As a school we have a strong ethos of inspiring children to enjoy learning. We celebrate the rich diversity within our community and nurture children’s individuality. Staff’s particular talents are valued and we also recognise the need for consistency and shared standards for school life. This policy aims to promote a unified, rights respecting approach, to enable high quality learning. We are currently working towards becoming a UNICEF Rights Respecting School.
Our children learn through a Creative Curriculum, which we have developed over the past few years, in order to make learning more exciting and meaningful.. We work on whole school topics, such as London; Clothes; Back to the Future; Food and in summer 2012, the Olympics and Paralympics, of course!
We have high expectations of all children and give lots of praise. We believe our job is to inspire and motivate through the learning experiences we offer children.
Examples of what this looks like in practice are:
- Each topic has a “big bang” to start (such as a trip, or a day in role) and a “grand finale” to finish (such as an opportunity for children to share their work with other classes, or an event where parents are invited in to enjoy the work).
- We try to offer as many real experiences as possible, including visiting experts, trips and enterprise projects.
- We encourage learning in role, such as when Florence Nightingale visited KS1, to help them think about what jobs might need doing at her hospital.
- We work from core texts, which are rich and exciting books that engage and excite children in learning.
- Successes are celebrated in a variety of ways, including displays, assemblies, newsletters and postcards home.
- The children have the opportunity to use technologies, such as the Internet and “learn pads”, for independent research.
We have planned a 2 year cycle to cover all aspects of the new National Curriculum, as we have mixed age classes. The topics link as many aspects of learning as possible. You can see the long term overview for each topic for this year and for next year on the buttons below.
The details are sent out in the topic letters to parents each term – the latest ones are under the tab Learning for each keystage.
For more details about our approach to the Curriculum please see our Teaching and Learning Policy which is located under the policies tab.
For an overview of the Primary curriculum on the Department for Education website please click HERE.