Our school’s 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 various extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the children’s experience. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’ – what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We want children to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and cooperate with others while at the same time developing their knowledge and skills, in order to achieve their true potential.
Our school curriculum is underpinned by the values that we hold dear at our school; these are the main values upon which we have based our curriculum:
- We value children’s uniqueness, we listen to the views of individual children, and we promote respect for diverse cultures.
- We value the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth.
- We value the importance of each person in our community, and we organise our curriculum to promote inclusion, cooperation and understanding among all members of our community.
- We value the rights enjoyed by each person in our society. We respect each child in our school, for who they are, and we treat them with fairness and honesty. We want to enable each person to be successful, and we provide equal opportunities for all our pupils.
- We will strive to meet the needs of all our children, and to ensure that we meet all statutory requirements regarding inclusion.
- We value our environment, and we want to teach our pupils, through our curriculum, how we should take care of the world, not only for ourselves, but also for future generations.
We plan our curriculum in three phases. We agree a long-term plan for the year. This indicates what Learning Journeys are to be taught in each term, and to which groups of children. This long-term plan changes on an annual basis.
Through our medium-term plans we give clear guidance on the objectives and teaching strategies for each Learning Journey. As we have adopted the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies for our school, we take our medium-term planning directly from the guidance documents.
Our children are taught through a ‘Learning Journey’, where learning is interactive and meaningful. The children are following a theme, which links subjects together through learning skills. All these experiences enrich and broaden our children’s learning. The children respond in an enthusiastic way, which is evident in all they do.
All children are taught the core subjects of English, mathematics, science and ICT and where possible this is integrated into the Learning Journey that the class is following. There is still the need for specific subject based lessons to ensure our children become fluent readers and writers and skilled mathematicians and scientists.
RE is an important area of the curriculum and is taught either through the Learning Journey or as a separate lesson, linked to our Christian value theme for the term and Personal, Social and Health Education. Parents may withdraw their child from RE lessons, if they feel this area of learning would compromise their beliefs.
All pupils have a French lesson each week.
The children’s learning is carefully planned to take account of individual abilities, with work being differentiated for the less able and the gifted in every class.