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Kingsham Primary School

What are the aims of our Curriculum?

At Kingsham Primary School our vision is to be an aspirational and inclusive community school where children are continually inspired, enjoy learning, thrive and achieve success. This mission informs the curriculum we have developed.

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

As a member of the University of Chichester Academy Trust our curriculum reflects the Trust Curriculum Statement.

What is covered in our curriculum?

In our Reception Year we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Through Years 1-6 we follow the Primary National Curriculum. Religious Education is taught according to Living Difference III, the agreed syllabus for Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight schools, which is used by schools in our academy trust.  Our scheme of work for Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is based on guidance from the PSHE Association and includes sex and relationships education. The Modern Foreign Language we teach is Spanish, and as part of the music curriculum children have the opportunity to learn an instrument, currently the recorder and the French Horn. We also facilitate access to private music lessons on the guitar. 

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

     

What is special and distinctive about our curriculum?

In addition to the subject coverage above there are some distinctive features of our curriculum that relate to our school vision, aims and values.

Our school logo is a crown and we have a set of CROWN Learning Values.  Designed to promote positive attitudes to learning our CROWN learning values are at the heart of our rewards and celebrations.

C = Curiosity

R = Resilience

O = Open-minded

W = Wow improvement

N = No limits

To learn more about our CROWN learning values see the Welcome Video on the home page.

The Kingsham Gems are a range of opportunities and experiences that we aspire for all of our pupils to take part in during their time at the school. To see a list of the Kingsham Gems click here.

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 and a sequence of learning that has appropriate pitch, progression and challenge. 

 

How is our Curriculum Organised?

To achieve our vision the curriculum is:

  1. A theme based curriculum with National Curriculum subjects taught through a topic based approach. Each topic or context for learning is called a Learning Challenge and is expressed as a question. In our Long Term Plans, you can see how the topics are scheduled and the main subjects, objectives and outcomes driving them. As you will see these topics are arranged in two-year rolling cycles. This is to allow for the fact that some of our classes contain mixed year groups. This also allows teachers to work together on ensuring the highest quality learning.
  2. Cross curricular with subjects  linked to give meaning and purpose to children’s learning. The objectives arising from the curriculum subjects are organised into cross-curricular topics so that links can be made between different areas of learning, not only making this learning more meaningful and relevant to the children, but allowing for deeper learning and application. Some strands of learning are still taught discretely, where this suits the objectives.
  3. Planned around the needs of our children – the context of our school and the interests of the children.
  4. Planned to take advantage of the locality of our school. Learning is enriched by first hand experiences which often involves trips. These visits are carefully planned to develop learning beyond the classroom environment.  Children visit the city, the coast, Chichester Harbour and local sites of historical interest. We are lucky to have a nationally recognised theatre and art gallery within walking distance and we take advantage of these. Click here to see the trips and visitors that enhance learning .
  5. An enquiry based approach to learning which promotes curiosity. Each learning challenge is expressed as a question. Within each learning challenge a series of subsidiary learning challenges are planned which are also expressed as questions.
  6. Outcomes driven to raise standards. In each subject each unit of work has a clear end point.
  7. Is planned for coverage and progression to develop subject related knowledge, understanding and skills. This ensures an appropriate sequence of learning in each subject. Each class has a weekly timetable, however teachers are encouraged to ‘block’ time for some subjects where this may allow for deeper learning – for example an Art or DT project may be completed over the course of a few consecutive afternoons or even a full day, as opposed to some time each week for the half-term.
  8. Embeds the application of basic skills (reading, writing and mathematics). Reading is our priority so that children become fluent, confident readers who enjoy reading widely for pleasure and can access the full curriculum. English and maths are taught daily. English is at the heart of the curriculum and is a key driver in every learning challenge. In each learning challenge children study a high quality key text and examples of these can be seen here. There are many opportunities for writing across the curriculum.
  9. Arranged to allow writing to be meaningfully embedded. There are planned opportunities for children to write across the curriculum. For example children write historical diaries, recounts of visits to historical sites and produce information leaflets linked to learning in science and geography.
  10. Memorable and enjoyable. The Learning Challenge approach ensures learning is exciting, engaging and enriched by first hand experiences.

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

Visitors and Visits 2019

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. An example of this was the “Why should we remember?” pause week to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. You can see some of the activities undertaken during this week here.

Social, moral, spiritual and cultural development (SMSC)

Personal and social development is a priority. The curriculum is planned to include a wide range of opportunities for SMSC development. Some of these are whole school activities and approaches and others are woven into learning in curriculum subjects like Personal, Social , Health and Economic Education (PSHE) and Religious Education (RE). Our approach to teaching and learning makes an important contribution to making school memorable and enjoyable so that children are excited and engaged by learning. It contributes to our school being a welcoming and open environment and reflects our ethos and values, ensuring school is a safe and inclusive environment where equal opportunities are promoted. Find out more about the provision for social, moral, spiritual and cultural development here.

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.

By Year Group

Reception English & Maths 

Yr 1 English and Maths

Yr 2 English and Maths

Yr3 English and Maths

Yr4 English and Maths

Yr5 English and Maths

Yr 6 English and Maths

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

To learn more about the topics that are covered in each year group (from Year 1 to Year 6) at Kingsham Primary and the opportunities that are available to the children throughout the year, please click on the subject names below:

 

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.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum can be found here