The curriculum can be defined as the sum total of experiences enjoyed by the child at school both in and out of lesson times. The formal curriculum is the range of planned experiences; the informal curriculum is the messages and values transmitted by the school through its ethos, relationships and environment.
We aim to provide a curriculum that is broad, balanced and relevant which provides continuity and progression and takes individual differences into account. Cross-curricular themes are identified to promote enjoyable learning within a context that the children can access and engage with. The children will have opportunities to work in a range of groupings and with different adults both inside and outside the classroom, experiencing a range of appropriate learning and teaching styles.
Queen Eleanor Primary School aims to:
- enable the children to make informed choices and Stay Safe
- develop the children’s understanding of how to stay Healthy
- develop the skills, abilities and confidence to enjoy life and Achieve
- empower the children to make a Positive Contribution to the community
- develop and care for the whole child ensuring they have the skills and knowledge to develop their Economic Well Being
Through delivering our planned, creative curriculum and through the values and attitudes that underpin our procedures, practices and relationships we aim, in addition, to:
- cater for the needs of individual children of both sexes from all ethnic and social groups, including the most able and those who are experiencing learning difficulties
- ensure that each child’s learning has continuity and progression
- create a stimulating environment to encourage a sense of curiosity and zest for understanding our world and those who live in it.
- facilitate the children’s acquisition of knowledge, skills and qualities which will help them to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and morally so that they may become independent, responsible, confident and considerate members of the community
- recognise the crucial role which parents play in their child’s education and make every effort to encourage parental involvement in the education process
The curriculum at Queen Eleanor Primary School’s aim is that all children should:
- develop the ability to make reasoned judgements and choices, based on interpretation and evaluation of relevant information from a variety of sources
- be happy, cheerful and well-balanced
- be enthusiastic and eager to put their best into all activities
- begin acquiring a set of moral values, such as honesty, sincerity and personal responsibility on which to base their own behaviour
- be expected to behave in a dignified and acceptable way and to learn to become responsible for their actions
- care take for and pride in their school
- develop tolerance, respect and appreciation of the feelings and capabilities of others in an unbiased way.
- develop non-sexist, non-racist and non-stereotyped attitudes, in keeping with the philosophy of British Values
- know how to think and solve problems mathematically in a variety of situations using concepts of number, algebra, measurement, shape and space and data handling
- be able to listen and read for a variety of purposes and be able to convey their meaning accurately and appropriately through speech and writing for a variety of purposes
- develop an enquiring mind and scientific approach to problems
- have an opportunity to solve problems using technological skills
- be capable of communicating their knowledge and feelings through various art forms including art/craft, music, drama and be acquiring appropriate techniques which will enable them to develop their inventiveness and creativity
- know about geographical, historical and social aspects of the local environment and national heritage and be aware of other times and places and recognise links among family, local, national and international events
- have some knowledge of the beliefs of the major world religions
- develop agility, physical co-ordination and confidence in and through movement
- know how to apply the basic principles of health, hygiene and safety
PLANNING AND CURRICULUM ORGANISATION
Pupils are taught in three classes of Class 1 (YR/Y1), Class 2 (Y3/Y4) and Class 3 (Y5/Y6) in the mornings for mostly literacy and numeracy. In the afternoons Class 2 and Class 3 join together for the foundation subjects and specialist coaching.
The curriculum for Foundation subjects is planned broadly into a two year cycle at key stage 1 and for Class 2 and for Class 3. Our CLT curriculum (Creative Learning Time) encompasses history, geography, Art, and DT – and links in with our Science, PSHE, RE and ICT when appropriate. The themes, topics and areas of study are based around the school’s schemes of work which are drawn from a range of resources.
Teachers plan for their classes either individually or with their job share partners and they involve support staff as appropriate. Lessons are differentiated and within lessons or at other specific times opportunities are set aside for SEND pupils to follow individual or small group work activities.
From Reception through to Year 6 opportunities will be taken to extend the curriculum beyond the statutory requirements through the use of educational visits out of school, parents, visitors, artists, craftspeople, actors, musicians, and through the use of the school grounds, the locality and the wider environment.
Safeguarding Children and the Curriculum at Queen Eleanor Primary School
The curriculum deals with safeguarding in two ways:
- The curriculum, in subjects such as Personal, Social and Health Education and Science, discusses relevant issues with the children. Topics include such themes as drugs, sex and relationships, stranger danger.
- The curriculum is designed so that safety issues within the subject are discussed and safe practices taught, such as food and hygiene and healthy choices, using equipment properly in P.E., Science and Design Technology.
Safeguarding Children and Staffing at Queen Eleanor Primary School
At all times Queen Eleanor Primary School will ensure appropriate staffing levels and, when the curriculum is taken out of school, appropriate and agreed pupil/adult ratios are maintained and risk assessments completed. Visiting speakers, abiding by our Code of Conduct, are always welcomed into our school so that they can share specialist knowledge with the children.