Curriculum Statement 2019-20
Our curriculum has been designed with the principles of breadth, engagement and depth in mind to ensure that it enables children to experience wider opportunities, increase their understanding and be delivered in the most appropriate way for them. It is underpinned by ensuring that we champion the culture and climate we value at our school and ensure that challenges and opportunities are given to all children to enhance the range, diversity and experience they have.
We believe that all children should feel clever and experience the feeling of accomplishment in a wide range of areas in their time with us. Our curriculum, therefore gives them a varied mix of academic and personal development; it gives equal importance to core and foundation subjects; physical wellbeing and mental wellbeing are both valued, understood and prioritised by our thoughtful design and planning of our curriculum, underpinned by the model presented by Chris Quigley.
Our climate for learning provide the following drivers that underpin all areas of our curriculum:
- Possibilities – which helps children to build aspirations and know how available possibilities for their future lives
- Spirituality – which helps our children develop an appreciation, and respect of the intangible (truth, love, goodness, compassion)
- Community – which helps our children to build an active understanding of their world.
We have a coherently planned curriculum which is centred around a thematic approach. Within each topic children will look at areas of learning across all subjects as outlined in our curriculum model and map. This is to encourage children to apply their skills and knowledge across a range of subjects and time periods and to make links wherever possible.
We start our topics with a ‘Wow’ opener (e.g visit from a dinosaur) and include a ‘spotlight moment’ (trip or visitor) to fully engage and enthuse the children. We plan a wide and varied range of activities across all subjects to suit different learning styles which include first hand learning experiences to consolidate learning. Teachers are able to use their areas of interest and expertise to build a broad, interesting and engaging curriculum. We believe that learning should be based around the crafts of learning (how will children become the best learners they can be) and we ensure that we provide the best environment to nurture our children to become ‘bubbling learners’.
During the year we also plan whole school themed days/units of work with the aim of focusing, stimulating and challenging children within all areas of the curriculum.
Maths, English, Science, Religious Education and Personal Social Health Emotional (PSHE) are taught discreetly with cross curricular links identified wherever possible. Work is carefully differentiated to ensure that there is challenge for all children at all levels. Throughout all areas of the curriculum we teach, model and discuss the values which underpin the Christian ethos of the school.
Our curriculum is organised to enable the widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills and understanding and behaviours. To do this children don’t just cover the curriculum but repeat it over and over – each time returning to areas so that they gain a more insightful understanding of the skills, processes and knowledge within subjects. We refer to the ‘cognitive domains’ of Basic, Advancing and Deep learning to describe the nature of progression. Below is a link to our Curriculum Model showing the nature of learning in each cognitive domain.
The medium term plans detailed below outline the content of each year group for the terms across each year, together with the Parent Planners (sent to parents termly):-
|Autumn Parent Planners||Spring Parent Planners||Summer Parent Planners|
|Year R Autumn||Year R Spring|
|Year 1 Autumn||Year 1 Spring|
|Year 2 Autumn||Year 2 Spring|
|Year 3 Autumn||Year 3 Spring|
|Year 4 Autumn||Year 4 Spring|
|Year 5 Autumn||Year 5 Spring|
|Year 6 Autumn||Year 6 Spring|
|Medium Term Planner||Autumn Parent Planners||Spring Parent Planners||Summer Parent Planners|
|Year R Curriculum||Year R Autumn||Year R Spring||Year R Summer|
|Year 1 Curriculum||Year 1 Autumn||Year 1 Spring||Year 1 Summer|
|Year 2 Curriculum||Year 2 Autumn||Year 2 Spring||Year 2 Summer|
|Year 3 Curriculum||Year 3 Autumn||Year 3 Spring||Year 3 Summer|
|Year 4 Curriculum||Year 4 Autumn||Year 4 Spring||Year 4 Summer|
|Year 5 Curriculum||Year 5 Autumn||Year 5 Spring||Year 5 Summer|
|Year 6 Curriculum||Year 6 Autumn||Year 6 Spring||Year 6 Summer|
Please visit our individual curriculum pages for further information.
For further information on the National Curriculum for Primary Schools please go to:-
To see what we are doing in school, visit our class pages (under the Tab Children – Classes)