A Broad and Balanced 'Holistic' Curriculum
Our children receive a wide-ranging and enriched curriculum that is tailored to meet their holistic needs. Ultimately, our curriculum intent is to help us to fulfil our school’s vision of ensuring all children flourish, within a ‘community of hope’ where resilience is at the heart of learning. We aim for all of our pupils to leave our school being well prepared for the next step in their education. We inspire our children with exciting cross-curricular topics and interesting, challenging lessons so that they enjoy learning and develop high aspirations for the future and positive learning behaviours.
Our curriculum is underpinned by the Essentials Curriculum. The Essentials Curriculum sets out the essential coverage, learning objectives and standards which are required for all subjects. Furthermore, it provides progress measures for all subjects including personal development.
One of the primary reasons we chose this curriculum is because it emphasises the importance of developing the depth of children’s learning. In essence, this means providing children with increased cognitive challenge, allowing them to apply the skills which they have learnt independently in a range of contexts rather than moving them onto the next skill needlessly when they have not truly mastered it.
We feel this curriculum provides us with a coherent, progressive and appropriately sequenced curricular structure to enable our pupils to develop subject specific knowledge and skills to prepare them well for the next stages of their education, enabling all pupils to 'know more and do more' as they move through each term and each school year.
The curriculum, builds progressively on from the learning in the Foundation Stage. The milestones (1, 2 and 3) that are built into our curriculum complements our mixed age class structure. The curriculum is aligned to the National Curriculum and goes beyond National Curriculum requirements in each milestone to ensure repetition of skills and knowledge.
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Early Reading is a top priority for our school and our pupils are given the best start via the use of Sounds-Write (a validated systematic synthetic phonics programme). We focus on :-
- Fostering a love of reading and sharing stories, poems and rhymes to develop vocabulary and comprehension.
- Having a secure, systematic, synthetic phonics programme taught from aged 3 in our Early Years provision.
- Creating opportunities for children to read and re-read books that match the phonics stage taught.
- Effective use of assessment to quickly pick up children falling behind and giving targeted support.
Subject Information Early Years
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We follow a 'cumulative curriculum' for Maths. Our Maths curriculum shows progression of knowledge and skills over time within major topic areas of number, measurement, geometry and statistics. The curriculum progression document that we created and personalised is linked to the National Curriculum objectives for Maths in respect of each year group/ Key Stage. Within the scheme, you can see how topics are developed over time, including previous learning being revisited so that pupils embed this in their long-term memory. Once a topic is covered, it is met and built upon many times again in other contexts. We also use 'Flashback Four' as a strategy for spaced repetition of key topics over time.
At West Butterwick C of E Primary School our intent is to develop pupil’s abilities to explore maths in depth, using mathematical vocabulary to reason and explain their workings. A wide range of mathematical resources are used and pupils are taught to show their workings in a concrete, pictorial and abstract form, wherever suitable. They are taught to discuss their choice of methods and develop their reasoning skills. We use mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning and provide challenge through rich problems. Our curriculum allows children to recognise that mathematics underpins much of our daily lives.
We aim for all pupils to:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- Be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.
- Have an appreciation of number operations, which enables mental calculations and written methods to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful in mathematics.
Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be. All pupils from Reception to Y6 are taught following the White Rose mixed year group scheme of work, which is based on the National Curriculum. Lessons may be personalised to address the individual needs and requirements for a class, but coverage is maintained. In order to further develop the children’s fluency and problem solving, we use WRM premium resources, I see Reasoning, I see Problem Solving, Target maths, NCETM and NRICH.
To advance our pupil’s maths skills in school and at home, we utilise Times Tables Rockstars, Numbots, Purple Mash and Hit the Button.
Maths is taught across the curriculum ensuring that skills taught in these lessons are applied in other subjects. We also celebrate National Number Day and have whole-school maths themed days.
By the end of KS2 we aim for children to be fluent in the fundamental of mathematics with a conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. They should possess the skills to solve problems and reason mathematically using mathematical language.
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At West Butterwick C of E Primary School, we value Art and Design as a crucial part of our broad and balanced curriculum. We believe that a high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We value art as a form of visual communication, and we aim for our pupils to use visual language skillfully and convincingly, to express their emotions, interpret observations, convey insights or accentuate their individuality. We intend that our pupils will develop the ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work, and that of others. Above all, we aim to instill a passion for Art and Design in our pupils, and intend that they will leave us with the ability to think and act like creative practitioners.
In order to implement our intent, we have:
A carefully planned sequence of skills and knowledge to be acquired by pupils, from EYFS through to UKS2. Learning is set out under three Key Concepts;
- Developing ideas
- Mastering techniques
- Taking inspiration from the greats
These key concepts underpin learning in each milestone throughout the school. This enables pupils to reinforce and build upon prior learning, make connections and develop subject specific language. Please see our Art Progression document to see this is detail.
We use sketchbooks to document process, progress, creativity and skills. Each child, from Reception – Year 6, has their own sketchbook. Sketchbooks are valued as a place for every child to be creative, and take ownership for their artistic development. Adults guide pupils and teach them new skills and knowledge, but pupils take control of how they interpret this, making their own creative decisions within their sketchbooks. We encourage all pupils to evaluate their work in sketch books and to value the process, over the finished product.
Through implementing the above children will:
- Develop a love of Art and Design, as a form of self-expression
- Develop a range of artistic skills, and will feel a sense of achievement when reviewing their progress in these skills over time
- Develop the ability to critically analyze their own, and others work
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Physical Education (PE) contributes to the overall education of all children by helping them to lead full and valuable lives through engaging in purposeful and high-quality activity. It promotes active and healthy lifestyles, physical skills, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. PE enables children to learn confidence, perseverance, team spirit, positive competitiveness and organisation. Children must engage in a programme of PE that encourages fitness, improves their strength and teaches them the rules of games. Pupils will also be encouraged to accepting defeat gracefully, as this is part of showing ‘good sportsmanship’ and being pleased for others in their achievements.
In order to promote active and healthy lifestyles all children should:
- Be physically active
- Adopt the best possible posture and appropriate use of the body
- Engage in activities that develop cardio vascular health, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance
- Understand the need for personal hygiene in relation to vigorous physical activity.
In order to develop positive attitudes all children should:
- Follow the conventions of fair play and honest competition
- Cope with success and limitations in their performance
- Persevere with and consolidate their performances
- Be mindful of others in their environment.
At West Butterwick, PE will be taught through;
- Exposition (demonstration, explanation and instruction) by the teacher to the class, groups or individuals – teachers are to wear sports clothing as a model to children.
- Practical activity and related discussion
- Co-operative group work
- Consolidation and practice of fundamental skills
- Opportunity to discuss and reflect on their work through a plenary
- Use of professional/qualified coaching to enhance current provision within school
- Links made to Mental Health and Healthy Schools
- Extended high-quality provision through after school activities making use of professional / qualified coaches
- Use of community facilities – local swimming baths.
Monitoring and Evaluation summative and formative assessment in PE is carried out by class teachers:
- Informally during the course of teaching through observation
- Children to complete a self-assessment at the start and end of each unit of work. This self-assessment tool to be used to support children in being reflective in their lessons and with their achievements
- At the end of each unit of work teachers to complete pupil assessments in order to update the children’s attainment and progress in that area of PE.
- These are used to assist in reporting to the parents
- To inform future planning.
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At West Butterwick C of E Primary School, children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. We are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We aim to provide children with the opportunity to progress to the next level of their creative excellence.
The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances and the learning of instruments. Through the musical program Charanga, teachers are able to produce inclusive lessons for all children to access the musical curriculum in a fun and engaging way, further promoting a love of learning. Teachers deliver music following the Charanga programme, designed specifically for the teaching of music in primary schools. Charanga lessons are planned in sequences to provide children with the opportunities to review, remember, deepen and apply their understanding. The elements of music are taught in classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom children learn how to play the recorder and a variety of instruments. Playing various instruments enables children to use a range of methods to create notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose, focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.
Music enables children to develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose – either as listener, creator or performer. Children have the opportunity to discuss and share their own thoughts, opinions and ideas, acknowledging and respecting that these may vary and that this is positive. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. At West Butterwick C of E Primary School children are provided with opportunities beyond the National Curriculum to further and support their understanding. These include having visitors with a musical talent, visiting concerts and school productions. External interests and talents are also encouraged and showcased in class and assembly, ensuring that everyone is challenged regardless of previous musical experience. Children have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.
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Lesley Berrington (Inclusive author) visited our school and shared her story books with the pupils. The books promote positive images of disability, fostering acceptance, respect and understanding for the differences we all have. The children really enjoyed the session and the parents/carers were keen to buy some books!
At West Butterwick C of E Primary School we deliver the computing National Curriculum objectives through the Purple Mash Scheme of learning. Via Purple Mash, computing is organised into three core strands outlined in the National Curriculum: computational thinking, digital literacy and information technology. In addition, via our topics, computing is utilised in other areas of the curriculum where children use their digital literacy skills to create content in subjects such as Mathematics, English, History, Science and Design and Technology. We support the children to fine tune their research and data gathering skills using ICT.
Through this approach we aim to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. An integral element of computing at West Butterwick C of E Primary is teaching children how to use the internet safely and responsibly both in the school and in the wider community. We aim to achieve this objective through focused lessons throughout the school year. Additionally, across the school in Autumn 1 there will be a focus on using technology safely following the objectives set out in the National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2. Through our computing curriculum, we want to ensure every child leaves West Butterwick C of E Primary School with the knowledge, skills and understanding to be a responsible, competent, confident and creative user of information and communication technology.
As Computing is a statutory subject, all classes teach and learn Computing regularly as well as discreetly with other subjects. Computing is mapped out across the curriculum using the Purple Mash scheme of work focusing on the objectives stated in the National Curriculum. Additional topic work also enables the children to cover strands of the Computing National Curriculum in relation to the focused topic per term. This allows the children to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of topics and digital literacy in a meaningful way. Children in the Early Years will have access to a range of devices and remote controlled toys and resources so that they can explore simple technologies independently and use them in their learning and play. Throughout Key Stage 1, children are taught to use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content. In Key Stage 2, children select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplishes given goals. Children across school are encouraged to use technology where appropriate to support their learning in all subjects and to share their work on relevant platforms.
Our Computing Curriculum has been structured to demonstrate a progression of knowledge and skills and ensures that children can build on their understanding, as each new concept and skill is taught with opportunities for children to revisit skills and knowledge as they progress through school. Children become digitally literate and are ready to confidently use technology at home and at school. We believe it is a skill that empowers, and one that all pupils should be aware of and develop competence in. Pupils who can think computationally are better able to create, understand and use computer-based technology, and so are better prepared for today’s world and future. We assess through observation of work on tasks, contribution to class discussion and peer discussions. We assess computing using the Chris Quigley, Depth of Learning tool. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Learning walks
- Scrutiny of digital portfolios
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