KS 1 and KS 2
Our vision for the curriculum is simple. We want our children to ‘Enjoy, Learn and Achieve’. A child who enjoys school is more likely to learn. With learning comes achievement. We set high expectations of our pupils because we want our children to achieve and because we want to equip them with the necessary life skills to make decisions and take control of their own destinies in the ‘real world’. We want our children to steer their own path through life, not have their lives determined by others.
Our curriculum is designed to incorporate the demands and needs of the National Curriculum. Foundation subjects are taught through a series of ‘projects’ that are cross curricular in nature. They are an amalgamation of knowledge and enquiry based learning and vary in length from one to three weeks. The children are introduced to a project through a task designed to elicit prior knowledge. This then informs the direction of the project. Knowledge is taught at the beginning of a sequence with the aim of the children applying their knowledge to a specific outcome. Each lesson has a learning intention which contains an element of enquiry (e.g. I am learning to predict and test whether a lamp will light within a circuit). To ensure that new knowledge and skills are sequentially built on what has been previously taught, the school makes use of Focus Education’s ‘sticky knowledge’. In this, subject specific statements have been reduced in order to promote and support long term memory transfer. At the start of a project all children are provided with a knowledge organiser that details the ‘sticky knowledge’ that the children are required to learn. The knowledge organisers are also designed to provide children with key vocabulary and exciting books that could further their understanding.
Subject Leaders are responsible for the creation of project outcomes and knowledge organisers and where appropriate, work together to establish cross curricular links. By doing this, they ensure curriculum coverage is achieved and standards are appropriate. Where appropriate, for each project, wider opportunities are planned for.