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Our School Curriculum

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Changes to the curriculum during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

The aims, vision and values of our curriculum have remained constant throughout the pandemic, and have guided our planning throughout.

During this time, we have had to make significant changes to our methodology in delivering this while the majority of children learn at home.  However, we have maintained consistency wherever possible and worked to build on familiar ways of learning.

You can find a summary of these changes here:

 

Intent

To develop characteristics of effective learning in all children:

 

Playing and exploring

Children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’

Active learning

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:

Readiness 

Responsive teaching for each unique child

Respect

Positive relationships

Responsibility

Enabling environments encourage independence

 

To foster Christian distinctiveness through key strands:

Vision, Wisdom, Character, Community, Dignity and Worship

Implementation

Readiness

  • Consistent routines and classroom rituals
  • Application of behaviour strategies including IBPs
  • Formative assessment eg observations, marking, questioning, mini plenaries
  • Adaptation of teaching eg change of direction/approach, additional questions to deepen thinking

Respect

  • A warm, loving and confident manner
  • Listening to children’s explanations/reasoning
  • Respectful challenge of thinking
  • Opportunities for independence/challenge selection

Responsibility

  • 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.

Impact

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

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