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
We aim 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
Our staff all share a common understanding of what we want our pupils to achieve from our curriculum and how we can go about achieving this. Our curriculum design has been greatly impacted by this. Our long term plan demonstrates a coherent, sequenced, knowledge rich curriculum that builds both within a year and across year groups, starting right from the beginning with our EYFS curriculum that is underpinned by seven key areas of learning and builds broad and solid foundations in preparation for achieving their potential. The KS1 and KS2 curriculum, is primarily based upon the National curriculum and is rich in knowledge of many different aspects of the world around them, and promotes development of skills that they will need to lead a full and active life within the world they live. All children access our curriculum offer, appropriate adaptations are made where needed to enable our children with special educational needs to access every aspect.
We follow a two year rolling programme, with key areas mapped to allow for knowledge to be revisited throughout both within the discipline being studied and across other subject areas. 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.
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.