Our vision for the curriculum is ‘Deep learning, principled success’
To achieve this we have spoken to stakeholders about three elements of our curriculum provision:
- The intent
- The implementation
- The impact
Within the expectations defined by the National Curriculum and in designing our curriculum we asked a number of questions:
- What aims, values and principles should our curriculum pursue and enact?
- What are the children’s ‘lived experiences’ that frame their outlooks?
- How can a curriculum nurture children’s childhoods as well as prepare them for an adult future
At the core of our curriculum: deep learning, principled success
As such, our principled approach to designing our curriculum is rooted in the child as a learner and as a compassionate, active citizen of the world. A curriculum should empower children to make sense of the complex world in which they live; develop their ability to question; to discuss, challenge and contest diverse positions respectfully and compassionately; and to consider views about our world and how we should live in it.
The curriculum should inspire a relentless optimism for and about children and a restless ambition for what we want them to achieve. Our curriculum should also give children the life skills to flourish and thrive.
Deep learning looks beyond a superficial acquisition of points of knowledge that can be passively recalled in order to answer a question. Instead our curriculum should promote questioning, enquiry and challenge. The learning imparted by adults and children should in turn lead to more or greater learning, so that a piece of knowledge is part of a pathway to other opportunities.
Principled success is concerned with achieving excellence in the metrics by which schools are judged but done so in a way that supports and nurtures the deeper values within our curriculum – who our children are as people and as learners for life, the compassionate advocates of the future. We strive for outstanding outcomes in national tests not as the force that drives our curriculum but as a product of the values that shape our curriculum and our approach to learning.
Our curriculum is accessible to all of our pupils. To find out how our curriculum is accessible to pupils with special education needs please visit the SEND section of our website. You can also contact our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Miss Rawcliffe (01379 677350 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Information on the curriculum and how it relates to each year group can be found by clicking on the links below.
Information on the curriculum and how it relates to each year group can be found at the bottom of the page.
Reading is always a key focus at Burston and Tivetshall, it is taught from day one and is at the heart of our curriculum. We want to enable all of our children to not only become skilled and confident readers but to enjoy reading for pleasure.
We use the Letters and Sounds phonics programme to teach early reading. Phonic skills are essential for the decoding of and spelling of words. The children are taught to discriminate and produce sounds of speech, to develop their knowledge of spelling patterns and how to apply grammar rules during daily, systematic and enjoyable sessions. It is our aim that by the end of Key Stage 1 the children will have developed fluent word reading skills and have a good foundation in spelling and comprehension.
Comprehension skills are a huge aspect of reading and these skills are developed through one to one reading, whole class story sessions and short sessions planned by class teachers to meet the needs of their classes delivered three times each week. Adults read with all children on a regular basis to help them secure their word reading and comprehension skills. During reading sessions, pupils are given the opportunity to secure the core elements of reading: summarising, vocabulary work, question asking, prediction and question answering.
All children take home reading books. Children here are encouraged to read at home daily and we ask adults to support their child’s learning by recording the reading that they do at home in the individual record each child brings home. We want our children to become proficient readers to enable them to access all areas of the curriculum and so that the children can develop a lifelong passion for reading.
Throughout the year we promote reading widely for example by celebrating World Book Day and by sharing a range of exciting, high quality class reads.