Curriculum

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CURRICULUM INTENT

At CPS we aim to provide our children with an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that equips them to become lifelong learners.

During their time here we want to offer our children:

  • Frequent and varied opportunities to become confident communicators

  • Enriching experiences that develop their cultural capital

  • The knowledge and understanding to become responsible global citizens

  • Lessons that bring about a change to long term memory, so that they can use their knowledge and skills to make connections and think critically to make healthy choices and problem solve

  • Opportunities to become inquisitive and passionate about their learning

  • The knowledge, skills and opportunities to widen their horizons, so that they are ready for the next stage in their learning and have aspiration for themselves

As a staff team, we are on an exciting journey to ‘decolonise’ our curriculum and deconstruct systemic racism by critically interrogating the actions of our predecessors, and how the past has shaped the events and challenges faced by people abroad and in the UK. Through our curriculum we celebrate perspectives throughout world history, particularly in relation to ethnic groups within our school community. We want all children to know, feel and believe that their heritage is equally valued and that they have the right to achieve success in life.

INTENT FOR OUR SEND PUPILS

At CPS, as a local authority maintained school we welcome all pupils, no matter what their starting point, and actively celebrate the diversity that exists within our school community and society in general. We are wholeheartedly committed to the Equalities agenda and believe that all children have the right to high quality education and that this should begin as early as possible.

In line with the SEN Code of Practice, we believe that our pupils with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) have an entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum and that our role is to work in close partnership with parents, carers and other agencies to offer the best provision that we can to develop independence and good communication and life skills.

For our children with additional needs we use a personalised approach and make reasonable adjustments, which enable them to have access to learning opportunities that nurture and develop these skills in a safe and secure environment.

We work successfully with a range of agencies, such as SALT, SEATTs, Occupational Health and Educational Psychologists to facilitate children’s learning, so that the approach is bespoke to each child’s needs.

Like all pupils, SEND pupils deserve a rich diet of all subjects. Through quality CPD and additional roles, such as LSAs, ELSAs, learning mentor and play therapist, we support the class teachers to ensure children have the skills to access learning in a wide range of subjects through adapting our approach for individuals as necessary. The non-core subjects, such as the Arts, we believe are a valuable way of engaging and capturing children’s interest and can be very successful in engaging SEND pupils.

EYFS  STATEMENT

Our Early Years team strive to provide an environment where children feel safe, happy, supported and secure. We consider each child’s interests, wants and needs so that they are ready to learn and excel. We are committed to providing quality Early Years education that is; creative, challenging, active and broad in scope, in order to develop a thirst and excitement for learning. Children develop a strong sense of self while also learning to play, negotiate and co-operate with others. Children experience a broad and balanced curriculum reinforced by high quality teaching and learning that meets individual needs. We work in partnership with families so that parents and carers are fully involved as their children’s first educators. Children are guided on a nurturing journey enabling them to become confident communicators, inquisitive, imaginative and empathetic learners. The fully inclusive and personalised curriculum promotes independence and encourages children to embrace challenge and to persevere.

 

Cranbrook Primary School follows the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This Framework specifies the requirements for learning and development in the Early Years and it is organised into seven Areas of Learning and Development. Through a well organised, stimulating and engaging environment, the children will organise their own play and will demonstrate positive characteristics of effective teaching and learning – playing and exploring (engagement), active learning (motivation) and creating and thinking critically (thinking). We plan a broad and balanced curriculum that values children’s prior learning and cultural backgrounds in order to widening their horizons. Our child initiated topics incorporate our schools core values of Equality, Respect, Resilience and Kindness.

 

Our carefully planned lessons aim to capture the children’s attention and imagination and create a sense of awe and wonder. We listen to children’s ideas, assess what they already know about a topic and question what they would like to learn. Topic themes and learning opportunities are selected according to the children’s own interests.  They build on children’s prior learning, skills and knowledge.  Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development are at the heart of all learning. Topics are planned to ensure appropriate depth and challenge. The timetable is organised effectively to ensure a balance of teacher directed and child initiated activities and learning through play is vital. We use the environment to ensure the children’s needs are met through the continuous provision and enhanced provision, and by following their interests. Our continuous provision challenges the children to push boundaries, take risks and create their own learning pathways.