Valuing Every Achievement



  Mr Taylor



'We intend to see our children socially, morally and academically ready for the futureAll 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 and be resilient and independent as against a culture of ‘learned helplessness’. This can make them ready 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 view and understanding of the modern wider world.  Our children’s speaking and listening skills are absolutely paramount 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 view and understanding 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 is key. Introducing and constantly reinforcing new vocabulary is imperative for our children as we can use history as a fabulous way to increase our children use of words beyond what they arrive with. It seizes the importance of our local history and brings the importance of bias, balanced arguments and understanding actions to the front of our discussions - all vital to that balance of social, moral and academic readiness in equal measure.


Our new curriculum 'When I Grow Up...' has been occupying my time as history leader. I want to see four clear goals in our 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 Spring Term 2020 working with the 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, now the staff are building that first term ready for April implemention.

Finally, I would like to share with you all our 'Let's Talk at Mayfield' philosophy. You will have seen the position of oracy within our vision and I am currently studying planning to ensure that our new Stunning Starts and Parent Celebrations are all about speaking, listening, performing and presenting. Talking about our current history topics in class before writing, using carefully planned vocabulary each day and presenting learning beyond just the written formats are all features I am currently planning and looking for.

Knowledge, relevant vocabulary, talking with confidence about topics and making the planned outcomes appealing and attractive are vital on our journey for our children - so that history is taught in a way which answers our children's amazing questions but isn't delivered in a way which builds barriers to this. 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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