The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’, or what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential.
Through the development of our curriculum we aim to develop:
We will see we have succeeded because:
To ensure we achieve these aims we have 5 curriculum drivers:
Organisation and planning
We plan our curriculum in two phases. We agree a long-term plan for each year group. This indicates both the topics and the progression of skills that are to be taught in each term, and to which groups of children. We review our long-term plan on a four year cycle.
With our medium-term plans, we give clear guidance on the objectives and skills to be taught as well as identifying how each subject will be assessed within each topic. We produce ‘Topic Webs’ that identify the content to be delivered in each topic. These are shared with parents in advance and copies can be found on our website. When planning each topic we will use our school skills progression documents for the foundation subjects. These will be the core of our planning and underpin how we assess the children in the foundation subjects.
We adopt a cross curricular, skills based approach to our curriculum planning wherever possible. This encourages children to immerse themselves in a topic and apply learned skills all the way across the curriculum. We plan this curriculum carefully, so that there is coherence and full coverage of all aspects of the National Curriculum and early learning goals, and planned progression in all curriculum areas. Some exceptions to this cross curricular approach will be seen in Maths, Science, Music and PE, where it is more difficult to make explicit links with certain topics.
It is anticipated that we will be able to deliver the curriculum through these medium term plans. There is no expectation that any other plans are written, but that each lesson is resourced and prepared, so that the experience for the children is of the highest quality.
Assessment of the Curriculum
We believe that assessment should underpin our planning and guide our children’s progress through the curriculum. Using our schools skills progression documents we will identify those children who require more support to achieve individual skills as well those who have exceeded the age related expectation.
Assessments, through teacher judgement, will be made at the end of each topic for all subjects taught.
The Foundation Stage
The curriculum that we teach in the Foundation Stage meets the requirements set out in the revised Early Years and Foundations Stage guidance and incorporates the guidance from FAOS: Early Years Policy. Our curriculum planning focuses on Development Matters, the Early Learning Goals and on developing children’s skills and experiences, as set out in this document.
Our school fully supports the principle that young children learn through play, and by engaging in well-planned structured activities. Teaching in the Foundation Stage builds on the prior experiences of the children and is guided by the interests of the children wherever possible.