Why do we teach what we teach?
We aim to provide our children with a quality curriculum; we recognise that our children deserve high quality experiences which will equip them for life in the modern world. We encourage them to take an active part in their learning and to recognise that they are a part of a much wider community. Enabling our children to be creative, to know more and remember more. We teach the National Curriculum in such a way as to structure knowledge and understanding and so that is built upon across each year and throughout our school. We aim to break down barriers to learning for all our children in a supportive and nurturing environment.
Our curriculum is progressive across each subject and has links across all subjects. In each subject there is a progression matrix which maps out the knowledge and skills to be known in each year group and illustrates what comes before and after. This then is mapped out in the long term plan which plots out the areas to be covered in each term and in each year group. Medium term plans pick up on the knowledge and skills to be taught detailing content and framing the knowledge to be taught. Key concepts, knowledge and vocabulary are then set out in Knowledge Organisers.
By the time our children leave our school they will know the key knowledge and vocabulary in each subject. Subject leads have used the National Curriculum to decide on which vocabulary and knowledge specific to their subject the children will need to know by the time they leave our school. Then working backwards from the end points of their subject, subject leads have mapped out what the children need to know in order to get there year on year and what key knowledge and concepts will need to be revisited throughout their time in our school. The curriculum is planned to ensure that this knowledge is revisited using the knowledge organisers. This ensures that key concepts are remembered within subject, throughout the year and across year groups from one topic to the next so that knowledge is embedded in long term memory and our children know more and remember more and commit it to their long term memory.
Subject leads have identified the content that is most useful for our children taking into account where our children live. For example in History our local area is Liverpool and the children will also learn about the Beatles as we feel in our context this is useful for our children to know. In Art we identified Lowry as an important Artist as he is fairly local to our school. In order to ensure that content is in a logical progression and that it is taught systematically and explicitly progression matrices are used in subject areas.
Reading is a priority in our school and we aim to ensure that reading is promoted across all subjects with comprehension and discrete teaching of reading.
The subject content for each year group, for religious education is based upon the Liverpool Diocese Framework for Religious Education.
Where children have special needs or disability we make provision for them so that they too can flourish.
We encourage children to be keen, enthusiastic, independent learners and we give them lots of opportunities to develop their inter-personal skills by working and cooperating with others. Through the curriculum we build their self-esteem and self-confidence.
Each year in school builds on the previous year. We assess progress and achievement and we regularly report to parents about how well their children are doing.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
In September 2012 we began using the government’s curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The learning and development requirements comprise of:
- seven areas of learning and development and the educational programmes which set out what will be covered in each age group.
- the early learning goals, which summarise the knowledge, skills and understanding that all young children should have gained by the end of the Reception year; and
- the assessment requirements (when and how practitioners must assess children’s achievements, and when and how they should discuss children’s progress with parents and/or carers).
The seven areas of learning include: communication and language; physical development; personal, social and emotional development; literacy; mathematics; understanding of the world; expressive arts and design.
Four guiding principles shape our practice. These are:
- every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
- children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
- children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and
- children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities. We ensure that we make specific adaptations to the curriculum so that it is accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs.
If parents or others would like more details about our curriculum in each academic year group then please contact the school on 0151 477 8460/1. We would be pleased to show you the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, National Curriculum Subject Guidelines and our school curriculum schemes of work.