Linchfield CP School Curriculum Statement
At Linchfield CP School, we passionately believe that our children have the right to
a broad and balanced curriculum. The curriculum of the school underpins all the learning that takes place and an engaging and inspirational curriculum can foster curiosity and a passion for learning so that children may develop into life-long learners.
The school aims to maximise potential in academic terms. However we also aim to provide enrichment activities that broaden a student’s experiences whilst at school. It is our ambition to encourage our young people to develop into responsible citizens with moral purpose and values that help sustain their everyday lives. We are committed to all students and believe that each individual matters and should be provided for.
With the introduction of the New National Curriculum in September 2014 we have the opportunity to redesign our curriculum to ensure that there are more opportunities for subjects to be linked, so that learning will be purposeful and meaningful for pupils and to enable them to apply their reading, writing, mathematical and computing skills across the curriculum.
Our Curriculum Drivers are the things we feel most passionately about as a school and they also link directly into our School Development Plan. Our customised Curricular content is designed to provide appropriate and relevant experiences for our pupils. Our Curriculum Drivers are:
Each Year Group will have a Long Term Curriculum Map, which ensures the pupils are taught the content that they need. However, to ensure continued engagement of the pupils they will have the opportunity to steer the content. The teacher planned content and activities will provoke the children to ask their own questions. This is not the same as asking the pupils what they would like to learn, as pupils are not always aware of what there is to learn about a subject. We do not want to keep the children in a world that they have already experienced, but take them into new worlds that will fulfil their needs rather than their wants.
We believe that we have achieved a curriculum model that reaches every child within the school and balances the acquisition of knowledge with the development of key skills. Some skills and knowledge will be taught discreetly, whilst a thematic approach will be used to apply previously learned skills.
When selecting themes, we have given much thought to selecting topics which:
In selecting the themes, staff are careful to choose topics which allow a broad range
of curriculum subjects to be explored. Therefore, staff give careful consideration in selecting
themes which can be taken in a variety of directions, exploring a wide range of skills across the curriculum. In some themes, certain subjects are more prominent than in others. For example, in a History based theme, there may be less Geography occurring.
Our curriculum is designed to encourage creativity, imagination and the use of thinking skills; promoting high levels of achievement. Teaching and learning addresses different learning styles and seeks to provide variety and a breadth of opportunity.
Within lessons teachers aim to create a climate conducive to learning by ensuring that
• Know what they are going to learn;
• Know what successful learning looks like;
• Assess and reflect on their own learning and that of others;
• Receive feedback on the next steps in their learning.
Pupils are usually taught in year groups within their Key Stage, by their class teacher. Teachers offering a specialist subject may take other classes or groups as appropriate.
Pupils may also be withdrawn to receive small group or individual teaching to meet a
specific need. Extensive use is made of visits, field trips, speakers, theme days etc.
We plan to provide quality educational experiences that will enable us to celebrate the successes of all students achieving their potential and provide inspirational and motivating learning opportunities. The promotion of life-long learning that encourages individuals to become valued members of the community will, we believe, provide a secure pathway towards the future independence for all.
A full break down of the curriculum for each year group will be published on the school website and Termly Topic overviews will be published for each Year Group.