't an assembly. We do this through the use of reflection - using a piece of music and something visual, with a thought to reflect upon. Prayers can also be used, these may be private and personal or lead by someone - children are given the option to "join in" these collective prayers by adding an "Ameen" or "Amen" at the end, which means "I agree". If children do not want to participate, they are encouraged to sit quietly so the children who want to take part are able to without distractions. Children can formally be withdrawn from acts of Collective Worship by agreement, in writing, with the Headteacher.
Here is the Religious Education Long Term Plan for Year 1 to Year 6.
We follow the National Curriculum guidance for Science, using a Science scheme of work called Science Bug. This scheme of work ensures that a balance of scientific knowledge and working scientifically skills are taught, providing pupils with the opportunity to apply their scientific understanding in investigations and problem-solving enquiries.
A range of exciting units are taught, which include:
- Comparing and Identifying Materials
- Types of Animals
- Changing Shape
- Human Nutrition
- Light and Shadows
- Earth and Space
The teaching and learning puts the learner at the heart of the process. Pupils will explore and record their initial ideas at the beginning of each unit. They will then participate in rich learning experiences to help them develop their understanding of science ideas and concepts.
Click on the Science Bug link to find out more about this scheme.
Here is our Science Long Term Plan for the teaching of Science from Year 1 to Year 6.