Our Curriculum is our plan of all of the exciting and purposeful learning that we intend should take place.
Although it is planned it is not set in stone; it is flexible and children and teaching staff have the freedom to change direction when it is appropriate. We want the children at Bladon to be talking about their learning, even before anyone asks the 'what did you do (we are promoting learning) today question?' Our children are hungry and topics are engaging and question rich. We have invested in asking the children what they wanted to learn and how they prefer learning. We plan to engage children at the beginning with something memorable and we aim to produce something as an outcome at the end of each of our topics.
This is our Creative Curriculum. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the numerous extra curricular activities that the School organises in order to enrich the children's experience. It also includes the 'hidden curriculum' - what the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. At Bladon Church of England Primary School we want children to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co- operate with others, while at the same time developing their knowledge and skills, in order to achieve their true potential.
We set the highest standards of attainment for all our children. We also value the breadth of the curriculum that we provide. We foster creativity in our children, and to help them become independent learners. Above all we believe in making learning enjoyable, motivating, fun and PURPOSEFUL!
Documents for Parents to Provide Support for the School's Curriculum
Our school curriculum is underpinned by the values that we adhere to at Bladon Church of England Primary School. The curriculum is the means by which the school achieves its objective of educating children in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives. Our Values are; Respect, Spirituality, Health and Happiness, Creativity, Community and Connected Learning, Teamwork and Confidence. We do not have a set agenda as to when these values are looked at. The staff and the children look carefully at what is happening in school and we respond with what is meaningful.
The aims of our school curriculum are:
- to enable all children to learn, and develop their skills and to be successful in their own way
- to promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning
- to teach children the basic skills of literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT)
- to enable children to be creative and to develop their own thinking
- to teach children about the developing world, including how their environment and society have changed over time
- to help children understand Britain's cultural heritage
- to appreciate and value the contribution made by all ethnic groups in our multi-cultural society
- to enable children to be positive citizens
- to fulfill all the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Oxfordshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education
- to teach children to have an awareness of their own spiritual development and to distinguish right from wrong
- to help children understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all to enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem, and to live and work cooperatively with others.
Organisation and Planning
We plan our curriculum in three phases. We agree a long-term plan for each key stage. This indicates what topics are to be taught in each term, and to which groups of children. We review this long-term plan on an annual basis. Our short-term plans are those that our teachers write on a weekly or daily basis. We do not have a set structure for planning. We believe that every teacher plans in their own way and this is what works for our school. We promote individuality with children and with our staff. We use these to set out the learning objectives for each session, and to identify what resources and activities we are going to use in the lesson. Inclusion The curriculum in our school is designed to be accessed by all children who attend the school. If we think it necessary to modify some children's access to the curriculum, in order to meet their needs, then we do this only after their parents have been consulted. If children have special needs, our school does all it can to meet the individual needs, and we comply with the requirements set out in the current SEN Code of Practice. If a child displays signs of having special needs, then his/her teacher makes an assessment of this need. In most instances the teacher is able to provide the resources and educational opportunities that meet the child's needs, within normal class organisation. If a child's need is more severe, we consider the child for more focused and specialised support, and we involve the appropriate external agencies in making an assessment. We always provide additional resources and support for children with special needs.
As we are a small school our Curriculum is monitored in a concise way. Our leadership team has 4 main roles: Headteacher overseeing the Curriculum and its impact Our FS and KS1 coordinator who monitors the curriculum in this area Higher attaining children and how they are being challenged within our Curriculum Our SENCO takes the responsibility for ensuring how children who require additional support with our Curriculum get the right support Our Governing Body's curriculum committee is responsible for monitoring the way the school curriculum is implemented. This committee reviews each subject area during its cycle of review and development.