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Curriculum Information

Curriculum Intent

Our Curriculum is built on our vision of ‘Roots to Grow and Wings to Fly’ and underpinned by our Christian core values of Hope, Honesty, Forgiveness and Friendship and reflects the needs of our community. We believe our curriculum gives pupils the confidence, knowledge, skills and learning behaviours to allow them to be successful and flourish now and in the future so that they can make a positive and unique contribution to the world.

We aim to…

In order to achieve these aims, our curriculum will:

Value every child, respecting and celebrating each one as unique.

Be rooted in our core Christina values.
Be adapted and personalised in order to ensure equal access for all learners.
Include high quality personal, social and health education.
Provide high- quality religious education in line with our Christian foundation and nurture children’s spiritual development.

Encourage and develop the joy of learning in all children.

Be creative, vibrant and engaging.

Develop curiosity and deepen understanding through use of the ‘big question’ so that pupils demonstrate their new knowledge and deeper understanding.

Challenge pupils’ thinking through starting each new area of learning with a ‘Big question’. Each big question is revisited at the end of each term

Provide quality, enriching and engaging experiences that enable pupils to grow and develop

 

Support and enable the highest quality learning experiences.
Challenge children to excel personally, creatively, physically, academically, as individuals and within a variety of relationships

Develop their knowledge and skills as pupils make their journey through their primary school education, enabling pupils to integrate new learning and build on prior knowledge and understanding.

 

Provide clear progression throughout each curriculum area. Link learning within and across the curriculum and different aspects of school life.

Root learning in real world, first- hand and relevant experiences

 

 

Provide quality, well – planned and purposeful activities and experiences, in and outside of the classroom, within the school grounds, the local community and within the wider world.

Promote the importance of Reading and ensure that it is a central part in all teaching and learning.

 

Use high quality texts and a range of genres to challenge the pupils, building on vocabulary, so it is used in all areas of their learning.

Curriculum content and organisation

Children in the reception class will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.  Pupils in Years 1 and 2 will work towards Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum and those in 3, 4, 5 and 6 will work through Key Stage 2. 

Foundation Stage

The first year at school in the reception class is known as the Foundation Phase.  This Phase is a continuation from the experiences your child will have had at nursery or pre-school.  The curriculum is divided into Prime Areas and Specific Areas of learning and progress is measured in month bands. Specific detail on how we teach reading are included within the section on the National Curriculum below.

Prime Areas

PSED (Personal, Social, Emotional Development).  This includes 3 areas: making relationships, self-confidence and self-awareness and managing feelings and behaviour.
Communication and Language.  This includes: listening and attention, Understanding and speaking
Physical Development. This is divided into two areas: moving and handling and health and self-care

 

 

 

 

Specific Areas

Literacy: reading and writing
Mathematics: numbers and shape space and measures
Understanding the World: people and communities, the world and technology
Expressive Arts and Design: exploring and using media and materials and being imaginative.

 

 

 

 

 

Learning experiences within and across these areas provide the children with an excellent skill base and an enthusiasm for learning which is then developed further as they begin the national curriculum in Year 1.

From Year 1 onwards the children follow the National Curriculum.

The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum provides the school with clear guidance and expectations for learning and attainment within each subject area.   Wherever possible the National Curriculum content is taught through topics which give a meaningful context to children’s learning and support links between subject areas. 

In addition to the national curriculum subjects, we also teach Religious Education and Personal, Social and Health Education.  The following is an introduction to each curriculum area but your child’s class teacher or the Headteacher will be happy to provide you with more details should you require them.