Curriculum Statement 2015
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 the National Curriculum, but also any other activity organised by school, for example, extra-curricular activities and any other activities designed to enrich the experience of the children. There is also a ‘hidden’ element to the curriculum which includes what the children learn from their school environment, the way they are treated and how they are expected to behave.
There are two main reasons for having a curriculum policy statement:
- To outline our interpretation of the statutory expectations for the delivery of the National Curriculum – a new statutory curriculum was introduced as from September 2014. We have therefore adapted our School curriculum accordingly to ensure that we meet the current aims and statutory requirements.
- The School Information Regulations 2012 specify a statutory requirement for schools to publish their curriculum alongside other important information. This document contributes to fulfilling that statutory requirement.
Along with all other maintained schools we are required by the government to teach the revised National Curriculum from September 2014. The curriculum is ‘what’ will be taught, whilst the ‘how’ things are taught is left to individual schools.
Our children are taught in two groups for the two main core subjects; mathematics and Literacy. All other subjects are taught as whole school due to our small pupil numbers. The coverage of the National Curriculum is achieved through a rolling programme of themes/topics. These are then enhanced further by specific themed weeks and additional curriculum breadth experiences which we plan to enhance what has already been learned. Our long term planning takes into account the fluidity of our groups. The mixture of ages in the specific teaching groups means our planning needs adapting year on year, to ensure continuity of skills.
The teaching of Literacy is structured from the National Curriculum and we use a wide range of materials to enhance the delivery of quality first teaching. We also adopt a cross-curricular approach to Literacy, which means that opportunities are taken to make meaningful links with other curriculum areas. For example, this could be writing a set of instructions in design technology, or writing a diary entry or letter from a particular character in history. Pupils in Foundation and KS1 are taught phonics, using the Letters and Sounds framework and their attainment and progress is monitored on a tracking grid. Children’s progress in Literacy is monitored through termly assessment and Pupil Progress Meetings.
The teaching of numeracy is structured from the National Curriculum. A range of additional resources, including the online resource ‘Mathletics,’ are provided to enhance mathematical learning. Children’s progress in numeracy is monitored through termly assessment and Pupil Progress Meetings.
The teaching of Science has been planned to ensure that the relevant scientific skills for each year group are taught through a series of topics. Scientific Enquiry is a particularly important element, which is taught throughout the school each term. During Year 6, all areas are revised to ensure that pupils are familiar with each topic in preparation for end of Key Stage Assessments.
Computing teaching is structured from the Wokingham Framework for computing, which ensures a progression of skills as children move through the primary phase. An emphasis is always placed upon the meaningful and contextualised application of the children’s skills.
Religious Education is provided by following the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus. An emphasis is given to making work meaningful and adopting a cross-curricular approach wherever possible.
Foundation Subjects are delivered by following a four-year rolling programme. Curriculum design is such that a broad range of topics is provided, upon which a range of skills, knowledge and concepts are developed in order to make learning meaningful.
Our Foundation Stage is directed by the guidance provided in the EYFS documentation. From 2012, this involves 7 key areas, against which all children are measured on entry – and then throughout Foundation Stage 2.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is delivered mainly through use of the SEAL(Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) materials in Collective Worship, but is also an ongoing theme throughout many lessons, in much the same way that Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) dimensions are regularly explored.
Curriculum Enrichment is provided by running a wide range of educational visits and experiences. We regularly take groups of children on educational visits and we equally value the many opportunities we have to welcome visitors into our school.
Collective Worship is carried out every day. This is organised as a whole school. We use a variety of resources and also welcome in many visitors from our community to enhance the delivery of collective worship.
Our pupils are taught through a variety of styles, incorporating whole class teaching, group and individual methods as and when appropriate. Some pupils take part in small group sessions when they may be withdrawn from the whole class – this is to maximise their learning experience. We endeavour at all times to treat children as individuals, and according to their particular needs and abilities, and for some children this will be in the form of a specific support plan. This may be to provide additional support for children with learning needs or extension for children who are very able.
Extra-Curricular Clubs and Activities
In addition to the school curriculum, we aim to provide a range of extra-curricular clubs and activities. At present, these include a multisports club and film club. We also aim to participate in local activities and tournaments whenever the opportunity arises. Our music curriculum and provision is enhanced by our specialist music teacher in addition to taking part in the Wider Opportunities Music Programme. An annual residential visit is undertaken by the Y5 and Y6 pupils. This visit alternates between a city experience or an outdoor pursuits centre providing activities and experiences which cannot be provided on-site.