A Creative Curriculum – Enquiry Based
The curriculum embraces four stages: Foundation Stage (3-5), Key Stage 1 (5-7), Lower Key Stage 2 (7-9) and Upper Key Stage 2 (9-11). We plan and develop the curriculum so that, as they progress through the school, the children’s experiences will match their particular needs and stages of development.
The Foundation Stage team, work closely together to ensure that children learn ‘In the Moment’. Effective and skilful questioning from the staff ensure that children’s learning is maximised. Activities are targeted at the interests of the children and continuous assessment ensures that children achieve their potential.
In Key Stage 1 and 2 we have worked to create and develop a stimulating and creative curriculum which embraces the children’s needs and interests. Individuals and groups with specific needs are identified early so that work can be appropriately differentiated to support their needs. Learning is always personalised to the needs of individual learners, builds on previous knowledge and designed to stretch and extend individual learning.
Individual teachers will adopt a variety of approaches, including whole-class work, group, individual work and, as appropriate, inter-year work. We base our teaching strategies on developing independent learners through enquiry.
Why take an enquiry based approach to learning?
- It is planned around the distinctive needs of the children.
- It promotes curiosity.
- It has a clear outcome, designed to raise standards.
- It gives a real context for the application of basic skills.
- It allows writing to be meaningfully embedded.
- It is interesting for the teacher as well as the children.
- It integrates empowering learning (learn to learn).
- It is underpinned by leading research about quality learning and brain-based learning.
How enquiry based learning works: The learning journey is explicitly shared with children in order to ensure they connect to the big picture of their learning, i.e. knowing what to expect. The children have access to IPADS, Tablets and laptops to support them in their enquiry based curriculum.
Hook into learning: Teachers provide a stimulus experience that helps children connect with the subject knowledge and skills of the unit of work. These can take many forms, e.g. a visit to a farm, finding a message in a bottle, a video diary excerpt etc. etc.
Pupil Voice: Active planning input from the children is integral to enquiry based learning; we want the children to feel that they are able to drive their learning journey. This is essential to ensure that the curriculum meets the ongoing varied needs and interests of the children. Pupil voice is used throughout the unit of work to steer learning by asking children to pose questions that they want to know more about. Teachers refer to children’s questions throughout the unit of work so that children can see that their contributions are valued and their questions drive their learning. Subject Ambassadors (children) have been appointed to support the development of the curriculum by liaising with other children across the school and feeding back to the subject leaders.
Outcome: Each unit of work has an agreed outcome that is shared with the children and may be negotiated with the children. e.g. art exhibition, drama, class debate etc.
Reflection Activity ~ Review & Celebration of Learning: At the end of each unit of work there is a refection and evaluation of learning. This focuses on what has been learnt and how it has been learnt; we want the children to become reflective learners.
We believe the delivery style of facilitating a child’s learning enabling them to complete a learning project, empowers all types of learners providing the opportunity for them to access the curriculum through the variety of different approaches used. This embeds our belief that children learn most when they are communicating with each other. We encourage children to have a Growth Mindset so that they can be life long learners, overcome problems and aspire to challenge themselves in all that they do.
Year Group Curriculum Overview Letters
Spring Term 2 2021
Information Sheet for Parents or Guardians of Key Stage 1
Autumn Term 2020
Autumn Term 2 Curriculum Letter 2020 Year 5 and 6
Cross Curricular Theme Maps for Year 1-6:
Please see Curriculum Map for KS1, LKS2 and UKS2 Foundation Subjects posted below:
Partnership with Families
We very much value the partnership we have in learning with families helping to develop children’s learning at home too. To further support this we hold Meet the Teacher evenings at the start of each academic year where parents and carers have an opportunity to meet the professionals who care for their children, find out the programme of learning for the year, routines for the week and also ways in which they can support with homework. We have also invested in an online Pupil world for maths which the children will have access to in and outside of school. This pupil world enables an online homework to be set and is complete with help videos for parents ensuring consistency in the approaches taught in school and reinforced at home. As well as this the more formal Parents Evenings are held twice a year in the Autumn and Spring and a written report is sent home towards the end of the Summer term. We also hold Learning Events which are open afternoons where the children share with parents the learning they have been taking part in with an opportunity to teach the adults. Children also perform in a class assembly three times a year and hold a prayer service which parents are encouraged to attend. As well as these more formal opportunities, we adopt an open doors policy and always encourage parents and carers to see us regularly with any questions or concerns more informally.
Please click on the links below to view our individual subject information: