Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Intent Statement

Intent

We aim to ensure that the curriculum taught at Wendron C of E Primary School is not only broad and balanced, but most importantly engages and inspires our children to learn.

Our curriculum is based on Cornerstones Curriculum 22. This ensures we have coverage and progression so that children build knowledge and skills in order to enable them to know more and remember more. Teachers have chosen projects that will engage learners. The curriculum is designed around ‘big ideas’ these are a series of overarching, broad concepts and themes that help to establish and articulate the purpose of the curriculum. Having big ideas in your curriculum also gives children a broader, more global context for their learning.

 

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 every day 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 Wendron C of E School our vision is of being a place where everyone can live life in all its fullness. This underpins everything that we do. We believe that every child and adult in our school community has the right to blossom into the person that God calls them to be. Our vision recognizes the importance and need of each individual child to flourish academically, spiritually and emotionally. This is at the heart of our curriculum and reflected in our Christian values, shaping our learning, and enabling us to grow together as a community.

 

General principles

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning

• see clear links between different aspects of their learning

• learn within a coherent and progressive framework

RHSE

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

  • 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
  • Cultural - Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity
  • Tolerance and respect - To respect and tolerate the opinions or behaviour of others

Well-being

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• reflect and think mindfully about their learning

• develop self-esteem and confidence in their abilities

• learn how to respect themselves and others

 

Pupil voice

Our curriculum will give children the opportunity to:

• express their opinions on a range of different topics and issues

• make a positive contribution to the school and local community

Pedagogy

Our curriculum will be taught through a pedagogy that:

• excites, promotes and sustains children’s interest

• promotes problem solving, creativity and communication

• enables and fosters children’s natural curiosity

Enrichment

We will enrich our curriculum by:

• using quality resources in and out of the classroom

• providing on and off-site subject or topic related activities

• welcoming parents and carers to take part in children’s learning and experience

 

 

Implementation of Curriculum

The new curriculum has been introduced at the start of this term. Teachers are using it to plan from. A planning proforma has been introduced and a format for medium term planning as shown below:

 

 

Teachers are already adapting the planning to our individual context. This has included visits to enrich the children’s experience of their projects.