Our curriculum is designed around the following 7 areas:
7 key areas of curriculum design
5. Academically challenging
6. Written with memory in mind
7. Written for novices, not experts
It aims to equip our learners with the knowledge and skills they need, enabling them to aspire to all they can achieve within their lives, challenge themselves to achieve and these celebrate success in a way that demonstrates respect for themselves, their family, their friends, their community and the world within which they live.
Being a church school is important to us and Christian values underpin all that we do within both our learning and play. The atmosphere and ethos of the school reflects that it is a family, who care and believe in each other, the church and a love for learning. Children who attend this school are supported to learn so that they can lead a rich and full life as they grow. ‘I have come that they may have life, life in all its fullness’ John 10:10
The areas of learnings are based upon key themes from the National Curriculum, and enhanced by the Global Goals, derived from ‘The World’s Largest Lesson’, weaved within them. These goals are based on the working of Project Everyone and Unicef, where they are working towards sustainable development for the world. This offers our children a global learning curriculum; rich in knowledge of the many different aspects of world around them and the skills that they will need to lead a full and active life within that world. Within each goal, the children in our lower years, relate this to themselves and their immediate community; as the children move through the school, this widens to thinking about society within the UK, and then on a global scale.
The school follow a two year rolling programme, with key concepts and knowledge being revisited throughout. Learning is broken down into three phases to ensure progression and development of substantive and disciplinary knowledge and, allowing for previous learning to be built upon when embarking on new areas of learning.
Within each subject we deliver learning using recommended, respected and tested schemes of work, for example in Maths we use White Rose, for Science, History, Geography and Art we use Primary Knowledge Curriculum and in ICT we use Purple Mash.
Whilst children are within the EYFS, teachers plan from the Development Matters framework, building links with the curriculum being offered at KS1.
Termly assessment is carried out in line with the DEMAT timetable:
Reading – DIBELS
Writing – judgement, and involvement in No More Marking
Maths – Headstart assessments
Reading and Spelling Ages should also be done termly.
Yr 1 Phonics checks / Yr2 SATs – termly
Yr6 SATs – half termly
YrR Baseline Assessment – Autumn term
Statutory Assessments (May/ June) – EYFS assessments, Yr1 Phonics Checks, Yr2 SATs, Yr4 Multiplication Checks, Yr6 SATs
SEND children are assessed half termly through completion of the multi-ticks on pupil asset.
Curriculum Communication with Parents
Each half term an overview of the learning being covered will be shared with parents, these will cover key facts, questions, vocabulary and learning that the school will cover. It also shares any key information regarding the class, and suggestions of additional home learning activities.
Celebration of Curriculum Achievements
Staff can give Headteacher Awards at any time to children for excellent learning across any areas of the curriculum, this learning can be shared with the Headteacher at any time.
At the end of each term, a formal celebration assembly is held where Star Learners are recognised within subject areas, these children receive a certificate and a voucher.
There is so much that children can learn from spending time with their families, from others, and from taking part in wider community activities and we encourage parents to do so.
All children are expected to engage with homework set by the class teacher, this will take the form of: weekly Reading, Spellings, Times tables, Phonic/ Word cards and an English and Maths task.
In preparation for Yr6 SATs there will be weekly homework set. In addition, the teachers will share ideas for Home Learning activities that could be done at home to support learning about the foundation subjects, and these will be celebrated in school when children bring them in.