Our curriculum is planned to:
To achieve our vision the curriculum is:
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
Sometimes there will be special whole school challenges linked to national and international events.
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.
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.
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.
There is a programme of additional activities for children to take part in both before and after school and during the lunch break.