The Curriculum At Chailey St Peter’s
As a creative, caring, learning community, Chailey St Peter’s Church of England Primary School is committed to the establishment and development of high standards in curriculum planning, provision of learning opportunities and evaluation of these in respect of the performance of pupils to ensure that all our learners make effective progress. The key purpose of our school is learning and every member of our school community plays an important part in this.
The curriculum is creative (ensures full engagement of learners and is not just delivered), relevant (engages the interests, strengths, skills and enthusiasms of all and is of value as the foundation to life long learning and future success), flexible (can adapt to meet the specific needs of different cohorts and individuals), clearly planned, progressive (built on prior learning and experience) and based on skills as a priority, in addition to interesting and engaging content.
Teaching is consistently good (or better, as defined by Ofsted), employs a range of approaches and strategies with regard to the range of learning preferences represented by each class, provides appropriate challenge, pace and expectations so that learners make progress, adapting as necessary to meet individual needs and makes the most of available resources including staff.
Learners acquire the basic skills of learning, develop increasing independence and effectiveness in their ability to benefit fully from each learning opportunity, understand what is to be learned and the criteria for demonstrating that learning and are able to evaluate their learning and recognise next steps.
Formative (daily and focused on process) or summative (end of unit testing, statutory and non-statutory) assessment are employed, as appropriate, to adapt in the short term to meet needs as they arise, inform next steps and subsequent planning to ensure progress is made, to inform the tracking and target setting in order to monitor progress and prevent underachievement.
Children are prepared to become responsible citizens, developing their spiritual, moral, social, and cultural understanding in all areas of the curriculum.
At Chailey St Peter’s our curriculum is based on the recommended National Curriculum for England and Wales and the locally agreed syllabus for religious education. More details of the new curriculum can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-framework-for-key-stages-1-to-4 The emphasis is, increasingly, on the generic skills for learning and other skills which underpin the learning.
In order to achieve the stated aim for the curriculum we:
- Draw up a curriculum framework which defines key skills and (where appropriate) context in each class on a rolling two year programme.
- Work in curriculum teams to lead and develop our subject areas.
- Ensure there is progression in each subject by working in year group teams, planning and monitoring each subject.
- Identify generic and subject specific skills on which planning for learning is based.
- Regularly review long term curriculum planning to meet the needs of different cohorts and changes in class organisation and pupil numbers in order to build on previous experience and avoid omissions and undue repetition.
- Plan, in the medium term, cross-curricular learning themes which draw together skills (and content where prescribed) from different strands (subjects) of the curriculum to offer integrated learning experiences which permit sufficient time to focus on learning, develop interests and allow for learners to contribute to and determine the path of learning. This includes the organisation of Theme weeks to enhance children’s learning and skill development.
- Plan in Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural links in both medium and weekly plans.
- Draw on latest development, best practice and resources to inform curriculum development, with particular responsibility for this resting with curriculum leaders.