Curriculum Approach & Planning
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At Cherry Tree Hill Primary School, our curriculum is regularly reviewed to ensure compatibility with new directives or to make necessary improvements to the existing programme of work. At Cherry Tree Hill Primary School we seek to create opportunities for children to experience and excel in a range of cross curricular activities that enhance and extend the National Curriculum.
We aim to provide the children with a curriculum which is broad, well balanced and above all stimulates the children to learn. Through a positive and caring environment, we provide the opportunity for every child to reach their full potential.
We deliver programmes of study that meet the National Curriculum requirements issued by the DfE. We believe that our curriculum is broad and balanced, complies with legislation and provides a wide range of subjects. We aim to prepare our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life in Modern Britain.
This National Curriculum comprises of:
Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art,
Music, Physical Education (PE), Computing, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and Religious Education;
The teaching of Religious Education is statutory in all schools. It is taught as a subject outside the National Curriculum but following the Derby City Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
At Cherry Tree Hill Primary School we recognise the importance of English and Maths teaching in order to open up other areas of the curriculum and therefore a large emphasis is placed on these areas. In addition to daily Maths and English lessons teachers try to make as many cross curricular links as possible in order to utilise these skills in a range of contexts.
The planning of the curriculum is delivered on a two year cycle and objectives are mapped out each half term to ensure coverage of all National Curriculum objectives. Planning takes the form of a topic based approach and where appropriate teachers’ link subjects to provide an engaging and inspiring curriculum.
This programme is regularly reviewed to ensure compatibility with new directives or to make necessary improvements to the existing programme of work. At Cherry Tree Hill Primary School we seek to create opportunities for children to experience and excel in a range of activities that enhance and extend the New National Curriculum. Children have opportunities both inside and outside the classroom e.g. outdoor learning, local community visits, visits to local secondary school, field trips, concerts, residential trips, gifted and talented workshops, a variety of sporting events, visiting speakers and much more. We also have wide range of after school clubs for Reception, KS1 and KS2 pupils.
We value the role of modern foreign languages in the curriculum and French is taught from Year 3 to Year 6. We liaise with our secondary school colleagues and draw upon their expertise and experience to ensure the children get the best quality provision.
When children leave Cherry Tree Hill Primary School at the end of Year 6, they should be equipped with the full range of skills that enables them to become lifelong learners. Through our approach to teaching and assembly/pastoral support, children are also equipped with the social skills and understanding to become good citizens in the future. We actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Through many aspects of the school life such as the election of school and sport council members we raise awareness of, and promote the British value of, democracy. Through weekly assemblies we promote a variety of values, for example friendship, anti-bullying and understanding of people around the world to prepare children for later life.
We believe that the school/parent relationship is key to promoting learning beyond the school gates and crucial in ensuring children make the best possible progress. We pride ourselves on our open, friendly and approachable nature that encourages parents to be involved in their children’s learning. Furthermore, we host regular events to inform parents about how they can support their child. Events include: Phonics workshops for Reception and Yr1 parents, maths workshops, open afternoons and meet the new teacher.
TEACHING AND LEARNING
All lessons have clear learning objectives and targets, which are shared and reviewed with the pupils effectively.
A variety of strategies, including questioning, discussion and marking, are used to assess progress. The information is used to identify what is taught next.
Activities inspire the pupils to experiment and investigate the world around them and to help them raise their own questions such as “Why…?”, “How…?” and “What happens if…?”
Activities develop the skills of enquiry, observation, locating sources of information, selecting appropriate equipment and using it safely, measuring and checking results, and making comparisons and communicating results and findings.
Lessons make effective links with other curriculum areas and subjects, especially English, Maths and ICT.
Activities are challenging, motivating and extend pupils’ learning.
Pupils have frequent opportunities to develop their skills in, and take responsibility for; planning investigative work, selecting relevant resources, making decisions about sources of information, carry out activities safely and decide on the best form of communicating their findings.
We provide a wide range of activities (dependent on the time of year) which are run by members of staff and outside providers, such as: gardening, chess, tag rugby, cookery, football, story, homework, music, mystery and choir.
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EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE
We follow the above Statutory Framework for the EYFS as set out by the government. Within the EYFS much of the learning that takes place is play based and we provide a free flow indoor and outdoor environment for the children.
Tapestry is used in order to document children’s learning as they move through the EYFS using photographs, videos and observations to log key events. Tapestry is also used for our Remote Learning. Fore more information on Tapestry please follow the below link: