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Kingsham Primary School

Our Vision

Our curriculum is planned to:

  • inspire pupils to learn and to develop a love of learning
  • provide a wide range of experiences and opportunities
  • ensure good progress and high academic standards
  • be broad and balanced, including a range of subjects
  • help pupils acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in all aspects of their education, including the humanities and linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technical, social, physical and artistic learning
  • contribute to pupils’ behaviour and welfare, including their physical, mental and personal well-being and safety
  • promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and within this, to promote British Values and prepare children for life in modern day Britain

     

    Aims

    To achieve our vision the curriculum is:

  • a theme based curriculum with National Curriculum subjects taught through a topic based approach
  • cross curricular with subjects  linked to give meaning and purpose to children’s learning
  • planned around the needs of our children – the context of our school and the interests of the children
  • planned to take advantage of the locality of our school
  • an enquiry based approach to learning which promotes curiosity
  • outcomes driven to raise standards
  • planned to embed the application of basic skills (reading, writing and mathematics)
  • arranged to allow writing to be meaningfully embedded
  • memorable and enjoyable

The Learning Challenge Curriculum

The Learning Challenge Curriculum is an approach to curriculum planning that supports a creatively planned, exciting, relevant and interesting curriculum that inspires children but which is also rigorously planned to ensure coverage, appropriate pitch, progression and challenge and is manageable.

The Learning Challenge Approach

Each theme is arranged into a Learning Challenge which is expressed as a question.  Within each learning challenge a series of subsidiary learning challenges are planned which are also expressed as questions. The learning is organised into a learning journey planned to make sense to the children.

Each theme or Learning Challenge includes:

A Pre-Learning Task - A task or activity that involves children in the planning process so that plans take account of children’s previous knowledge and interests

A Wow start - A memorable start to immediately engage children in their learning

Visits / Visitors - Exciting first hand experiences and real life bring learning to life

Outcome - Something to work towards motivates children. It might be a piece of work, a presentation, an event or a production

Reflection - An opportunity for children to think about and to articulate their learning

Pause Weeks

Sometimes there will be special whole school challenges linked to national and international events.

Basic Skills

English and mathematics are core subjects and are taught daily. English and mathematics are taught separately but every opportunity is taken for children to apply the key skills of speaking, reading, writing and mathematics across the curriculum. Science, also a core subject, is usually taught weekly.

Phonics is taught discretely in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 following ‘Letters and Sounds’. Children are fortunate to benefit from a well-stocked library, inviting book corners in each classroom and a reading scheme which comprises of a variety of graded books which the children bring home in a school book bag.

Subjects

Each subject of the national curriculum is carefully planned to ensure coverage, progression and high standards so that children develop subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding. Religious education is also taught.

  • Science, history and geography are key drivers for the themes. Science, as a core subject, may lead or be taught through its own separate Learning challenge
  • Art, music and design technology are enhancers
  • Some subjects are planned discretely eg PE or science if appropriate
  • Each year will have at least one theme lead by each of history, geography, science, English
  • Flexible length themes
  • There is an agreed time allocation for subjects to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum

Personal and Social Development

Our curriculum includes personal and social development. Personal, social, health education and citizenship are taught throughout the school. We aim to encourage a healthy and safe lifestyle and moral and social responsibility. We aim to develop self-awareness, motivation, empathy, social skills and enable pupils to manage their feelings. The curriculum covers the provision of information on what is good, what is harmful, and involves the development of skills which will help children to use their knowledge effectively to make informed decisions. Outside agencies are invited into the school to enhance topics covered within the planned work. Sex and Relationships Education is taught. Opportunities for personal and social development are further enhanced by opportunities to take on responsibilities, the School Council and work with charities and other organisations.

Extra-curricular activities

There is a programme of additional activities for children to take part in both before and after school and during the lunch break.