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Curriculum Statement

 

Definition of Learning and Teaching
To enable and inspire children to develop the knowledge, skills and creativity
they need to flourish in s a world of constant change. 

 

Learning Skills

Respect

Reciprocity

Resourcefulness

Reflection

Resilience

 

“It is calculated that by 2026, half the jobs that people will be performing do not yet exist. We simply don’t know what they will be.”

 

Mick Waters (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority)

 

This reality forms the basis of our curriculum which focuses on developing children’s skills to develop independence and tackle challenges with confidence. Our curriculum places:

 

  • Less emphasis on TEACHING facts - greater emphasis on teaching children how to LEARN the facts for themselves.
  • Greater emphasis on embedding skills and attitudes needed to be successful in life.

 

In reality this means that our curriculum is based on helping children to develop the skills they need to thrive now and in the future. Learning is given a purpose by linking subjects through themes which last for varying lengths of time.

 

It is not possible to include every subject in every theme so some are taught discretely (such as maths, French and PSHE&C) and others will be taught later in the year as part of a different theme. Phonics and spelling are taught as discrete subjects on a daily basis using the DfE recommended schemes 'Letters and Sounds' and 'Support for Spellings' . The school follows the 2014 National Curriculum. If you would like to find out more about the curriculum we follow, a copy is available on the DfE website: www.gov.uk and shows the content of our curriculum in each academic year for every subject.  We use the Rigby Star' reading scheme to support the teaching of reading.

 

Relevant, real life and exciting opportunities are planned as often as possible to enthuse children and give purpose to their learning. Opportunities include talking to professional actors to support our theme which culminates in a live performance in a professional theatre; a residential for our Year 4 children and visits to places such as Streetwise. We also give children the chance to contribute to the local community by organising fundraising opportunities and we welcome visitors to the school such as local paramedics and the Life Education Centre.

 

General Aims of our School Curriculum:

 

  1. To encourage each individual child to develop to their full potential socially, intellectually, physically, spiritually and emotionally, in a secure and happy Christian environment.
  2. To deliver a broad, balanced curriculum where varied learning experiences enable children to become independent, confident and responsible learners.
  3. To have respect for British Values, encouraging self-discipline and a caring responsible attitude towards others.
  4. To develop high quality literacy and numeracy skills.
  5. To acquire knowledge, skills and practical abilities relevant to adult life in a fast changing world.
  6. To introduce children to the world about them, through scientific enquiry, and to help them towards an understanding of the interdependence of people, both today and in the past.
  7. To help children become aware of the community around them and encourage ways in which they can begin to share in it.

 

Because of our mixed age classes, it is not possible to rigidly adhere to a curriculum which is designed for single age classes, so we follow rolling programmes and adapt each theme to match what children need to learn within it.

 

The future is important…it’s where our children will spend the rest of their lives.

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