OUR BESPOKE CURRICULUM & SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) Across our federation SMSC is the key driver for our bespoke curriculum. It guides and enhances every aspect of its delivery. We have welcomed National Curriculum reforms for 2014. They allow us the freedom to be creative and to design a relevant curriculum which meets the needs of our children and setting. We firmly believe that every child within Primary School should be capable of anything. Children should acquire a depth of knowledge and range of skills and be able to think and apply their skills in not only reading, writing and mathematics, but across the whole curriculum. Our school motto is “Making the most of every opportunity" and this is carried through all aspects of school life.
The bespoke curriculum allows us the flexibility to:
- encourage links with the church, the local village and the wider community
- encourage children to become self-motivated and independent learners
- be a confident school where children are thoughtful, caring and respectful
- be a place which helps children to learn successfully and where children will explore and develop their own gifts and abilities
We encourage our pupils to be partners in the design of their curriculum and this gives them a greater ownership of their learning. The form that this takes is in the creation of the classroom Learning Journey. This maps their ideas from original thoughts through to their end goal. There is an inbuilt flexibility in this method of curriculum delivery that enables the classroom to be an exciting, purposeful and dynamic environment for learning.
Evaluation of the curriculum is continual to ensure growth and improvement. We believe that fewer things should be studied, but in greater depth. “What do I need to do to help this child to understand?” This should be a question constantly in our thoughts. Underpinning any curriculum is effective assessment. Questioning pupil’s knowledge and addressing misconceptions will enable us to ensure that our children have a secure understanding and depth of knowledge.
Our Curriculum Maps can be viewed in our Policies and Statutory Information tab. We use a variety of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star and Big Cat. We teach phonics using Letters and Sounds.
If you would like any further information regarding the curriculum please speak to your child’s class teacher.