The curriculum should enable pupils to think creatively and critically to solve problems and make a difference for the better. It should give them the opportunity to become creative, innovative, enterprising and capable of leadership to equip them for their future lives as workers and citizens. [National Curriculum; May 2000]
We aim to focus on raising standards while not being afraid to combine that with making learning fun, combining excellence in teaching with enjoyment of learning. [Excellence and Enjoyment; May 2003]
The Creative Curriculum has been organised into integrated topics running on a two year cycle. Each topic has been given a key focus; e.g., The Tudors = History; Reach for the Stars = Science, Jewel in the East = Geography, and links have been made to other curricular areas within the topic and curricular focus. The topic should have a WOW title! Teachers will use the agreed formats for medium and short-term topic planning.
Opportunities for Speaking and Listening are optimised and basic skills are delivered through this holistic approach to teaching.
The use of ICT is encouraged in all topic areas as a subject in its own right and in both the teaching of the topic and in the opportunities for children’s independent learning.
Each class teacher is responsible for the delivery of the curriculum through a ‘topic based’ approach which incorporates key skills as set out in the National Curriculum and the Literacy Framework. Although links can be made with all subjects, the following subjects are taught as dedicated, discrete sessions:
- Numeracy – Maths skills are key to developing everyday skills although links can be made to the curriculum through data handling, position, measurement, especially in Science, DT and Geography.
- Aspects of Literacy – Phonics, Guided Reading and Handwriting are taught as discrete subjects as they build up basic skills.
- RE – in accordance with the school RE guidance and diocesan guidelines although links with topics have been made where appropriate.
- PE –. supported by the National Curriculum, although links with topics have been made where appropriate
- MFL – French – supported by the Primary Framework and L.A schemes of work and links with topics made where possible.
Teaching staff are encouraged to broaden the experience of the topics for the children through off-site visits, visitors into school and shared experiences of the wider school community, e.g., involvement with parents and school links etc.
Children’s achievements are celebrated regularly through the school newsletters, displays in classrooms and shared areas, structured play and interactive displays and opportunities where children are encouraged to share their knowledge with the rest of the school/ class.
Two year topic cycle.