Curriculum

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
  • collaborate
  • use numbers fluently

Children need to develop the following personal qualities:

  • empathy
  • 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.

High quality
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.

Playful
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.

Strategic approach Open
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.

Reflective
We are never complacent. We constantly evaluate our provision and seek to improve.

We listen and respond positively to feedback.

We seek external verification.

Intelligent
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:

  • to feel valued and included
  • to experience success, make excellent progress and be ready for the next phase of their education and for life in modern Britain
  • to develop a love of learning
Curriculum components
Knowledge and understanding
General, subject specific, social and cultural knowledge
In English, maths, science, Art & design, computing, Design tech, history, geography, RE,
Skills
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
Responsive teaching
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)
Spiral curriculum
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
Fluency, Accuracy
Presentation
Pride in achievements
creativity
Progress in attitudes
Learning powers- resilience, reflectiveness, response to feedback, determination
Engagement
Behaviour, self regulation
Attendance high
Concentration and sustained thinking
Well being
social, emotional and mental health, “bounce back”,
Confidence
Enjoyment of learning
Citizenship
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