The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum 2014, but also the additional and extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children. At Carleton Rode C of E Primary School we encourage children to learn from first hand experiences wherever possible. We are proud to be a Church of England School, with the core Christian Values at the heart of all we do.
Our children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. The core Christian values of Responsibility, Honesty and Kindness are reflected within the relationships within the school, between adults and children and children with each other. We aim to teach children how to grow into considerate, tolerant and responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills. We aim for children to achieve their true potential and to be the best person they can. We value the way in which all children are unique, created in the image of God, and our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual child, as well as for people of all cultures, beliefs and orientation. We value the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth.
We believe that children need to be engaged and enjoy their learning, so our curriculum is as practical and as active as possible. We are keen to offer ‘real life experiences’ through various trips out, and visitors to the school. As a small school, with a strong family feel, we strive to ‘learn together’ and allow children the space to grow together. Our vision of:
‘Learning as a team, growing as an individual’
permeates through all that we do, and this includes our curriculum. We live what we believe, and encourage the children to do the same.
Our curriculum has to be flexible and adaptable to meet the ever changing make-up of the school. The curriculum is the means by which the school achieves its objective of educating children in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives. We plan for children to develop key skills and understanding in all curriculum areas over the course of the year. The organisation of this is planned annually to ensure we fully meet the needs of our current cohorts. We overcome the difficulty of mixed age groupings through our flexibility and rigorous planning. Children learn key concepts developmentally through the school in a progressive way. We have created a rolling programme due to our mixed age classes which is topic led and ensures total curriculum coverage and promotes pupils’ engagement. Our curriculum aims to be interesting, stimulating and purposeful.
Our curriculum also focuses on how children keep themselves and others safe, how to spot signs of grooming and bullying, and how to deal with these, should they happen. Our school curriculum is underpinned by the values that we hold dear at our school.
Our goal in delivering the curriculum is to combine excellence in teaching with enjoyment of learning. Through our value of responsibility, we teach the children to consider the impact of our actions not just within our school, but also our community and the wider world, thereby teaching the children to have a global perspective and helping them recognise the impact of the individual on a wider society. We value the importance of each person in our community. We organise our curriculum so that we promote co-operation and understanding between all members of our community. Education influences and reflects the values of society, and the kind of society we want to be.
For further information regarding the Department of Educational requirements for the National Curriculum please see : https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-framework-for-key-stages-1-to-4
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