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17/02/20

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Mountfitchet Castle

Don't forget to visit the House on the Hill Museum whilst you are at . The museum offers a wealth of social history & an invaluable part of the national curriculum - great for school trips. https://t.co/6yuKEzPF2n

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17/02/20

Children were given a unique insight into the world of planes, thanks to a parent. Year 3 pupils from Magna Carta Primary Academy were invited to take a tour of the hangar at by parent Anthony Xyppas. https://t.co/7nBakejDlv https://t.co/6HQhV7s1Sx

16/02/20

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Worried about what your child is doing on Snapchat? Get simple, practical advice about how to keep them safe online, with O2 and the NSPCC’s .

16/02/20

In a world where you can be anything... be kind.

13/02/20

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Cristin Casey Music

All GCSE exam board subject specialists/chief examiners are attending for dance, drama and music. Book your place now for our FREE TeachMeet on March 9. Please retweet! https://t.co/M2d9FsIHuy

12/02/20

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Doug Lemov

The ability to read complex text is the gatekeeper to success in college. Parents should know that because schools often don't. https://t.co/na5nPMGBrx

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11/02/20

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UK Safer Internet Centre

Today is Safer Internet Day! Keep your eyes peeled on this account and the and hashtags throughout the day to see all of the things happening across the UK https://t.co/qg4ku0CjiV https://t.co/wa4MR1F3NM

10/02/20

We are proud to announce that we are an official Supporter. Our school is committed to promoting gender equity and making sure no child’s choice is limited by gendered stereotypes.

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10/02/20

What better inspiration to encourage a child to learn, than working with a dog? Pupils could not be keener to learn Spanish now they have a fury friend to work with. Fred the therapy dog is attending lessons as a way of inspiring pupils to learn. https://t.co/wl7jtQP67p https://t.co/Vp1XoVHObG

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10/02/20

Children at Magna Carta take part in the Mile a Day initiative, taking time out of every day to get physically active. To keep the excitement up, the school has now launched a weekly competition. https://t.co/8Bjtpyw80T https://t.co/be7OFVteF6

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10/02/20

Young councillors are on a mission to change the world. The first group of school councillors have been appointed in Year 2 and 3 at Magna Carta Primary Academy. https://t.co/hSwrFJfOls https://t.co/QQQa26dBUv

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06/02/20

Incredibly proud of our Mrs Carlisle who was highly commended at the Essex Teacher Awards tonight. https://t.co/yBtN8X3GOx

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04/02/20

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Out Now! The new issue of Latitude - The magazine for BMAT Schools, Parents and Communities. Read it online here - https://t.co/VvzQNalzNy https://t.co/ZWJCUwzLjj

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03/02/20

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The Female Lead

Ella Fitzgerald was not allowed to play Hollywood's most popular nightclub because of her race. Marilyn Monroe stepped in. 👏❤ https://t.co/5t6CniW0PM

31/01/20

Thank you to our pupils and staff for supporting Young Carers Awareness Day today by wearing their funkiest socks. It was a good opportunity to talk to pupils about what it means to be a young carer.

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30/01/20

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Chris Mould

Hello, here's a GIVEAWAY ALERT : Illustrated Iron Man envelope containing a classroom sized pack of bookmarks. Please RT and be following to win. Ends Friday 31st midnight. Must be for a school. Three packs/ winners available. https://t.co/jyxXYCtTE2

30/01/20

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SF Said

If you want kids to love reading, I think the most important thing you can do is show them YOU love reading. Talk about books, share books, make books central. Time and again, I have seen people change children's lives just by sharing the love of books!

29/01/20

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Volunteer Uttlesford

👉 Due to a successful grant application an opportunity has arisen for a paid Project Co-ordinator (£30k pro rata 19 hrs per week).👇 https://t.co/YILYYCcJYM

27/01/20

'Would-be-thief doubted' Magna Carta authenticity https://t.co/Flxdp7NQ0V

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Curriculum

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela

The Case for Knowledge

Primary school is not just a place where basic skills are developed. It is where fundamental knowledge and vocabulary should be built up, and that will determine that pupil’s long-term ability to gain further knowledge and vocabulary. Knowledge is necessary for far more than being able to access the English Literature A Level paper. It’s crucial to society and feeling part of it.

Read this extract from A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind:

‘He begins to wander, gazing at titles and authors: Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, a biography of Theodore Roosevelt, another of Woodrow Wilson. All people from another country. Some of the names sound vaguely familiar. Most draw a blank… He looks to his left. Martin Gilbert’s new biography Churchill, A Life is piled five feet high… Oh god, he thinks. I should know who that is.’

Add to that, Virginia Woolf, Karl Marx and other intellectuals of western culture. Our pupils will not be able to take part in conversations about them if they are cut off from knowledge- a cultural capital- that others may take for granted. The national curriculum is not enough.


 

Principles of the Curriculum

 

Magna Carta’s curriculum:

 

  • Is underpinned by aims, values and purpose. These are the curriculum drivers. 
  • Draws on the knowledge children need.
  • Has a local, national and global dimension.
  • Drives what is taught and what is assessed.
  • Is filled with rich, 1st hand purposeful experiences.
  • Develops the whole person- intellectual, creative, skills, understanding, social, moral, physical and attitudes.
  • Is flexible, responsive to individual needs and interests.
  • Embeds the principle of sustainability.
  • Develops talents to the full.
  • Is broad, balanced and has clear progression in subject knowledge and skills.
  • Is designed and taught by experts.
  • Keeps an eye on the future and needs of future citizens.
  • Encourages the use of environments and expertise beyond the classroom (identify and exploit local resources).
  • Makes meaningful links between areas of knowledge across the curriculum and the major issues of our time.

     

Practicalities of the Curriculum:

 

  • The teaching and learning of core knowledge.
  • Fewer topics studied within curriculum areas.
  • Topics studied in depth.
  • A scheme of work in every subject, in every key stage.
  • Termly assessments in every subject in key stages one and two (to include learning from previous terms and years within the key stage).
  • The teaching and development of thinking skills (embedded within subjects).
  • The teaching of Classics, including Latin from Key Stage 2.
  • The teaching of Religious Education and Theology from Key Stage 1. 
  • The teaching of Biology in Key Stage 1.
  • The teaching of Biology, Chemistry and Physics from Key Stage 2.
  • Subject specialist teaching in PE and Spanish, with a view to subject specialist teaching in Music, Art and Design Technology. 

 

The Curriculum Drivers

 

Our curriculum is driven by:

  • embedding a knowledge of the world;
  • enabling investigation and enquiry;
  • encouraging enterprise and aspiration;
  • affording a local, national and global perspective.

 

What is meant by each curriculum driver?

 

Knowledge of the World

  • ensures pupils have a core knowledge of historical events and figures and the impact they have had on our world;
  • ensures pupils have a core knowledge of classical civilisations and their impact on our world, including references made in literature;
  • equips pupils with a comprehensive knowledge of world geography;  
  • promotes cultural awareness and celebrates diversity;
  • relates learning to real life contexts;
  • develops pupils’ cultural literacy by giving them a secure knowledge of theology and are mindful of the universal questions that have troubled humankind through the ages;
  • explores the impact of important individuals in our world;
  • enables pupils to discover how and why things work;
  • raises environmental awareness;
  • uses technology effectively.

 

Enterprise and Aspiration

  • exposes pupils to a non-exhaustive range of career possibilities;
  • promotes enterprise;
  • teaches pupils to be financially responsible;
  • enables pupils to learn from failed enterprise initiatives.

 

Investigation and Enquiry

  • promotes pupils being inquisitive and questioning;
  • encourages pupils to be resourceful and independent in their learning;
  • provides opportunities for independent thinking and application of skills;
  • develops collaborative learning;
  • provides opportunities for purposeful 1st hand experiences;
  • encourages positive risk taking;
  • equips pupils with the skills they need to manage information;
  • actively requires pupils to persevere and improve through evaluation;
  • nurtures problem solvers.

     

Local, National and Global

  • maximises opportunities for purposeful learning in the outdoors;
  • develops a sense of awe and wonder, adventure and respect for nature;
  • supports parents in teaching pupils to distinguish between right and wrong and to be responsible for their behaviour and respect the laws of England;
  • encourages respect for democracy, public institutions and services in the UK;
  • provides pupils with opportunities to make a difference and contribute positively to the school and wider community;
  • encourages the use of environments and expertise beyond the classroom;
  • encourages harmony by appreciating and respecting pupils’ own and other cultures;
  • inspires pupils to travel the world;
  • examines global and social mobility.

 

Questions to ask of our curriculum

David Didau's  book, Making Kids Cleverer  includes a chapter on deciding what knowledge to teach in a school curriculum. He asks a series of questions. We feel our curriculum stands up to this test.

 

  1. Does it add to children's knowledge of what others in society consider to be valuable?
  2. Does it enable children to take part in discussion or debate that they would otherwise be excluded from?
  3. Does it enable children to critique what others have decided is important or true?
  4. Does it allow children to think beyond the confines of their experiences outside of school?
  5. Does it open up new ways of considering the world?
  6. Does it allow children to better critically evaluate what they have already been taught?
  7. Does it make it easier for children to speak to others about abstract concepts?
  8. Is it rooted in how to perform a task, or in why the task should be performed?
  9. Would this be good enough for my own children?
  10. How do I know this choice is better than an alternative?

 

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