Our School Curriculum
Intent Implementation & Impact
At Drove Primary School we give children the roots to grow and the wings to fly through a values based, language-rich and flexible knowledge-engaged approach to teaching and learning.
Our intention is to embrace and develop a holistic set of values in our children, recognising and building on our diverse school community and preparing them for life in an ever-changing, modern world.
Our curriculum, planned to include high quality texts, visual stimuli and real-life experiences, enables the children to be completely immersed and engaged in their learning thus acquiring knowledge, developing a wider vocabulary and stimulating the imagination.
Flexible Knowledge-Engaged Intent:
We have adopted a flexible but predominantly Knowledge-Engaged approach to planning, teaching and learning, in which the teaching and learning of skills and knowledge is intertwined. This recognises the need to be adaptable in sequencing and assessing skills, knowledge and mastery across the curriculum.
As a school our ethos is built around a foundation of core values. These are the basis for the social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and moral development of our children. Our values are: Respect; Trust; Caring; Resilience; Fairness, Responsibility; Forgiveness; Courage; Co-operation, Independence and Acceptance. Each month we consider a different value and embed this through:
- Promoting a whole school policy
- A programme of school assemblies which discuss monthly values and celebrates children who demonstrate the values
- Class and whole school displays
- Direct teaching and class discussion around each value.
- Staff modelling values through own behaviour
- Ensuring that values are taught implicitly through every aspect of the curriculum
Learners are encouraged to take-up positions of responsibility around the school, as we believe that children understand values by seeing them in action in others. These include:
- Pupil Parliament
- Sports Leaders
- British Sign Language (BSL) Ambassadors
- Young Interpreters
- Attendance Ambassadors
- Play Leaders
- Reading Buddies
With the national curriculum as the starting point, we believe that our curriculum allows us to provide a range of opportunities for us to develop the language, vocabulary, writing and oracy experiences of our diverse community of children. In each year group, age appropriate but challenging high quality texts, visual stimuli and real-life experiences are used to stimulate conversation, generate writing opportunities and encourage a reading for pleasure. Where possible, cross-curricular links are established however explicit teaching of other subjects using a variety of stimuli is adopted when strong, appropriate links cannot be made.
Flexible Knowledge-Engaged Implementation:
Our flexible but predominantly Knowledge-Engaged approach to planning and teaching the curriculum allows subject champions to develop and shape the teaching and learning in their subject. Learning is carefully sequenced with frequent opportunities to revisit and build upon prior knowledge to ensure the needs of the children are met. Subject champions have developed clear curriculum maps for their subject which take in to account the need for a balance between skills, knowledge and mastery.
Values Based Impact
We want our children to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to become reflective learners and grow to be stable, educated and civilised adults. We measure this not just by the work our children produce, but in the behaviours we see each and every day in all learners on the playground, in corridors, and in the many roles we give them. The impact of this intention is seen in the daily interaction of all members of our community, including all adults, children and parents.
Language Rich Impact
We strive to ensure that our children’s attainment and progress in core and foundation subjects is in line with or exceeding their potential when we consider the varied starting points of our children. Through exposure to a range of language-rich stimuli, pupils develop their ability to use language to communicate and express ideas effectively, acquiring a wealth of vocabulary that is key to their learning and progress across the whole curriculum.
Flexible Knowledge Engaged Impact
It will be evident throughout planning and coverage trackers that knowledge, skills and concepts are layered and secured to ensure there is clear progression throughout all subjects. The impact is measured through regular curriculum tracking, book scrutiny and observations.