Mugginton Church of England Primary School

01335 360261 - info@mugginton.derbyshire.sch.uk

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Learning at Mugginton

Our Learning

We are proud of our broad and balanced curriculum. It is our belief that outstanding academic progress and outcomes is best achieved through a rich, creative curriculum with focus on the outdoors, music, arts and sport rather than through an over-focus on ‘teaching to a test’ in the core subjects. Our children become fluent, confident and engaged readers by experiencing a variety of books and stories throughout the school day rather than in a single discreet lesson only.

Inquisitive, happy and motivated children, who feel valued, learn best. Our teaching and learning practices reflect this belief.

We aim to offer excellence and choice to all our children, regardless of their starting point. Because of the nature of our mixed-age classes, ‘challenge for all’ is a major focus. Lessons in Mathematics, English and Science are planned using what we describe as our ‘Challenge Curriculum’. In short, this means offering the children approximately five success criteria of increasing difficulty. This allows children of all age and ability to make excellent progress from their different starting points.

The children’s learning is arranged into three termly ‘Big Ideas’ or themes. Examples include ‘How do animals help us?’; ‘Where swallows fly’ and ‘There’s no place like home.’ By structuring the children’s subject-specific knowledge and skills around a central theme, we aim to help our children make links/connections between ideas and over-learn key knowledge through regular ‘retrieval’ practice. Finally, we hope that this creative way of introducing learning to our children will promote motivation, engagement and an inquisitive nature.

Things we are proud of:

  • Mugginton is listed as the only Primary School in Britain to teach Japanese as our modern foreign language, emphasising our commitment to Global Education.
  • We work hard to build self-confidence, inspire creativity and encourage our pupils to develop a love of music. Mrs Etherington teaches 51 music lessons each week as well as organising whole school music sessions for both the infants and Juniors as well as our Nativity, Panto and Play.
  • We love Sport! Teachers and Teaching Assistants join parents and over 30 children for our twice weekly running club – the Mugginton Mile. We employ specialist sports teachers to provide a wide range of exciting activities each week and take part in many sports competitions with other local schools. We provide a free after-school sports club every Monday to encourage all our children to be active. We know learning should not be limited to classroom-based activities only. Every Friday afternoon the entire school visit local woods to partake in Forest Friday activities. See the factsheet for more details.
  • Our school dog, Monty, supports our children by listening to them read, going for walks and working with them in the classroom.

Classroom Policies

Teaching in our classrooms is guided by our classrooom policies which are listed below:

Anti-bullying policy

Behaviour policy

Online Safety Policy

School Dog policy

SEND Policy

Mugginton CofE Primary School - Mr J Green, Headteacher - 01335 360261 info@mugginton.derbyshire.sch.uk

Church Lane, Mugginton, Weston Underwood, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 4PL