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Curriculum Statement

 

What is the rationale for the school's curriculum?

The school strives to offer a curriculum that gives children the best possible start to their education by developing their independence, curiosity, imagination and desire to learn; We want each child to leave our school with a memorable collection of learning experiences. 

The school endeavours to provide a stimulating learning environment, offering a variety of exciting learning opportunities and experiences within a broad and balanced curriculum.

The curriculum promotes our common values, whilst valuing our differences within the school and the wider community.

How is your curriculum planned?

The school curriculum is planned through topic based themes; addressing the National curriculum objectives. Cross-curricular links are explored in order to enhance, excite and form connections in children’s knowledge and understanding.

In Early Years we plan our environment to support our chosen topic.

How do we ensure our curriculum is broad, balanced and enriches children's learning?

The school ensures coverage of all National Curriculum objectives through a three-year topic based cycle. However, we supplement and boost our children’s learning experiences through a range of additional memorable experiences such as: residential trips, visits and trips, invited guests, sporting competitions, before and after school clubs, as well as lunchtime activities; creating for each pupil, a memorable collection of learning experiences.  

In Early Years the analysis of summative data ensures we meet the needs of the children within all areas of learning; adapting the unit appropriately.

How does our curriculum meet our children's needs?

The curriculum promotes our common values, whilst valuing our differences within the school and the wider community; valuing diversity and ensuring our children are aware of local and global issues.

In Early Years, the learning environment allows children to access the curriculum in a safe and supported manner. The environment reflects the current needs of the children and constantly adapts to ensure it meets their ever changing needs.

Opportunities to apply knowledge and skills across the curriculum?

In Early Years, our curriculum values and promotes all areas of learning, cradling and nurturing all talents: art, sport, mathematics and literacy.

Our thematic approach allows children to explore links across the curriculum; enhancing and exciting their learning.

Children are also involved in whole school issues which make a difference to their daily lives in school. For example, the School Council and other school group ambassadors share in the decision making of new appointments and are an integral part of the interview process.

How we evaluate and monitor the impact of the curriculum?

Subject leaders monitor their subjects at least annually through lesson observations, book scrutiny, learning walks, discussions with children and listening to staff’s views about how improvements can be made. This information is shared with the subject’s link Governor who reports back to the Full Governing Body.

Areas for development are subsequently added to the School Development Plan, which is shared with all staff in school, including support staff. The SDP is reviewed termly by the Senior Leadership Team.

In Early Years we identify the impact of the curriculum through data analysis, on-going observations and aligned with whole school subject leadership.   

 

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