At Glasshouses Primary School, our curriculum is based on the Year 2014 Edition of the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 & 2 and the Early Years Foundation Stage framework in Reception 2012 National Curriculum Early Years Curriculum
We are passionate in our aims to help our children to become real learners. We recognise that in a fast changing world our learners will need to be able to work independently and with others. Through the ethos of the school and the curriculum children are encouraged to develop learning skills and behaviours which will help them to be confident, capable and creative life-long learners. This is echoed in our GROWTH MINSET APPROACH within school.
The school uses a cross-curricular /Theme approach to teaching and learning. This means that skills, knowledge and understanding across a range of subjects are brought together and form a theme of learning. Within the theme, children are able to practise, apply and develop their literacy and numeracy skills in other curriculum areas, the skills taught will be differentiated for their year group and the ability of the pupils.
For phonics teaching in FS/KS1 we use a mixture of schemes from Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Big Cat Phonics, Oxford Reading Tree.
Our ‘Long Term Plans’ show each year group’s overview of themes and curriculum learning (see the curriculum page – to be updated July 2018).
We want the curriculum to enable our children to become: At Glasshouses we have the very highest expectations for the academic success of our pupils and for their excitement in learning. Our goal is exceptional Teaching & Learning to equip the pupils with the skills, knowledge and understanding to be able to make informed choices about the important things in their lives.
Quality of teaching is the foundation on which our school’s success rests, and we must be uncompromising in every lesson about striving for the very best for all our pupils and :
- Promote our vision of the very highest standards of academic success by ensuring the pitch of our teaching is such that it stretches the understanding of all pupils.
- Ensure consistency across year groups; key stages and subjects and allow the pupils to systematically build on their prior learning
- Ensure all children are inspired, motivated and engaged by learning which is presented in context
- Ensure that pupils have the opportunity for deep practice of core skills
- Ensure that there is a highly effective feedback loop allowing pupils to self-regulate their learning and that there is high quality feedback from teachers and other adults to move learning on.
- Ensure that our teaching meets and exceeds the expectations set out in the National Curriculum (2014).
We want children to:
+Be inspired to learn through a curriculum which is exciting and relevant to them.
+Develop qualities of mind such as imagination, creativity and feeling.
+ confident, resilient and take an active role in their learning and progress, skills for life and the motivation to succeed
+ caring individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
+ Make a positive contribution by developing moral standards and ethical values in order to respect others and live as part of a school and wider community
+We want our children to remember their learning through discovery, fun and adventure!
What is the rationale for the school’s curriculum?
The school strives to offer a curriculum that gives children the best possible start to their education by developing their independence, curiosity, imagination and desire to learn; We want each child to leave our school with a memorable collection of learning experiences.
The school endeavours to provide a stimulating learning environment, offering a variety of exciting learning opportunities and experiences within a broad and balanced curriculum.
The curriculum promotes our common values, whilst valuing our differences within the school and the wider community.
How is your curriculum planned?
The school curriculum is planned through topic based themes; addressing the National curriculum objectives. Cross-curricular links are explored in order to enhance, excite and form connections in children’s knowledge and understanding.
In Early Years we plan our environment to support our chosen topic.
How do we ensure our curriculum is broad, balanced and enriches children’s learning?
The school ensures coverage of all National Curriculum objectives through a topic based cycle. However, we supplement and boost our children’s learning experiences through a range of additional memorable experiences such as: residential trips, visits and trips, invited guests, community events, sporting competitions, breakfast club and after school clubs, as well as lunchtime activities; creating for each pupil, a memorable collection of learning experiences.
In Early Years the analysis of summative data ensures we meet the needs of the children within all areas of learning; adapting the unit appropriately.
How does our curriculum meet our children’s needs?
The curriculum promotes our common values, whilst valuing our differences within the school and the wider community; valuing diversity and ensuring our children are aware of local and global issues.
In Early Years, the learning environment allows children to access the curriculum in a safe and supported manner. The environment reflects the current needs of the children and constantly adapts to ensure it meets their ever changing needs.
Opportunities to apply knowledge and skills across the curriculum?
In Early Years, our curriculum values and promotes all areas of learning, cradling and nurturing all talents: art, sport, mathematics and literacy.
Our thematic approach. allows children to explore links across the curriculum; enhancing and exciting their learning.
Children are also involved in whole school issues which make a difference to their daily lives in school. For example, the Pupil Leadership teams, House groups and other school group to share in the decision making of new initiatives.
How we evaluate and monitor the impact of the curriculum?
Subject leaders monitor their subjects at least annually through lesson observations, book scrutiny, learning walks, discussions with children and listening to staff’s views about how improvements can be made. This information is shared with the subject’s link Governor who reports back to the Full Governing Body.
Areas for development are subsequently added to the School Development Plan, which is shared with all staff in school, including support staff. The SDP is reviewed termly by the Leadership Team.
In Early Years we identify the impact of the curriculum through data analysis, on-going observations and aligned with whole school subject leadership.
The National Curriculum
The National Curriculum sets out the minimum content for our curriculum. Please use the links below to find out what our children will be taught.
Follow this link to the Department of Education website.