Our School Curriculum

The school offers a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum covering all areas of the National Curriculum.  It comprises of the core subjects – English, Mathematics and Science and the foundation subjects – Computing, Design Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music and Physical Education. Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education is also taught through our Collective Worship and our integrated curriculum. 

The core subjects are taught both stand alone and as part of our integrated curriculum in which the foundation subjects are taught as part of a themed integrated projects.

Intent

  • To provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum covering all areas of the National Curriculum
  • To provide irresistible and inclusive learning opportunities where every child has a chance to shine
  • To provide a dynamic curriculum which gives a real purpose and love for learning
  • To provide opportunities where children will learn to be scientists, geographers, musicians, actors, athletes and artists, experiencing the whole curriculum at a deep level through exciting projects
  • To provide a rich and varied curriculum which has its roots based on our school values of courage, creativity and compassion
  • To use a range of inclusive quality first teaching methods to suit the needs of all children and subjects being taught
  • To provide children with the tools needed to be able to reflect on the way they learn to become confident learners
  • To provide teacher and pupil ownership of a skills and knowledge based integrated curriculum.
  • To support all children to reach a high standard of English and Maths through specific teaching and application of these skills to learning across the curriculum
  • To create and explore knowledge, skills and experiences that give purpose to writing
  • To give pupils opportunities to use English, Maths and Science skills in practical and meaningful situations
  • To excite learners through contextual, memorable and meaningful lessons and themes.
  • To embed opportunities for high quality enrichment experiences including: educational visits, themed days, guest speakers and workshops
  • To develop children's learning behaviours, such as independence, collaborative working and solving problems through explicit teaching of non-negotiable learning skills
  • To develop children’s understanding of equality and diversity
  • To develop a sense of community and belonging, contributing to our community through direct interaction and making links with local organisations
  • To foster children’s understanding of their lives in a global context.
Implementation
  • Teachers have good knowledge of the subjects they teach and subject leaders provide colleagues with effective support for planning, resourcing and teaching
  • Lessons are presented clearly with opportunities for discussion to extend thinking, check understanding, identify misconceptions and provide clear and direct verbal and written feedback
  • Teaching and learning is balanced with encouraging independent thinking and support where needed
  • Each project has a ‘hook’ to activate and engage the learning, a home learning task and an outcome. The outcome gives a purpose for the leaning
  • High quality texts are used in all year groups to promote reading skills and to use a high level of vocabulary and extended sentence structures. Phonics teaching has priority in EYFS, Year 1 and 2. Reading is promoted within this skill with a focus on confidence and enjoyment
  • The school adopts a 'maths mastery' approach where number skills and knowledge are consolidated and reasoning skills are used in problem solving
  • Teachers use assessment effectively to check understanding and inform teaching so that knowledge is gained and used. Pupil progress meetings are held every term to discuss the progress of every child and to put in interventions as required
  • The curriculum is delivered in various ways to capture interest and imagination but the steps of learning within the subjects are carefully planned to ensure that knowledge and skills are gained for children to build on in future learning
  • Each child is regarded as an individual and an equal. Our curriculum consists of activities designed to develop the social, personal, intellectual and physical activities of the children
  • The quality of the children’s learning is enhanced across the curriculum through practical activities, educational visits linked to topic work and the use of Computing. All work in the school is planned within the framework of the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum Guidance.

Impact

  • Children achieve well by developing knowledge and skills as they progress through the school. This is reflected in the results that are achieved at the end of Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
  • The children leave the school in Year 6 with the confidence and skills ready for a successful transition to secondary school
  • The impact of the curriculum is evaluated through end of Year assessments and standardised national tests (SATs), through governor visits and meetings and through monitoring of teaching, learning and pupil voice.
Core values

Sparsholt C of E Primary School pupils have opportunities to not only develop skills and knowledge in subjects but also to develop life-long learning skills.  Our core values of Courage, Compassion and Creativity are reflected upon through lessons and collective worship and also permeate the whole school curriculum.