Every child is recognised as a unique individual. Different cultures, languages, and religions within our school community are celebrated and welcomed. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts, and values. Enhancement opportunities to engage learning are constantly provided and there is a belief that childhood should be a happy, investigative, and enquiring time where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. Opportunities are sought to make links across the curriculum, to look at a topic from a range of subject perspectives, in order to relate to children as whole people. Staff strive to provide a range of ‘real life’ experiences in a vocabulary rich environment.
The pedagogy at Mill Lane follows a metacognitive approach of, ‘I do, we do, you do,’ in order to build independent practice. Teachers and Teaching Assistants model their thinking which helps children understand how a problem is solved. Children become self-scaffolders, narrate their own thought processes and independently solve problems as staff prepare them to know what to do (to help themselves) when they don’t know what to do.
Personal development is a strength of the school and it links with the school’s vision. Key character traits are promoted. An inclusive culture has been established with pupils’ unique qualities valued and celebrated. Enrichment opportunities nurture pupils’ talents and interests.
Cultural Capital prepares pupils for secondary school, for later life and to contribute positively and confidently to society.
At Mill Lane Primary School, we want our curriculum to provide unlimited opportunity for children to develop skills that they can use now and in their futures. Our curriculum offers opportunities for the children to develop skills across the curriculum subjects that they can use now, and in their futures, whilst also imparting knowledge of who they are, where they come from and the world around them. At Mill Lane we have five characters that underpin everything that we do. Each one portrays a characteristic that we want to instill in all of our children that we hope give them the greatest opportunity to succeed. We call this LORIC, and our characters are Laura Leadership, Olly Organisation, Raj Resilience, Izzy Initiative and Charlie Communication. You can meet them below.