Curriculum Policy

Curriculum statement:

 

The school delivers a broad and balanced curriculum through a wide range of experiences. The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise, in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of education but also the range of extra-curricular activities that are organised in order to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes the 'hidden curriculum' where the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential.

Our values:

Our school curriculum is underpinned by our school values and the learning profile.

Curriculum coverage:

  • Enable all children to learn and develop their skills to fulfill their individual potential teach children the basic skills of literacy, numeracy and information technology (IT).
  • Enable children to be creative and to develop their own thinking teach children about their developing world, including how the environment and society have changed over time
  • Help children understand their place on the global platform

 

Curriculum in Early Childhood:

Our planning focuses on the Early Learning Goals and on developing children's skills and experiences. Pupils learn through child initiated play and by engaging in well-planned structured activities. Teaching in the reception class builds on the experiences of the children in their Early Childhood learning.

Key aspects of learning:

In all aspects of the curriculum the following skills are addressed:

  • Enquiry Skills
  • Problem solving
  • Reasoning skill
  • Information Processing skills
  • Evaluation skills
  • Self-awareness skills
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Motivation skills
  • Managing feelings
  • Creative thinking skills
  • Empathy Skills

 

Planning and organisation:

We plan our curriculum over three terms with six individual themes per year per class.

We have scope and sequence (long-term plans) for each year group, which are sequential in their approach allowing for a continuation between year bands. At all times this is cross referenced to our themes to ensure all aspects of the curriculum are covered. An overview

We review our long-term plan on an annual basis. Our medium-term plans give clear guidance on the learning intentions, learning outcomes and teaching strategies to use in each unit of work including any discrete subject teaching.

Our short-term plans are written on a weekly basis and discussed with the Educational Coordinator. We use these to set out the learning intentions for each session and identify resources, activities, key questions and tracking and monitoring pupils at all times

Assessment:

Assessment is seen as fundamental to all stages of learning and covers various stages throughout the curriculum:

    • Assessment of all children from EC2 onwards upon entry

 

    • Formative assessment

 

    • Summative assessment

 

  • End of year examinations in both numeracy and literacy for Grades 1 – 6