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Curriculum

What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about your child's curriculum here.

Curriculum Overview

 

At Kilmersdon, we are a happy, inclusive school where everyone is valued. Through learning that is creative, rich and full of opportunities, we aspire to develop a love for learning rooted in Christian values.

 

We strongly believe in providing a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum so as to inspire and motivate the children in our care, and also to draw on the talents and expertise of our staff. We encourage children to be ambitious, follow their dreams and have the confidence to be the best they can be.

 

Our Core Values that drive our learning behaviours are: Hope, trust, friendship, peace, perseverance and forgiveness. 

 

If you cannot find what you need on any of our curriculum pages please let us know.

Early Years - Reception

 

Intent (What do we intend our children to learn?)

 

Our intention is to create and implement a curriculum for our pupils that introduces a range of key concepts, in ways which enable learners to build them into a reliable bank of knowledge that can be recalled and applied to the next stage of learning. We are ambitious for our learners and measure the impact of what we do, using agreed principles of assessment. We regard the proper use of assessment as a key teaching and learning tool, and place it firmly at the heart of our practice.

 

Implementation (How is our curriculum being delivered?)

 

We plan a broad, balanced and ambitious curriculum rooted in the National Curriculum and Early Years Framework that enables children to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding over a series of lessons.  We make connections across the curriculum, enabling children to recognise links across subjects and to develop their understanding of the world in which we live. Our themes allow children to make links and build on prior knowledge, while our subject specific planning helps us to focus on the most important and useful knowledge in each subject and ensure children learn the disciplines and skills associated with that subject. 

 

Wider Curriculum

 

We recognise the importance of all areas of the curriculum and our year groups and teachers work closely together. Each curriculum subject has a long term progression document. This sets out the aims and purposes of the subject; the breadth of study for each year group; the key concepts and how these build from the earliest experience in the Early Years up to Year 6; and the key vocabulary that must be learnt to support those threshold concepts.

 

These long term plans ensure progression which can be monitored by subject leaders. We use Knowledge Organisers in History, Geography and Science, with more subjects coming in, to ensure each teacher and child has clarity as to what to cover in each unit of learning. 

 

Key knowledge is repeated many times in each unit and across the subject area. These help teachers to present new information clearly and build on what has been taught before. Teachers plan the vocabulary that the children will be taught so that it is extended at every stage of their journey with opportunities to ask questions and talk about their learning. It is understood that through developing vocabulary children are better able to acquire and deepen their knowledge. 

 

There are frequent opportunities for children to practice, remember and retrieve knowledge. Teachers use knowledge gained through this regular assessment as part of a teach-do-review cycle, using assessment to plan next steps in planning and learning.

 

More details about each curriculum area can be found by visiting our subject-specific curriculum information.

SEND

 

SEND children are supported to make the same progress as all other children in their core subjects, by providing them with appropriate support and guidance to support them in meeting or exceeding their targets. We have high expectations for pupils with SEND, as we do for all pupils. 

Impact (What difference is our curriculum making?)

 

Our children are happy, engaged and enthusiastic learners who strive to do their best. They have high personal aspirations. They have a good understanding of Christian values and how these can support them to become successful and happy citizens. Children develop and take with them a range of life-long skills for learning. Children have broadened their cultural experiences and deepened their knowledge, understanding and empathy for others. They are caring and kind individuals. We continue to support children in their recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

The impact of recent improvements in our curriculum are seen in pupils’ books and while walking around school. Children talk about their learning with enthusiasm and confidence. They show good recall of key knowledge and can make meaningful connections across units of learning.

 

Our subject leaders will check the impact of our curriculum through pupil conferencing and work sampling. We track carefully to ensure that our children are making good progress and are fulfilling their potential and can see this reflected in national assessments.

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