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Curriculum Policy

AWSWORTH PRIMARY & NURSERY SCHOOL

 

CURRICULUM POLICY (Draft)

 

Introduction

The curriculum is the totality of pupils’ learning experiences.  At Awsworth Primary & Nursery School we believe that our curriculum should be broad, balanced and relevant and meet the needs of all children whatever their ability. 

We have redesigned our curriculum through a process of discussion with pupils and staff to capture the core values that make our school an exciting and rewarding place to learn and teach.

Through this process we identified the key aspects of our curriculum that are the essence of our school and developed our ‘Learning for Life’ Curriculum Tree.

 

Our school motto is at the root of all we do and the elements we value form the fruit of our tree.

Knowledge and Understanding: At the heart of our curriculum is our desire to develop our pupils’ knowledge and understanding through engaging and relevant subject matter so that our pupils can transfer and communicate their skill and learning between contexts.

Global Citizens: We have been proud recipients of the British Council’s International School Award (ISA) concurrently since 2008.  Through our global links and ISA work we aim to bring the world into our classrooms, developing our pupils as global citizens who understand different cultures and religions, fight for a better future and work for the sustainable development of our planet.

Rights Respecting School: As a Gold Level Rights Respecting School, children’s rights are at the centre of everything we do.  Our pupils learn about their rights and take action to address issues where children’s rights are not being met around the world, they act as ambassadors sharing their work with others to spread the message of children’s rights.

Pupil Voice: Whether the children are helping to design their curriculum, being interviewed to find out their opinions or making suggestions for our school council to act upon, pupil voice is very important to us.  School councillors help with the interview process for new staff and meet regularly to help shape new developments for the school.

Creativity: Giving the children the opportunity to develop their creativity and shine in different ways is a core value at Awsworth.  Through musical and dramatic productions, dance showcases, art and design technology, musical instrument tuition and after school clubs we give the children many opportunities to develop their creative side and perform or showcase their talents to different audiences.

Safeguarding: At Awsworth Primary & Nursery School we take Safeguarding extremely seriously, through our curriculum we teach our pupils how to be safe and recognise when something is wrong, how to report things they are concerned about and what to do if they are worried about a friend.

Sports and Active Lifestyles: We are very proud of the broad range of sports offered to our pupils. Football, cricket, athletics and dance teams regularly compete in competitions as well as the opportunity to try a range of other sports including rowing, tri-golf, handball and boccia.  This alongside our PE curriculum and daily mile activities promotes active lifestyles for all.

5 Ways to Wellbeing: To connect, be active, keep learning, give to others and to take notice are the 5 ways to wellbeing.  We are committed to developing these aspects to ensure the wellbeing of all our pupils.  Dedicated well-being sessions, class assemblies, PSHE sessions and daily active sessions all aim to enhance pupil wellbeing.

Skills for Life: Developing resilience, perseverance, independence and teamwork, as well as a foundation of core skills to build learning onto, are central to our curriculum and encouraged in all that we do to in order for our pupils to make connections, experiment, take risks, be curious and tolerate ambiguity.

Safe and Confident Digital Users: Whether using laptops, tablets or phones we teach our pupils to be safe online as well as responsible digital users who can use a range of programs and apps to enhance learning, communicate, present and edit a variety of media.

Healthy Living:  Through our annual implementation of such activities as the DARE programme, our relationships and sex education programme, our curriculum work on healthy eating, staff challenges and our organisation of the annual Awsworth 5k Fun Run, we are committed to promoting physical, social, emotional and mental health and helping equip pupils, staff and families with the skills and attitudes to make informed, positive decisions about their lifestyle.   

Spiritual: The diverse work we undertake together in small groups, class or phase events and whole school assemblies and celebrations seeks to promote the spiritual development of each individual.  These activities provide children with ‘windows’ of opportunities to become aware of the world in new ways; to wonder about, reflect and respond to life's 'WOWs' (things that are amazing) and 'OWs' (things that bring us up short). In this children are learning about life in all its fullness.

 

Aims

The aims of the curriculum are to:

 

  • promote high standards in reading, writing and mathematics;
  • allow children to develop a knowledge of themselves in time and space;
  • enable children to acquire knowledge and skills in science;
  • enable children to be confident in the use of IT;
  • promote spiritual development;
  • promote physical and mental development and an awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle;
  • enable children to be aware of the importance of and participate in the arts and related cultural themes;
  • enable pupils to develop moral sensibility through carefully taught values;
  • develop the personal and social skills of each child;
  • provide equality of access and the opportunity for all pupils to make progress;
  • prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of adult life.

 

The curriculum is planned effectively, providing continuity and progression.  It promotes an enjoyment of learning and a commitment to learning and achieving.  Through the provision of rich and varied activities, we aim to:

 

  • encourage the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all pupils;
  • enable pupils to make connections across different areas of learning;
  • help pupils to think creatively and solve problems;
  • develop pupils’ capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively;
  • enable pupils to respond positively to opportunities, challenge and responsibility;
  • enable pupils to acquire and develop a broad range of knowledge, skills and understanding.

 

Organisation of the Curriculum

 

  • the curriculum is taught through discrete subjects and linked topic areas where relevant;
  • Key Stage ‘Learning for Life’ curriculum maps indicate the broad objectives and the links between subjects;
  • units of work are planned, usually over half a term’s duration.  These medium term plans contain the detail of the work to be covered with a progression of learning objectives. The plans indicate how the work will be differentiated and what the pupil outcomes will be;
  • short term planning is carried out in detail for English and mathematics;
  • children are taught within their year group for mathematics and in mixed age (phase) classes for English. Smaller support groups are established where appropriate to enable the teaching to focus on a particular age range or level of ability;
  • units of work are planned using the framework of the National Curriculum;
  • the RE scheme of work follows vision the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus.

 

Roles and Responsibilities

 

The Head Teacher has overall responsibility for the leadership of the curriculum and

delegates responsibility to key staff.

 

Phase Leaders co-ordinate the work of the subject leaders and ensure that the curriculum has progression and appropriate coverage.

 

Phase Teams are responsible for writing the medium term plans and liaising with subject leaders over the content and delivery of the units of work.  

 

Subject Leaders evaluate and monitor standards in their subject and ensure that the progress of each pupil is tracked and that there is appropriate challenge support and intervention;

 

Class Teachers ensure that the curriculum is taught and that the aims are achieved for their class.  They plan collaboratively to ensure parity across the year group;

 

Governors monitor the success of the curriculum via monitoring visits to the school and through the termly Head Teacher’s report.

 

Policy reviewed September 2019.

 

Next review September 2022

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