The curriculum at East Ward Primary School aims to meet the needs of all children in the school by providing a broad and balanced curriculum. We want all children to be able to reach their own individual potential and build upon their strengths, helping them to understand that we believe they can achieve and succeed in their education.
At East Ward Primary School, the curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first-hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers.
Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts, and values. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.
We promote positive emotional health and well-being to help children develop social and emotional skills throughout all subjects and through SMSC and PSHE sessions. As a community school, we celebrate and support our children’s diverse cultural and religious beliefs through our caring and inclusive environment that promotes our school ethos and values of Happy, Successful, Challenged and Proud. In our school we live out these values alongside the British Values to enable our pupils to make informed choices and become respectful individuals.
We use restorative approaches to promote positive behaviours which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success. We nurture, encourage and develop empathy.
Parental involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate the local area, learning new skills to enable the parents and children to take an active role in events throughout the year.
Children leave the school with a sense of belonging to a community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.
East Ward Community Primary School engages all learning styles using a variety of resources including Early Years Outcomes, National Curriculum Statutory Guidance, Character learning, Learning Challenge Curriculum, RE focus questions, Outdoor Learning and enhancement opportunities which support our teaching of the curriculum.
East Ward Primary School has recognised the use of clear, focused learning intentions and success criteria as an effective tool in gaining intended learning outcomes. In lessons, we provide opportunities for study, but we strive to provide as many recall and application activities as possible to support the retention of knowledge and understanding.
At East Ward Primary School, we have Curriculum Teams who oversee, develop, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of their areas within the school across all year groups and phases. These work collaboratively across our trust. Staff are committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences throughout the curriculum. The Support staff have developed their strengths in order to further enhance the quality of learning.
The Learning Challenge concept is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in their work. The intention of our English curriculum is to provide coverage of the National Curriculum objectives within a topic context by using a thematic, key question-based approach in order to provide the children with as many cross-curricular opportunities as possible. Our Writing and Learning Challenge curriculum is resourced through the Focus Education material ‘Focus History and Geography and Science – putting literature at the heart of the curriculum.’ Half termly thematic questions ensure that a knowledge-rich unit is linked to quality literature to improve pupils reading and writing through science, history and geography as well as guaranteeing pupils’ knowledge and understanding.
Learning Challenge is knowledge-rich in its delivery and requires deep thinking and encourages learners to work using a question as the starting point. Time for learners to reflect or review their learning is central to the whole process. Within the Learning Challenge Curriculum, the final subsidiary learning challenge is handed over for learners to reflect on their learning. Although reflection is seen as a concluding part of the prime learning challenge, it is ensured that there are continual opportunities for learners to reflect frequently.
The intention of our Maths curriculum is to provide coverage of the National Curriculum objectives in a cyclical approach to embed each aspect and deepen understanding. Our Maths curriculum is resourced through the Focus Education material ‘A positive approach to the Maths curriculum.’ This approach promotes upside down and inside out mathematics for each year group. The purpose of this is to outline the vital sticky knowledge for each year group which can be revisited again and again. We use a 1,2,3 lesson model to ensure each child makes progress and is challenged at their level. Problem solving and reasoning are both embedded in every maths lesson. In year 3 and 5 we have adopted the LBQ approach (Learning By Questions) which uses an online platform to support our 1,2,3 lesson model.
The intention of our RE curriculum is to develop deep thinking, using a prime learning challenge, expressed as a question as the starting point. Our RE curriculum is resourced through the ‘Focus Education RE Learning Challenge Curriculum’ material. We develop the children’s knowledge, understanding appreciation and respect of the major world faiths. The question-based approach enables children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions, especially those that are the main faiths of children within our school. Children reflect on what it means to have faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help the children learn from religions as well as about religions so that they can: describe, explain, analyse and investigate allowing them to appreciate beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity, meanings and values within and between communities (including their own) and amongst individuals.
Our Music curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in the areas of musical appreciation (listening and discussing), performance on instruments and with voice, composition and recording and evaluating musical performances. We encourage children to focus on the work of great musicians for inspiration and exploration and to build up a repertoire of techniques and approaches that they can apply in their own compositions.
MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
Our MFL curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in the French Language and languages of children attending our school, through regular taught lessons and repeating structures. Children progressively acquire, use and apply a growing bank of vocabulary organised around topics. All of these approaches help to equip our children with the skills to be confident global citizens.
The intention of our Computing curriculum is to embed computing and digital skills across the whole curriculum, this includes being able to use a variety of computer software and coding programmes. Our computing curriculum is resourced through Purple Mash technology which inspires writers, boosts creativity and reinforces core skills. Through a range of applications, children can explore a digital world and extend their knowledge and skills across the curriculum. This is underpinned by E-safety and an ethos of responsible use of ICT, therefore, equipping our children with the skills and understanding to live in a technological world.
East Ward is undergoing a programme of developing our outdoor learning space to take children outside the classroom to make learning more relevant to their lives in the community and wider world. We encourage children to be responsible for and respect the local community and environment giving them a sense of belonging and ownership of the place in which they live. We explore the uses of the local area, integrating subjects so that meaningful activities can be planned and delivered effectively and regularly. We work with our community partners to give children the opportunity to develop community pride.
VISITS AND VISITORS
In the curriculum we recognise that children’s learning is enhanced by different experiences and all year groups are committed to delivering one visit or visitor each term. We offer children a wide range of educational visits which are used to motivate and engage learning which improves retention. Regular visitors in school give the children another perspective on values, attitudes, learning and understanding. These include charities, people from different professions and the community.
The impact of our curriculum is evident in the outcomes for our pupils.