Curriculum

 

Curriculum 

Our amazing schools are unique in the way that they operate.  Although we are technically two separate schools, we actually function as one!

School Vision

  • Our curriculum is rooted in our core Christian values of: Friendship, Respect and Perseverance. These values support our children to blossom into inspirational, resilient, responsible, well rounded individuals ready to take their next steps in the world.
  • Together, with our churches and the wider community, our schools provide a safe place of learning – a happy sanctuary for children where EVERY unique individual will be nurtured to grow and flourish, to achieve their full potential with confidence.
  • Our children enjoy engaging in a wide range of opportunities both within school and beyond and are encouraged to recognise and celebrate everyone’s differences. We ensure that our children are equipped to continue their lifelong love of learning.

This is underpinned by the ‘Parable of the Mustard Seed’ and summarised by our motto:

 Together may we give our children: Roots to grow and Wings to fly.

Our curriculum promotes ‘Roots to grow and wings to fly’ through access to a high quality, broad and balanced curriculum that is enriched with enjoyable and engaging experiences. These experiences are carefully planned to support the development of knowledge, skills and enriched cultural capital. This will include the provision of an ambitious body of procedural and semantic knowledge to develop long term memory.

Our curriculum design is based on principles derived from evidence through cognitive science:

  • Learning is most effective with spaced repetition.
  • Retrieval of previously learnt content is frequent and regular, which increases both storage and retrieval strength.

In addition to the principles, we also understand that learning is invisible in the short term and that sustained mastery takes time.

Our content is subject specific. We make intra-curricular links to strengthen schema.

Continuous provision, in the form of daily routines, quizzing and starters to lessons, provides retrieval practice for previously learnt content.

The long term planning in the school sets out when and what component is taught for each curriculum subject to ensure full coverage. Some subjects are planned over a two-year cycle to support collaborative learning through phases. The content is coherently planned to allow for a progressive, well-developed curriculum that builds on skills to develop strong procedural and semantic knowledge, providing a deeper, more sustainable understanding of the curriculum content where children are active in making connections to everyday life and the world they live in.

Our weekly timetable is bespoke for each class to provide full coverage of each subject whilst efficiently using curriculum time to retrieve previously taught knowledge and skills from long term memory.

The staff are committed to offering the children experiences that enrich their education in the form of visiting artists, musicians, dancers, theatre groups and sports coaches, local industry,  as well as educational visits away from school,  including  a yearly residential to Robinwood.

Staff work collaboratively to create exciting learning opportunities for the children. Each theme starts with a launch to engage the children in their learning and ends with a landing, a time to bring all the new learning together. Long Term Plans, in a two year rolling programme, ensure that all areas of the National Curriculum are covered.  Subject specific plans show there is the appropriate progression of knowledge and skills throughout the school.

2021-2022 Cycle A

EFMT KS1 LTP A

EFMT Lower KS2

EFMT Upper KS2 LTP A

Reception LTP

Pre- School LTP

EFMT Reception LTP

Curriculum Webs

Reception-Spring

 

KS1   

KS1 Autumn term-Great and Ghastly Events

Y1 Spring Term-PIRATES

Y2 Spring Term- Capture a Pirate

 

Lower KS2


Y3 Spring Term- Inventors and Inventions

 

Y4 Spring Term- Inventors

 

Upper KS2

 

Year 5 Autumn- Affluence and Poverty

Year 5 Spring- Cracking Contraptions

Year 6 Spring- Cracking Contraptions