Primary Curriculum Aims:
Our curriculum is rooted in our Trust values of Aspire, Achieve and Excel. This is the key blueprint of our primary curriculum model, and core to our delivery of a high quality provision for all primary aged pupils.
We believe that a broad and balanced curriculum is essential to providing children with a fulfilling and challenging experience in the primary phase. There is a strong focus on the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. Foundation subjects provide ideal forums for giving children real, multi-sensory experiences that excite and inspire them to apply their learning in core subjects in a creative and individual way. We raise the status of these subjects while continuing to provide a rigorous education in the core subjects.
We provide a strong emphasis on developing a curriculum that enables learners to grasp the fundamentals quickly, so we can spend immersing learners in to a subject area, this provides a real depth and breadth, where children can use and apply their knowledge and skills independently in a meaningful way.
There is a key focus on our learning environments, as we believe, the spaces children learn in have the potential to transform the way pupils learn; at the same time giving powerful messages about school expectations, values and beliefs. A connected approach to planning for high quality learning, placing environment at the centre of learning, shifts the focus of learning away from surface learning towards deeper levels of understanding.
Our rich curriculum ensures that we provide world class education for all of the children within our school. Enrichment is every pupil’s entitlement and we promote opportunities to learn beyond the classroom which inspire and motivate pupils to achieve outstanding progress in every lesson.
Quality First Teaching by the class teacher is at the core of this aim. All planning is therefore fully differentiated so that all children can fully access the curriculum and make progress at their level. Building on this Quality First Teaching, there is also an additional range of support and expert advice that can be put in place to meet the needs of children with special educational needs or when we identify that a child might be underachieving.
Curriculum by Stage
In EYFS/KS1 will follow the Read Write Inc programme of Phonics, Letters and Sounds (sites specifics). Practitioners will be expected to take a VAK (Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic) approach to teaching phonics to support all learning styles. We will embed the use of ‘talk for writing’ to enable children to develop their confidence and mastery of English.
KS1 & 2
Whole-school theme based learning happens in each year group, planning and lessons are designed to immerse pupils in a cross curricular theme.
These themes are exciting topics which act as stimuli for all the learning that takes places within most of the curriculum subjects. Our themes allow for subjects to be linked and also give context to the skills which the children are learning. Topics are chosen to meet the requirements of the national curriculum and to reflect the children’s interests as well as events happening locally, nationally or internationally.
When selecting topic themes, we give much thought to selecting topics which:
Place the development of children’s literacy at the heart of all learning.
- Are broad enough to allow for a range of curriculum subjects to be explored in sufficient depth across the school;
- Can be explored at an appropriate depth and level of challenge, ensuring across a team;
- Enthuse staff and students;
- Allow for exciting ‘wow’ events to take place to capture children’s imagination · Allow for constant reinforcement of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development;
- Are accessible to all students of all abilities including those with SEN and EAL