Curriculum STATEMENT

Curriculum Statement

Curriculum Overview

At Jolesfield Church of England Primary School, we are committed to following the programmes of study as required by the National Curriculum 2014. We ensure that our children can develop as literate, numerate and technologically competent individuals, within a broad, balanced, exciting and challenging curriculum. We provide rich and varied contexts and experiences for pupils to acquire, develop and apply a broad range of knowledge, skills and understanding.

Subjects are taught discretely with links between them made when appropriate. This enables us to ensure balance and progression across the school and to identify cross-curricular links and opportunities for educational visits. Our curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, physical, mental and emotional development of our pupils. We recognise the needs and aspirations of all individuals and provide opportunities for all pupils to make the best possible progress and attain the highest personal achievements.

Throughout the curriculum our aim is to develop:

  • Learning in real contexts– involving the community and bringing learning to life.
  • Development of knowledge and skills – a clear progression with opportunities for pupils to revisit and consolidate learning
  • Children’s choice – open-ended rich learning opportunities. Children being able to pursue their own lines of enquiry.
  • Children’s vocabulary – a progression of subject specific vocabulary – encouraging children to use it appropriately in the learning
  • Cultural diversity – developing pupil’s global awareness – opportunities to bring in a variety of cultures.
  • English and maths across the whole curriculum – rich texts supporting topics, opportunities for writing and applying maths skills in different subjects.

The delivery of our curriculum is based on the following evidence-based principles:

  • Short and frequent reviews of previous learning allow fluent recall.
  • New material is presented in small steps to allow time for practice.
  • Teachers use a wide range of questioning strategies to encourage active participation, build confidence and connect with prior learning.   
  • Provide pupils with models and worked examples to help them learn to solve problems faster.
  • Teachers will check for pupil understanding and guide pupil practice.
  • Pupils will be provided with opportunities for independent, extensive practice to allow them to develop fluency and consolidate learning.
  • We will provide pupils with appropriate support and scaffolds to assist them in their learning.
  • Teachers will provide opportunities to reflect and act on learning regularly.
  • Teachers will, at every opportunity, make explicit cross-curricular links to enhance learning.
  • The curriculum and it’s learning experiences are designed and sequenced in order to ensure children connect old and new knowledge, allowing them to develop competency and fluency across all topics.
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