What does your child learn at school each day? Please find key information below, or speak to your child’s teacher for further information on how to support learning.
Our curriculum provides children with a rich, broad and balanced learning experience. It is based on The National Curriculum. Much of our curriculum is organised in topics. Each topic also has a specific trip or experience, such as a visitor coming into school to share their knowledge. The knowledge, skills and experiences that children acquire in the topics they study when younger are built on in later years using the progression documents and planning that you can see below. Our topic overview can be seen by clicking here. This topic overview is just that, an overview of our two year rolling topic programme. We write detailed topic plans each term and these can be seen below. Some of these plans refer to resources which we have bought and thus can’t be placed on our website.
- Our local area has a wealth of opportunities that has enabled us to design our curriculum that is relevant and engaging for our pupils therefore developing their cultural capital. Many of our pupils live in the area but do not often have the opportunity to experience these opportunities. (e.g. Constable, coastal study, Romans, WW2 & different places of worship)
- Our aim is to provide a curriculum that will enable all pupils to thrive and flourish by ensuring it is engaging, thematic & creative, incorporating a love of learning in the outdoors. We want to broaden their horizons, give them opportunities to explore, to keep asking questions, to develop their social skills and teamwork along with using technology to enhance their learning. Through building up a broad bank of skills and knowledge, children will be ready for their future – whatever this may be.
- The curriculum is based around a theme which is cross curricular where appropriate. It is being designed to enable pupils to use and apply their knowledge in many different ways. Alongside this are our key priorities for raising English and mathematics outcomes along with Religious Education. These are taught as subject specific including the systematic teaching of phonics but are designed to provide the tools children need to use in their topic. The curriculum is layered to ensure skills and knowledge build on each other from year to year.
- Enrichment activities are planned to include visits, theme days, visitors to school, activities to support the community, sporting events and opportunities to lead in school. Opportunities we provide our children include being worship leaders, visiting local sites such as Chelmsford cathedral, becoming school councilors and house captains, having sailing days in Manningtree and Brightlingsea harbour, our work with Tendring Loves Conservation, and a wide range of clubs.
- Intervention activities are delivered such as precision teaching, with a small group with a teacher during a lesson as a result of ongoing assessment, or early morning interventions. Children are selected for this when teachers assess their pupils, through both marking and verbal feedback. Examples of interventions we offer include Lexia, Nessy, easimaths, First Class at Number, Success at Arithmetic, Phonological Awareness and Wellcomm. Where appropriate, we also create bespoke interventions such as our recent work piloting the Inclusion Framework.
The most important impact our curriculum can have is two fold:
- It enables our children to be safe.
- It enables our children to be ready for their next stage of their education and life beyond this.
We are able to measure aspects of this. For example, we use statutory assessments and the progress children make to measure the impact of our English and mathematics curriculum. We also measure the progress children make in other subjects, using our own tracking system.
For other aspects of our curriculum it is almost impossible to ‘measure with number’. The feedback from children, from parents and our own observations, show that children value the experiences we give them and that they help the children to learn and to grow in confidence, maturity and independence. For instance, our thorough RHSE curriculum enables our children to be ready for their next stage of life through understanding what it means to be a good citizen.
We keep the implementation and impact of our curriculum under constant review. We do this through our ongoing monitoring and evaluation work. The outcomes of this are used by us to adjust our curriculum.
Since September 2014, schools within England have had a duty to promote British Values which we incorporate as an important aspect of our curriculum. The Department For Education (DFE), define them as:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and belief
We gather every day for a time of collective worship. Most of our worship times together are of a broadly Christian nature and reflect our Christian foundation and Anglican basis. We plan our worship times carefully. Our vicar leads our Monday worship regularly, and our staff or worship leaders lead the other ones. In worship on a Friday we celebrate our achievements and thank God for his help in enabling us to do all that we can. The achievements celebrate all the different ways that our children grow and develop; including Religious Education – each week our School Council choose a Golden Award for a child to receive. As part of our worship we pray our thanks and our requests to God. We also pray for other schools in our trust.
Our times of worship supports the spiritual development of our children and the spirituality of our children. They are part of the worship that occurs within our parish.
Our Religious Education (RE) curriculum
The teaching of RE is important to us and to our children. We use the high quality resources such as Discovery RE. The majority of our RE curriculum is focused on Christianity. The other part of our curriculum enables our children to learn about a number of other world faiths. The whole of our RE curriculum supports our children to live successfully and in harmony in Britain as it is now and as it changes.
It is crucial that children improve their skills year-on-year. To support this, we use curriculum progression documents to ensure that each year, the children will know more, remember more, and do more as a result. You can view the documents our teachers use, below.
Curriculum Objectives by Year Group
Early Reading and Phonics
Our teaching of English
Term by Term Curriculum Details
Our RE Curriculum
British Values and Core Christian Values