TMS Curriculum Vision Statement
The curriculum sits at the heart of The Malling School. Ambitious and enriching, our curriculum empowers every student to achieve excellence regardless of their starting point, as well as nurturing individual interests and self-expression.
We believe students deserve the best that has been thought and said. Our coherently planned and well sequenced curriculum ensures that all students gain the powerful knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Breadth and balance is vital for young people to realise their full potential, and our three-year Key Stage 3 ensures that students are able to have a varied curriculum experience before undertaking a range of option subjects at Key stage 4.
To make the most of our planned curriculum, our teachers use established and proven techniques to embed knowledge, building on prior learning to provide a springboard to future success. Learners at The Malling School become resilient, employable global citizens who demonstrate social competence, a desire for learning and respect for each other and the world around them. Enrichment opportunities and authentic cross-curricular links are built into our provision where appropriate to enhance learning and to further embed ‘The Malling School Way’.
Students with additional educational needs are supported to achieve academic success. High aspirations are matched to effective scaffolds to allow every young person to access the planned curriculum and to succeed. Our provision is structured to ensure that every child can access every subject and has the opportunity to pursue their interests and strengths from year 7 to year 13, including a range of GCSEs, Level 2 & 3 vocational programmes and a variety of International Baccalaureate Diploma subjects.
Language development is a central thread of our curriculum. This not only includes the provision and promotion of modern foreign languages, but also the development of literacy through the curriculum. Rich texts are interwoven throughout to promote reading for purpose as well as reading for pleasure. The development of numeracy also ensures that every young person leaves The Malling School well prepared for life in the twenty-first century. Oracy is an important skill that students are encouraged to develop - the ability to speak fluently and with confidence provides another transferable skill that is developed through our purposeful and challenging curriculum.
To enhance and support our challenging curriculum, all students are issued with a subject booklet every term. These include the lesson resources, key vocabulary, topic knowledge organiser and authentic subject specific rich texts. Students requiring support benefit from individualised, bespoke scaffolded booklets.
We strive for continuous improvement, reviewing the curriculum on offer annually to ensure it meets the emerging needs of each cohort and, where possible, add further breadth to the curriculum. For example, the IBDP will be implemented from September 2021 which we believe will give students the knowledge and skills necessary for further education.