Curriculum

 

Curriculum Statement

13 Mar 2018

Curriculum Statement 

Kirkby Malzeard CE Primary & St. Nicholas CE Primary Collaborative Partnership 

Kirkby Malzeard CE and St. Nicholas CE primary schools formed a ‘collaborative partnership’ in September 2013; both schools are also part of the Ripon village cluster and the HART alliance, and the schools work together to provide the very best learning opportunities for all of our children. 

As a partnership both schools  work together to design and deliver an engaging and inspiring curriculum to meet the requirements of the New National Curriculum (September 2014). Over time this curriculum has developed and evolved to ensure that is deep and rich. This curriculum statement reflects the curriculum taught at both schools. 

We endeavour to provide well ordered, stimulating and safe environments in which learning can flourish and every child has the opportunity to fulfil their own potential. We aim to create successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens who will be prepared for their next steps in education and the future. 

We have designed a deep and rich curriculum which is based on each school’s values and aspirations for the children. Our curriculum whilst designed jointly allows us to meet the unique needs of each school and to make the most of the many rich resources we have in our local area and communities, sharing these experiences as a part of our learning. 

We aim to provide a wide range of planned experiences to stimulate the interest and imagination of all of our children ensuring that we fully extend and challenge all of them. We will personalise learning, tailoring it to the needs, interests and aspirations of each individual. We aim for all children to access with confidence the different activities offered, regardless of their ability, gender, race or cultural/ethnic background. In order to develop and extend a child’s skills, knowledge and understanding, we use a balance of teaching methods suited to different learning styles addressing the needs of the visual, kinaesthetic and auditory learners. There are opportunities for whole class, group and individual teaching. Practical work involving structured play, observation, exploration and experiment also plays an important role. Children are encouraged to self- evaluate, reflect on their own progress and achievements and are involved in setting targets for improvement.  

Our curriculum delivers the subjects of the National Curriculum – maths, English, Science, Computing, History, Geography, music, P.E. & sport, R.E, PSHE & French - either discretely or through a topic based / themed approach - we ensure that our teaching fulfils the statutory requirements. Class pages provide a link to topic and curriculum planning jigsaws. Our curriculum is driven by the needs of our children. (See Key Drivers). 

Our curriculums are also enhanced by special events within each individual school and the partnership, for example – visiting drama groups, musicians, story tellers, sports specialists and speakers. We also make visits to our local communities and further afield to enhance our studies (day visits and residential). Special curriculum events, celebrations and assemblies also enrich our curriculum. 

KEY DRIVERS FOR OUR CURRICULUM 

Personal, Social & Emotional Awareness: 

  • Development of the whole child by nurturing confident, independent children who are able to make responsible choices. 

  • Opportunities to learn to respect diversity in an ever changing society 

  • Ability to show empathy & compassion towards each other 

Resilience 

  • To support the children in developing the capacity to face up to & overcome difficulties 

  • To develop independence, responsibility & empathy 

  • To develop the skills of effective communication & problem solving 

  • To support children emotionally to enable them to handle negative thoughts, feelings & emotions. 

Ambitions and Possibilities: 

  • To have a life-ling love of learning that inspires them to look to the future 

  • To have high expectations of themselves and their future 

  • To recognise opportunities beyond the local community 

  • To increase knowledge of different career choices 

  • To develop self-confidence and a ‘have a go’ attitude. 

Life-Skills and Enterprise: 

  • To develop questioning and research skills , applying them to a range of hands-on learning experiences 

  • To work effectively as a team to organise themselves and create an end product 

  • To work independently and be organised and ready for learning 

  • To listen and communicate with others  

  • To complete set tasks in a given period and not give up 

  • To have excellent attendance 

  • To think creatively to solve problems 

  • To be equipped for life in the future. 

Knowledge & Understanding of the World 

  • To experience opportunities that broaden their experiences 

  • To enhance their role in the community and the world by providing meaningful learning opportunities 

  • To celebrate & appreciate diversity and culture in the world. 

  • To widen general knowledge 

 
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