All pupils, regardless of gender or ability make good progress ... and by Year 5 they (the pupils) consistently exceed the levels expected of Year 6 pupils.' Ofsted
Long Whatton’s Curriculum Principles and Purpose
Our curriculum will deliver cultural capital, giving our children the best possible start to their education and future success. Through our curriculum our children will be able to see clear links and sequencing between different aspects of their learning. They will understand the purpose and value of their learning and see its relevance to their past, present and future. They will experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning, developing skills and demonstrating their creativity through a variety of interesting contexts. They will develop a rich and deep subject knowledge.
We believe that our children should enjoy learning beyond the classroom. We provide our children with on and off site subject or topic related activities that engage them in their learning. We aim for children to have at least 3 trips across the academic year and a residential opportunity for years 2-6. We regularly welcome parents and carers into school to take part in children’s learning and experiences.
Our curriculum offers all of our children a memorable experience at the start of every topic. Our curriculum promotes innovation, problem solving, creativity and good communication. It enables and fosters children’s natural curiosity. It enables children to reflect on, evaluate and build on their learning.
Our curriculum encourages our children to make a positive contribution to the school and local community. Our children are encouraged to express their opinions, respectfully, on a range of different topics and issues, understanding and respecting the opinion of others. They are confident to share what they like and dislike about their learning.
Our children are encouraged to build respectful relationships and to recognise that we are good at different things. We build their self-esteem and confidence in their abilities in a peaceful, supportive, family environment.
The Busy BeesTribe - (EYFS) is for children who will be 5 years old in the academic year they start school. Our Foundation classes are usually small, allowing close tuition and strong relationships to form between teachers and children. Our outdoor provision is highly stimulating, and our pupils have a large exciting natural environment in which to learn. We are very proud of the developments in this area.
Our KS1 children (Yrs1 and 2 - Currently the Shooting Stars) enjoy an extended classroom area with the all important access to the outdoor environment.
Our KS2 children (YEARS 3, 4 - The Flying Falcons and YEARS 5, 6 - The Phoenix Tribe) are expected to set a good example to others and to carry out duties around our school. Just like our infant classes, all children have access to a range of ICT, including SMART boards, computers and digital cameras. We have dedicated ICT and Music teachers to offer expertise in these areas.
A curriculum for the Future...
In-service training, regular staff meetings and close links with other schools ensure that there is a good match between teaching, learning and the requirements of the revised National Curriculum, but we aim to offer more that this. We have a flexible and creative curriculum, which harnesses the skills and interests of staff and pupils to provide rich learning experiences. It is important to learn the skills associated with history and geography and the other traditional foundation subjects but we believe that as long as there is a clear framework, that these skills can be taught better through cross curricular themes and topics with an emphasis on creativity, investigation and making connections. Here at Long Whatton we provide a broad and balanced curriculum based around the Cornerstones Curriculum, a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children. The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 primary national curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. It is based on a child-centred pedagogy called The Four Cornerstones and is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of children’s learning.
We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our curriculum provides many learning challenges throughout the academic year that require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively.
Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age-related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
Long Whatton also offers children lots of opportunities to engage in music throughout the school. The children sing often at the school; during school assemblies and to celebrate key events throughout the Christian Year. Key Stage 2 children also participate in a “Collaborative Performance” with the other local primary schools at Castle Donington College – parents are invited along to hear the family of schools sing songs from shows or musicals. In addition, children have the opportunity to sing at the LG Arena in Birmingham with around 4,000 other children in what is an amazing evening of singing and live entertainment with Young Voices.
Key Stage 2 children learn a selection of instruments often with specialist teachers. The Year 3 children experience a range of instruments as they are introduced to the ukulele and the recorder. In the summer term all the children have fun playing the African drums and private piano, guitar, ukelele and recorder lessons are also available within the school day. All this is addition to the music curriculum delivered by a specialist music teacher!
We have recently purchased a new exciting resource called ‘Grammar Hammer' to improve grammar skills.Each week all pupils complete a grammar test which includes 25 questions based on different elements of grammar.
Teacher’s mark the grammar hammer, then return it to pupils. At the bottom of the Grammar Hammer sheet, pupils’ scores are converted into colours…red, yellow and green. Pupils strive to be green and enjoy beating last week’s score, aiming to get their own personal best.Assertive Mentoring
No Nonsense Spelling is a complete spelling programme designed to meet the needs of the 2014 National Curriculum. The programme is an effective spelling teaching programme from Year 2 to Year 6. The daily programme breaks down the requirements of the National Curriculum into strands with individual lesson plans and resources and develops children's spelling strategies across the school.
Our curriculum is based upon the following documents:
- The Revised National Curriculum for September 2014
- Chris Quigley Essentials
- White Rose Mathematics
- Cornerstones Curriculum
- Grammar Hammer