At Whitley and Eggborough CP School, we are very proud of our Mission Possible curriculum.
Since 2010, the school has been working on curriculum development and, as a result has now developed its own curriculum, ‘Mission Possible’, which is being used throughout school.
Mission Possible is a problem solving based approach to teaching and learning, “an approach to the whole curriculum.” In order for children to understand the world in which they live, the teacher facilitates work on real life situations, based around current affairs. Although the curriculum is very much directed by the children, who work in focused teams, the teacher, as enabler, provides a context for learning through visionary opportunities, in the form of missions (challenges, problems and enterprises). This independent learning ensures that your children are immersed in judging situations, problem solving, questioning, presentation and innovation. In order to find a solution to a given problem (mission), they work in one of four enterprise teams. When planning their work for the mission the children have to consider a number of essential elements: questioning, innovation, research, environment, sustainability, community involvement, lifestyle and presentation. Planning is very much child led with each team working together in order to find a solution to the mission they have been set. The children develop their own success criteria, thus identifying the skills needed for the task. The teacher supports, often adding additional problems and challenges in order to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. The application of reading, writing, communication and mathematics skills can be clearly seen within Mission Possible’.
This curriculum really is something to be celebrated. Pupils are engaged and enthused; they work together independently and collaboratively, they take on specific roles and responsibilities, question, negotiate and solve problems.
If you would like to come in to school to see Mission Possible in action, please contact the school.
Phonics and Reading Schemes
In Early Years and Key Stage 1 we use the Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds schemes.
Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve. Using a synthetic phonics approach, Jolly Phonics teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing. The programme continues through school enabling the teaching of essential grammar, spelling and punctuation skills.
Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
We use a combination of reading schemes as children progress. For example: Phonics songbirds, Fireflies and Oxford Reading Tree. These give a variety of fiction and non-fiction books to develop children's reading range. Children learn to read at different rates. Once they finish the reading scheme, we encourage them to become 'free readers' and choose their own books.
Alongside the reading scheme children in years 2-6 work from The Literacy Box. The Literacy Box Series provides supplementary materials to support the reading programme of teachers, catering for the needs of all readers at each level in the classroom. This fully supports the English language curriculum and incorporates three levels of comprehension, word study and grammar questions, in a multiple choice format.
EYFS Early Years Outcomes