Our Curriculum

Curriculum Aim:

Through the teaching of the National Curriculum and the wider school curriculum we aim to:

  • Sustain high standards of learning and progress in all subjects

  • Provide inclusive and challenging educational experiences through innovative teaching and learning to ensure all children make the best progress they can and to fulfil every aspect of their potential

  • Raise achievement in all areas of school life through the provision of a creative, motivating and relevant curriculum that embeds a global perspective, a lifelong love of learning and promotes strong values and skills for life.

  • Foster a lifelong love of learning to help every child grow into an effective citizen, ready to play their part in their community and the world.

                                                                                                           

 

 

Our Curriculum:

The curriculum is carefully planned and sequenced to ensure that pupils learn through a range of exciting themes and projects that we have titled ‘Learning Adventures’.  A ‘stunning start’ launches the learning and hooks the children from the very beginning.  These ‘Learning Adventures’ that the children go on cover all subjects and are captured in one book. They allow for clear coverage of the National Curriculum evidenced in the schools’ curriculum coverage grid.

The focus for our Learning Adventures is to provide contextualised, purposeful learning that develops ‘life skills’ so that children are ‘secondary’ ready by the time they leave. The journeys in learning foster the development of writers, mathematicians, artists, designers, historians and geographers etc.

Teaching and learning is underpinned by cognitive challenge. Teachers use the model of ‘Basic, Advancing, Deep’ to ensure differentiation is appropriate and does not place a glass ceiling on learning for any child, no matter their ability or needs.

Differentiation occurs through careful and strategic task matching and questioning where staff create the correct conditions for learning by delivering learning centred around an Essential Learning Objective which provides opportunities for depth of learning.

The learning environment is designed in way that engages and inspires children; it is linked to current learning and language rich to support the children’s vocabulary, oracy and writing development throughout the Learning Adventure.

The design of our curriculum ensures that cross-curricular links drive the Learning Adventure in a purposeful and contextualised way: In all our Learning Adventures these cross-curricular links offer a creative way to develop children's knowledge, skills and understanding while motivating them to learn through stimulating, interconnected topics. Each Learning Adventure crosses subject boundaries thus allowing for investigations that engage children's imagination. It also gives teachers opportunities to encourage active enquiry, taking the initiative, and discussion and debate by children.

Long term plans and coverage grids ensure that pupils receive their entitlement to the whole primary curriculum. They map the curriculum for the school over a whole year and are shared with all stakeholders.

Links between subjects are real and not contrived so that they make sense to the children.  Obvious links are harnessed between subjects and areas.  This interwoven approach does not dilute the learning.   Each Learning Adventure has clearly identified main subject drivers for progress as well as end goals (planning with the end in mind); these provide the framework and key focus whilst cross-curricular opportunities are rightly maximised.  Knowledge, skills and understanding is built up over time to ensure long-term retention as children have the opportunity to practice and rehearse their learning over time.  Connections between concepts provide the basis for progression.

Long Term Curriculum Overview - Year 1 to Year 4

Long Term Plans - EYFS

© 2016 Five Spires Primary Academy

 

Cherry Orchard Road

Lichfield

WS14 9AN

Tel: 01543 223680

Email: office@fivespiresacademy.co.uk

REAch2 Academy Trust

Henhurst Ridge Primary Academy

Henhurst Ridge

Burton-Upon-Trent

DE13 9TQ

Tel: 01283 372200

email: info@reach2.org

www.reach2.org

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