Introduction and Rationale
Our bespoke curriculum is designed to be contextualised for the children at South Wingfield. It is the result of research into different models of curriculum design and analysis of the needs of the children at our school.
At our school, we want our children to feel safe, secure, warm, welcomed and loved. We value all children as individuals with their own unique interests, talents and personalities. Our curriculum is carefully designed to encourage creativity from rich, stimulating experiences, appealing to all learners. We want to encourage this creativity through 5 strands.
We want our curriculum to foster a love of learning and enable children to know more, achieve more and develop and refine their skills and concepts in a sequential and sustainable way.
Firstly, we believe passionately that our curriculum should be broad and balanced therefore our curriculum provides a range of experiences for our children. The core outcome for our curriculum is for all children to leave us with a strong sense of their own identity, talents and interests and to have a strong awareness of the range of possibilities that are available to them in the outside world.
Children enjoy a full spectrum of academic, physical, spiritual, moral, social, cultural activities that enrich their lives. There is equal balance between social and academic learning and we provide a variety of ways in which we help children to protect and learn about their own mental health.
Our curriculum provides appropriate balance by ensuring:
Although our core outcome is to instil a strong moral responsibility in all our children we also:
In order to ensure that learning in every subject is sequenced appropriately and in line with the national curriculum, we have created Progression Documents for all subjects. These ensure that learning is staged and builds on prior knowledge. This provides the children with the opportunity to revisit vital skills and knowledge regularly and embed this learning; therefore becoming experts.
Our curriculum is designed to enable ALL children to be the best they can be.
In addition to year group learning, we regularly engage in whole school initiatives to excite the whole community. These complement the curriculum, promote community and encourage engagement with families. Examples include the Take One Picture exhibition, Anti-Bullying & Online Safety Weeks, Science Week, European Day of Languages and many charitable events including our work with the local Food Bank, Children in Need and Odd Socks Day .
Our enriched and innovative curriculum is planned around our topic areas using the National Curriculum with curricular links whenever appropriate. Whilst effectively preparing children for the next phase with sound mathematical and literacy abilities, it is balanced and broadly based promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of children and preparing them for the opportunities and responsibilities of later life. Sport, technology, health & relationships, the arts, humanities, religious education, languages and contributing to the wider community are all championed by passionate subject leaders – often experts in their field – and supported by investment in all curriculum areas. We have excellent outdoor facilities and these allow us to enrich children's learning experiences by; visiting the school pond, doing Forest Schools either in Shaw Wood or in our own grounds, PE in our extensive playgrounds and field or bug hunts in the forest school and orchard areas. All classes have access to laptops/ipads to help support online learning and our staff have termly access to quality CPD to ensure they have up-to-date knowledge of the latest curriculum developments.
Pupils leave South Wingfield Primary School with a secure understanding of the academic content; with the understanding of how to be socially, morally, spiritually and culturally responsible and globally aware; how to make positive contributions to the local area and how to endeavour to be the best that they can be. We aim for all of our children to leave South Wingfield Primary School; respectful, skillful and ambitious, with the motivation and passion to continue to learn and with a thirst for life and all it has to offer.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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