At Kingskerswell Primary School the curriculum is designed to allow children to achieve their full potential in a supportive environment. We believe that all children should leave school with the skills needed to become independent learners and develop a thirst for new experiences and knowledge about the world we live in. Our curriculum creates opportunities for learners to ask questions, build resilience and be creative critical thinkers. As a church school family we want children to leave school with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become life-long learners.
Our School Aims:
- Provide a sequence of exciting learning experiences, underpinned by our ethos values:
Love and Friendship, Forgiveness, Respect, Trust, Resilience and Community
- Ensure children learn to be successful communicators so that they can collaborate effectively with others.
- Provide opportunities across the curriculum for all learners to develop language skills and gain a bank of vocabulary to support their ability to communicate effectively.
- Develop all pupils as creative thinkers, questioners and avid problem solvers
- We want children to develop a moral compass to guide them throughout their life
- We draw upon our strengths as a village school to enable children to flourish and develop spiritually through our links with the church and the many historical resources on our doorstep
Context of the school
We retain our Christian Distinctiveness by providing daily collective worship and a rich RE curriculum, that incorporate the school’s core values. These values are included throughout all areas of the school curriculum through the use of a moral compass which unites all of the school’s core Christian values and is also linked to growth mindset. The compass is essentially used as a guide for pupils to reflect upon, to develop their moral character and support them in making good choices throughout their time at primary school and beyond into the wider community.
On entry to Reception many of our children display a lack of independence and many have Speech & Language and Emotional needs. We are currently developing the use of Makaton across the school to support children, particularly with speech and language difficulties to develop vocabulary and language to improve their ability to speak and communicate with more confidence and accuracy. We have implemented the Devon Early Language Programme (DELP) through ensuring language and vocabulary are taught explicitly across the curriculum to enable pupils to use language accurately and build a bank of vocabulary.
The school has aimed for a number of years to broaden the horizons of the children through its strong emphasis upon SMSC and emotional well-being through its Forest School, Thrive and Spanish provision. Children have regular forest school sessions in our purpose built forest school area. The forest school approach truly benefits all learners, particularly children who are facing challenges both within or outside of the school environment. Spanish is taught across all stages of the school by our fluent Spanish speaking HLTA and provides all learners with the key skills in learning a foreign language. Learners have access to the school’s resident chickens, which all classes are expected to care for throughout the year.
According to school tracking data, girls perform better than boys across the curriculum. To engage the boys, we have developed exciting topics in our curriculum that will enthuse and motivate, such as Battle of Britain, The Romans and Dungeons and Dragons. Within each class, teachers have freedom within the curriculum planning to create teaching sequences to target boys in the class and create schemes of work that enthuse and interest all pupils.
We have planned a topic–based and skills led curriculum. Curriculum subjects are combined where possible to provide cross-curricular learning experiences, e.g. a scheme of work could include teaching the children about where populations of orang-utans reside and writing persuasive letters to stop the destruction of their habitats. To ensure breadth and balance, the full range of subjects are planned for over the course of the year in line with the National Curriculum expectations. Each sequence of lessons will be preceded by a motivating and inspiring ‘hook’ that encourages questioning, awe and wonder and interest from the pupils. This might also include a visit, a special visitor, an extraordinary activity or an event and will allow for learners to guide their own level of enquiry, curiosity and enthusiasm. Throughout the learning unit, the learners will work towards a real outcome that will enable pupils to use their learning to make a difference to their community or the wider world.
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