‘Children develop in the context of relationships and the environment around them’
‘A Framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and understanding to be gained at each stage… translating that framework over time into a structure and narrative…. and evaluating what knowledge and understanding pupils have gained against expectations’. (Harford 2018)
Our curriculum is focused on the view that ALL pupils should have secure basic skills in core subjects as we believe without these they will have less opportunity to access and experience the wider curriculum.
We view our pupils as unique individuals with a range of interests and talents. We aim to equip them to be global citizens and have the skills, confidence and aspirations to determine their own future.
We consider it our responsibility to ensure that our pupils love learning and see it as a journey that will afford them the opportunity to be successful on the global stage. Our curriculum is designed to be flexible to ensure that the needs of all of the pupils are met at any point in their journey.
Through the curriculum we support our pupils to:
- Have a positive attitude to learning
- Feel valued and supported
- Achieve their full potential
- Have high aspirations
- Be confident and believe that they can be whoever they want to be
Our curriculum responds to the background and experiences of our pupils, supports their cultural story and encourages them to be lifelong learners. This philosophy means that we look deeper into pupils being ‘ready to learn’ and our effective learning support systems act as precursors to learning such as: good relationships with parents/carers, making sure the pupils are not hungry (Magic Breakfast), snacks when required, access to water and are emotionally ready for learning. The physical and mental wellbeing needs of our pupils are paramount and we consider that our pupils should feel safe and secure on all levels. Without this our pupils will not be able to reach their full potential.
Our strength is in understanding and respecting the needs of our community, the full support of parents/carers, where the pupils live, how the community has changed, evolved and being able to share an awareness of the opportunities that are available to them – both now and in future stages of learning.
We are developing a curriculum that is knowledge based and:
- Has breadth, is balanced and allows for greater depth learning
- Is inclusive and ensures that there are no barriers to learning
- Is memorable and meaningful
- Builds and develops pupil questioning
- Reflects the local context and is important to the local community (e.g Coal mining)
- Is a progression model
- Aims for curriculum mastery
- Includes the pupil voice
Within all subjects our aim is:
- to develop and use the pupils skills, knowledge, concepts and values as part of their learning journey
- to place and emphasis on pupils basic skills to fill any gaps in learning
- for repetition and the practice of essential skills – we call this ‘sticky learning’
- to revisit previous learning in order to develop a deeper understanding of skills and processes
- to be flexible in our approach to learning to be able to meet the needs of an Infant school
We especially understand the need for our pupils to be ready for the next stage of their learning and for this reason we also look to the Year 3 expectations in all planning.