Key Aims of our Curriculum
At St Edward’s our Christian values underpin all that we do and we constantly seek to create a welcoming, inclusive environment that develops curiosity and a love of learning for all.
We want our children to love being part of the St Edward’s family: One family- sharing, caring and learning together.
We expect learning to be rich in opportunities, link with previous learning and be rooted in context. Children’ advocacy, leaders in their own learning, through a thematic approach where subjects are weaved together, wherever possible, to give the curriculum purpose. We have high expectations and celebrate children within each subject e.g. scientists, historians, mathematicians, musicians etc. Our curriculum takes full advantage of our locality and community and how it has been shaped over time. Our children are safe, happy, healthy, resilient and compassionate.
We implement our intent through:
A focus on the individual child’s:
In relating to their world to:
In providing for their education a focus on:
Our youngest pupils are taught according to a specially designed curriculum, the Early Years Foundation Stage. This curriculum runs from Birth- 5 years and children complete this curriculum at the end of Reception before beginning the National Curriculum in Year One. The curriculum for these pupils consists of seven areas of learning. These are detailed below:
Class teachers continually monitor all of the children in their class, ensuring they meet given expectations in their learning. When this is not the case, in the first instance, additional in-class support will be 'triggered'. Following on from this, advice will be sought from our SENDCo Mrs Evans. Parents may also raise concerns about their child by approaching the class teacher and Mrs Evans.
Children not achieving as expected or having difficulties in learning or behaviour may be identified as having a Special Educational Need. This will then generate a SEND support plan, (please see the Guidelines and Strategies for Interventions in our SEND policy). Children continue to be monitored, through half-termly/six-weekly assessments and progress towards their targets is reviewed three times a year.
Securing additional services to support children can be facilitated by Mrs Evans. We have links to the Educational Psychology Service (EP) and the Communication and Interaction Team (CIT). We can also refer children to the Speech and Language Service, and then carry out suggested interventions.
In school we run a range of personalised interventions to best suit your child, these will be delivered and reviewed regularly to make sure that they are having an impact on your child’s barriers to learning.
Please see the Policies section for our SEND Policy.
Collective Worship takes place daily. Our themes for worship are based on the School Christian Values: Love, kindness, Respect and Courage.
We use a variety of resources to support our worship and plan each term alongside calendar events/specific events/festivals etc. We are incredibly lucky that we are supported weekly by the 'Open the Book' team who deliver assemblies in a fun, enthusiastic manner which not only develop children's understanding but also their confidence and self-esteem. Worship is led by staff and children and we encourage visitors to attend or lead our assemblies. Our pupils attend Church at least every term. Children's and staff achievements are celebrated weekly in assembly and also in class. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship.
Assessment at our school is ongoing for all pupils in our care. Teachers deliver the curriculum that children need by using the National Curriculum Attainment statements. Assessments against these statements are made by Teachers and Teaching Assistants and are monitored by the senior leaders in school. Children in YF are assessed against the Early Learning Goals. Children in years 1,3,4, & 5 are assessed against the new National Expectations for each year group.
The school uses an online tracking facility that enables us to track individual, groups and classes of children. Children will continue to take the Y1 phonics test and end of key stage SATs. From 2020 a times table test will be administered in Y4 also, we were part of the pilot last year and the children are able to practise regularly to demystify the test.
Parents are encouraged to communicate with teachers on the progress and attainment of their child. Termly opportunities are set up in a range of ways e.g. Family learning conferences where your child guides you through their learning and then you have a conversation with the class teacher, spring term report and summer short report/conversation. In Foundation, parents are encouraged to come to school on regular occasions to share their child's learning journeys.
There are many opportunities throughout the term where we try to further enhance learning opportunities for children. These include whole school trips eg to Eden Project, Paignton Zoo and sleepovers. There is a planned programme of Outdoor activities for our pupils:
YF Balancability (learning to ride a bike with no stabilizers) Y4 Swimming, rowing, inclusion games, Bikeability ( learning to ride on roads), Outdoor Education, Y6 Heatree House & life skills week including a First Aid certificate and much more.
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