Our role as a school is to give all our pupils the best possible education, and to raise standards and improve learning for all our pupils.

What do we teach?

Murrayfield Primary Academy follows the National Curriculum. We have a topic based approach to teaching, and history, geography and religious education are taught in blocks of lessons through English.  This means that we can have many rich and varied opportunities for writing which helps pupils in their understanding of topic material. All classes from year 1 upwards study the same topic, at the same time, at their own standard.  This allows for school wide sharing of learning and means that pupils in different years groups can discuss their work and learning together.  Where possible, topics are organised to coincide with nationwide and worldwide events and celebrations. All pupils across the school receive music lessons from professional music teachers and either PE or swimming every week.  (All pupils swim for a minimum of one term each year.)  Science, art and design, and design and technology are taught in blocks of time across the year.

Pupils in reception are taught in accordance with the Department for Education’s early years foundation stage guidance. Topics are chosen to reflect pupil interests and needs.

Further information relating to the curriculum is available on request – please contact the academy.

How are reading and phonics taught?

Phonics is the system of learning to read by using sounds.  At Murrayfield, the Read Write Inc. programme is used to teach phonics.  In Reception, pupils are taught to blend sounds into words and they read from books at their standard daily.  This continues throughout KS1 and KS2 with daily phonic lessons and daily Shared Reading with comprehension to test pupils’ understanding.  The Shared Reading text which will be studied this year are

Year 1

  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Peace at Last – Jill Murphy
  • The Frog Prince
  • The Emperor of Absurdia – Chris Redell
  • Jack and the Golden Harp
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Judith Kerr
  • Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

Year 2

  • Peter and the Wolf
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • The Thief, the Fool and the Big Fat King – Terry Dreary
  • Around the World in Eighty Days
  • Diary of a Cat – Anne Fine
  • The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Iron Man – Ted Hughes

Year 3

  • Toro Toro – Michael Morpurgo
  • The Little Vampire – Angela Sommer-Bodenburg
  • Gangsta Granny – David Walliams
  • The Twits – Roald Dahl
  • TBC

Year 4

  • George’s Marvellous Medicine – Roald Dahl
  • How to Train Your Dragon – Cressida Cowell
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  • The Boy in the Dress – David Walliams

Year 5

  • Cirque de Freak – Darren Shan
  • Silverfin – Charlie Higson
  • Goodnight Mr Tom – Michelle Magorian

Year 6

  • The Enemy – Charlie Higson
  • A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
  • The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  • Journey to Jo’burg
  • The Witches – Roald Dahl

Reading good quality literature to pupils provides ideas for Extended Writing lessons.  Each class a book area with attractive books that appeal to all pupils within that class and are available to take home. We strongly encourage parents/carers to help foster a love of reading in their children.  That is why we provide resources to achieve this aim.

Why reading is important:

  • Reading helps you achieve your goals
  • Reading will help you with different jobs and careers
  • Reading will help increase your knowledge
  • Reading will help you understand morals and how to behave
  • Reading can inspire you
  • Reading can make you laugh and make you happy
  • Reading will help you improve your vocabulary
  • Reading is fun

Download the Why Reading is Important leaflet.

Last updated October 6, 2017