‘Growing together on our learning journey’
Our belief is that all children, regardless of their background, learn best when they are happy, secure and engaged. Our values and ethos are the basis for the development of the whole child academically, emotionally, morally, socially and spiritually. We achieve this through appropriate, challenging activities to help them develop as reflective learners. Our inclusive curriculum is personalised for all learners and delivered in a way in which every child is accepted and valued for their individuality. Children say they are given 'a chance to shine'.
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum which is coherently sequenced to enable every child to build on prior knowledge by making connections and through a range of experiences to reach clearly defined end points. Our curriculum is designed and sequenced in order to develop them as lifelong learners by encouraging their independence and curiosity. By developing this essential knowledge and cultural capital, the children can be active and responsible citizens, making a successful contribution to society.
A clearly thought out progression of the curriculum, encompassing national and West Sussex expectations, enables children to learn a range of concepts that are consolidated and developed as they advance through the school allowing them to flourish.
Clear strategic planning allows our curriculum to be dynamic. We use the context of the school and local environment as well as the children’s needs and interests to enhance the curriculum. Key questions of enquiry are used for subjects through which children are given opportunities to make judgements about and share their learning.
Teacher subject knowledge is fundamental to the successful teaching of our curriculum. Teachers are supported by subject leaders to develop their curriculum pedagogy. Subject leaders are developing knowledge organisers for subjects taught, outlining key concepts and vocabulary, to ensure a depth of knowledge and progression across the year groups.
Teaching and learning is responsive to children’s needs. A range of approaches are used including opportunities for choice in presentation, subject matter and learning. We use high quality resources to inspire and engage children in their learning such as artefacts, photographs, texts, films and paintings. Trips and visits are carefully planned to enrich learning and to ensure children have a wide range of experiences.
Reading is the foundation stone of knowledge. Therefore, key texts used in English link to our subjects and topics which increases children’s exposure to subject specific concepts and vocabulary in a variety of contexts. Please see our ‘English’ page for information on how we implement reading.
Children reflect on their learning independently and through discussions with teachers. Feedback allows them to identify next steps for improvement and teachers adapt their teaching accordingly.
Leaders monitor throughout the year to gauge the impact of the curriculum design and to identify successes and highlight areas of development.
As they grow on their learning journey, children acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to achieve well academically, emotionally, morally, socially and spiritually and be ready for the next stage of their education.
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