At Nene and Ramnoth School we have carefully designed our curriculum to ensure that it is enriched with engaging, purposeful and quality learning experiences. Our curriculum provides a broad and balanced opportunities which aim to drive a life-long love of learning as well as positive learning behaviours which help our children to grow as individuals as well as learners.
When children join us in Reception they follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. Every child in Key Stage One and Two then accesses a curriculum which enables them to develop interest, skills, knowledge and understanding in both the core and foundation subjects of the Primary National Curriculum.
We also recognise the need for a broader curriculum which allows our children to use and extend their knowledge and experience of the wider world so that they develop and possess the building blocks essential for becoming successful adults in the world in which we live today. We are driven towards helping them to make a positive contribution to their local community and the wider society, live healthy lifestyles, be moral citizens and take opportunities to extend their horizons.
We use the Cornerstones Curriculum to help us to achieve this aim. This is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. It is underpinned with a child-centred pedagogy called ‘The Four Cornerstones’ and is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs). These ILP’s provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of children’s learning. Children will progress through four stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.
Hook learners in with a memorable experience.
Set the scene and provide the context for learning.
Ask questions to find out children’s interests.
Spark children’s curiosity using interesting starting points.
Teach facts and information for deeper understanding and knowledge.
Demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation.
Provide creative opportunities for making and doing.
Deliver reading, writing and talking across the curriculum.
Provide imaginative scenarios that encourage creative thinking.
Enable children to apply previously learned skills.
Encourage enterprise and independent thinking.
Provide opportunities for collaborative working and problem solving.
Provide environments for reflective talk.
Create opportunities for shared evaluation.
Celebrate and share children’s success.
Identify next steps.
Nene and Ramnoth’s focus on curriculum development is carefully designed to ensure coverage and progression as well as providing our children with memorable experiences, diverse and rich opportunities from which they can learn and develop a range of transferable skills.
Our curriculum balances the national expectations and a range of first hand experiences allowing our children to flourish. Clear strategic planning, which is frequently evaluated, allows the curriculum to be dynamic and adapt to the context of the school and children’s needs. Our staff value the different ways in which children learn and plan lessons to account for these differences. We encourage teachers to make cross-curricular links where possible within their lesson plans, so that children can draw upon knowledge from different subjects, making connections, and understand how each theme plays a part in everyday life. Age related expectations combine the acquisition of knowledge, understanding and the development of skills to create a purposeful and exciting learning journey for every child. Teaching and learning of our curriculum encompasses high expectations to combine transferable skills, demonstrate a breadth of vocabulary and develop strong cross curricular links. Quality classroom environments and resources stimulate and promote quality thinking and reasoning while our feedback policy is an opportunity for children to reflect upon their learning and think deeply about how to improve.
We provide a variety of extra-curricular activities for pupils that enhance their learning experience. The activities range from after-school clubs, to educational trips and visits. Extra-curricular activities are designed to enhance pupils’ learning experience, form personal connections between pupils and their peers, and teach skills essential for life after school.
Our whole school team strengthens our ethos and vision as we work together to reflect upon our curriculum and share outcomes which drive forward next steps. Learning is measured through careful analysis of application of skills across the curriculum; showing how acquisition of knowledge is enhanced by expectations to evidence quality thinking and demonstrate individual understanding. Class teachers and leaders conduct performance analysis linked to triangulated monitoring, measuring performance against individual and school targets.
In addition, we believe that the impact of our curriculum can be seen in our children’s learning behaviours and attitudes: they are becoming increasingly independent, resilient and equipped to face challenges with strategies to overcome problems and make progress.
Due to the curriculum they experience, our children leave us with a broad, rich and deep knowledge. They are able to transfer the skills that they have mastered into wider contexts and are prepared for the next stages of their education. It is always good to see how our past pupils flourish in later life and we take pride in knowing that we may have played a small part in helping them to achieve this success.