Our School Curriculum:
What is our intent? What are we trying to achieve with our curriculum?
At High Ercall Primary School, we believe that our curriculum encompasses every experience a child will have at our school. Our curriculum is designed to inspire, engage and challenge our pupils, with the transferrable skills they learn in Mathematics and English at its core. Across the curriculum, across every year group, we aim to develop life skills around our 5Rs: responsibility, resilience, resourcefulness, reflection, and respect; enable the children to access our outdoor learning environment and show an understanding of diversity – within our community and beyond. Our curriculum is built with consideration of these drivers at its core, to enable our pupils to develop skills and understanding for later life.
How do we deliver our curriculum?
Our curriculum is delivered through exciting and engaging learning opportunities for our children both in school and out: lessons, assemblies, visits, visitors, workshops, residentials, extra-curricular activities, sport opportunities and fundraising. We deliver Mathematics, English, Science, PSHE and the National Curriculum Foundation subjects in line with expectations in the National Curriculum. Skills are taught progressively through the year groups for all subjects and content is taught through a thematic approach where appropriate.
We place high expectations on teaching and learning across the whole curriculum; we deliver effective teaching and learning, making links across subjects; we teach skills which will be transferrable across subjects; we promote resilience in learning and social contexts within our 5Rs; we plan a broad and balanced curriculum over a 2 year (KS1) or 4 year (KS2 rolling programme; we work in partnership with parents of all our pupils, and other agencies, to support positive learning and behaviour.
Reading, writing and mathematics follow a yearly planning cycle, using objectives from the National Curriculum, and planned progressively building upon prior knowledge.
Our science curriculum is planned over a two year rolling programme, to take into account the two year groups we have in every class. Our science lead has planned a progressive curriculum which builds upon the knowledge of prior learning in science topics so that both substantive knowledge and disciplinary knowledge develop progressively.
Our National Curriculum foundation subjects (History, Geography, Art, DT, French, Music, Computing, PE) and RE are planned over a four year rolling programme in Key Stage 2 (Classes 3,4 and 5) and two years in Key Stage 1 (Classes 1 and 2). Because we have two year groups in each class, this enables us to cover all the knowledge required in the National Curriculum. We have planned the progression of knowledge carefully, using concepts in the different disciplines to build the curriculum. Please see the different subject pages for more information.
What is the impact of our curriculum and how do we know?
School leaders, including Governors, and teachers regularly measure the impact of our curriculum through the monitoring of teaching and learning, monitoring of behaviour, assessment and on-going self-review. We talk to children and parents, we undertake learning walks, we look at books and we review the curriculum as subject leaders. We have an established system of Governor review – each Governor follows a line of enquiry to evaluate and monitor across all areas of school life. Each term a new development plan is written and shared with staff and leaders, outlining priorities within the curriculum and other aspects of school life, and making links to longer term development planning which is in place.
We aim that the impact will be that children will be academically prepared for the next phase of their education, are motivated to succeed and achieve and are equipped with all the personal skills to do this.
Mrs Sarah Roberts, Headteacher is in charge of the curriculum management.
Curriculum Rolling Programme for 2021-22:
We follow a scheme of work called White Rose, which has mixed age group planning suitable for our school.
This details the learning objectives and areas to cover each term.
We will be reviewing this curriculum in the 2019-20 year to ensure there is clear progression and enough repetition of taught concepts.
We follow the Telford and Wrekin SACRE RE scheme of work. The long term plan is on the menu to the right of the page - RE Long term planning. The units of work are available in school for further information.