We will, as our pupils are growing and learning with us, care for, support and safeguard them whilst striving to encourage them to be responsible citizens and do the same for each other and their wider community.
We will strive to ignite our pupils’ desire and enthusiasm to learn without limits.
We will aim to encourage our pupils and school community to develop academically and socially which will develop their desire to explore the wider world, skilled and equipped to find out even more.
At the beginning of September 2017 our school teaching team started the journey of writing and developing a curriculum for our pupils that included carefully choosing a curriculum that is crucial for ensuring knowledge for our pupils is clear, transferable and structured to support their performance in tasks given to them. We knew this was a big task and a journey that would require us to question, reflect and challenge our already established curriculum.
We created a whole school skills document for all subjects taught in our school starting with the skills taught in Reception right the way through to Year 6. This created a clear progression that enables pupils to build upon knowledge already taught. These skills will be repeated with pupils to ensure that they are embedded in their memory. We also looked at fluency as an important tool to support our pupils' retention and application of knowledge.
Teaching staff use a new long term planning tool that clearly outlines our whole school approach to delivering a strong curriculum. One of the biggest changes is that each year group will start each topic with a launch and end each topic with a landing.
Launch - A memorable learning experience to inspire the pupils and ensure they are not only vocabulary rich but that they start their topic from the best possible knowledge to then enhance further as they learn more topic
Landing - Final event bringing the pupils' learning together and to reflect upon their learning and how they can transfer their knowledge across other areas of their learning
This academic year, our pupils will be sharing their knowledge and understanding with you through the use of a cross curricular topic book. Their books will have work that reflect their application of skills, demonstrates their new knowledge and how they have transferred this knowledge into other areas of the curriculum.
We will continue to reflect, adapt and update our school curriculum based on pupil feedback, monitoring of pupils' books and lessons and research that we will use to enhance the curriculum we deliver.