This year, 2020, sees a substantial revision to the offer being made at Carterton Primary School reflecting not only the changing scope of education but the longer term aims of the school - to develop long term learning and developing the interest of the child in their own learning. We strive to deliver a curriculum that engages children from the very start of their time here with us.
We have a motivating and stimulating curriculum which encourages children to ask questions, become increasingly independent learners, collaborate with others and to be aspirational. We use the curriculum as a vehicle for ensuring that learning is meaningful and engaging for children. Thought and planning has gone into each of our areas to allow for concept progression and links.
These links could be through: skills, skills development, between themes or indeed across subjects. For example, in Years 1 to 6, pupils will be taught either a history or geography focus. Topics are frequently planned around a theme linked either through science, geography or history or through a specific text to promote a pleasure in reading and learning.
As a further example, prior to learning about Ancient Greece with a history focus in Year 5, they will have learnt about where Greece is, the climate of Greece and compared it to the UK in their geography. Pupils are then able to make meaningful links between subjects, whilst also having clarity about their learning in history and geography.
There is also a further emphasis on vocabulary and reading between subjects. This is so that pupils become clear in the meanings of technical vocabulary that they are learning about and are also able to apply it in other areas of the curriculum.
As mentioned, our curriculum is the vehicle through which we are able to implement the school's values, as outlined in the ethos statement; the values of respecting others, their own local environment and the wider world.
In order to deliver a sequence of learning to the children, teachers must have a solid understanding of the steps in learning to be covered and understand how to make it engaging and accessible to all the learners.
Learning is not only planned in sequence to build on knowledge or to create links between lessons already taught but are delivered in a variety of ways to engage learners in different ways – this includes opportunities to take the learning outdoors, responding to a key question for research, collaborative opportunities between pupils as well as teacher led knowledge-based lessons.
Learning is sequenced not only to build on knowledge and skills but also in scale of world awareness as the children develop – humanities subjects begin the learning at a more local level – understanding their own locality and its function. This develops to a wider focus on national locations for comparisons to begun to be made. International comparisons can then be built onto this local and national knowledge, further enhancing the learning in history and geography lessons as children can begin to vocalise similarities and differences between localities and civilisations.
In some subject, progression is planned through development of skills – PE, French and music are examples of this and we are working to map out the links between areas of learning – for example – the skills used by a Y6 cricketer can be traced to previous units involving fielding, catching and throwing…..
Teachers manage time for individual subjects to ensure that knowledge is delivered in the best way for the children – this could be weekly lessons (with recap activities at the start of each) to build knowledge, or it could be a blocked unit where children can develop the knowledge over a more concentrated time. Adaptations are made to lessons to meet the needs of the pupils.
To develop a love of learning and to understand how to shape their own learning journey, opportunities are made in each year group to engage in child led topics – see below for further information.
With the development of the ‘whole child’ as a core principle at CPS, we are also engaged in the Commando Joes programme. This provides additional opportunities to develop knowledge of other cultures, key figures and develops the RESPECT theme throughout missions and challenges. Please see blow for further information.
Enrichment opportunities are also key to learning development and developing cultural experiences. Enrichment opportunities are used to bolster and extend learning through visits & visitors, key experiences in school (Children in Need, Remembrance, House Captaincy, School Council as examples) and residential trips for Year 4 and 6 help develop character and give potentially once in a lifetime opportunity to our children.
Through the planning and sequencing of units of work, and the development, over time, of the bigger picture links children will leave us with a broader knowledge of key concepts and solid links between strands of learning. This could be an understanding of different civilisations, a broader understanding and tolerance of other cultures and a deeper knowledge of their own locality and how it fits into the national and international ‘world’ built on real life experiences and visits into their home locality. The children will have a broad education – learning about being healthy and developing healthy lifestyles, friendships, personal and virtual safety as well as developing in the 7 key areas through the RESPECT framework.
The impact of our curriculum will be seen in clear, measurable attainment and progress. It will also be seen reflected through our whole school ethos of developing the whole child. In conjunction with the Commando Joe’s program we will see children develop new and interests and discover character strengths as well as key academic skills. These aspects combined will help in our aim of preparing all the children to be ready for the next stage in life.
The academic and character impact of our curriculum is measured in a range of ways.
It is measured by:
All aspects of our curriculum are accessible to all children, irrespective of their ethnic background, gender, disability, religious or linguistic background. We strive hard to meet the needs of those pupils with special educational needs, those with disabilities, those who are more able, those with special gifts and talents and the children who are learning English as an additional language. We provide a rich, challenging curriculum, which stretches all of our children. Staff are aware of children who have exceptional talents and gifts and monitor or track their progress carefully to ensure their academic potential or talent is continually developed.
Please take a look at the presentation below which gives an outline for subjects across the school. For more detailed information in the curriculum in Years 1-6 please visit our class pages.
Beyond the National Curriculum
The National Curriculum stipulates the largest proportion of what we need to teach in school, but here at CPS we like to go that extra mile to give your children the best opportunities that we can.
To this end we have engaged in a half termly change to the timetable - engaging the children through Commando Joes missions or through a series of lessons around a subject / topic that the children have chosen - putting them in the driving seat!
Each half term chidlren will be engaged in either Child Led sessions, or a set of Commando Joes missions.
At CPS one of our core beliefs is that we are here to help develop the children as a 'whole' - not just academically. Commando Joes encourages child development through the RESPECT ethos (Resilience, Empathy, Self-awareness, Passion, Excellence, Communication & Teamwork) and these traits are developed through a series of missions across a series of sessions. Teachers have been trained to deliver the high quality missions, supported by the Commando Joe mission kit! Children are set challenges linked to characters (including Steve backshall, Nancy Wake, Amelia Earhart, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and many others!) - missions all begin with a mission briefing from Commando Joes HQ and with some initial guidance from teachers, the children engage on a series of challenges aimed to develop the 7 key areas that comprise RESPECT.
Children are challenged to 'think outside of the box', develop communication strategies and also learn how to cope when things don't go to plan. This gives children who might not always be the first to put their hand up, or willingly lead a group in a lesson come to the fore in such activities.
The character traits are referred to across all learning and we track the development of the 7 traits through the data section on the Commando Joe website.
For more information please take a look at their website: https://commandojoes.co.uk/about/
Child led sessions:
At the start of the relevant term, children are asked to think about a subject area that they have an interest in and then, as a class, decide which of their ideas to focus on. Teaching staff then work with the children to create ideas for activities and projects before tallying the ideas up to National Curriculum objectives. Sessions are then planned and delivered in a manner that suits the class - this might be a couple of whole days, a series of afternoons etc to allow the chidlren to delve into whatever their chosen topic was. Even in the initial decision making stages is a great opportunity for chidlren to develop teamwork skills, understanding democratic process (voting for the topic they want to cover), resilience and coping strategies if their choice doesn't get chosen which also ties in to the RESPECT framework of Commando Joes.
So far, topic areas have included textiles (making juggling bags!), sea creatures and Minecraft! A diverse range of topics!
At Carterton Primary School our classes are organised into three phases:
Early Years Foundation Stage: ages 3-5 (F3, F2 and F1)
Key Stage 1: ages 5-7 (Years 1-2)
Key Stage 2: ages 7-11 (Years 3-6)
For further information about individual classes please click on their class pages.
Please download this PPSX file which gives an overview of the curriculum across the whole school. For more specific information in year groups, please go to the class pages where you will find PPSX file with additional details about the learning.
Across the course of the year we offer quality first teaching across the curriculum. In addition to this there are opportunities to develop other aspects to learning - this could be a class trip to see historical artefacts first hand, a sports event, residential trip or a club where children can take part in something they have an additional interest in.
Many of our activities involve the whole school whereas some are more suited to either individual classes or Key Stage.
Ordinarily, we would have our offer here for you to read but it is under review whilst we are not necessarily able to implement the offer.
As soon as we have updated the offer it will be here.... please keep checking back!
If you have specific skills and would interested in offering a club - please contact the office and we will be in touch to see if we can put something together.