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Curriculum

Curriculum Lead - Mr J Sharp



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Curriculum

Our curriculum is very carefully planned for Foundation Stage children (Nursery and Reception), Key Stage 1 children (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 children (Years 3 to 6). Planning for the Foundation Stage meets the requirements set out in the ’Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage’ and teachers use the ‘Development Matters’ progression document to challenge all levels of attainment. In Key Stage 1 and 2 the school curriculum meets the requirements of the ’National curriculum for England’.

View the Curriculum Handbook for Parents.



Our school curriculum meets the following set of principles that were designed by the teachers.

These have been grouped into four sections.

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  • Teachers can accurately assess the attainment of all children.
  • Teachers are easily able to select learning objectives that match the attainment of different groups of children (including children who are SEN and EAL).
  • There is a clear progression of targets that enable the children to self-assess their learning.
  • Specific language structures and key vocabulary are included in all units of learning.
  • There are frequent opportunities for the children to use their mathematical learning in other subjects.
  • Children are given regular experiences of learning outside of school and with visitors.
  • Schemes of work encourage children to learn like a scientist, historian, geographer, artist, designer, musician, programmer etc.
  • Units of learning to be given a purpose, context and audience and include collaborative problem solving tasks.
  • Any policy, guidelines or scheme of work should be designed to be used by a teacher with little experience or limited subject knowledge.
  • There is an accessible bank of resources that teachers can use to deliver certain learning

As well as meeting statutory requirements we have designed our school curriculum to take the children on learning journeys through different subjects where they learn what makes a good:

  • listener
  • speaker
  • reader
  • writer
  • mathematician
  • scientist
  • gymnast
  • dancer
  • athlete
  • programmer
  • geographer
  • historian
  • artist
  • designer
  • engineer
  • musician
  • linguist

At the heart of all these journeys is language. The children learn new words and apply them in a range of language structures which fits the purpose of the activity. Each of the different structures have been linked to different units of learning and these include the language of:

  • argument
  • comparison
  • deduction
  • description
  • evaluation
  • explanation
  • hypothesis
  • opinion
  • prediction
  • retelling
  • sequencing

Curriculum Balance

In Key Stages 1 and 2 English, Mathematics and Collective Worship are delivered on a daily basis. Across the school Physical Education and Music are taught each week, as is Foreign Languages in Key Stage 2.

The rest of the curriculum is taught in the afternoons using the following time allocation:

Science - 2 weeks every half term

Religious Education - 1 week every half term

The following subjects have 12 afternoons a year each which are divided into 3 units of learning:

Computing

Geography

History

Art and Design

Design and Technology

Teachers plan units of learning using meaningful links between all subjects and English and Mathematics, with the children using skills developed across the curriculum (including the use of technology) to secure learning in other subjects.

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View the Curriculum Policy

As a Voluntary Aided School, Religious Education and Worship is of special importance to us. All teachers plan for these areas using the Manchester Diocesan Board of Education Guidelines. We also value the importance of promoting the personal, social and health education of all children in our school and all units of learning have specific links to these areas.

Please look in the individual subject areas of the website for policies, schemes of work and learning journeys.

If you need to find out more about the Curriculum our school is following, please contact Mr Sharp by completing the form below.

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