At Cledford Primary School we believe that the curriculum is a powerful tool that promotes a lifelong love of learning and a willingness to explore. It includes not only the formal requirements of the national curriculum but is enriched by our strong ethos, based on respect for ourselves and others. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people who can work and co-operate with others whilst developing their knowledge, understanding and skills so that they can achieve their full potential. This means teaching and learning in the field of emotional literacy and SMSC as well meeting the requirements of the Primary National Curriculum.
Our children have the opportunity to be creative, to be physically active and to be academically challenged.
The curriculum will be taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners; inclusion is at its heart. Our curriculum is designed to be bespoke to our pupils and to the community in which they live. Our aim is to inspire a passion for learning as well as an appreciation of the diverse society in which we live.
Our curriculum is designed to ignite the imagination of our pupils. Most plans originate from a stimulus that is child-oriented such as a text, a period of history or a theme that the children are currently engaged in. We plan our curriculum to ensure that we meet the requirement of the national curriculum and the early year’s curriculum by ensuring that:
- long term plans are developed collaboratively between subject leaders and year group colleagues to ensure coverage for the academic year
- medium term plans are written creatively and collaboratively, drawing on ideas from CPD (training) opportunities
- short term plans are used to specifically tailor learning for all abilities
Each subject has a bespoke yearly overview.
Some pupils are still working on the Early Learning Goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as they enter Year 1. There is a period in the autumn term where the majority of children progress to the National Curriculum. Throughout this period and beyond all children are still developing their phonic knowledge through the ‘letters and sounds’ programme and developing their fluency in reading through a supported reading programme.
Courage, justice, integrity and compassion are taught on their own and through other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum.
We use talk for writing (T4W) which develops children’s writing skills through imitation, innovation and independence. Alongside this children experience lessons on grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting.
The mathematics curriculum is currently supported by the ‘White Rose’ scheme of work.
In all year groups there are small group interventions to support pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians.
Specialist teachers and instructors support music and physical education. All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development, progress and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. We are currently working towards the outdoor learning national award. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas and children experience ‘Forest Schools’
Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based performance and exhibition, including regular workshops, for example ‘stay and play music’ or ‘stay and get arty’.
For the curriculum policy, please visit the school policies on the attached link: