QUALITY OF EDUCATION
- We want all our pupils to feel positive about themselves and their own ability to succeed as a result of the curriculum we provide for them, and how we engage with them and their families during the early years that they spend with us.
- We aspire to stimulate and enthuse all pupils and help them to increasingly operate independently and responsibly with good understanding of their own and others’ wellbeing. Our whole school experience is designed to facilitate this and hopefully opens up a world which does not limit their development.
- Our stated aims and core values are reflected across the curriculum and spiritual and moral as well as more national values are made explicit.
- We strive to provide high quality learning opportunities, led by enthusiastic, and well-informed adults, who understand the wide range of learning needs that our catchment area presents.
- We are aware that, when they arrive in our school, our pupils already have very differing experiences upon which to build their future learning. In short, the majority lack the cultural capital that we recognise in some. In particular, prior immersion in a rich and varied language experience varies considerably. We have to root our planned curriculum firmly in the basics of reading and writing so they are all equipped with a good working knowledge and understanding of the use of a range of vocabulary, and learn to read fluently for both pleasure and information.
- Fluency in early understanding of number is also a priority for us.
- Our core curriculum is strongly aligned with national expectations, and the wider aspects are tailored to the needs of our unique intake.
- We plan the wider curriculum across all foundation subjects, carefully choosing contexts to engage and inspire, that are, whenever possible, both local and familiar, so that all pupils can access and have experience at first hand, that of which some may already have knowledge.
- We have long -established very clear sequences in core skills acquisition that underpin and open the doors to a wider curriculum. Recently revision and improvement initiatives ensure we now apply the same principles of sequencing and coherence in ways that encourage pupils to remember more, to use past experiences in order to access new learning and to build knowledge and skills securely over time, It specifically helps them make links they otherwise might not.