Curriculum (based on enquiry)
Through our curriculum we aim to:
Excellent teaching and enjoyable learning are at the heart of what we do. The basic skills in English and mathematics are essential. We work hard to combine all of these into a rich, memorable and exciting curriculum.
English and mathematics are core subjects and are taught daily. English and mathematics are taught separately but every opportunity is taken for children to apply the key skills of speaking, reading, writing and mathematics across the curriculum. Science, also a core subject, is usually taught weekly.
The Learning Challenge Curriculum
The curriculum is theme based with National Curriculum subjects taught through a topic based approach. Linking subjects in this way gives meaning and purpose to children’s learning. Some subjects may be taught separately but links will be made where appropriate. Each theme or topic is arranged into a Learning Challenge. Features of the Learning Challenge curriculum are as follows:
The Learning Challenge Approach
Each topic is planned and carried out using the following approach -
What do we already know?
This is a pre-learning session carried out with the children to identify what they know and what they would like to know about the topic so that we can adapt the topic to cater for their needs.
Where are we going?
This is where we take the pre-learning activity and the National Curriculum objectives for that area and plan out some learning challenge sessions
Devising the overarching question
This is usually the out come that we want the children to discover at the end - once they have experienced all of the activities that have been planned for them.
The hook / Scope of the enquiry
We try and plan a memorable start to each topic to really "hook" the children in and engage them. Examples of engaging hook activities could be -
Questions , questions , questions
Each session that the children explore is in the form of a question linked to the overarching question.
Giving the children time to explore and find out about the area that they are exploring. This could be a session in class or as part of their learning log. This is teaching through meaningful and rich activities which develop the children's skills, knowledge, passion and deeper understanding. This could be through watching video clips, listening to a speaker, reading information texts, carrying out investigations or tests, following a trail or treasure hunt, examining artefacts, exploring the outside environment or making something.
This is time built in for the children to examine and investigate their own line of enquiry that has arisen due to their interest and own train of thought.
Check what we know now
This is where we refer back to the questions - What has been learnt? How has our learning grown? Where has our enquiry taken us?
Celebrate our learning
Giving the children a chance to showcase what they have found out during their enquiry, this could be -
Sometimes there are special whole school challenges linked to national and international events.
For example -
During these weeks we try and make them as interactive as possible , inviting speakers in and making the activities practical.
Each subject of the national curriculum is carefully planned to ensure coverage, progression and high standards so that children develop subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding. Religious education follows the locally agreed syllabus.
Personal and Social Development
Our curriculum has a strong emphasis on personal and social development. Personal, social, health education and citizenship are taught throughout the school. We aim to encourage a healthy and safe lifestyle and moral and social responsibility. We aim to develop self-awareness, motivation, empathy, social skills and enable pupils to manage their feelings. The curriculum covers the provision of information on what is good, what is harmful, and involves the development of skills which will help children to use their knowledge effectively to make informed decisions. Outside agencies are invited into the school to enhance topics covered within the programme. Governors have agreed a Sex and Relationships Education Policy which is available from the school. Opportunities for personal and social development are further enhanced by opportunities to take on responsibilities, the School Council and work with charities and other organisations.
Extra curricular activities
There is a varied programme of additional activities for children to take part in both before and after school and during the lunch break.
These include -
See the Club page for times and contact details
P4C- Philosophy For Children
As part of our enquiry based curriculum, we have been using P4C in lessons to encourage the children to challenge their thinking. The sessions can be a part of a lesson or take up the whole lesson. A stimulus in the form of a picture, film clip, music or statement triggers the children to think of a concept and a question they would like to discuss, Children develop listening skills and the confidence to question, support and present their own thoughts in a safe environment.
Examples of P4C sessions used this year are:
Big maths is enabling us to systematically and progressively improve children's fluency in mathematics and as a school we are able to already see its impact. We hope that you will find the presentation notes helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact our maths leaders - Miss Harfield and Miss Kelly or any member of our teaching team if you have any questions.