Our Curriculum Statement 2021-2022

Intent: How we ensure children gain the correct knowledge and skills at each stage of their education

Our vision here at Adderley is that we will provide a truly exceptional education for each and every child that passes though our school. We aim to provide our children with an inspirational, engaging, ambitious and relevant curriculum that equips them for today and tomorrow. We endeavour to ensure that our pupils are provided with memorable experiences, are provided opportunities and support to cultivate meaningful and healty relationships and are enabled to develop their personal capacity to be ethically self-led, thereby developing each child's personal and social capacity to live wisely and affect society positively.  The values and the behaviours we expect to see amongst our learners include acts of kindness, curiosity, integrity and respect. It is through knowledge that, we believe, a child can be empowered; enabling all to flourish and achieve at every opportunity and in a variety of ways throughout their education and beyond; this combined with the values we teach and demonstarte. This ethos extends more widely than school alone and we try to ensure that our school is at the heart of the community, that all stakeholders feel good when they walk through the door and where everything is done in the best interests of every individual child.

We believe that teaching and learning should be exceptional with teachers knowing their students well and challenging all students, whatever their starting point. Building our pupils' bank of knowledge is, we recognise, a priority, but likewise highlight that ensuring we promote, amongst our learners from the day they join us, a love for and curiosity around their learning is also of great importance. This passion for learning which we aim to encourage is underpinned by the key skills we endeavour to cultivate amongst our whole school community, skills which promote our core values as a church school and also prepare our pupils for their place in society in adulthood

Our thematic curriculum utilises cross-curricular links wherever possible under a broad theme to ensure that the learning is exciting, has a clear context and embodies what we know about cognition and memory. Our curriculum rigorously focuses on the essential skills of English, Maths and Digital Literacy, while aiming to develop a love of learning and nurture any, and all talents, including music, sport and the arts. In addition to this a wide range of cultural experiences (including, music performances, theatre, museum and gallery visits and visits to places of worship) are woven into our curriculum to enrich and enhance learning experiences and to help ‘engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement’ ensuring that the curriculum offers every pupil the chance to thrive and experience new learning and ideas. All those within the school community are well informed about our pupils’ different interests, abilities and personalities and thus ensure that all are able to celebrate success, develop belief in themselves and experience the feeling of being valued by others.

Through our curriculum we seek to teach how and why (as well as what) and through our Learning Skills and Values-based approach, students develop a range of thinking and life skills as well as a strong moral compass, and an appreciation of diversity. Our intention is to cultivate great communicators and critical thinkers who can independently question and analyse information they receive and articulate their thoughts confidently and provide a school where students are responsible and confident with a desire to make a difference globally and locally. A school which develops collaborative, enterprising learners who are creative and well-placed to enjoy future success in education, the workplace and life. Perseverance in the face of difficulties is encouraged. Consequently, pupils develop ‘can-do’ attitudes and the resilience needed to be confident and capable learners. This is facilitated  by a curriculum which is progressive and purposely builds upon prior learning guided by knowledgeable staff who are clear in their understanding of when and how next steps in eanring ought to take place. Likewise learners are encouraged to develop indpendence and a clear understanding of the importnace of self-refelction and self-improvement. 'Believing we can achieve' and be our best every day. 

Across all parts of the school, series of lessons contribute effectively to delivering the curriculum intent. Our children are taught to understand that learning is a lifelong skill; one that makes a difference to their lives now and in the future.  Ensuring that our children are active and involved in their learning, enables them to achieve to their highest potential, not only in academic work but also as artists, sportsmen, scientists, writers, orators, decision makers, creative thinkers and responsible citizens. 

 

Implementation: The way in which our curriculum is sequenced, taught and asessed. How we encourage and upskill pupils to build on their knowledge and as a result, apply that knowledge through through taught skills

Our Curriculum overviews (Cycle A and Cycle B) show the learning units undertaken each term from Early Years (Nursery) through to Year 6 on a two year cycle.  The units are specifically designed to ensure there is a clear progression in knowledge, content and skills learning across the school, based on the National Curriculum. We are in the process of creating comprehensive, long-term and medium-term plans and through our monitoring and evaluating cycle we see the impact the curriculum is having on pupils.

Our vibrant and rich curriculum, which is shaped by our Christian vision and values, is designed so that children are not only taught the knowledge appropriate to their year group, but also the skills to enable them to be successful across the curriculum. The curriculum consists of planned experiences in school and out: lessons, topic days, outdoor learning, School Council, Worship, clubs, sports, trips and visits, workshops, residentials, fund raising, and community work.  Outcomes are designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum but also to develop the skills needed for future learning and beyond.

The curriculum is mapped out for the year for each year group and reviewed each term. The programmes of study for all subject area are mapped out linking units of work together to create a cross curricular theme on a half termly basis. We have developed a ‘Mastery’ approach to learning so that all children are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge in different contexts and explain their understanding to others.

In order to ensure that progression and balance is maintained, we have clear, progressive planning overviews, for every subject. These planning documents are succinct and allow learning to be built on each year. In addition to these progressive documents, intent documents have been devised, which clearly identify ‘end goals’ for each subject, from a year group level, key stage and then through to end of the primary phase.

Learning is showcased in our learning environment and through our curriculum outcomes which provide an opportunity for children to showcase their learning with parents and other groups.

Our Personal Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) aims to provide students with the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It helps them to understand how they are developing personally and socially and addresses some of the issues that are part of growing up. Through PSHCE, we teach students about how to have healthy and successful relationships with friends and family and how to look after themselves and others.

All schools are required to teach Religious Education. The school follows the Shrophshire Agreed Syllabus and children learn about and from the six major world religions for an hour each week.

The school offers specialist Music tuition each week from our specialist teacher Mrs Karen Vaugh as well as additional lessons from other Music Specialists as a part of the normal school timetable.

Schools are also required to promote Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. This includes promoting the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

At Adderley CE Primary School, we aim to equip children with the knowledge and expertise to prepare them for Secondary school and beyond. Alongside the traditional lessons here at Moreton Say, which involves the teaching of essential knowledge, we also guide our pupils to learn the skills of critical thinking, reasoning about problems, creating solutions to problems set in real life, confident speaking to others and working collaboratively.  Across the curriculum, children are given opportunities to explore, investigate, question, analyse, and reflect (to name a few) throughout their lessons. Through providing these experiences, we believe it helps to strengthen children’s subject knowledge and provide memorable learning experiences for the children. As a school, we have designed our curriculum to help children learn essential knowledge and skills in order to develop a greater understanding of a wider range of foundation subjects.

Curriculum Impact; Monitoring and Review

Evaluation is essential for the planning and development of the curriculum. The Head teacher is responsible for the overall school curriculum. The standards team and subject leaders monitor lesson plans, moderate pupil work, conduct learning walks in order to support their self-evaluation of their subject, provide training, support to colleagues and to identify next steps for improvement.

Our Governing body is responsible for monitoring the way the school curriculum is implemented. Delegated governors for specific subjects liaise with the subject leader to monitor their identified actions and impact of these on the quality of learning, teaching and provision in the subject. Termly committee meetings take place so that governors can monitor and review the school curriculum.

Impact: The Outcomes that pupils acheive as a result of the education they have received

Our staff and Governors work tirelessly to ensure our curriculum impact is significant for all children.

  • Our children are academically and physically prepared for the next phase of their education, in Britain and the world.
  • Our children are taught age appropriate objectives to support them in achieving age expected standards. If they are not working at this level, they are well supported to ensure they are making progress from their starting point.
  • Our learners are able to recall knowledge across all areas of the curriculum.
  • Our learners have developed a love of reading.
  • Our learners are taught how to read fluently and have sound comprehension skills.
  • Our learners are fully rounded characters with a clear understanding of complex values like equality, friendship, trust, tolerance and many others.
  • Our learners are highly motivated to succeed and achieve and are equipped with all the personal skills to do this.
  • Our learners are motivated by a strong personal sense of morality. They make decisions for the right reasons and in the best interests of their community.
  • Our learners can reflect on their learning and identify their next steps.
  • Our learners demonstrate resilience and the ability to persevere, when they encounter a challenge.
  • Our learners know ways to keep themselves safe and know channels to follow if they need help and support.
  • Our learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills are secure and embedded to ensure they are secondary ready.
  • Our learners have aspirations for their future.

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