Red Hall Primary School
Knowing our Curriculum – Our design and Intent
As a school we have been inspired by Reggio Emilia in offering an innovative approach to education, recognising how every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it.
This principle was originally applied across our Early Years Settings but as a school we have adapted this inspiring and successful child –led approach and applied it to our development of the wider curriculum for all our pupils.
At Red Hall, we provide our children with a broad and balanced curriculum which is project based and is underpinned by the children’s interests and their thirst for finding things out for themselves. Our overall aim is for staff to build on our children’s curiosity and prior learning and consequently use this to create further learning opportunities, where children learn more and remember more.
All curriculum delivery is stimulating and engaging, meaning children are passionate and thrive in these lessons. The curriculum is designed to engage, enthral and develop subject specific language, with aspects that are practical and academic.
“Teachers use the exciting curriculum very well to motivate and enthuse pupils. The curriculum is designed to create memorable moments, which will stick in pupils’ memories, and it does. Pupils in Year 6 were very keen to tell me about their trip to Eden Camp. They used their experiences to write convincingly about the Second World War, drawing on all their senses. The most able pupils rise to the challenge teachers set them with relish.
When we looked in books, we noted that pupils are equally enthusiastic about subjects such as history and geography. We could see that disadvantaged pupils do just as well as others. Pupils are developing strong general knowledge and a thirst for finding things out for themselves.” Ofsted 2018
How our curriculum is implemented?
Where possible, all learning takes place within the context of a Learning Project. Each project is cross curricular but has a key curriculum area focus. It is also underpinned by the prior learning of the children and what THEY want to learn about and is a co-operative approach to learning with the other children in the class.
The curriculum is made up of significant content that focuses on the key knowledge and skills, identified in the 2014 National Curriculum.
The National Curriculum;
The National Curriculum serves as a framework for our curriculum, which allows teachers to respond effectively to individual learning needs. Consequently, we provide teaching which is flexible, relevant and meaningful in order to prepare children for their further educational development and to enable them to take part fully as citizens within our society.
Children in Lullaby Lane, Nursery and Reception Classes follow the Early Years Curriculum, this comprises of seven key areas of learning and development which are:
Three Prime Areas: Personal, Social and emotional Development; Physical Development; Communication and Language.
Four Specific Areas: Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the World; Expressive Arts and Design.
We believe that creative curriculum teaching, is the key to accelerated learning in all of the core curriculum areas for children in our school.
There are 6 essential elements to our curriculum projects.
- How is a fascinating purpose created through your project? How are they hooked and engaged in their learning?
- How does your driving question ensure knowledge, skills, understanding and subject specific language has been developed through this project, building on prior knowledge?
- How have the children been involved? How will they be involved?
- How does your project instil child led learning and home school links?
- How will children know they are making progress and evidence this?
- What does your ‘express’ event look like? What feedback did you receive from the Red Hall Community?
All lessons are taught through mixed ability cohort classes with the exception of Phonics in Reception to Year 2 which is taught through ability sets using Read, Write Inc.
Some subjects, or elements of subjects, need to be taught separately. These include: Mathematics, Phonics and Spelling, Grammar, French, Music, Computing, P.E, R.E and all four areas of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). The four areas of PSHE are Citizenship and Economic Wellbeing, Relationships Education/Growing Up, Healthy Lifestyles and Staying Safe
Our Commitment to the Arts
We strongly believe the arts are an essential tool for the development of self-esteem, creative thinking and problem solving. Through the arts children are taught about and experience different cultures and we encourage diversity and creative thinking.
We teach the arts within curriculum time and our children are actively encouraged to experiment and explore their own ideas whilst improving their skills through our Wider Curriculum. We ensure that we provide a varied curriculum that enables each child to access all arts subjects. Children are encouraged to get thoroughly involved and are asked how they feel about topics, events and activities to help with future planning. Any children who demonstrate flair and skill are encouraged to share their talents and help others to develop.
Arts delivery is enhanced within our school through offering our children the opportunity to access professional artists and arts organisations e.g. Professional dance coaches, author and illustrator visits etc as well as working with local artists and companies.
Learning within the arts subjects also continues beyond the classroom at Red Hall. Many after school clubs promote the arts with staff using their own knowledge and passion to offer extended opportunities to all our children, these include; Drama, Musical Theatre, Art Club, Choir. The children are offered instrumental lessons in; brass and guitar. Theatre visits are arranged regularly as well as theatre opportunities within school.
At Red Hall Primary School, we have Curriculum Teams who oversee, develop, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of their subject within school across all year groups and phases. Staff are committed to delivering high quality learning experiences throughout the curriculum. Support staff have developed their strengths in order to further enhance the quality of learning.
The impact our curriculum has on our children’s knowledge, skills and understanding.
Assessing our children’s learning within the curriculum
At Red Hall Primary School, we ensure that the children are regularly assessed against the relevant frameworks across the breadth of the curriculum.
The impact of our curriculum will not only be measured by assessment procedures which allow us to measure children’s achievements against expected outcomes but, will in fact be measured by how effectively it helps our pupils develop into well rounded individuals who carry with them the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will make them lifelong learners and offer them the best opportunities to succeed in the future.