I. Our Curriculum Statement of Intent
We will provide a happy, safe and stimulating learning environment rooted in Christian values. We recognise that the potential of every child is limitless. We will offer opportunity now and for the future that they may grow as lifelong learners, developing empathy, responsibility, perseverance and respect. We strive for excellence in order that our children can play and work together, overcome challenges, seek opportunities, and aim high, and that we as educators build strong partnerships between ourselves, partners and parents.
The curriculum provides opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident and successful learners, with high aspirations, who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society.
As a church school this intent is underpinned by: John 10.10
“I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”
In line with this Bible teaching, we appreciate the uniqueness of each child and recognise their potential, so, the curriculum ensures that academic success, creativity, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical and mental health are key elements that support character development and promote positive attitudes to learning.
Our intent is also to ensure that the curriculum strongly reflects our four key values: Perseverance, Responsibility, Respect and Empathy. These values celebrate the diversity and use the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, ensuring that children are well prepared for life in modern Britain.
The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school . A blocked curriculum approach has been implemented at the school to ensure coverage and progression in a number of curriculum areas and our progression sheets are reviewed regularly by our improvement hub teams. This approach enables project-based learning, fostering each child’s curiosity and interest throughout each topic and also enabling the achievement of depth and recall in knowledge and skills. Opportunities for child voice are planned at the beginning of each new topic and knowledge organisers are used to inform the learning for each topic and to allow regular opportunities for children to revisit learning and commit knowledge to long term memory. Our curriculum is underpinned by a regularly reviewed set of progression documents laying out the pathway of learning in each subject across the four year groups.
The curriculum provides children with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which they can learn and develop a range of transferable skills. The children’s own community is in an historic, growing and diverse village. Its heritage and traditions are frequently used as a starting point for engaging interest and there is an heritage centre on the school site.
The school’s curriculum is broad and balanced. It is enriched by the outdoor environment. The school grounds have been developed so they can support different curriculum areas, with plans in 2021 to develop our Forest School provision. The school has also achieved the Primary Science Quality Mark. A varied timetable for extra-curricular activities is offered with clubs that support the core curriculum offer, as well as those which develop other talents.
The school takes pride in providing a highly inclusive environment, where learners demonstrate high levels of enjoyment in their education and we have set an ambition to ensure good progress in all subjects and areas of learning post our last inspection. Children at all levels are helped to achieve their potential. Regardless of ability, all children are offered activities which provide personal challenge and the opportunity to take risks in their learning. Those who are most able are challenged and supported through being offered tasks which provide opportunities for greater depth and those who struggle are encouraged and given targeted support to embed skills, to develop at their own pace.
Subject leaders play an important part in the success of the curriculum by leading a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review. The celebration and sharing of good practice for staff, children and parents contributes to our ongoing improvement. All subject leaders are given training and the opportunity to continue developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding, so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. They are currently organised into four Improvement hubs for this work – Logic, Language, Creativity and Well-being. Each hub is led by an experienced senior or middle leader.
Consistent practice across the school, with high expectations, provides a strong foundation and opportunities for children to collaborate and develop social skills, both indoors and out. This curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high quality teaching, supported by targeted, proven interventions where appropriate. In this way it can be seen to impact in a very positive way on children’s outcomes.
The impact of our curriculum will be measured in part by assessment procedures, allowing us to recognise outcomes against all schools nationally in the following areas:
- End of KS2 % of children working towards or at the expected standard and at Greater depth in reading, writing and maths.
- Progress figures for KS1 to KS2.
The school has begun to demonstrate its improvement journey with a 12% improvement in Reading, Writing & Maths combined figures (2019) and internal data indicates this is continuing. We are also able, as of January 2021, to [point to very positive parental feedback on remote learning provision.
Vitally, however, the curriculum will be measured by how effectively it helps our pupils develop into well rounded individuals who embody our values and carry with them the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will make them lifelong learners and valuable future citizens. This will be evidenced in their comments through regular surveys, pupil conferencing opportunities and through parent feedback.
In addition, visitors will see, and monitoring will show, our expectations of:
- Staff to have high expectations of themselves in providing care and challenge for all children.
- Teachers to impart knowledge accurately and with enthusiasm, generating high levels of commitment from children.
- Teachers to support children in developing independence and perseverance by teaching and modelling these skills and schema.
- Teachers to systematically check understanding, intervening in a timely manner when needed.
- Teachers to regularly provide high quality marking and constructive written and verbal feedback to children.
- Children to make rapid and sustained progress in lessons as a result of strong questioning and teacher knowledge.
Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and positive behaviours. Children feel safe to try new things. High quality visits and visitors to the school enhance the curriculum and provide opportunities for writing for a purpose. Learning Journeys are being made more explicit this year, both to support children committing their learning to long term memory but also facilitate recall and provide a strong sense of purpose. In addition, they have enabled us to review the curriculum to ensure sufficient depth in key aspects of foundation subjects.
Children have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.
Part II. Our Vision
We will provide a happy, safe and stimulating learning environment rooted in Christian values. We recognise that the potential of each of us is limitless. We will enable children to serve and flourish by developing perseverance, empathy, responsibility and respect. We strive for excellence in order that our children can play and work together, overcome obstacles, seek opportunities, aim high and live a full life.
As a faith school we also chose a bible verse as our narrative that sits alongside this vision:
Jesus said: “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
It is underpinned by four bible stories, each reflecting one of our values.