The curriculum is at the heart of what we do at our school in order to provide the children with the knowledge and skills across all subjects to prepare them for their future lives as well as inspire in them a love of learning and an experience of the best of what has been said and done.
Our aim is to ensure the 'daily lived lives' of our children at school allows them to have a deep understanding of the national curriculum, to have a breadth of experiences throughout their school life and to have the opportunity to make links within their learning so that they can truly demonstrate an application of what they know to new and existing concepts, including through our Themed Weeks.
We achieve this with a clearly thought through progression of knowledge throughout each key phase, with clear curriculum milestones.
How do we plan our curriculum?
We follow the national curriculum for our school and enhance this by having clearly set knowledge milestones across subjects so that knowledge acquisition is progressive and allows for children to make links between subjects in year and over time. We also use Cornerstones Curriculum as a scheme to provide ideas for our Topic focus and then we adapt this for the bespoke needs of our children and their interests.
Our key knowledge milestones are then used to ensure we are teaching subjects in a specific order and follow a two year rolling programme due to our mixed age classes.
Our learning is focused around a half termly Topic that is usually Humanities, Science or Arts focused. We link our English lessons to this topic area as well as Guided Reading (in KS2) and our class novels. We use the curriculum milestones to plan a specific scope for the Topic so that we are able to give depth as well as breadth as to what the children are learning.
Some lessons however are taught discretely each week such as Science, RE, PHSE, PE and MFL or if they are not covered adequately by the Topic for that half term. In order to give necessary coverage to Art, DT, Music and Computing we teach these in blocks regularly throughout the year as well as through our Topics and Themed Weeks.
Having listened to our children and in planning a curriculum specifically suited to our school, we are keen that the Topics are allowing them access to a range of high quality learning opportunities that reflect a range of cultural, historical, topical and social events, people, art and literature and in a way that is ambitious and allows for challenge. We know our children enjoy having the time to get their teeth into a subject and this approach allows this to happen! We are keen to allow them to gain knowledge and then allow them time to apply this, make links with their learning and deepen their understanding through looking at a concept or 'big question'.
How do we deliver our curriculum?
Please refer to the specific subject tabs for details on Reading, English and Maths
Our Topics follow a four stage approach for each half term's Topic.
1. Engage Phase- At the start of every half term we have a Hook Day where we engage the children and make them curious and enthused by the new Topic as well as make links with prior learning
2. Develop Phase- over the first four weeks of a Topic we ensure the children gain the key knowledge needed to meet the scope of the Topic and take part in open ended activities to impart this knowledge to them.
3. Innovate Phase- this is the application phase whereby the children have an activity that demonstrate they can apply and understand the knowledge learnt.
4. Express and Assess Phase- this ensures we can assess the impact of what the children have learnt and to what standard. We use our own exemplifications to assess this, based on guidance from Cornerstones assessment tools.
In order to allow the children to apply, make links and reinforce their learning at a more conceptual level, we also have three themed weeks a year, which are run either across key stages or the whole school. More information on these can be found under 'News and Events'.
Our curriculum extends to a range of wider opportunities and we are proud to provide our children with the chance for example to be in a choir, orchestra, perform at Young Voices, attend an extensive range of PE Festivals, take part in an annual Oracy Showcase, go on educational visits, have special Hook Days, learn to cook, do carpentry, create animations, work with our secondary schools, take part in Big Bang Science Week, Bikeability and support voluntary work around our school and for local charities. We also support their emotional well being through 'The Art of Being Brilliant' initiative.
Please scroll down to see a summary of our Two Year Rolling Programme. We also have more detailed knowledge milestones for our curriculum in school should you wish to find out more.
Each half term, parents are sent home a curriculum overview for information and a reading list linked to the topics.