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Statement of Curriculum Intent

Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum puts the child at the centre of our caring, sharing, achieving school, where positive relationships, based on mutual trust and respect are at the heart of everything we do. Our ambitious curriculum has been designed to take account of the legal requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the Primary National Curriculum. It exposes our children to enriching experiences, immersing them in progressive knowledge and skills; equipping them with personal characteristics required to succeed in life. Celebrating the diversity and backgrounds of our children within our vibrant and multi-cultural city is pivotal to our curriculum delivery and ensures that our children are immersed in rich cultural experiences.

 

The key principles behind the design of our curriculum are for our children to:

 

  • be confident, independent and resilient; displaying a thirst for learning
  • be kind; showing empathy and compassion whilst valuing diversity
  • achieve academically across the entire curriculum, meeting at least the national expectation by the end  of their primary education
  • be culturally knowledgeable about our city, country and our world
  • have aspirations for the future and know that these can be reached through hard work and determination
  • be well prepared for the challenges of the next phase of their education

 

We encourage children to be critical thinkers, to question and challenge our perceptions of the world around us. Ultimately, we want all of our children, to be the best they can be, making a positive contribution to the world  in which they live.

 

Curriculum Implementation

Children are expected to work hard and demonstrate positive learning behaviours to both maximise their own  individual learning potential as well as contribute to the school and wider community. Our school House System allows us to reward the behaviours we strive to develop. We have high expectations of attendance, academic achievement and pupil behaviour. We are committed to working in partnership with parents as we believe that when home and school work closely together we get the best outcomes for our pupils.

 

PSHE lies at the heart of the curriculum we deliver to closely meet the needs of our pupils. Our PSHE framework, focusing on well-being, positive self-awareness, relationships and the wider world, was implemented following consultation with the whole school community. Our pupils have access to a wide range of opportunities  which promote personal safety and pupil voice with all children being actively involved in whole school decision making through the School Council and many positions of responsibility. Our curriculum recognises the importance of pupils’ physical and mental well-being in shaping their long term life-style choices.

 

We believe that our fundamental task is to teach our children to speak clearly and articulately, using a wide range of vocabulary, and to read and write effectively. Reading across all curriculum areas is a priority to extend and deepen pupils’ understanding and use of vocabulary.

 

We want pupils to develop a love of reading during their time at Glebelands and be exposed to  a range of classic and contemporary literature.  The use of Creative Learning Services and class shared texts are pivotal  to this.

 

In order to raise aspirations and equip children with a real belief that they can achieve anything if they are prepared to work hard, it is imperative that we prioritise experiential learning within our curriculum. Visitors are regularly invited into school, educational and residential visits are carefully chosen to deepen understanding and we make the most of our beautiful outdoor learning environment to enhance hands-on learning experiences.

 

Children from across the school are encouraged to engage in healthy competition and, as a result, are provided with wide range of extra-curricular sporting activities.

 

Continuing Professional Development for all staff is a priority to ensure they have the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver the highest standards across the entire curriculum. Music art and sports specialists work  alongside teaching staff to enhance curriculum delivery. Subject Leaders have the necessary expertise to play a  pivotal role in both the design and delivery of their subject area; ensuring a clear progression of both skills and  knowledge across all year groups, underpinned by a robust assessment system. They can confidently articulate how learning is re-visited and developed year-on-year, to ensure a real depth of learning right across the school.

 

Impact 

  • Our children demonstrate confidence, independence, resilience and a real thirst for learning.
  • Our children are able to form meaningful relationships based upon mutual respect and trust, recognising and celebrating difference, not only within the school community, but in the wider world as well.
  • Our children have access to a wide and varied curriculum, allowing each of them to excel as individuals and be the best they can be.
  • Our children make good progress across the entire curriculum by the end of Key Stage Two.
  • Our children are well prepared to access the challenges of the secondary school curriculum.
  • Our children have aspirations for the future and know that these can be realised with hard work and determination.
  • Our children grow up being able to make a positive contribution to the world in which they live.
 

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