Curriculum

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“Your curriculum is a real strength. It is led enthusiastically and confidently by your subject champions, who are passionate about their subjects. You have developed a well thought-out and comprehensive curriculum which provides lots of opportunities for real-life and ‘wow’ experiences. Pupils say that you have been successful in making learning enjoyable and exciting.” Ofsted Report 2018

Pupils are fully engaged in their learning and are all encouraged and confident to participate equally in their lessons. Teachers are effective in the way they ask just the right questions to support pupils’ individual understanding and draw out their learning. Teachers have strong subject knowledge and clearly explain activities and their expectations. Pupils respond extremely well,noticeably enjoying their learning and the opportunities they have to try out and apply their skills. Ofsted report 2018

“A broad and balanced curriculum taught by excellent, professional teachers.” Junior parent 2018

“The curriculum is well planned and thought out. The activities used are exciting and engaging and my child is always full of enthusiasm about the learning he has done. The half termly visits and visitors enrich the curriculum further and provide opportunities to learn in a fun, hands on way.” Junior parent 2018

“My child loves coming to school and is always talking about the things that she has learned.” Infant parent 2018

Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum is carefully and creatively designed, enabling us to personalise the learning to meet the needs of our pupils, capitalising on their interests whilst opening doors to new knowledge, skills and understanding. We aim to excite, challenge and inspire children, to engage their imagination and intellect, to create  reflective and enquiring life long learners. Our curriculum is strongly influenced by the area that we live in, with all year groups studying significant local links in all aspects of the curriculum.

We strive to provide the highest standards of education and behaviour, and work together as a whole school community to ensure that children are given the opportunity to develop their God given potential in a secure and supportive environment. Together we foster a love of learning in a happy and safe Christian environment to develop  the mind, body and spirit.

Our curriculum provides a broad range of experiences for our pupils:

We offer a thoughtful range of stimulating, meaningful and relevant learning experiences; pupils enjoy a full spectrum of academic, physical, spiritual, moral, social and cultural activities that enrich their lives and give them the confidence and skills for a fulfilled and happy life. Christian values are at the heart of our teaching and learning and we encourage all of our children to put these values into practice in every aspect of school life.

Our curriculum provides appropriate balance:

We believe that all children should feel valued and successful and experience the feeling of accomplishment in a wide range of curriculum areas.  Our curriculum therefore provides an excellent mix of academic and personal development; it gives high importance to core and foundation subjects; physical well being and mental well being are both valued, understood and planned for with our careful consideration of curriculum design.

We carefully balance the requirement for pupils to reach national expectations in core subjects with our wider curriculum aims of providing a full spectrum of  thoughtful and enriching experiences and opportunities.  As a result our pupils thrive and achieve highly.

Curriculum Implementation

Our curriculum is carefully organised and planned for depth:

In our school the widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills, understanding and behaviours ensures that children progress well in their learning. Our pupils don’t merely cover the curriculum, we build in opportunities for repetition to return to areas which allows them to gain a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects. We design and plan our curriculum to change the nature of children’s thinking to a deep level of understanding, rather than just acquiring new knowledge. Progression of knowledge, skills and understanding is planned carefully both within each year group and across year groups in a way that maximises learning opportunities.

Our personalised curriculum is based upon the statutory curriculum for Reception and Years 1 – 6:

Statutory Reception Curriculum  Guidance for Reception Parents (look at 30 – 50 months and 40 – 60 months & National Curriculum

Curriculum Impact

The progress and attainment of children is systematically tracked across all subjects in school to ensure that children achieve their potential. Children achieve highly across all subjects of the National Curriculum.

You have established an excellent system for assessing the progress of pupils in
each subject. You identify pupils who are working at an expected standard for
their age and those who are working at greater depth. Ofsted Report