Intent

The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. 

The aim of our curriculum is for all pupils, regardless of age, additional needs, or ability, to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education and in preparation for life.

It has been formulated in partnership with Governors, School Leaders, Teaching and Support Staff, and in consultation with parents and pupils.

It is built upon sound, evidence-based research into effective learning.

It is overseen by designated middle leaders who have responsibility for the implementation and standards within key subjects and areas.

 

Implementation

The curriculum framework sets out the sequence and structure of the way in which all subjects will be taught from EYFS (nursery) – Y6.

It makes clear what skills will be learned and when, and incorporates a clear framework for assessment against these skills to allow the impact of the curriculum to be evaluated on a regular basis.

It defines the range of subjects to be taught, and the span of knowledge within each subject.

It provides for substantive*1 and disciplinary*2 knowledge.

It focuses on core knowledge*3 but ensures that contextual knowledge*4  is used where possible to provide deeper meaning or to give a sense of depth to a subject.

The structure of the curriculum is predominantly cumulative, with knowledge building upon

and expanding previous learning.  Within this structure, where appropriate, some learning is revisited and age/stage developments are added.

Much of the curriculum is context dependent, with a strong focus on teaching through pupils’ lives and experiences in order to provide a strong sense of personal relevance. 

Where concepts are outside pupils lives or experiences, there is a strong focus on concrete and practical activities and experiences.

 

Rationale

Our engaging, stimulating and evidence-based curriculum connects and celebrates our school, our homes and families, and our place within modern Britain and the wider world. The core values that we promote in school via the academic and wider curriculum, shape the whole of our children’s lives.

Core Values

Caring:  appropriately meeting a child’s needs, whatever they are at any given moment in time.

Equality: ensuring everybody has equal opportunities, and is not treated differently or discriminated against for any reason.

Diversity: taking account of the differences between people and groups of people, and placing a positive value on those differences.

Resilience: the process of being able to adapt well in the face of adversity, or challenge. Having the confidence to start afresh after difficult experiences.

Integrity: being honest and having strong moral principles.

Learning: enjoyment and curiosity about the process of gaining knowledge and skills throughout your life.

Excellence: working to achieve exceptionally high standards in every aspect of school life, often surpassing expectations.

Enjoyment: taking pleasure in what we do and having fun as well as working hard.

*1: Substantive knowledge: knowledge that is taught as fact, eg rules of netball; events leading up to the First World War

*2: Disciplinary knowledge: understanding about how knowledge is established, verified and revised, eg, carrying out a scientific experiment; writing persuasively

*3: Core knowledge: basic knowledge and facts to be learned and retained, eg 2 times table; facts and dates about World War 2.

*4: Contextual knowledge: knowledge providing deeper meaning or giving a sense of depth to a subject, eg talking to grandparents about experiences in World War 2; visiting a historic site such as a castle or roman fort.