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At Millbrook we are committed to teaching a broad and balanced curriculum that challenges all of our pupils and enriches their life experience. As of September 2014 in line with Government initiative Millbrook is delivering the New Curriculum.

In Key Stage one we plan our topics around the interests of the children. The children help us by thinking of visits they’d like to go on, questions they’d like answered and challenges they want to complete. The teachers build on the children’s ideas to plan a creative, motivating and child-centred curriculum that provides challenge for all.
Our reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree from Oxford University Press, supplemented with the “Floppy’s Phonics” scheme. We use the ” Letters and Sounds” programme to teach phonics.

Down in the Jungle


        • Time
        • Sequence events in chronological order
        • Geometry – position and direction
        • Counting in 5′s
        • Capacity and volume


Reading and Writing Opportunities

    • Books with an animal theme – Monkey Puzzle, Giraffes can’t Dance, The Lion Inside and The Tiger who came to tea
    • Retelling and acting out the stories


  • Phonics
  • Suffixes
  • Common exception words




  • Countries and capitals of the United Kingdom

Discovery Scheme

  • Islam – Who is a Muslim and what do they believe


    • Describe and compare a variety on common animals, looking at animals from the stories
    • Identify carnivores, herbivores and omnivores
    • Understand where food comes from


              • Gynastics
              • Muti-skills


Scheme: Purple Mash

      • Coding

 Creative Arts

      • Make animal clay models
      • Animal drawings
      • Design animal masks
      • Music – Creation Station


      • Jigsaw scheme – Healthy Me

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Recent updates from Turtle class

  • Born in a Barn

    KS1 and Foundation stage worked incredibly hard to put on three fantastic performances of Out of the Ark’s production, ‘Born in a Barn’. A special well done to all the Year 2s for learning their parts and projecting their voices so well. All the children across the 4 year groups performed so well and the singing was beautiful. A big thank you to all the parents and carers who came to watch.  

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  • Christmas in KS1

    KS1 are preparing for their Christmas nativity, ‘Born in a Barn’. The Year 2 children have learned their lines brilliantly and everyone has been practising the songs! They are counting down the days until Christmas with this Christmas stories advent calendar. Each day during December there is a new book to open and read. We’ve read poems, Christmas stories and stories about winter. We can’t wait to find out what will be next! 

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  • KS1 Library Visit

    KS1 had a wonderful trip to the West Swindon Library before half term. They enjoyed listening to fables and choosing books to take back to their classrooms.

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  • Once Upon a Time in Year 1

    In Year 1 we have been learning through challenge. We have to complete 8 challenges a week independently in different areas of the curriculum and our topic this term is ‘Once Upon A Time’ so we have been listening to lots of different fables.’

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  • Vet visit to The Ark, Year 1 & 2

    On Tuesday 4th April The Ark, Year 1 and Year 2 were visited by Thameswood Vets. Lovely Luna the dog joined them. The children learned how to care for a dog. They were shown how to brush a dog’s teeth, signs to look for if a dog seems unwell and how to make sure germs are not spread from pets to owners. It was a fantastic morning and the children learned a lot.

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  • Sainsbury’s Active Kids Voucher collection

    Millbrook are again collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers this year which are available to collect from all Sainsbury’s stores, petrol stations and when ordering online from Wednesday 25th January. Last year we collected 6529 vouchers which enabled us to purchase some items for the outside area in KS1, this included a giant crossword connect, a camouflage wigwam and a sandbox. The more vouchers collected, the more equipment your children can benefit from in their P.E. lessons, playtime and at after school clubs, so let’s…
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