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:
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.
At Normanton All Saints Infant School we teach the National Curriculum in KS1 and the EYFS Development Matters in Foundation Stage. Teachers plan lessons using subject specific objectives, they use these focused objectives to plan sequential lessons that build upon prior knowledge and develop pupils vocabulary. Topics begin with a ‘big’ question and are 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.
Subject leaders plan wider curriculum subjects alongside class teachers producing coherent medium term plans for each subject ensuring the curriculum is taught fully, that objectives are revisited and repeated, that it is progressive and that teaching is sequential and develops children’s vocabulary. Repetition is key feature ensuring that knowledge, understanding and skills become ‘fixed’ in children’s long term memory. The curriculum is planned using research as a driver this includes the research by Ebbinghaus into memory and the forgetting curve and Alex Quigley’s research into vocabulary development.
Teaching will focus on basic skills and 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
In each session teaching will provide pupils with opportunity to recap prior learning, provide clear modelling (I do, we do) and provide opportunity for children to apply the taught knowledge, skills and understanding through different experiences and contexts, which provides retrieval practice for previously learned content.
Children receive high quality feedback throughout the lesson and have opportunity to make changes to their work improving it as a result. The curriculum focuses on the development of basic skills and there is opportunity throughout the school day for children to become fluent in reading, writing and mathematics this includes time for phonic speed sound recaps and mental maths sessions in addition to daily subject specific teaching.
Classrooms are designed to promote independence this includes access to resources such as letter strips and wordcards which children can select independently. Displays aid teaching and are used by pupils to support their learning, for example pupils use the working wall in literacy to explore different word types selecting these for their writing. High quality provision is used across KS1 building on the principles of the EYFS.
Our curriculum design is built upon the principles and pedagogy which underpin it:
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. Subject leaders alongside Senior Leaders monitor teaching in their subjects and use observation, work sampling and pupil voice to evaluate the quality of teaching.
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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