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Curriculum

Our Curriculum

Intent

Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum but focuses on teaching children the knowledge and skills they need to learn more and remember more. Our pupils are offered a full, un-narrowed curriculum with a wide range of experiences to extend their understanding of themselves and the world in which they live - developing skills, attitudes and values that prepare them for the next stage of learning (Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 or transition to Secondary) and enabling them to be successful in the community. It is also our intent to help build the cultural capital of our pupils by providing enrichment experiences through educational visits or through workshops and bringing experts into school. 

 

Implementation

We believe that effective learning takes place when there is considerable emphasis on active involvement - where pupils work both imaginatively and expressively and have opportunities to explain and clarify thinking. We make meaningful connections across subjects and sequence learning to ensure that pupils build on prior learning to enable them to make progress from their individual starting points. 

 

At Leamore, we expect everyone to develop and show a sense of responsibility and self-discipline whether alone, together, at work or at play, and support policies on equal opportunities. We actively promote British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and the inclusion of those with different faiths and beliefs to prepare our pupils for life in modern day Britain. We also provide opportunities for our pupils to learn about the contribution of Britons to innovation, excellence and changes in the world. 

 

Impact

Our carefully-designed approach allows our leaders to effectively measure the impact that their subject is having in terms of pupil voice, assessment data and staff voice. These holistics inform subject action plans that in turn inform the Curriculum Action Plan to ensure that Leamore provides an ever-improving offer for its pupils and for the whole school community.

 

This policy makes reference to The New National Curriculum 2014. It is also linked to our Equality, Gifted and Talented, Home Learning, SEND, SMSC, British Values and Teaching and Learning policies. 

 

Aims

  • That all pupils are provided with outstanding learning experiences that lead to consistently outstanding levels of pupil achievement.
  • From the start, children are taught in differentiated groups to allow further consolidation for some, and for greater speed and breadth of delivery at the upper end of attainment.
  • That all teachers and other professionals possess expert levels of knowledge in the subjects they teach.
  • That all teachers and other professionals are “life-long learners”, committed to an ongoing development of their own knowledge and skills to optimise the pupils’ learning experiences.
  • That a positive, caring attitude, where achievements at all levels are acknowledged and valued, is prevalent throughout the school.
  • That all pupils from the earliest opportunity, are encouraged to develop independence, self-discipline, responsibility and the ability to build resilience.

By clicking the link below, you will be able to view our Curriculum topic maps which will outline, in brief, what will be covered in each topic for each year group.

However, if you require more detailed information, please click the link below to go to the National Curriculum which outlines what schools MUST teach:

 

National Curriculum

 

Reading and Phonics

Here at Leamore, we feel being able to read is paramount. Not only does it allow our children to learn independently, it provides a doorway into unknown realms, the ability to experience situations and scenarios they may never come across in their own lives and provides exposure to new, exciting vocabulary and language structures. 

 

Phonics

In order to set children off on the reading journey, it is essential they have a good understanding of the sounds (phonemes) that make up the English language and recognise the corresponding marks (Letters or clusters of letters (Graphemes)).
Here at Leamore, we use Letters and Sounds (LINK) to teach these skills.
We have also provided this link to aid you in ideas for helping children with Letters and Sounds at home. – LINK

 

Reading

To help children get the most from reading, our school uses the Big Reading scheme.

This scheme uses mini missions and a Big Reading session to help teach all of the skills involved in reading.

The scheme also introduces the key skills through using fun, relatable characters such as Rex Retriever, Expi Explorer, Ansa Analyser, Dood Detective.

 

In addition to this, so that our children get opportunities to use their phonics learning to build reading skills, we use the Oxford Reading Tree and Big Cat reading books to support reading and phonics progression.

[Click Here for Big Reading Overview]

Writing

Our curriculum for writing is built on the expectations outlined in the National Curriculum. In the past, we have tried several readily available schemes to teach writing at Leamore including Hamilton Trust, Talk 4 Writing and others however we believe that none of these were the vehicle we needed to help our children become confident, fluent and successful writers. Instead, we developed our own writing policy based on the best of strategies out there to allows our teachers to prepare units of writing that are specifically designed for our pupils' needs.

 

To this end, it is our intent that the pupils of Leamore Primary school will be confident independent writers who, through building on a robust writing strategy that ensures progression, can successfully use written communication to convey the ideas they wish to communicate to fulfil a purpose.

 

In order to better allow staff to create meaningful writing that stretches across the curriculum, flexibility in the genres of writing, skills to be delivered and the timing of writing units has been designed to be flexible. The policy here helps to understand our approach:

[Long-Term Plan for Writing]

Maths

Our maths curriculum currently follows Busy Ants scheme of work which is based on the National Curriculum. This scheme was chosen due to its cyclical arrangement meaning children will repeat most concepts more than once within a school year. Previously, we used a scheme that went in-depth with mathematical concepts but did not give us the cyclical coverage needed for our children to learn more and remember more over time.

 

Whilst Busy Ants is the basis of the curriculum, using the learning objectives from the scheme for each year group, we do not simply deliver from the text book. To provide bespoke learning for our pupils, we allow the teachers to sculpt lessons to meet the objective being covered. In addition, we utilise materials from White Rose, ISeeReasoning and many other sources to ensure progression. 

 

We believe that, by exposing our pupils to problems from a range of sources, including real-life examples, we help them become able and confident mathematicians.

[Long-Term Plan for Maths]

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