Our curriculum is rooted in the geographical and socio-economic context of our two small schools.
We live our vision statement: Work together, Grow together, Flourish together in that our children benefit from two schools working and sharing together towards the benefit of all of our children.
As a school we aim to have a curriculum that achieves the following:
A curriculum where high levels of literacy and oracy are paramount towards supporting all children to access their learning at all levels
Strong foundations in numeracy across the curriculum; through a maths mastery approach
Offers a wide and multi-cultured view of all learning experiences wherever possible
Contrasts our relatively rural and small town context to other areas of the country and world to give opportunity to compare and celebrate differences
To challenge levels of aspiration across all areas of the school community to ensure our children strive for the best possible outcomes
To celebrate local history, people, and geography so that we understand where we come from and what makes us unique
Inspires and motivates our children to engage in their learning across all classes
Engages our children with the outdoors in all aspects of the curriculum
Prepare our children for life beyond the classroom
Engage with our parents to bring them along with their child’s learning
To develop a sense of ‘Growth mindset’ across our school communities to support a life of learning
To give our children an entitlement to opportunities that that might not experience at home
Performance – compete and perform in front of a wider audience
As small schools, we often arrange our themes on a two-year rolling cycle to ensure that our mixed year classes benefit from a balance of learning and experience across their time in the primary phase of learning. This two year cycle is complimented by a spiral approach towards curriculum knowledge and understanding to embed long-term learning.
We deliver the curriculum through:
Readers across the curriculum
Raising the awareness of our multi-cultural position in society
Incorporating technology – 1:1 iPads incorporates this into all aspects of learning
Regular outdoor learning experiences
We believe in fostering an intrinsically motivated love of learning. We celebrate success points along each child’s learning journey through:
Weekly celebrations of learning
Displays – both in and out of the classrooms
Social media – our school Facebook feed is an active recognition of ongoing learning
Purposeful outcomes and tangible ends that children can be proud of
Critical evaluators - what we have done and how to improve next time
Celebration and recognition of ‘Positive Learning Behaviours’ this includes the elements of resilience, growth mindset, meta-cognition and emotional well-being.