We provide child-centred, high quality learning through play and exploration that fosters curiosity, confidence and a love of learning.
In our increasingly complex and rapidly changing world it is essential that children develop the skills that will enhance their life chances. These include the ability to:
- ask questions, think creatively, solve problems and reason
- share their opinions and ideas, articulate an argument
- use numbers fluently
Children need to develop the following personal qualities:
- resilience, including in the face of stress
- trust and trustworthiness
Our ambition is to provide our young children with the foundations of these skills and attributes upon which to build as they grow, developing them within a broad and balanced curriculum.
We are committed to providing significant opportunities for pupils to master basic skills in Reading, Writing and Mathematics from an early age. Our curriculum is drawn from the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum. In addition we draw upon high quality resources such as the Power of Reading and the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics to ensure children are successful in gaining key skills.
Developing oracy and positive attitudes to learning are integral to our curriculum offer.
We use a cross curricular and inclusive approach to learning which engages with children’s natural curiosity while ensuring that we cover all the statutory requirements. Much of our learning is planned from quality books chosen to provide a stimulus for inquiry and creativity.
Teachers use a wide variety of teaching methods, which are adapted to ensure all children can access learning.
All children in KS1 participate in weekly physical activity as well as extended access to the outdoors.
Religious Education, Music, computing are taught as standalone subjects with links made where appropriate.
Our curriculum is underpinned by our vision and values
|Vision||A nurturing school at the heart of the community|
|Core values||Child centred, needs led
We have high expectations of all children regardless of their background or abilities.
The needs, interests and well-being of children are at the heart of all decision making. We work in partnerships to promote the best outcomes for all children.
We strive to be the best and provide the best for each and every child, empowering staff to adapt provision and be responsive to the children’s needs.
We seek consistency without demanding uniformity.
We understand how young children learn and have designed our curriculum and our pedagogy to reflect this.
Our curriculum aims to stimulate enquiry, challenge children to think creatively and be purposeful in how they apply their knowledge and develop their skills.
We actively invite feedback from our stakeholders. We have comprehensive strategies in place to ensure parental voice is heard and evaluated.
We are receptive to new ideas and enthusiastic about how we adapt them to our context.
We are never complacent. We constantly evaluate our provision and seek to improve.
We listen and respond positively to feedback.
We seek external verification.
We use evidence and research to inform our practice.
We fully understand our context and the needs of our pupils and their families and ensure our priorities are relevant and our actions fit for purpose.
|Our aims are for all children:
|Knowledge and understanding
General, subject specific, social and cultural knowledge
In English, maths, science, Art & design, computing, Design tech, history, geography, RE,
Essential core skills in communication, reading, writing and maths, computing,
Physical, personal, social, moral, spiritual and thinking skills
|Attitudes and attributes
Our learning powers: curiosity, reflectiveness, resilience, cooperation
Questioning, collaborating, risk taking, adaptability, confidence, tolerance, openness, empathy and respect
|How is the curriculum implemented?|
|Child-centred, needs-led||High quality||Playful|
|Children are known well, accurate assessment
Excellence in provision for pupils with SEND
Follow children’s interests
Emphasis on first hand experiences
|Mastery in maths
Systematic teaching of phonics and reading
Quality first teaching
Deliberate practice of the “tricky bits”(LPA)
Specialists in PE and music
|Authentic purposes and contexts for learning
Genuine links and connections
Core books as foundation of plans
Extensive access to outdoor learning
Open ended opportunities
|What will it look like? What impact?|
|Progress in knowledge
Broadening of vocabulary, making connections and links, applying knowledge in new contexts
|Progress in skills
Pride in achievements
|Progress in attitudes
Learning powers- resilience, reflectiveness, response to feedback, determination
Behaviour, self regulation
Concentration and sustained thinking
social, emotional and mental health, “bounce back”,
Enjoyment of learning
Empathy, value self and others,, responsible, contribution
trusting and trustworthy
|How will we know?|
|Observing learning, children’s books, Speechlink assessments, phonic assessments, book band progress, Wider curriculum journals, photos of learning process, special books (EYFS)||Observing learning, talking to children, children’s books, Wider curriculum journals, outcomes in RE week, observing children at play, behaviour logs, Leuven scales (well being/ engagement), Special books, attendance data, parent surveys|
Please see the national Curriculum requirements for Year 1 and Year 2: