Mayplace Curriculum Intent
Mayplace Primary School’s green curriculum sparks a desire within our children to have a greater understanding of the environment and ecological issues, and encourages children to connect with the outdoors. Our green curriculum promotes inclusivity, diversity and acceptance of others. Regardless of their starting point, every child who leaves Mayplace has the capacity and self-belief to succeed and achieve their personal and academic goals.
We know that children who have love of learning and enjoy coming to school make better progress. Research demonstrates that outdoor learning has a more positive impact on the progress and attainment of all children compared to a more traditional curriculum. At Mayplace, we have seen the benefits of providing opportunities for experiential learning within a curriculum that is both innovative and inclusive. Outdoor learning provides opportunities for children to collaborate with each other; develop strong relationships and improve their communication skills. We have also seen the educational and therapeutic advantages for children with social, emotional and mental health needs through strategies such as Gardening Club and Forest School.
Through engagement in the local community, children feel that their heritage is valued, increasing their sense of acceptance, belonging and social emotional wellbeing. Our green curriculum supports children in making connections between what they learn in school, how that can be lived out in their local environment and how this in turn relates to their place within the global community.
The Primary First Trust has the following overarching educational concepts and all of the schools consider this when designing their own bespoke curriculum:
In doing so, our family of Primary First Schools nurture happy, confident and capable young people ready to play their full part in the world at large.