“With many schools reporting that they feel under pressure to make artificial choices between academic rigour and the well being of their pupils, our message is that there is no such distinction – a good education must promote life in all its fullness”
As children progress on their learning journey we want to ensure that they become:
in the whole national curriculum, making exceptional progress in all subjects; learning more and remembering more.
so that they learn to live well together, underpinned by Christian and British values.
so that they thrive in their learning and know how to use creative skills to apply their knowledge.
so that they can drive forward their own learning, know what progress they are making and make decisions with the teacher about what to do to improve.
so that they have the character and skills to apply what they have learnt to the challenges of the 21st Century and are well prepared for their next stage of education.
We will deliver our curriculum vision for the future by:
- Educating for wisdom, knowledge and skills
- Educating for community and living well together
- Educating for dignity and respect
- Educating for hope and aspiration
(Because we adopted this vision in September 2018 our Leadership Team are currently working to see how we can implement it and measure its impact.)
There are three important documents that help teachers and leaders decide what should be taught.
1. The National Curriculum detailing the programmes of study and expectations for each year group
2. Re-syllabus following the agreed syllabus published by the Church of England Diocesan Board: Durham
We have looked at these documents and produced progression plans which describe what we want children to know. In some subjects we also say how we want children to apply what they know – these are the skills they will be taught. Links to each progression document can be found further down this page.
We are constantly reviewing our curriculum to make sure that the knowledge and skills we intend children to learn are presented to them in a context that is relevant to them and equips them for their next stage of education.
To do this we implement the curriculum using the following teaching and organisational strategies:
- using specialist teachers for Physical Education and Design Technology.
- Making sure that every class has access to visiting professionals to ‘hook’ the children into learning.
- Running a number of community projects to prepare children for life in modern Britain.
- Teaching as much as possible using first-hand experience, multiple visits off-site and ‘hands-on learning’.
- Review our curriculum through pedagogical and theological debate.
To measure the impact of our curriculum we have a straightforward programme of pre and post assessment tasks linked to the progression documents. We are currently researching better ways to assess, record and share the progress that children so that we can more easily share all of the aspects of learning with parents.
Reception Class Planning Document
Year 1 to Year 6 Planning Documents
These prompt posters help teachers and children remember what to put into certain types of writing. You can use them at home with your children as well as us using them in the classroom.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PE)
PLEASE NOTE: PE, MUSIC and Personal,Social, Emotional & Health Education are taught from schemes of work which we cannot publish here. They are available in school should you wish to view them. Please ask to see them if you are interested.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR CURRICULUM either as a member of the public or a parent, please do not hesitate to contact the school – details are on the home page of this website.