Curriculum

Please find below our Academy Development Plan –

OVERVIEW OF SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR 2019-20

Please find below Parent information for the termly class topics:

KS1 – Rainbows Autumn Term

KS1 – Rainbows Spring Term

KS2 – Aldenham Autumn Term

KS2 – Aldenham Spring Term

Our curriculum has been designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and gives our pupils the widest possible educational opportunities. It caters for the development of the whole child with a balance between the academic and creative. Children are taught in two classes: Rainbows (EYFS/KS1) and Aldenham (KS2). Pupils are taught as individuals, group members and as a class unit, both inside and outside, according to their needs.

At the heart of our curriculum is a vision inspired by Jesus’ promise of ‘life in all its fullness’

Our aim is to bring learning alive for our pupils. We want to support our children to flourish and grow in knowledge, skills, talent and wisdom. The Church of England vision and Christian values form the foundations of our curriculum.

We want to inspire our children by providing a curriculum that is creative and relevant to them. A curriculum that enables children to lead their own learning and that equips them with the skills required for the 21st century, for example problem solving, higher order thinking skills, team work and cooperation.

We want to cherish our children by trying to look after and respect each other at all times. We aim to provide a caring environment, where all children are empowered to achieve their true potential as unique and valued individuals.

We want our children to achieve the best they can, by challenging them and supporting them. The quality of our teaching is consistently good or better and our teaching and support staff work hard to achieve high standards in behaviour and achievement in all areas of the curriculum.

Our aims

In our school we have created a curriculum which meets the challenges of the national curriculum whilst retaining our commitment to a broad and balanced, exciting and relevant curriculum.  We offer a curriculum which encourages children to be actively involved, independent and creative; a curriculum which we hope develops a life-long love of learning in the pupils we teach.

Our Creative Curriculum aims to:

o Increase children’s motivation, enthusiasm and engagement in their learning through an exciting and stimulating learning environment

o Support the raising of standards in both teaching and learning

o Involve our children in decision-making about their learning, allowing them choice, creativity and independence

o Ensure that children have essential learning skills in order to prepare children for real-life and everyday situations

o Establish strong cross-curricular links to ensure a broader understanding and an exciting context to stimulate and enthuse children

o Use a wealth of relevant resources – in classrooms, outdoors, in the local community and the wider area, including visits and visitors

o Allow children to demonstrate their learning in different ways – for example,through photographs, posters, products, presentations, performances, digital media etc. 

The School Curriculum

Our Creative Curriculum has been organised through a “topic based” cross curricular approach which is pupil-centred and enquiry-based. At the beginning of each new topic pupils are briefed on the outline learning intentions and theme.   Class teachers have the opportunity to establish what pupils already know and what they would like to find out about.  The unit can then be planned in detail around areas of particular interest to pupils.  At this stage pupils can also suggest visitors/experts they may know that could contribute by visiting the class e.g. veterans of WW2.  In order to ensure progression and balance we have a Long Term Plan which shows the area of study for each class in every subject.   The following subjects are also taught as dedicated, discrete sessions:

o Mathematics

o English grammar, spelling and vocabulary sessions ~ this includes Letters and Sounds, Guided Reading, and Handwriting

o RE Planned in accordance with the Shropshire Agreed Syllabus and complemented by Understanding Christianity.

o PE and Sport – including involvement in the East Shropshire Schools Sports Partnership

o MFL: French

Meaningful opportunities for the learning and skills to be applied are also planned e.g. drawing line graph based on science results, creating a Scratch animation to tell a bible story.

Creative Curriculum Planning

Long Term Plans: These take the form of a Curriculum Overview, this provides an overview of what will be taught and when.

Medium Term Plans: These take the form of Curriculum Maps which are broken down into year groups or classes and give an overview of what will be taught in each subject area.

Short term Plans: These are flexible and responsive to the learning needs of individual children and classes. They take the form of weekly or daily lesson plans that the teachers’ write.  There is separate, more detailed guidance on planning just for teachers.

Inclusion

It is expected that all children in each school will be given the opportunity to learn in a rich, creative and encouraging learning environment which encompasses a range of learning and teaching styles. All children will have equal access to the curriculum and will be treated fairly regardless of race, religion or abilities.

Our Pupils

We want all pupils to:

  • be secure in their values and beliefs, have a sense of worth, purpose and personal identity
  • respect others
  • relate to others and form good relationships
  • become confident individuals – able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Develop a sense of community and belonging, contributing to our local church, community and global community
  • know how to sustain and improve the environment
  • recognise their responsibilities as part of a global community
  • make informed choices
  • be able to handle conflict
  • have enquiring minds
  • communicate well
  • have essential learning skills in literacy, mathematics, science and computing
  • be creative and resourceful and develop problem solving skills
  • use, apply and transfer skills to differing situations
  • know that they have a pupil voice and their views are valued
  • involving parents and carers in open afternoons and Aspire days
  • ensuring progression by building on what children already know through the use of AFL techniques
  • To develop growth mindset thinking; knowing that effort will result in greater success.

L Holt Director of Teaching and Learning

To be reviewed September 2020

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