When we talk about 'curriculum' we don't just mean what happens in lessons in the classroom. Whilst that is a huge part of it, the curriculum is actually everything we offer our children from the moment their school day begins to when they leave. It covers classroom learning, playtimes, enrichment opportunities and much much more!
Here at Sedley's CE Primary School we are developing a curriculum that is broad and balanced which children are excited by! We teach all areas of the curriculum through themed topics, making use of purposeful and engaging activities. We aim to inspire our young people and through support and challenge we enable them to reach their full potential as local, national and global citizens.
From Early Years to Year 6 we deliver our curriculum in a variety of ways through whole class lessons, collaborative small groups or individually, both in the classroom and outdoors. We track coverage and progression and focus on key knowledge and skills for each year group in each subject. Links are made across subjects in order that learning is more memorable and meaningful, and we encourage flexible timetabling so that subjects receive sufficient time and attention. We fulfill the requirements of the National Curriculum, as well as providing additional enrichment experiences and extra-curricular opportunities for our pupils.
We aim to develop a range of skills and knowledge in our children during their time with us. We are making use of 'Growth Mindset' across the school, so that our pupils are independent, confident problem solvers. We believe that our curriculum prepares our young learners for the next stage in their education journey and addresses all elements of their growth and development. The learning and well-being of each individual is paramount and our curriculum allows this to happen. Reaching their full potential is fundamental to all that we do and our children leave us as life-long learners.
How is the curriculum organised?
The methods of delivering a broad and balanced curriculum are continually being reviewed to ensure all the requirements of the Foundation Stage Curriculum, the National Curriculum and RE are met.
All children are given the opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge in the following subject areas.
As a Church of England School we value the importance of Religious Education as a core subject. We follow the Kent Agreed Syllabus form the Diocese of Canterbury.
What is done to ensure progress is being made?
We use a variety of assessment and record keeping procedures to monitor the progress of each child as he or she moves through the school. This ensures that children are given work that builds on their existing knowledge and gives them the opportunity to acquire new skills and understanding.
Built into our assessment programme are meetings with parents and pupils in the Autumn and Spring Terms and an annual written report in the Summer Term. Parents are always welcome to make an appointment to discuss their child's progress at any time during the school year.
Baseline assessment is carried out in Early Years when children first join, along with phonics screening in Year 1 and standard assessment tasks in Year 2 and 6.
Daily formative assessment is carried out by teachers in order to inform their planning so that children receive learning that is pitch to their ability. Flexible grouping is in place in order to ensure children are challenged and supported accordingly.
Acts of worship
Collective worship is highly valued here at Sedley's and is led by a variety of different people. It is an opportunity for children to reflect, pause and consider the teachings of Jesus that underpin our school values.
Children will take part in a daily Act of Christian Worship either with the whole school or in their class. Parents are invited to join us when the Act of Worship is led by an individual class.
Parents are also invited to attend special celebrations (e.g. Harvest, Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Easter, Year 6 Leavers' Service) both in school and in St Nicolas' church.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the daily Act of Worship. Any child withdrawn would be engaged in a purposeful activity whilst being supervised by a member of staff. If you have any concerns about the Act of Worship, please contact the Headteacher.
Children are set a collection of home learning tasks each term that cover a range of curriculum subject areas. These can be completed in any order. Children are also encouraged to read with an adult at home every day, and to make use of Times Tables Rock Stars to develop maths skills.
In order for learning to be memorable it needs to be fun and have a purpose, and we value the importance of enrichment activities here at Sedley's! These might be a visiting workshop, a trip out or other events involving parents. These opportunities are to support the work your child is doing in the classroom.
You will always be given advance warning of these visits with full details and any necessary permission slips for parents to complete.
There is an opportunity for older pupils to participate in a residential trip and this is always a great success and excellent for encouraging independence and social skills.
On entry to the school you are asked to complete a form giving permission for your child to go on local visits without us needing to get written permission for each individual trip. These visits include the Church, the local area, the village hall playing field etc, within a short walking distance of the school.
All visits undertaken are in line with the KCC regulations and guidelines for safe practice of Offsite Activities. Risk Assessments are carried out by staff, agreed by the Educational Visits Co-ordinator and correct adult:pupil ratios are practised.