At Yardley Gobion CE Primary School we carefully design, plan and implement a curriculum, which provides balance for every pupil:
All staff at our school work tenaciously hard to ensure that all children receive a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum, which engages them and challenges their learning.
The children in key stages 1 and 2 are taught English, Mathematics, Science, Information Communication Technology, Religious Education, Art, Design Technology, History, Geography, Physical Education and Personal Social and Health Education. We teach French from Year 3. As a school we are innovative with our curriculum design and presentation with English and Maths being at the core of all that we do.
We follow the locally agreed syllabus for RE. This syllabus has a emphasis towards Christianity, but also challenges the children to consider other mainstream religions and people of no faith.
At Yardley Gobion CE Primary School it is our overarching belief that every child is valued and has the opportunity to experience the feeling of success in a wide range of curriculum areas. We believe that through our uniquely designed curriculum we can impact on what is in children's heads and how they feel about themselves so that they feel clever, confident and inspired to tackle the challenges that await them.
We have designed, organised and planned our curriculum to ensure that every child receives an appropriate mix of academic and personal development which means, in practice, that we place equal importance on both core and foundation subjects.
We place a high priority on ensuring children's physical and mental well-being are met and valued as importantly as we value academic progress. We understand that children will not be successful academically unless they are emotionally secure. With this in mind we carefully design our curriculum and adopt a flexible approach to timetabling to ensure that we respond to any issues that may arise that impact on mental well-being.
We carefully monitor children's personal development progress and our well-planned and embedded approach to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) learning helps to ensure every child is well cared for and supported.
Our insistence on balance in our curriculum is not at the expense of high aspiration for standards in our core learning areas. High standards, enabling children to reach national expectations, is of vital importance if children are to succeed in the next stages of their education and go on to achieve full and happy lives as contributing members of society.
Our full, rich and tailored curriculum, with its range of excellent experiences, ensures that every pupil at Yardley Gobion CE Primary School makes excellent progress both academically and personally. Our unique curriculum provides the opportunity for all pupils to flourish and shine.
At Yardley Gobion CE Primary School we carefully design, plan and implement a curriculum, which provides depth for every pupil:
Our definition of progress is: the widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills, understanding and learning behaviours. We design, organise and plan our curriculum to ensure that children are not merely covering content but focus on achieving a depth to their learning which enables them to use their skills and understanding in all areas of the curriculum.
Our careful curriculum design and planning means that we build in many opportunities for repetition and practice opportunities for essential knowledge, skills and understanding in every subject. This ensures that children are able to revisit previous learning, which allows them to gradually develop a deeper understanding of the skills, processes and connections within subjects, at their own pace and in the best possible way for each individual child.
Our curriculum is meticulously designed and planned to move the nature of children's thinking to a higher order level of understanding rather than just acquiring new facts and knowledge.
At Yardley Gobion CE Primary School we carefully design, plan and implement a curriculum, which provides breadth for every pupil:
Our unique school adopts a very different approach to curriculum design. We begin by asking ourselves "What do our children need to learn about to make them successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens?" We then each year decide on the three main whole school themes in the summer term prior to the new academic year. There are numerous factors, which we take into account to ensure that the curriculum is broad and balanced but relevant and responsive to both the learning needs and personal interests of the children and the environment they live in on a local and global level. These factors are:
- The possible barriers to learning that some of our children may have - Does the theme address these needs?
- Interests of the children - what would they like to find out more about?
- Subject leaders through their analysis of coverage target areas - what requires deeper investigation?
- Local and National Events - what is happening that the school community needs to be aware of and part of?
- Global Issues - what is happening in the world and what part can we play in this?
Our teachers work together to develop learning experiences for the children which excite, inspire, challenge leading to lifelong learning. We build external visits and visiting experts to further enhance the quality of teaching and give opportunities for real and relevant contexts to learning. All of the learning themes are cross curriculum with SMSC running through them. Religious Education and Physical Education can have a more standalone approach but when we build the learning opportunities in to the main learning theme.