Curriculum Planning: Our curriculum is knowledge based, supported by opportunities to read, including high quality texts, to develop depth of vocabulary. Each subject is carefully planned for and taught discretely, however, purposeful links are established between subject areas, concepts, knowledge and skills where appropriate. The curriculum is planned using vertical concepts in each subject area, that start at Nursery and build up to Year 6. The core knowledge has been carefully selected to ensure that the children have the prior knowledge they will need for the Key Stage 3 curriculum. Our curriculum including subjects such as RE, History, Geography and Science, encourage pupils to have a depth of understanding which allows them to create informed opinions around current affairs and moral dilemmas.
Unit Design: Each unit is planned in detailed to support pedagogy of teaching a mastery approach. Teaching strategies are based upon research and largely using Barak’s ten Principles of Rosenshine. This language of learning throughout each lesson and unit, supports learning that builds upon prior learning so that the children know more and remember more.
Teaching Strategies: Our approach to teaching and learning supports our curriculum by ensuring that lessons build on prior learning and provide opportunity for guided and independent practice. We use Barak Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction (2012) to develop pedagogy. A teaching handbook that identifies high impact teaching strategies is used consistently throughout the school, whereby instructional coaching is used to support the development and continuous improvement of teaching and learning.