The purpose of this policy statement is to confirm the staff and governors commitment to providing the children in our care with a broad and balanced curriculum which meets all the statutory requirements.
Our aim is to ensure that we provide our pupils with an enriched curriculum which will stimulate, motivate and facilitate independent learning. This statement should be read in conjunction with the school Teaching and Learning Policy, and the School Aims.
We have a school Curriculum Map which you will find in the Statutory Requirements section. This outlines the taught curriculum.It shows every subject taught throughout the year. Teachers use this as a tool to planning on a medium and short-term basis. The curriculum map is reviewed every year.
The school has based the curriculum map on the following documents:
The National Curriculum
National Literacy Framework
National Numeracy Framework
QCA Schemes of work recommended by the DfE
In house schemes devised by the school
Our curriculum comprises of a mixture between schemes of work and our own devised curriculum which we review on a yearly basis to best fit the changing and developing needs of our learners. The backbone of our curriculum is underpinned by rich, high quality texts that are challenging, engaging and accessible to the children. We form our creative topics around these texts which you can seen in our topic maps below. Topic time covers all foundation subjects. By designing our own tailored curriculum, we know that we are delivering our children a broad, balanced and varied curriculum, full of opportunities to problem solve, explore the wider world and have an understanding of the immediate world around them. We believe that all of these elements encourage our children to be resilient and independent learners who are well prepared for the next stage of their education and life in modern Britain. We promote and teach mindfulness through our PSHE scheme and positive mindsets are embedded around the school, meaning our children have a ‘can do’ attitude. This ethos means that our children are respectful and tolerant and share in each others successes.
We run a huge range of after school activities, please ensure that you look at our most recent clubs under the Teaching and Learning Tab. We believe that children should have opportunities to continue learning outside of the classroom and actively encourage all of our children to join our clubs, all of which are free of charge.
The school meets the statutory requirements.
Key Stage Two 23.5 hours
TEACHING AND LEARNING
The curriculum is taught through a variety of methods; whole class teaching, group teaching, paired and individual teaching. We believe that learning is most effective when children are given opportunities to work in different ways.
We recognise that children throughout the school have different needs. We are obliged to follow statutory curriculum requirements and we ensure that the implementation of the curriculum is always differentiated.
We have an inclusive curriculum which supports children with Special Educational Needs and the More Able child.
EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY
We recognise that our curriculum must reflect the world in which children live. Ours is a multi faith and multi cultural community and our curriculum reflects this.
We ensure that materials and books used with the children do not represent racist, sexist or homophobic stereotypes. At the same time we identify areas where stereotyping exists and make children aware.