Curriculum

Normanton All Saints CE (A) Infant School has a broad and balanced curriculum which places learners at the heart and is driven by the school’s vision statement:

Respect... Empower... Grow!

We aim to provide a coherent, structured and progressive curriculum that is based around high quality teaching and acquiring good subject knowledge, understanding and skill.

The curriculum is designed with the following aims in mind:

  • Respect - To provide a happy and safe environment where learners are proud and feel valued as part of our school family and they respect, tolerate and care for one another
  • Empower - To enable learners to acquire strong foundations in communication, reading, writing and mathematics. To provide opportunities for learners to become an ‘expert’ as they gain subject specific knowledge, skill and understanding. They will become successful lifelong learners who have high expectations and aspirations
  • Grow - To give our learners exciting and memorable experiences which develops a love, curiosity and thirst for learning and provides an awe and wonder of the world. This will allow them to grow spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, helping them to become independent thinkers

Our Curriculum Drivers

We have developed four curriculum drivers that shape our curriculum. These are closely linked to our vision, aims and values. These all respond to the particular needs and opportunities of our community.

Basic skills – which helps to maintain high expectations and broaden the possibilities and opportunities. High quality books and stories will be the main driver for the topics and curriculum. They will acquire good vocabulary through a love for books which will enable them to express themselves confidently. The focus on the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics will help pupils to acquire secure building blocks, which will equip them with essential life skills.

Diversity and spirituality – which helps pupils to be tolerant, respectful and value the differences in others. This will help them understand their role, rights and responsibilities as a citizen in the local and global community.

Aspirations – which encourages pupils to have dreams and aspirations for the future inspired by good role models and opportunities.

Growth and well-being – which helps pupils develop confidence, motivation, self- belief and a strong sense of self-worth. They develop socially and emotionally and are being equipped to become independent thinkers and lead by example.

What needs to be taught?
National Curriculum and EYFS Curriculum Framework Subject specific knowledge, understanding and skill

How this will be taught?
Clear and subject specific objectives

The knowledge, understanding and skills which need to be taught over and over again in each subject in a progressive, spiral, structured and coherent curriculum which is based on subject specific teaching through age appropriate topics. Repetition will be the key so that knowledge, understanding and skill will become ‘fixed’ in their long term memory.

Topics will be enhanced and introduced through a ‘hook’ which will be in the form of a high quality story and/ or books and a thought provoking question. Questions will involve the children learning the knowledge, understanding and skill required whilst finding a solution/ possibility/ answer.

What will the outcomes be?

Teaching will focus on the building blocks which are needed in order to achieve the end of Key Stage outcomes.

Learners acquire the knowledge, understanding and skill at a basic, advancing or deep stage.

Year 1 teaching will be based on pupils acquiring a good solid basic knowledge, skill and understanding which can then be built upon in order for them to develop this at an advancing or deep stage in Year 2.

Our Curriculum Implementation

A clearly planned academic curriculum will be planned around the Key Stage One National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

Our learners will be provided with high quality teaching, experiences and resources through engaging and age related topics, themes and inspirational books and texts.

Topics are devised and planned for from the aims and programme of study of the statutory frameworks to ensure that there is a full coverage and repetition of what needs to be taught. The majority of our curriculum content is subject specific and is based around what learners need to know, understand and to be able to do.

Opportunities are provided for them to apply the knowledge, skill and understanding through different experiences and contexts, which provides retrieval practice for previously learned content.

Our curriculum design is built upon the principles and pedagogy which underpin it:

  • Pupils need to acquire basic knowledge, understanding and skills through repetition and progression to ensure these are fluent, built upon and fixed in their long term memory.
  • Pupils and teachers will become an ‘expert’ in subjects gaining age-related core knowledge, understanding, vocabulary and skills which can be transferrable.
  • Teaching needs to be accurately pitched and build on pupils’ prior knowledge to enable them to make sense and make connections and preventing gaps in learning.

Our Curriculum Impact

The curriculum is consistently taught across all classes through repetition and a spiral progressive approach, which as a result learners gain knowledge, understanding and skill to ensure they acquire solid basics and foundations in reading, writing and mathematics and other subject content.

Learners remember what has been taught and use and apply this confidently. Learners are carefully tracked and this is used to ensure learners are on track to reach curriculum outcomes and expectations.

Consequently learners make at least sufficient and sustained progress and the curriculum provides opportunity for immediate, regular and short intervention support to learners identified to need it.

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Curriculum Drivers Aspirations
Aspirations
Curriculum Drivers Basic Skills
Basic Skills
Curriculum Drivers Diversity and Spirituality
Diversity & Spirituality
Curriculum Drivers Growth and Well Being
Growth & Well Being