Following consultation with pupils, parents and staff, it was agreed that the Shortbrook Primary School’s curriculum should be driven by the following values;
These values are personal to the school and the needs of the children at Shortbrook Primary School. These values inform the design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of the curriculum.
Our curriculum will support the shaping of 21st Century citizens, who will be equipped with the vocabulary, knowledge and skills to be successful in the later stages of their lives
Our curriculum design is based on evidence from research as well as knowing the importance for our children to be given the opportunity to over learn and to ensure the outcomes of the national curriculum are met at the same time as meeting the social and academic needs of our children.
As a result of the research, our curriculum will be implemented in the following ways:
- Learning will be spaced rather than blocked.
- Retrieval practice will be frequent and regular.
The content and principles underpinning our curriculum are taken from the National Curriculum. We use the national programmes of study to guide us to ensure all objectives are covered. Children will learn through enquiry-based learning where children will be given the opportunity to shape their own understanding. We use a thematic approach to learning, including an emphasis on the local area and community where appropriate.
It is worth noting that some curriculum content will be subject specific and isolated but will always be delivered with our school values and curriculum intent in mind. Other content will be delivered in a cross-curricular approach to aid memory and enjoyment.
Learning is mapped out on to Progression of Skill Maps across each year group with progression statement coverage planning taken directly from the National Curriculum. Planning shows skills progression across the Key Phases.
Reading, writing and handwriting skills are a focus for all children and are being embedded within all curriculum topic work and projects completed.