The Curriculum Design Statement
Curriculum design statement: intent, implementation, impact.
The curriculum is designed with our school motto ‘Valuing Each Child’ in mind:
The curriculum is shaped using the Cornerstones Curriculum, which is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.
We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.
Cornerstones also provides a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. To find out more about these stages please click on the link through to Cornerstones website:
Our curriculum is also enriched with Forest School in partnership with Children's Woodland Adventures. Our large woodland is the base for our weekly Forest Schools sessions teaching the children vital learning skills such as teamwork, listening skills and problem solving through activities like shelter building, outdoor cooking and much more.
Within our curriculum sport has a high focus. We use our Sports Premium Funding to effectively improve the quality and variety of sport that is offered, thus encouraging our children to have a healthier lifestyle as they understand the impact of exercise on their physical and mental health and well-being.
As a church school we also follow the Lincolnshire Agreed syllabus and support the teaching of this with the Understanding Christianity resource. This delivers a balanced RE curriculum that supports pupils’ religious literacy that enables pupils to hold balanced and informed conversations about religion and belief. Implicit within this is the study of a range of religions, belief systems and worldviews, including opportunities for pupils to examine and evaluate connections between these ideas and the wider world.
Our curriculum is designed to balance the national expectations and an all-encompassing range of imaginative learning projects allowing our children to be happy and successful. Clear strategic planning allows the curriculum to be adaptable to children’s needs. Age related expectations combine the acquisition of knowledge and development of skills to create a purposeful and exciting learning journey for every child. The curriculum has high expectations to combine transferable skills, demonstrate a breadth of vocabulary and develop strong cross curricular links. The classroom environments stimulate and engage quality thinking and reasoning. Our marking policy is an opportunity for children to reflect on their learning and respond with clarity and understanding of next steps in their feedback.
The impact of our curriculum is that by the end of each year, the vast majority of pupils have achieved age related expectations; some pupils have greater depth of understanding. We track carefully throughout the year to ensure pupils are aiming to reach expectations of our curriculum. Teaching staff will reflect on standards achieved against the planned outcomes and shape the onward curriculum accordingly.
Phonics is taught daily in discrete sessions throughout the school, as well as being embedded in everyday teaching. We aim for our Phonics sessions to be interactive, practical, fun and focussed on deepening children's understanding and developing reading and writing skills. The Letters and Sounds scheme is used throughout the school for the teaching of Phonics. The teaching of phonemes in the alphabet are supported by the Jolly Phonics scheme.
Find out more about Letters and Sounds: http://www.letters-andsounds.com/
Find out more about Jolly Phonics: http://jollylearning.co.uk/overview-about-jolly-phonics
Our main reading scheme at KS1 is Oxford Reading Tree. This is a banded scheme that that provides a synthetic approach to phonics, a wealth of different writing styles and genre supporting the child on their journey to becoming a confident reader.
Find out more about the Oxford Reading Tree: