At the heart of learning
– We want children to develop a strong and deep vocabulary and conceptual understanding across many subjects over time.
– We are striving to enhance children’s long-term memory and their skills so they can apply their knowledge in different ways.
Our curriculum intent
Our curriculum is designed under three purposeful principles for learning:
1. Developing knowledge. Knowledge is fundamental in our curriculum and is the pathway to creativity enabling us to think and shape new ideas. Lessons are planned to develop and increase conceptual understanding and make connections with prior learning.
2. A language rich environment. We place a strong emphasis on identifying, exploring and absorbing new vocabulary. Children are immersed in high quality children’s literature, rich in vocabulary and meaning, to extend and deepen understanding and expression.
3. Learning to contribute. Children develop an awareness and appreciation of how they can use their knowledge, skills and understanding to help others and contribute to the world (a core school value).
We are an inclusive school that provides every child access to a broad and balanced education. Children’s individual needs are taken into account when planning and delivering the curriculum to make it accessible to all. Our aim is to ensure all children are supported to become confident, independent and reflective learners. Our curriculum promotes children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development, ensuring that they are considerate and responsible citizens. Fundamental British Values are actively promoted in order to prepare the children for life in modern Britain.
How we implement our curriculum
We share key ideas and concepts in all subject areas across the school deepening and strengthening the learning year on year.
· We use learning milestones to describe stages of understanding and ensure learning is increasingly challenging in each stage of the school.
· We emphasise opportunities to revisit concepts year on year as our key strategy to enhance long-term memory and secure learning.
We place a high value on both fiction and non-fiction texts and have a particular passion for sharing and telling stories, as they support children’s development of narrative sense and ability to make meaning and solve problems.
Teachers use key ideas and concepts to review learning two to three times a year across all subjects. This process shapes future learning and enables teachers to adapt learning to the needs of their children.
Teacher assessment is a professional judgement based on:
· Reflection on pupil work (using pupil books and tests)
· Observation of learning over time (evaluation of understanding in lessons and tasks)
· Comparative discourse (benchmarking discussions across four classes)
There is information about each curriculum subject available here.
Foundation stage curriculum
In Reception, children’s learning is based on the Foundation Stage curriculum. There are 7 areas of learning: Communication and Language; Physical; Personal, Social and Emotional; Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; Expressive Art and Design. The is a strong emphasis on the development of reading and we value hands on learning across the curriculum both in and outside the classroom. Staff assess the children and use this information to plan for the learning opportunities they provide. Parents contribute towards this process which is recorded in the children’s Learning Diaries.
Measuring the impact
The impact of the curriculum is evaluated through end of year teacher assessments, end of Key Stage statutory assessments, governor monitoring visits, external partnership visits and monitoring of teaching, learning as well as pupil voice. School self-evaluation is also focused on the impact of our curriculum.
The significant impact our curriculum has over time:
· Children achieve well by developing secure knowledge, skills and language that is embedded in their long term memory.
· Children leave Bishop Road in Year 6 fully prepared for a successful transition to secondary school.
· Children are guided by a strong sense of values and show an understanding of the importance of high standards, appreciating and contributing to the world as well as accepting and valuing others.
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