Our school curriculum is underpinned by the values to which we aspire. Our school is in full agreement with the values statement included in the introduction to The National Curriculum Handbook for Primary Teachers in England. These are the main values of our school, upon which we have based our curriculum:
- We value the way in which all children are unique, and our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual child, as well as for people of all cultures. We value the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth.
- We value the importance of each person in our community. We organise our curriculum so that we promote co-operation and understanding between all members of our community whilst encouraging excellence and enjoyment.
- We value the rights enjoyed by each person in our society. We respect each child in our school for who they are, and we treat them with fairness and honesty. We aim to enable each person to be successful, and we provide equal opportunities for all the children in our school.
- We value our environment, and we aim, through our curriculum, to teach respect for our world, and how we should care for it for future generations, as well as our own.
We plan our curriculum in three phases. We have agreed long-term plans for both the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. These indicate what parts of the programmes of study are to be taught in each term, and to which groups of children. We review our long-term plan on an on-going basis and as is required by changes in national or local guidance or by legislation.
With our medium-term plans, we give clear guidance on the objectives that we use when teaching each unit of work. We use the Warwickshire Agreed Syllabus and supporting guidance to teach Religious Education.
We are developing skills and knowledge progress trackers to ensure a balance to the teaching of all subjects and clear progression from one year group to another.
Our short-term plans are those that our teachers write on a weekly basis. Teachers plan together weekly in Key Stage teams. We use these short term plans to set out the learning objectives for each subject or area of study, and to identify what resources and activities we are going to use in the lessons. We use some material from purchased schemes to support short term planning.
In the Foundation Stage we adopt an inter-disciplinary topic approach to curriculum planning. We plan the curriculum carefully, so that there is coherence and full coverage of all aspects of the Early Learning Goals. Through detailed joint planning with the on-site private nursery, there is planned progression across the full Foundation Stage. (See Foundation Stage policy and planning).
At Key Stage 1 the curriculum in our school places a great emphasis on the core subjects, particularly English, Mathematics and Science. This is reflected in our time allocations for English and the other core subjects of Mathematics, Science, ICT and RE. However, we do provide a broad and balanced curriculum through high quality teaching in the foundation subjects and in Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship. We have a topic based ‘Curriculum Map’ for the non core subjects to develop children’s skills, enjoyment and achievement in all curriculum areas. Our aim is to teach all the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Warwickshire Agreed Syllabus for RE in a relevant, interesting, dynamic and cohesive manner.
For further information on the curriculum intent for the subjects taught at school, please follow the link below: