At Nene and Ramnoth School, we have carefully designed our curriculum to ensure that it is enriched with engaging, purposeful and high quality learning experiences. Our curriculum provides broad and balanced opportunities which aim to drive a life-long love of learning as well as helping children develop positive learning behaviours on which to build future success.
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 1 and 2 builds on this through our curriculum which enables them to develop interest, skills, knowledge and understanding in both the core and foundation subjects. Our curriculum recognises the importance of providing our children with memorable experiences, diverse and rich opportunities from which they can learn knowledge and develop a range of transferable skills.
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 wider society, live healthy lifestyles, be moral citizens and take opportunities to extend their horizons.
In order to ensure a cohesive and comprehensive coverage of national expectations we adopt a thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the Primary National Curriculum. We also use the ‘Cornerstones Curriculum’ tool to supplement our own curriculum.
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.
We will be implementing our Recovery Curriculum now and continuing it into next term. This acknowledges that there have been big losses to children as they have stayed at home and that these losses can contribute to pupil’s mental health with anxiety, trauma and bereavement playing a large role. Children will perhaps have experienced these aspects all at once and in a sudden and unplanned fashion which can leave children feeling vulnerable.
To see our Recovery Curriculum click here