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St Edburg's CE Primary School

Sapere aude - Dare to be wise

St Edburg's CE Primary School

Our Curriculum

‘Knowledge is power. Information is liberating.’ Kofi Anan
Jesus’ Promise for ‘Life in all its fullness’ John 10:10

What we teach, how we teach it and why we teach in the way we do – this is the lifeblood of our school. 

Threaded through this is the fundamental belief that every child matters, every adult matters and that we are united by a common purpose of enabling each member of our community to flourish. We want to be a school where every member thrives – they do well, they love learning, they have passion and integrity for making the world a better place.

Our Intent:

Our Curriculum is guided by key threads:

Striving for Excellence: Every member of the school is involved in a clear vision for excellence and committed to providing high quality learning activities and experiences to achieve the best possible outcomes for children.

This thread will weave together growth mindset and positive working. It will promote independent learning and offer opportunities for children to excel and it will encourage deep thinking and problem solving.

Exciting, Inspiring and Engaging: Learning should be exciting! We want our teachers to be creative and innovative in their practice as well and responsive to the needs of the children. We will provide purposeful and meaningful outcomes for the children with a learning schedule that includes experiential learning.

An Inclusive and Positive Ethos: All children are valued and can make a contribution to the life of the school. Teaching and learning cannot be a ‘one size fits all’ approach but children are valued as individuals and learning programmes are adapted to ensure that all children can develop confidence and celebrate their achievements. Diversity and individual contributions are welcomed and valued. A child centred and nurturing approach builds confidence and self -esteem which are essential to learning.

Building Secure Progression: Our Curriculum plan ensures that teaching expectations are high. It also ensures that skills and knowledge are rigorously taught. Assessment, including feedback and marking, is timely and effective. Children’s individual needs are taken into account and appropriate support given.

Active Involvement: Children are actively involved in learning through collaboration, creative responses, discussion and many opportunities to take responsibilities and celebrate achievement. This includes being actively involved in decision making through House Circles and Circle Times as well as involvement with the life of the church.

Our Curriculum is also driven by a response to ensure that children are prepared for the world in which they will live. This includes the following threads:

Promoting the Arts: Access to music, dance and drama are important to develop cultural knowledge but also build self esteem and well being.

Promoting Well being: Learning outdoors, taking responsibility in leadership, investing in nurture groups and having a positive learning culture which includes learning about signficant people including athletes, authors and artists inspire and motivate learning

Promoting Vocabulary: Words are important and are tools for expression. Words are being lost and as a school we will actively promote the use and enjoyment of words in all subjects.

Promoting Activity: Children learn best when they are active. Our school encourages and promotes activity in lessons and at break times.

Promoting a Love of Reading: Reading for pleasure should be at the heart of learning – when we read, we learn and, a child who loves reading will learn more! We will continue to invest in quality books that children will want to read. We will continue to invest in our school library and ensure that it really is at the heart of our school!

Promoting a love of nature: There is a huge amount of evidence which says that children are playing outside less. They are losing connection with the natural world and, if they are not connected with it then they can’t value it or protect it. Our school will ensure that every child is given regular learning time outside the classroom and that a love of nature and a responsibility to live sustainably is explored.

Promoting Spirtuality: As a church school we are committed to the development of the whole child. This includes exploring spirituality – what we might think, feel and reflect. Our school welcomes children from different faiths and no faiths – we consider this to be perfectly right and that this diversity widens opportunity for meaningful discussion about belief.

St Edburg’s CE Primary School

September 2019