Curriculum & Assessment -

Curriculum

‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’

Nelson Mandela

Our Curriculum

‘Love to learn ….. Learn to love’

We are very proud of our curriculum.

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Intent
The core intention of our curriculum is for our children to develop a deep body of knowledge and skills through engaging and memorable learning experiences which encourage all children to ask ‘big’ questions and develop Independence and resilience in their learning.

Children will learn through a thematic, enquiry based curriculum that still maintains the integrity of subject disciplines. The curriculum will support children to develop a very rich vocabulary. Through clear, planned progression, the curriculum has woven knowledge, skills, vocabulary and concepts throughout all the enquiries studied. The curriculum has strong links with the local area and the UK and makes links to significant people and places within the locality.  Click the following link to see the visual representation of our curriculum concepts – Curriculum Concepts.

Our curriculum prepares children to live in their world and to be able to contribute as knowledgeable and responsible citizens. Church values and British values are integral to our the curriculum and contribute to the legacy that we give to the world through the generations of children that ‘love to learn and learn to love’  at our school. All of our children are entitled to an education that builds cultural capital and gives them  the chance to access the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.

Implementation
In primary schools within The Priory Learning Trust (TPLT), we teach the National Curriculum 2018 through 21 x 12 week learning enquiries over seven years; three per year for each year group.

Learning Enquiry One Learning Enquiry Two Learning Enquiry Three
EYFS What would you like to be when you grow up? Who can be a Superhero? Would you be friends with a pirate?
Year One What’s around me? What’s it made of? What made Weston super?
Year Two Who is the greatest explorer? Who made the most difference? What is Life?
Year Three Who settled here first? Could you live without electricity? Can things grow in a desert?
Year Four What would Britain be like if the Romans hadn’t invaded? Is the natural world dangerous? What does it mean to be human?
Year Five How green is our planet? Where is space? Why were the Vikings vicious?
Year Six Why do we remember? Who holds the power? Should we adapt?

 

Impact
The impact of our curriculum will be measured by ascertaining how much children know and can do from one learning enquiry to the next. We will evaluate what knowledge and understanding our children have gained against age related expectations.

‘Learning is defined as an alteration in long term memory. If nothing has been altered in long-term memory-nothing has been learned’ – Sweller et al

Assessment will be part of everyday classroom practice combining a responsive teaching approach with time given to children to make improvements and correct misconceptions. At the end of each learning enquiry a dedicated week is allocated for summative assessments which will include nationalised tests, self and peer quizzes etc.