Ward Jackson Primary School

Curriculum statement

Intent

As we are a small, family school we have designed our curriculum - based on the National Cur-riculum - to meet the needs and interest levels of our children and wider school community. We offer a cumulative, knowledge-rich, skills-based curriculum to enable our learners to thrive and become the best that they can be. With levels of 70% + pupil premium, we tailor our curriculum to explicitly expose children to ‘experiences’ which will deepen learning, develop schema and enhance Cultural Capital by enabling them to deploy the appropriate knowledge and skills in any given situation. We are educating children for life in all its fullness. Our curriculum is therefore thematic and holistic in order to nurture ‘the whole child’. High quality literature is placed centrally within our thematic curriculum: "When I read... I can step into someone else's shoes... I can go anywhere I want... I can be whoever I want to be." (Laila – Y3). A love of reading is embedded within our curriculum; we recognise that reading is essential for emotional health and well-being in addition to academic success across the whole curriculum.
Reading is the one ability that, once set in motion, has the capacity to feed itself, to grow exponentially, providing a base from which the possibilities are infinite. (Michael Morpurgo) Our curriculum offer nurtures and empowers pupils to become the best that they can be. Meta-cognition is taught in conjunction with ‘traditional’ subject content which will be necessary in secondary education, higher education and future employment. The pace of change is increasing: the world of 2030 will be very different to the world of today. As a school, we are therefore continually reflective in our ever-evolving curriculum offers. We invest a significant amount of time in monitoring, review and evaluation of teaching, learning and curriculum.

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 and space

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.

Mission statement

At Ward Jackson Church of England Primary School our goal is to provide and outstanding place of teaching and learning. A place where all learners thrive in a nurturing, safe and intellectually challenging Christian environment, being empowered to flourish for the rest of their lives.

General principles

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• 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
• experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning
• develop new skills through a variety of interesting contexts
• develop a rich and deep subject knowledge
• develop and demonstrate their creativity
• explore the breadth and depth of the national curriculum
• learn within a coherent and progressive framework

Purpose

We are educating for:

• Wisdom, knowledge and skills • Hope and Aspiration • Dignity and Respect • Community

SMSC/FBV

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• Democracy - Be part of a system where everyone plays an equal part
• Individual liberty - Be free to express views or ideas
• Tolerance and respect - To respect and tolerate the opinions or behaviour of others
• Rule of law - Learn that all people and institutions are subject to and accountable for their actions and behaviour
• Cultural - Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity
• 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
• Social - Use a range of social skills to participate in the local community and beyond; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict
• Moral - Recognise right and wrong and respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views

Purpose

We are educating for:

• Wisdom, knowledge and skills • Hope and Aspiration • Dignity and Respect • Community

Well-being

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• follow their own interests and be themselves
• work in a range of groups and settings
• build respectful friendships
• recognise that people are good at different things
• reflect and think mindfully about their learning
• learn how to respect themselves and others
• learn in a peaceful and supportive environment
• develop self-esteem and confidence in their abilities

Purpose

We are educating for:

• Wisdom, knowledge and skills • Hope and Aspiration • Dignity and Respect • Community

Pupil voice

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• make a positive contribution to the school and local community
• explore ways of becoming an active citizen
• say what they like and dislike about their learning
• take part in age-appropriate discussions
• make choices about things that are important to them
• contribute to planning their own learning
• take part in democratic activities across the curriculum
• express their opinions on a range of different topics and issues

Purpose

We are educating for:

• Wisdom, knowledge and skills • Hope and Aspiration • Dignity and Respect • Community

Pedagogy

Our curriculum will be taught through a pedagogy that:

• promotes problem solving, creativity and communication
• excites, promotes and sustains children’s interest
• enables and fosters children’s natural curiosity
• enables children to reflect on and evaluate their learning
• promotes innovation and entrepreneurialism
• offers all children a memorable experience at the start of every topic

Purpose

We are educating for:

• Wisdom, knowledge and skills • Hope and Aspiration • Dignity and Respect • Community

Enrichment

We will enrich our curriculum by:

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

Purpose

We are educating for:

• Wisdom, knowledge and skills • Hope and Aspiration • Dignity and Respect • Community

Entitlement

Pupil Group Educational visits (off-site) Educational visitors (on-site) Residential visits Outdoor learning (e.g. Forest Schools) Arts and culture Community and partnership learning Specialist curriculum days
Tugboats 3 sessions 1 sessions 2 sessions 1 sessions 4 sessions
Nursery 3 sessions 3 sessions 1 sessions 2 sessions 1 sessions 4 sessions
Reception 3 sessions 3 sessions 1 sessions 2 sessions 1 sessions 4 sessions
Year 1 3 sessions 3 sessions 1 sessions 2 sessions 1 sessions 4 sessions
Year 2 3 sessions 3 sessions 1 sessions 2 sessions 1 sessions 4 sessions
Year 3 3 sessions 3 sessions 1 sessions 2 sessions 1 sessions 4 sessions
Year 4 3 sessions 3 sessions 1 sessions 2 sessions 1 sessions 4 sessions
Year 5 3 sessions 3 sessions 5 sessions 1 sessions 2 sessions 1 sessions 4 sessions
Year 6 3 sessions 3 sessions 5 sessions 1 sessions 2 sessions 1 sessions 4 sessions
Totals 24 sessions 27 sessions 10 sessions 9 sessions 18 sessions 9 sessions 36 sessions