Generated on 25 Nov 2020

Newton Regis C of E Primary and Nursery School

Curriculum statement

Intent

Here at Newton Regis CofE Primary School we follow the National Curriculum (2014) through Cornerstones which explores the breadth and depth of the National Curriculum, develops a rich and deep subject knowledge, develops new skills through a variety of interesting contexts and allows children to develop self esteem and confidence in their abilities.

The goal of our curriculum is to deepen the children's understanding and engagement in learning through our thematic termly topics. Enrichment permeates through our curriculum and is available to all pupils through the use of 'Wow immersion days', visits, visitors, good curricular links and out of school activities.

Children love to end their topics with 'Celebration' events where parents, families and friends are invited to come and find out about the learning that has taken place.

Ofsted 2019 highlighted "The curriculum is vibrant. It is enriched with a wide range of first-hand, learning experiences through visits and visitors. For example, when studying the book, ‘Owl Babies’, a visit from a local falconry expert allowed pupils to experience for themselves young owls in their school. The older pupils found their visits to the National Memorial Arboretum and The Staffordshire Regiment Museum enhanced their learning about World War II"

Big ideas

Humankind

Understanding what it means to be human and how human behaviour has shaped the world.

Processes

Understanding the many dynamic and physical processes that shape the world.

Creativity

Understanding the creative process and how everyday and exceptional creativity can shape the world.

Investigation

Understanding the importance of investigation and how this has led to significant change in the world.

Materials

Understanding the properties of all matter, living and non-living.

Nature

Understanding the complexities of the plant and animal species that inhabit the world.

Place

Understanding the visual, cultural, social, and environmental aspects of places around the world.

Comparison

Understanding how and why things are the same or different.

Significance

Understanding why significant people, places, events and inventions matter and how they have shaped the world.

Change

Understanding why and how things have changed over time.

General principles

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• explore the breadth and depth of the national curriculum
• experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning
• develop new skills through a variety of interesting contexts
• develop a rich and deep subject knowledge
• learn within a coherent and progressive framework
• develop and demonstrate their creativity
• see clear links between different aspects of their learning
• understand the purpose and value of their learning and see its relevance to their past, present and future

SMSC/FBV

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• Tolerance and respect - To respect and tolerate the opinions or behaviour of others
• Spiritual - Explore beliefs, experience and faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity and reflect on experiences
• Moral - Recognise right and wrong and respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views
• Social - Use a range of social skills to participate in the local community and beyond; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict
• Cultural - Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity
• Rule of law - Learn that all people and institutions are subject to and accountable for their actions and behaviour
• Individual liberty - Be free to express views or ideas

Well-being

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• develop self-esteem and confidence in their abilities
• learn how to respect themselves and others
• reflect and think mindfully about their learning
• recognise that people are good at different things
• work in a range of groups and settings

Pupil voice

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• make a positive contribution to the school and local community
• say what they like and dislike about their learning
• take part in age-appropriate discussions
• express their opinions on a range of different topics and issues
• make choices about things that are important to them

Pedagogy

Our curriculum will be taught through a pedagogy that:

• offers all children a memorable experience at the start of every topic
• excites, promotes and sustains children’s interest
• enables and fosters children’s natural curiosity
• promotes problem solving, creativity and communication

Enrichment

We will enrich our curriculum by:

• welcoming parents and carers to take part in children’s learning and experiences
• holding specialist curriculum days or weeks
• providing on and off-site subject or topic related activities
• using quality resources in and out of the classroom
• offering opportunities for children to learn outdoors
• developing partnerships with external providers that extend children’s opportunities for learning