Our School Curriculum
To develop characteristics of effective learning in all children:
Playing and exploring
Children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
Children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
Building bodies of knowledge
Children must have a secure knowledge base from which to draw
Creating and thinking critically
Children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things
To promote our three core values in our teaching:
Responsive teaching for each unique child
Enabling environments encourage independence
To foster Christian distinctiveness through key strands:
Vision, Wisdom, Character, Community, Dignity and Worship
- Consistent routines and classroom rituals
- Application of behaviour strategies including IBPs
- Formative assessment eg observations, marking, questioning, mini plenaries
- Evidence of adaptation eg change of direction/approach, additional questions to deepen thinking
- A warm, loving and confident manner
- Listening to children’s explanations/reasoning
- Respectful challenge of thinking
- Opportunities for independence/challenge selection
- Appropriate stimulating resources/starting points
- Structured planning including interleaving of knowledge
- Repetition and checking of key knowledge in teaching time
- Appropriate time balance to allow for play, problem solving and independence
Subject specific curriculum maps that tie the curriculum story together for English, maths, science, RE, history, geography, art, design, PSHCE, SMSC, music, PE, computing and languages.
Bespoke interventions for children falling behind or needing additional challenge.
A rich programme of events which enable children to develop cultural capital.
Children's work is assessed in a variety of ways:
- Classroom feedback
- Recorded work
- Responsive marking
- Pupil voice
- PiXL tests and question level analysis
- Case studies
- Summative progress tracking
Our School Curriculum Diagram
We aim to secure confidence with phonic knowledge as a foundation for literacy. Across the whole school we use materials from Letters and Sounds and the Phonics International programme. This gives consistency in our approaches to teaching both decoding for reading and segmenting for spelling for all ages. A tightly structured, progressive reading scheme gives children access to a wide range of books they can read independently.
we use the Abacus mathematics scheme to support and guide (but not direct) planning and teaching. This offers a mastery approach through a spiral of learning with regular investigations and problem-solving activities. Whole class teaching enables all children to access the learning whilst differentiated activities, and levels of support, enable the needs of individual children to be met.
Part of our curriculum includes ‘Exam Paper Literacy.’ We believe all children have the right to be well prepared for external tests and be familiar with the layout and question types so that they can showcase their learning.