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Curriculum

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here. If you require any further information about our Curriculum please contact your child's class teacher or the school office.

 

Our Curriculum

Our Vision

At Ravensworth Terrace Primary we aim to provide a creative, inclusive, real-world curriculum that challenges and inspires our children to be future thinkers, innovators and problem solvers. Our broad, balanced curriculum will equip our children with essential knowledge and skills and will ensure that all learners meet or exceed their potential academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Through our engaging curriculum we will develop a thirst for knowledge, ignite our children’s curiosity and their passion for learning, raising their aspirations and ensuring they have the tools they need to flourish and succeed and become ambitious lifelong learners.

Principles and Purpose

Our curriculum is customised and personalised to meet our children’s needs. It is carefully structured so that the development of knowledge, skills and vocabulary is taught in a systematic and logical sequence. The Cornerstones Big Ideas (See Appendix _) are introduced and built upon through a wide variety of projects, making links between subjects and content. The curriculum is organised to support children’s growing depth of learning using a topic based, thematic approach. It provides children with a range and breadth of rich and memorable learning experiences which promote SMSC and British Values.

Our Curriculum Aims

Through our curriculum we aim to:

• Develop a love for learning

• Develop a rich and deep subject knowledge

• Make meaningful links between subjects.

• Make effective connections to the real world.

• Help children to think creatively and solve problems.

• Develop children’s capacities to work independently and collaboratively.

• Understand the purpose and value of their learning and see its relevance in the past,

   present and future

Our Curriculum Intent

It is our belief that every child should feel valued and experience the feeling of success across all curriculum areas. We believe that through the curriculum we can impact on how children feel about themselves, we want our children to feel clever, confident and ready to tackle any challenge they may face.

We place high priority on ensuring children’s physical and mental wellbeing needs are met. We understand that children will not be successful learners unless they are emotionally secure, therefore we carefully design our curriculum and adopt a flexible approach to timetabling to ensure that we can meet and respond to any issues which may arise. Children’s physical and mental wellbeing are as valued and important as academic development.

Through our curriculum we intend to ensure every child receives an appropriate mix of academic and personal development which means that in practice our curriculum places equal importance on core and foundation subjects.

Our balanced approach to the curriculum is not at the expense of high standards in core subject areas. High standards and enabling children to reach national expectations and above is of vital importance if they are to succeed at the next stage of their education and go on to achieve full and happy lives and careers.

It is our intent that our full and rich curriculum, with its excellent range of experiences, ensures that every pupil at makes good progress both academically and personally. Our unique curriculum ensures that every child is given the opportunity to shine and flourish.

It is our intent that through our curriculum we develop our children’s knowledge and understanding of British Values and their pride of being British and living in a diverse society. As well as making children proud of their own backgrounds, we also ensure children develop their knowledge of the world around them nationally and internationally. This is of vital importance as our children live in a largely white British Community.

Through careful discussion and analysis of our children’s backgrounds, cultures and learning behaviours, we have identified the areas which drive our curriculum design with the intent that children must have the building blocks to become successful adults in terms of being able to gain employment, live healthy lifestyles, be moral citizens and to take opportunities to extend their horizons.

The following curriculum drivers are woven throughout Curriculum:

  • Healthy Minds and A Sense of Wellbeing
  • Healthy Bodies and A Sense of Adventure
  • Cultural Capital and High Aspirations
  • Respect, Equality and Diversity

 

Our Curriculum Implementation

We use the Cornerstones Curriculum as a basis to plan our personalised Ravensworth Terrace Curriculum. The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the new 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum will be delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) and Knowledge Rich Projects (KRPs) which will provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.

For more information please visit Cornerstones Education.


How it Works?


Children will progress through four distinct stages of learning in each ILP – Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express.

Engage

At the "Engage" stage, children:

  • Gain memorable first-hand experiences, such as going on a visit or inviting a special visitor into school.
  • Enjoy ‘WOW’ experiences.
  • Get an exciting introduction to a topic or theme.
  • Begin researching and setting enquiry questions.
  • Get lots of opportunities to make observations.
  • Develop spoken language skills.
  • Take part in sensory activities.
  • Have lots of fun to fully 'engage' with their new topic.

Develop

At the "Develop" stage, children:

  • Improve their knowledge and understanding of the topic.
  • Develop and practice their new skills.
  • Compose, make, do, build, investigate, explore, write for different purposes and read across the curriculum.
  • Research their own questions and those set by others.
  • Follow new pathways of enquiry based on their interests.
  • Complete homework activities that support their learning.

Innovate

At the "Innovate" stage, children:

  • apply skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts.
  • solve real or imagined problems using everything they’ve learnt.
  • get inspired by imaginative and creative opportunities.
  • revisit anything not fully grasped at the ‘Develop’ stage.

Express

At the "Express" stage, children:

  • become the performers, experts and informers.
  • share their achievements with parents, classmates and the community.
  • evaluate finished products and processes.
  • link what they have learnt to where they started.
  • celebrate their achievements.

 

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