The Curriculum

For nothing is impossible with god

Luke 1:37

 

Curriculum Intent

Together, we strive to provide a safe, nurturing and challenging environment within our Christian ethos of kindness and respect.

We share a passion for life-long learning and strive for the best for ourselves, others and the World.

Children are encouraged to become independent, curious and resilient learners with the ability to learn from their mistakes and accept challenges.

 

At Dilton Marsh C of  E Primary School we have designed our curriculum to prepare our children for their future.  We recognise that a curriculum has to be broad, balanced and offer pupils opportunities to grow as individuals as well as learners.  Through the cyclical nature of the curriculum children are able to overlearn and reflect on links between areas and subjects.  In this way ideas are remembered and learnt.  New knowledge and skills build on what has gone before towards clearly defined end points. The curriculum enables children to reflect on their place in the world and in society, equipping them with the Cultural Capital they need to succeed.  It opens up possibilities for their future.  Our knowledge of the children and our community shows demonstrates that opportunities are not equal for all; through our curriculum we attempt to even this out and give further opportunities outside of the classroom.

 

Implementation

 

Through KS1 and KS2 we plan learning driven by quality texts to inspire discussion, support the reading and provide quality writing opportunities in all areas.  These texts are supported by a thematic approach in other areas of the curriculum, which whenever possible, tie in in with the main theme of the texts.  Themes are organized across the term and across the year to ensure that there is a variety of subject driven themes covering the National Curriculum.  This approach ensures that children are immersed in an area and can learn and reflect on their learning in order to remember.  Through breaking down learning into smaller daily bites, learning is effective and retained in the long term memory. Connections are made to previous and future learning.As a result of the organization of the curriculum some weeks children may focus on one curriculum area at the expense of others but over the year this will be balanced to ensure coverage is Broad and Balanced.  Some subjects (PE, Music, ICT,MFL) will remain discrete to ensure high quality teaching is secured.  These subjects are taught by Subject Specialist who have expert knowledge of the subjects that they teach.  In other areas of the curriculum teachers are supported by subject specialists within the Acorn Educatioin Trust to address any gaps in their knowledge.  In this way children are not disadvantaged. 

 

Reading is prioritised across the school.  Alongside the reading curriculum which develops children’s fluency, confidence and enjoyment in reading there is a sharp focus on developing children’s comprehension and phonics skills.  A rigorous and sequential approach to vocabulary further strengthens the children’s ability to access the full curriculum offer.

 

Teachers use assessment to check children’s understanding in order to inform their teaching.  This ensures knowledge and understanding is embedded and transferred to long term memory.