The vision for every pupil to ‘live abundantly’ has led to the implementation of a rich and engaging multicultural curriculum. (SIAMS Inspection, March 2019)
Our curriculum has recently been refined and re-planned, this was following our Ofsted Inspection in December 2018, and in light of the national directives to build a better and broader curriculum for all primary age children, and beyond. It has been carefully planned to encourage creativity and enquiry, as well as allowing teachers to be flexible when planning specific units of work.
Science and most foundation subjects will have some correlation, wherever possible, to establish cross curricular links, as well helping pupils develop a cohesive understanding of all subjects. Where possible we have taken into consideration our unique locality and the diversity of our school. For example Asia and Africa are given time to be studied encouraging children to embrace personal heritage and for others to appreciate the differences in cultures. In KS1 children have a chance to look at their local area and what makes it important. All topics encourage questioning and enquiry and specific knowledge development and can be adapted or adjusted according to interest and need.
Each year group in our school has its own curriculum and we find many opportunities to work together to develop enrichment activities such as visits, field work and for workshops in school to support learning.
During the re development of our curriculum we have tried to incorporate six stimulating and exciting elements within each long term: a memorable experience; an innovative challenge; a book to read, something to investigate, a conversation to have and parental involvement. In this way we hope that learning opportunities will become more engaging and that children will be encouraged to work independently to deepen their knowledge and understanding.
Subject leaders have all written a progression of skills for their subject and teachers are now ensuring that, when planning work, it is challenging and that new skills are being taught. Currently we are working on producing Knowledge Organisers for each topic across the school. These will ensure that teachers are clear about what knowledge they should teach and what children should know by the end of the unit. Home learning is also in the process of having a revamp and will be shared when ready. As a result planning should be easier and more purposeful.
We have already seen great progress in our delivery of the curriculum and this was commented upon during our most recent SIAMs Inspection.
‘..The vision for every pupil to ‘live abundantly’ has led to the implementation of a rich and engaging multicultural curriculum. Pupils develop their skills through interesting and relevant lessons and an exciting range of trips and other activities…….with pupils being encouraged to ask deeper questions and to have a sense of awe and wonder in their world. (SIAMS Inspection, March 2019)