Valuing Every Achievement



  Mr Taylor



'We intend to see our children socially, morally and academically ready for the future.  All in equal measure but driven by the social and moral aspects. Our journey is as much about ‘how we approach our learning’ as anything else. Learning to learn is vital for our children. A thirst to learn from mistakes, ability to bounce back from difficulties, be resilient and be independent as against a culture of ‘learned helplessness’. This will prepare them for the challenges and opportunities they may face in their future and this can foster ambition and aspiration to be the person we hope they can become. We drive and celebrate the skills and qualities that will bring this about and attempt to develop a more rounded, inclusive and understanding view of the modern wider world.  Our children’s speaking, listening, confidence and presentational skills are absolutely paramount to all of this and we aim to develop these continually within a curriculum that is broad, well balanced and seizes the importance of our locality, creativity and ‘performing arts’.   


History at Mayfield fosters our intention to develop a more rounded, inclusive and understanding view of the World. It must start with speaking and listening at the forefront when introducing new topics and key events - making our children more knowledgeable about 'what has gone before' is imperative. Introducing and constantly reinforcing new vocabulary is essential for our children as we can use history as a fabulous way to increase our children's range of language. History study seizes the importance of our local past and brings aspects such as bias, balanced arguments/viewpoints and empathy to the front of our discussions - all vital to that balance of social, moral and academic readiness in equal measure.


I have four clear goals for our new 'When I Grow Up...' history curriculum:

* ensure our study of history builds chronologically as much as possible; 

* ensure we meet our intention of embedding our unique local history within every year of the curriculum;

* ensure we can compare and contrast ancient civilisations through well placed and planned studies of Egypt and Greece;

* ensure that the key aspects of the history curriculum demonstrate progression.

I have been spending the first part of 2020 working with senior leaders on each of these four goals alongside ensuring our history curriculum implements our core vision at every opportunity. We have the curriculum overview in place, the progression document is complete so now the staff are building their long term planning ready for full implementation.

I would lastly like to share with you all our 'Let's Talk at Mayfield' philosophy. Talking about our current history topics in class, before we commence any writing, using carefully planned vocabulary and presenting learning beyond just the written formats are all features I am currently looking for in my colleagues work. Knowledge, relevant vocabulary, talking with confidence about our themes and making the planned outcomes appealing and attractive are vital on our journey - so that history is taught in a way which answers our children's amazing questions but isn't delivered in a way which builds obstacles to children's interest by being dry or simply paper based. It is a work in progress but our history curriculum will deliver on our subject aims and our 'valuing every achievement' vision.

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