Our Foundation Curriculum
At Two Mile Ash School, we are extremely proud of our creative and vibrant curriculum which contains termly inspiring “Learning Journeys”. Encompassing our foundation subjects, our Learning Journeys are a carefully planned thematic approach to teaching and learning designed to support children’s natural curiosity and stimulate their creativity. Learning Journeys offer children the opportunity to work in depth, giving them the time they need to reflect, consolidate and transfer their learning. Through rich cross-curricular, exciting learning experiences, our Creative Curriculum aims to deliver a twenty-first century education that will equip our children with the skills required to be independent and responsible citizens.
All our foundation subjects have been carefully planned and devised to ensure that each key objective is carefully sequenced, following our milestones, so that each pupil, year on year, will develop key knowledge and understanding to progress. Each skill is built upon year by year which allows the embedding of knowledge, giving pupils a wider understanding of the world around them and the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to progress and achieve higher standards and prepare them for the next stage of education in order to lead fulfilling lives.
These documents give a more detailed understanding of the progression and structures across the foundation curriculum.
Our Art Intent
At Two Mile Ash School we believe that children should be able to express themselves creatively, by using a range of materials to create art in a variety of forms and effectively make use of art in their everyday lives.
Our Art curriculum, ensures the progressive development of knowledge and skills, whilst using as rich vocabulary to help children develop ideas, master techniques and take inspiration from the greats. Our children gain experience and skills of a wide range of formal elements of art in a way that will enhance their learning opportunities, enabling them to use art creativity in a range of subjects across the curriculum. Extending their creative experience through inspiration days, collaborative whole school projects such as Take One Picture and linking art to mindfulness. As children move through the school, they are provided with opportunities to be critical of art and develop an understanding of how art both reflects and shapes our history.
Through our art curriculum, children are exposed to a variety of local arts through dance, drama and musical opportunities that Milton Keynes offers. Our Two Mile Ash arts offer, will contribute to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. This would be seen in them being able to talk confidently about their work while also confidently sharing their work and journey with others.
Links to local community
At Two Mile Ash we really value the artistic links to our community in Milton Keynes. The children learn about local artists including Liz Lehy who sculpted the concrete cows as well as ‘The Leaping Man’ a sculpture on one of Milton Keynes many roundabouts that was sculpted to honour Greg Rutherford who was a student at Two Mile Ash. We also use the Milton Keynes Gallery as a link with our arts offer as we feel its very important the children learn about the importance of art galleries.
Our Computing Intent
The computing curriculum at Two Mile Ash aims to give all children the opportunity to build skills that will support them in the future. They will be able to embrace and utilise technology effectively and safely in order to develop their learning within the subject. We want pupils to be able to develop life skills that give them the opportunity to adapt their knowledge to everyday life, where technology is integrated into the world around them.
Children will become more autonomous and confident learners with their use of technology through the implementation of a whole school curriculum offer allowing them to access more devices and aspects of technology that is embedded in an interdisciplinary way. We encourage our staff to adapt their lessons to meet the needs of their children, accordingly, allowing all children to be included and successful learners.
An integral part of computing at TMA is being able to stay safe online, equipping our children with the knowledge they need to make the best use of the internet and technology in a safe, considered and respectful way, so they are able to reap the benefits of the online world.
Computing at Two Mile Ash is not only taught as a stand-alone lesson but presents the opportunity to enrich other subjects across the curriculum, giving them the tools to best express their understanding of their learning. This ensures that our children become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves through communication technology as active participants in a digital world.
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Our Design Technology Intent
Design and Technology at Two Mile Ash School is an inspiring, creative and practical subject. Our Design and Technology curriculum encourages children to learn to think creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team. The children are exposed to opportunities where they draw upon imagination, to design, make and evaluate products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Skills are taught progressively to ensure that all children are able to learn and practice in order to develop as they move through the school. We aim to, wherever possible, make cross curricular links with relative subjects such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.
Projects and competitions
Our Language Intent
At Two Mile Ash School we recognise the significance of learning a foreign language and learning about other cultures. Our children come from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, speaking a variety of languages, so learning a foreign language is an important part of being a member of a multi-cultural society.
Our children have the opportunity to learn a language throughout their time at the school to enrich their learning journey with us and open up their curiosity of diverse cultures in the world that they live. At Two Mile Ash we teach French, with our curriculum offering the opportunity to learn how to listen, read, speak and write in French, as well as the chance for our children to develop their awareness of worldwide cultural similarities and differences.
Children have a French lesson weekly, which is in line with the national curriculum objectives for language learners. We have also strengthened the children’s opportunity to succeed by introducing French phonics learning in upper key stage 2, which is primarily to enhance French reading skills, but also helps to progress the children’s French speaking and writing skills.
Across the year groups topics covered in lessons include: numbers, colours, months, days of week, greetings, family, house and home, in town, food and drink, the classroom, clothes and hobbies. Children’s progress is monitored so they can be challenged and supported as appropriate.
We are always looking to broaden children’s opportunities with their language learning and offer an extra-curricular club in French to promote further engagement in the subject. It is intended that when children leave Two Mile Ash, they will have a natural curiosity and confidence to explore, other countries, cultures and languages. We are confident they will be engaged and prepared to continue language learning at Secondary School.
European Languages day is celebrated annually on 26th September.
During our French lessons we love to sing songs to help us to learn! You could practise your favourite French songs at home by using the links below.
Our Geography Intent
At Two Mile Ash, our geography inspires children to learn about the world in which they live and how it has changed over time.
Our Geography Curriculum focuses on acquiring facts and knowledge as well as developing geographical skills which then in turn help them to understand larger global concepts such as humankind, place, significance, processes and change. The teaching of Geography follows the National
Curriculum and is integrated within our engaging Learning Journey topics, which include ‘Inspiration days’ to immerse the children in their learning. Great emphasis is placed upon acquiring geographical knowledge and vocabulary as well as making links between their current and prior learning.
The geography element of our school curriculum aims to inspire pupils with a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people, which will spark an interest in the subject, not only within their TMA journey, but throughout their future education. Our curriculum starts within our local community of Milton Keynes, before exploring the rest of Europe and finally branching out to the wider world to compare and contrast the way we live to various places in other continents, such as Africa and the Americas. Our geography curriculum enables children to develop a sense of place, whilst exploring, investigating and understanding the man made and natural processes that impact on our planet. We aim to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Through cross-curricular links, children use skills learnt in other subjects to enhance their geographical learning. We want our children to gain confidence and practical experiences of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills. We achieve this through a variety of day trips, residential trips, local fieldwork and extra-curricular clubs. When children leave Two Mile Ash, they will have developed the skills and knowledge to be successful geographers in secondary school and beyond.
Links to local community
This amazing local charity has lots to offer schools, families and individuals from Junior Park Rangers, nature walks, litter picks, and a whole host of monthly activities.
Our History Intent
At Two Mile Ash School, History teaches children about the world in which they live and how it has changed over time. We view History as a way to inspire pupils’ curiosity about the past. History presents children with the opportunities to develop fundamental skills of enquiry and questioning, through a variety of engaging learning journey topics each year. Our history curriculum aims to bring history to life, in order to help pupils to understand chronology, change over time and the diversity of societies. We emphasize learning from the past in order to shape our futures. Through History, children learn to make comparisons and links between the past and modern times and discover how and why things have changed.
Our History Curriculum focuses on acquiring facts and knowledge from a wide range of topics. At Two Mile Ash, we work in a chronological order when learning about History. Children progress from early civilisations including the Stone Age and the Ancient Egyptians, to the Tudors and then learning about both World Wars in Year 6. We emphasise the importance of historical knowledge and develop a wide range of vocabulary over our time at the school.
History at Two Mile Ash includes a range of inspiration days where the children are fully immersed in the topic they are studying. We enable opportunities for our children to explore the past through the use of a variety of sources of information to find clues and evidence and take part in discussions with their peers. We also aim to provide a variety of learning experiences including role play, research sessions using primary and secondary sources, class discussions and debates as well as historical visits. When children leave Two Mile Ash they are confident in using the skills they have developed to become successful historians.
Links to the local community
An excellent website sharing the history and heritage of Milton Keynes.
Heritage Open Days
Every September thousands of volunteers across England organise events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.
Music & Performing Arts at TMA
Music and Performing Arts is in everything we do here at TMA. We do a production in each year group, in which absolutely everyone gets involved. It could be that you love singing, dancing or acting, maybe you’d love to be part of the stage crew, helping with lights or music tech – everyone is super important when it comes to putting on a successful production. We also do a whole school production in the summer term, we hold auditions and rehearsals over the spring and summer to put a really spectacular performance together.
Music is everywhere too! There are instruments you can learn as a whole class, from ocarina and recorder in lower school to ukulele and samba drumming in upper school. And if you’re interested in learning a musical instrument like the clarinet, flute, trumpet, violin or guitar, we have peripatetic music teachers and clubs to help you do that.
Normally, every year group has a singing assembly each week, and I use those to teach songs of all sorts; even songs that help you learn about history, geography, celebrations and maths! If you really love singing, then Harmonize is the club for you. It’s our choir: we sing, perform and love every second! Harmonize perform at lots of different events over the school year, including Young Voices at the O2 Arena in London.
If you’re looking to learn more about singing technique and really push yourself, it’s a fantastic club
Links to Local and National Community
This year, we are taking part in several local events which will be held in the summer term. We will be taking part in the Young Voices Biggest Sing in February, helping them to break the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous singalong. We’ll be taking part in the MK Primary Music Festival and we have plans for productions in the summer term, so watch out for announcements!
Contact Harmonize@tma.bucks.sch.uk for more information about joining our choir. For more information about peripatetic music lessons, such as prices, availability and instrument hire, please email Music@tma.bucks.sch.uk
Through high quality physical education and whole school values outlined in our creed, Two Mile Ash School aim to nurture confident, resilient pupils who strive for their personal best. We listen to our pupil’s desires and needs and provide them with a variety of active experiences and clubs. We want to aid our pupils in developing the values and skills to celebrate their own and others’ successes.
We aim to ensure that our delivery of physical education allows all pupils the skills and mind-set to leave Two Mile Ash School with the capabilities to be successful in sporting challenges and active lifestyles at secondary school and beyond.
Two Mile Ash School strive to educate both our pupils and families to develop a greater understanding on how to live healthy lifestyles and make healthy choices. We have strong links with local clubs and partnerships within our community to ensure pupils receive opportunities to access physical activity and competition.
Our PE Intent
At Two Mile Ash School, we believe that Physical Education (PE), physical activity & school sport plays a vital part of school life and our children’s future health and well-being. It is therefore important our children understand the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle to prepare them for secondary school and beyond.
Our intent is to provide an inspirational, broad and balanced PE curriculum that ensures ALL children develop a love of physical activity. We aim to harvest this joy through the enhancement of existing skills, the learning of new skills and the introduction to new sports, clubs, school teams and external clubs.
Two Mile Ash School believes that regularly participating in physical activity and sporting activity is a key element of developing a school in which pupils are proud of the community in which they belong. Therefore, great emphasis is placed upon providing additional sporting opportunities beyond the ‘classroom’. Our extra-curricular programme consists of many after-school clubs, inter-house and intra-school competition and festivals as well as directly supporting local clubs within Milton Keynes.
It is our intent to fully deliver and build upon the aims of the national curriculum for PE to meet the needs of our pupils. The aims of PE national curriculum (2022) are:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives.
We believe this links directly with our school’s vision & values, and is another way in which we positively engage with our local community and are active citizens within it.
Our PSHE Intent
PSHE is an crucial part of the curriculum at Two Mile Ash School. It is completely intertwined into in our children’s everyday learning. Children at TMA are exposed to three main areas of PSHE throughout their time here with us: Health and Wellbeing, Living in the Wider World and Understanding Relationships – with the aim that overtime children will become confident individuals, successful learners and responsible citizens. During our PSHE lessons, children acquire the knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build self-empowerment.
Knowledge and skills are carefully mapped and planned for, ensuring that each year group revisits and builds upon prior learning. Through our weekly PSHE lessons, as well as wider cross curricular approach to teaching PSHE, children are taught how to keep themselves safe, physically and emotionally resulting in the acquisition of knowledge and skills, which enables children to access the wider curriculum. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
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Religious Education at TMA
At TMA we aim to give the children a vast knowledge and deep understanding across a wide range of religions and beliefs. We promote our children to be highly reflective of the religions that are taught and link this to their own personal beliefs, meaning and purpose. In addition to this, we encourage children to ask significant questions about religion and demonstrate an excellent understanding of issues related to the nature, truth a value of religion. Above all, we foster an safe environment where children are free to share beliefs, values, practice and way of life.
Celebrating Religious Festivals
As a school, we are very proud of the diversity in our community. As a result, we have decided to celebrate a religious festivals throughout the academic year. Within these celebrations, children will be learning all about the key traditions and values of each religion as well as understanding why each festival is so important to that religion.
We will be starting with Diwali which is celebrated this year on the 14th November 2020. Look out for pictures of the day coming soon!