Curriculum

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.”         

John Wesley

We firmly believe that our creative, broad, balanced, relevant and engaging curriculum, which is underpinned  by the British and Christian Values that our children live out, helps our pupils to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills.  This in turn, helps to deepen and strengthen learning, building on skills and knowledge from previous years, and prepares the children in all of our schools with the knowledge and cultural capital which will help prepare them for life in modern day Britain.

Learning is a change in long term memory, we want our children to know more and remember more.  To enable this, we have created and continued to enhance and enrich our curriculum.

The Implementation of the curriculum is driven by two parts:

  • Understanding how children learn best and addressing this in how and what we teach.
  • Carefully considering what is taught through each subject lens and delivering this where suitable through precisely designed and engaging topics.

The impact of this is that the curriculum is strong with clear knowledge and skills embedded and as a result, children achieve their best.  This is shown through the pupils’ work across the curriculum which is consistently of a high quality.  This is monitored through multiple facets to ensure consistency and the maintenance and development of our intent.

We strongly believe vocabulary is an essential ingredient to a child’s development and providing children with the best opportunity to increase their cultural capital and make progress is supported by expanding children’s vocabulary through the curriculum.  Our curriculum topics are designed to ensure that key ideas are revisited as a child journeys through school, embedding and extending their knowledge each time they revisit a concept through their topic of study.

In order to support pupils’ access and progress within the curriculum, key vocabulary, which is very ‘transferable’ and will help develop their widening understanding of the world, has been identified which links to the subjects within the topic.  As well as supporting pupils’ progress, this also allows leaders to analyse the concepts being studied more easily to ensure that the curriculum is relevant to our pupils and effectively meets the needs of learners.

For Year 1 to 6 the National Curriculum broadly outlines objectives for each year group in the following subjects: Mathematics, English, Science, Art & Design, Design Technology, Computing, Music, History, Geography, Languages and Physical Education. Also as an integral part of our curriculum we follow the Lincolnshire Locally Agreed syllabus for RE and Understanding Christianity. In today’s world, it is important for information technology to have a significant role in the curriculum and we have a raft of new IT equipment, resources and training opportunities for staff, ensuring that ICT is embedded across the curriculum. The objectives set in this curriculum ensure that children are working to the national standard and being continually supported and challenged to achieve their best in every year group across school. However, the National Curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. It provides an outline of core knowledge around which our teachers and leaders develop an exciting and stimulating curriculum with the understanding that they have the freedom to extend beyond the National Curriculum specifications to meet the needs of the children in our care.

Our curriculum is implemented through a cross-curricular based approach, which ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are covered in a meaningful way, maximising opportunities to link subjects so that children can develop deep and embedded subject knowledge.  The curriculum is broad and balanced offering progression and providing as many opportunities as possible for pupils to develop a wide range of skills. Just a few examples of our topics are:

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs!

Once upon a time…

That’s not my Mummy!

Our curriculum is brought to life through a range of teaching and learning styles, visits out, visitors  to school, role play, theme days and many more creative and imaginative activities which help deepen and strengthen learning throughout a topic, building on skills and knowledge from previous years. We actively seek to overcome the barriers to learning that can hinder or exclude individual pupils, or groups of pupils. This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for our children. We make this a reality through the attention we pay to the different individuals, and groups of children within our schools

In KS2 we really enjoy working with our local secondary schools to enhance our pupils’ learning through the use of subject specialists. Our broad and balanced curriculum is complemented by a fun and vibrant range of extra-curricular clubs, which take place at lunchtime and after school. We always seek to discover and nurture special talents within each child. There is something for everyone in our extra-curricular programme!

Please see our Teaching, Learning and Curriculum policy for further information on our intent, implementation and impact of the curriculum.

Teaching Learning and Curriculum Policy_ June 2020

British Values Policy – September 2019