Our Curriculum Statement

Together we; Explore, Believe and Achieve

Intent

At Eckington Junior School the curriculum is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all learners. Every child is recognised as a unique individual. Our curriculum design is broad and balanced and progressively builds on skills, knowledge and conceptual understanding year on year.

Before developing our curriculum we asked staff, children and parents to voice their opinions regarding the content of the curriculum. This has given everyone in the school community a sense of ownership of the skills and knowledge that they are learning through the new curriculum.

Our curriculum encourages our children to;

  • be independent,
  • be knowledgeable
  • be critical thinkers,
  • be creative,
  • be confident,
  • be team players

We aim to build resilience and encourage a positive mindset amongst our children as it is often through mistakes we learn the most.

We 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.  

Our curriculum is designed with knowledge at its heart which the children then have opportunities to embed through a skills based approach. Creative, whole school planning ensures that cross curricular links are made and the National Curriculum 2014 Programmes of Study for KS2 are allocated to the topics. Hooks for learning and experiential learning opportunities engage all children and address social disadvantage. Each topic is designed to have an authentic outcome which gives learning a real purpose.

 

Implementation

The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school. A creative curriculum approach is being implemented in school to ensure coverage and progression in a number of curriculum areas. 

The curriculum provides children with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills.  

National requirements and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school by SLT, and subject leaders and Lower and Upper phases plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly.

Where possible, teachers organise each term's learning under a ’topic’. They plan lessons to ensure the children make connections across a variety of subjects.

The curriculum is planned thoroughly, starting with the children's current knowledge and skills, so that real progress can be made and measured.

Each term there are opportunities for visits and visitors to enrich the learning and create lasting memories via real experiences

Each topic/area of learning will start with a hook for learning.

Children’s prior knowledge is assessed at the outset of the topic and learning planned accordingly.

At the end of each topic, there is an authentic outcome which provides real purpose 

At Eckington Junior School we actively promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of British Values. These are taught explicitly through PSHE, Jigsaw and RE and our curriculum provides opportunities for children to explore these values.

A primary focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, create a sense of personal pride in achievement, and provide a purpose and relevance for learning.

Subject leaders (Reading, Writing and Maths) play an important part in the success of the curriculum by leading a regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and review. As a whole staff team we monitor, evaluate and review other subjects and look at ways to develop them further.

 

Impact

Monitoring and Evaluation

A curriculum subject leader (along with all members of staff) is responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of their own subject area.  The information from the monitoring and evaluation then forms the basis of the impact assessment for that curriculum area.

The Senior Leadership Team have responsibility for assessing the intent, implementation and impact of the whole curriculum that we offer here at Eckington Junior School.  As a whole staff team we regularly work on curriculum development and skills progression across school.

The impact of the curriculum is based on work / book scrutiny, pupil voice and discussions, outcomes in lessons and assessments and the quality of teaching and learning.

Children have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events.

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