Curriculum

‘Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of all garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.’

Matthew 13 vs.31-32

Our entire curriculum 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. 

 

Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum puts every child at the centre of our school community, where our core Christian values of respect, perseverance and positive relationships are at the heart of everything we do.

Reading across all curriculum areas, is a priority to extend and deepen pupils’ understanding and use of vocabulary. This allows pupils to access the full curriculum offer, developing their fluency, confidence and enjoyment of reading and learning.

Our ambitious curriculum has been designed to take account of the legal requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the Primary National Curriculum.

The school’s curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulative knowledge and skills which prepare our children for a life-long love of learning.

The key principles behind the design of our curriculum are for our children to:

  • persevere with aspirations for the future, and know that these can be reached through hard work and determination.
  • be kind; showing empathy and compassion whilst valuing diversity
  • achieve academically across the entire curriculum, meeting at least the national expectation by the end of their primary education
  • be culturally knowledgeable about our country and our world
  • be well prepared for the challenges of the secondary school curriculum. Ultimately, we want all of our children, to be the best they can be, making a positive contribution to the world they live in.

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

 

Curriculum Implementation

Regular monitoring of children’s work and pupil conferencing (by subject leaders and the SLT) are planned to ensure children work hard

Our Class Dojo and houses ensure we reward the excellent behaviours we strive to develop.

Attendance, academic achievement and pupil behaviour are reviewed regularly to maintain high standards.

Class teachers communicate regularly with parents through Class Dojo to celebrate our rich and broad curriculum.

Pupil voice is at the heart of our school and is implemented and actively promoted via the School Council, Collective Worship and other opportunities throughout daily school life.

To enhance the curriculum we offer, visitors are regularly invited into school; educational and residential visits are carefully chosen to deepen understanding and we make the most of our beautiful outdoor environment, through activities such as Forest School; Cross-Curricular Orienteering; our orchard and school garden.

To develop their interests further, children from Years 1-6 have access to a wide range of  extra-curricular activities including creative arts; music; sports; board games and St Michael’s Church Club.

Continuing Professional Development for all staff is a priority to ensure they have the necessary  knowledge and skills to deliver the highest standards across the entire curriculum. Subject Leaders work collaboratively in both the design and delivery of their subject area; ensuring a clear progression of both skills and knowledge across all year groups. They can confidently articulate how learning is re-visited and developed year-on-year, to ensure a real depth of knowledge and understanding right across the school.

 

Impact

  • Our children demonstrate curiosity, respect and perseverance developing a lifelong love of learning.
  • Our children are able to form meaningful, positive relationships based upon mutual respect and trust, recognising and celebrating difference, not only within the school community, but in the wider world as well.
  • Our children have access to a wide and varied curriculum, allowing each of them to excel as individuals and be the best they can be.
  • Our children consistently achieve at or above national expectations in the end of Key Stage 2 assessments – often excelling in other areas of the wider curriculum.
  • Our children are well prepared to access the challenges of the secondary school curriculum.
  • Our children have aspirations for the future and know that these can be realised with hard work and determination.
  • Our children leave our school ready to make a positive contribution to the world in which they live.