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Curriculum Intent

 

A caring community, courageously learning, inspired to live life to the full.

 

At CCI our curriculum has been designed to ensure that every child can ‘Live life to the full’ by offering engaging learning experiences built upon our vision and 6 Christian values.

 

Through the information gathered from all stakeholders across our school community we have identified the main drivers for our curriculum as: caring and respecting ourselves and the environment. Equipping every child with the skills they need to be successful lifelong learners. Providing the opportunity to ignite their passions and broaden their strengths through a rich, varied and engaging curriculum drawing on local, national and global inspiration.

These identified curriculum drivers fit under the three parts of our vision.

 

Caring community: Friendship - Compassion

  • Emotional wellbeing and mental health
  • Looking after our environment
  • Skills to be a responsible member of the community
  • Showing compassion through putting the needs of others before their own
  • Knowing how to keep themselves and others safe in the community

 

Courageously learning: Courage – Perseverance

  • To develop life-long learning skills such as; perseverance, creativity, planning, team work, making links in their learning, adaptability and curiosity
  • Feeling safe and secure enough to take risks in their learning
  • Embracing mistakes as an important part of learning

 

Inspired to live life to the full: Thankfulness - Respect

  • Delivering a personalised approach to learning that enables all children to engage in the whole school curriculum
  • Introduce the children to the best that has been thought and said on a local, national and international level
  • Exercise imagination and creativity and be inspired by the awe and wonder of creation
  • To be able to fulfil a purposeful role in making the world a better place

 

Curriculum Implementation

We regularly review our curriculum to ensure that it continues to address the needs of our community. Our curriculum is taught in a three year cycle so that the whole school can be inspired in their learning through an engaging termly theme. Through our skills progression documents we ensure that all areas of the national curriculum and Early Years Statutory Framework are covered and objectives are repeated in order to embed the learning. Maths and English is taught daily including opportunities and specific teaching for reading. The foundation subjects are planned out across the year to make sure that the children experience every subject. In order for the children to gain a deeper understanding of a subject before moving on in their learning, we focus on History or Geography and one of the arts (Art or Design and Technology) each term. These are arranged according to the whole school termly theme so that the most meaningful links can be made.  Through Religious Education (RE) and Personal, Social, Health, Education (PSHE), our vision and Christian values are explicitly taught and then woven through the wider curriculum. Through these particular subjects and the wider curriculum, the children are given the opportunity to reflect on what is important to them and to be curious and open minded when exploring life’s big questions.

As a school, we use the learning language of ELLI (Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory) and incorporate the seven strands of learning across the curriculum. Teachers make reference to the ELLI animals in their teaching and engineer opportunities to develop these skills within each lesson.

 

Additional learning opportunities such as theme related external visits, inspiring visitors, opportunities to performance, forest skills, swimming, gardening, cooking and scooter training all add to the fabric of our rich, varied and engaging curriculum offer.

 

Curriculum Impact

We are constantly monitoring the impact of our curriculum based on our curriculum intent and we make changes to provision based on our findings. 

  • Book Looks – At regular intervals Subject and senior leaders look through the learning in books and compare this to the data being recorded
  • Data Tracking - We use out internal data tracking system to measure progress across the curriculum.  Assessment data is provided by teachers at identified data points Pupil Progress Meetings – After a data point meetings are held with senior leaders to discuss children’s progress and plan additional learning opportunities or interventions to enable the children to fulfil their potential.
  • SATS and other statutory assessments – Through the statutory assessment tasks within each year group, we can compare how the children in CCI compare to those in other schools locally and nationally. We then use this information to guide our School Development Plan.
  • Learning Walks – At key points in the year learning walks are conducted. These walks that include senior leaders, subject leaders, governors and school improvement advisors enable a overview of a subject being taught and the progression
  • Subject Leaders - A curriculum subject leader is responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of their own subject area.  The information from the monitoring and evaluation then forms the basis of the impact assessment for that curriculum area.
  • Pupil and Parent Voice – Through whole school surveys and the work of the school council, we collect the views of parents and children about their learning and the termly themes that they have particularly enjoyed.
  • Governors – Through regular committee meetings the Governors have a key role in supporting and providing challenge in relation to our curriculum offer making sure that it is ambitious for all children and that all children are making progress.

What is your child learning at school?

 

Have a look at what your child is learning this term so that you can support them at home.

Development matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

We currently use the Governments Letters and Sounds scheme.
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