Our curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage ‘areas of learning’.
It is not so much a curriculum, but a way of planning learning based on developing skills.
Learning is able to be planned based on teacher and children’s interests and talents
As our children enjoy the benefits of learning in mixed aged classes, Teachers are able to select their focus for learning for more than one year group.
We have a national curriculum that staff are familiar with – this is used as our knowledge base.
The ‘creative learning journey’ helps staff to develop skills for learning in a systematic way. Teachers are given freedom to use their creativity to motivate and engage children’s interests without curriculum overload.
Assessment for learning is automatically embedded as the tasks planned all contribute to a common outcome developed over several weeks.
Collaborative planning across our three schools enables staff to share expertise and ideas.
Events and activities are not ‘add-ons’ but used as focus for learning.
A high level of commitment by teachers and leadership team
Good subject knowledge
Good ICT skills
Implementation of SEAL
Layered targets, ensuring appropriate focus on progress in core subjects
Good tracking to ensure progress against key objectives are tracked systematically
What does it look like.
We have a rolling programme of topics over several years mapped to ensure every child covers the NC within each key stage
Included in the programme are events we want to pursue i.e. Residential, Fenland Heritage Project, Science week, Book week, History events, Arts and Sports events
Teachers follow a rigorous programme of phonics; spelling; punctuation and grammar (SPaG) and adapt aspects according to the group of children being taught and the outcome of assessments to cover areas of misconception
Features of our timetable:
· Morning ‘target time’
· Discrete sessions for Phonics, Grammar and Spellings
· Literacy and Numeracy are taught as discrete lessons to give children the skills and knowledge they need to pursue tasks for the given theme
· SEAL sessions included in Assembly and weekly class sessions
· Layered targets used systematically and displayed in class
· Termly events, e.g. Open afternoon – Travel agent; Olympics; museum
· Skills applied through interesting and creative contexts or topics.
The achievement isn’t the award but the process, which gives subject leaders criteria and therefore rigour to their leadership role.