Curriculum Statement 2016
Governing bodies are required to produce a curriculum statement annually. This replaces the requirement under the School Framework and Standards Act 1998 for a curriculum plan.As from September 2014 there is an expectation from the government for all mainstream primary schools to deliver the new National Curriculum. We have therefore adapted our School curriculum accordingly to ensure that we meet the current aims and statutory requirements.
Although our curriculum is underpinned by the aims of the National Curriculum, there are other planned opportunities that make up the wider school curriculum. Where links can be made subjects are taught creatively in a cross curricular thematic manner using the Learning Challenges approach. Where this is not achievable, subjects are taught discretely.
We place a strong emphasis on the development of basic skills that are necessary for lifelong learning. Each year group has a set of ‘non-negotiables’ in English and Maths that are taught and expected to be applied. Phonics and reading are delivered through the Read Write Inc programme. Equal importance is given to grammar lessons in KS1 and KS2. This forms the core curriculum taught separately to the Learning Challenge Curriculum.
We strive for rigour, excellence, equal opportunities and aim to promote British Values including universal moral values in every aspect of the curriculum as well as developing the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural understanding of all our pupils. We are sensitive to the needs of all our children and carefully plan special educational provision to meet individual and group needs.
Computing will be taught both with a skills based approach and across the curriculum. We will be using the Rising Stars ‘SwitchedOn Computing’ Scheme of work. This covers the new Programme of Study for computing, including programming and computational thinking and delivers clear progression of skills from Year 1 to Year 6
Religious Education is delivered through the updated Kirklees Agreed Syllabus.
We place great importance on creative arts, hence music, art and drama are taught throughout school both within lessons and through extra curricular opportunities.
We aim to make our children as articulate, literate, numerate and socially apt as possible. Therefore, we try our utmost to ensure our school curriculum is broad, balanced and challenging and aims to provide children with the opportunity to:
Embed key skills in order to prepare children for real life and everyday situations.
- Communicate, explore, enquire and challenge.
- Experience enrichment where learning can take place beyond the classroom
- Make a positive contribution to the school, local and wider community
- Become reflective learners who have a sense of responsibility for their own learning and development.
- Build up confidence and motivation to learn through the use of a range of learning and teaching styles.
- Know the importance of perseverance, resilience and tolerance in order to achieve their potential best.
- Use their acquired skills and knowledge and encourage them to observe, question and think.
- Learn to value others, their views, cultures and beliefs in an inclusive manner.
The above is a summative statement which is supported by our overarching Teaching and Learning Policy and subject policies.