We are currently in the process of developing our curriculum. This is an important process and we do not want to rush it, as it will require a lot of thought and care. We are doing a lot of exploratory work at present and also working with other schools in Crofty MAT to work out the best way to go about it. We have put together a timeline for the process. We will keep you updated on this exciting process. Our intent statement is being developed at present and will be published soon. Meanwhile the information below will give you a flavour for what we think is important when it comes to curriculum. There are also curriculum leaflets for each class which can be found on class pages, which we hope parents will find useful.
We strive to provide our children with a broad and balanced curriculum that engages interest and provokes enthusiasm. In classrooms that are stimulating environments children’s individual learning styles are acknowledged with differentiated approaches ensuring individual children achieve and progress from their various starting points. A creative approach to learning is key and we teach subjects through a themed and integrated approach. Please see our topics for the next three years below.
At our school we believe that children should be enthused by their learning and enjoy coming to school. Each day should be an adventure and learning takes place both indoors and outdoors, making the most of the wonderful setting our school is in. Our children are encouraged to develop independence, solve problems, persevere and be resilient.
We strongly believe our curriculum to be a strength of our school and teachers plan interesting contexts for the children to engage with. In 2013 OFSTED noted that,
‘The mixture of subjects in the school’s curriculum is stimulating and varied. Topics are developed in partnership with the pupils and reflect their needs and aspirations. Visits and residential visits, such as the Year 5/6 visit to London, help pupils to develop their independence and experience other cultures. Spanish teaching is well embedded throughout the school. The teaching of Spanish helps pupils develop their social, moral, cultural and spiritual skills.’
The basic skills of reading and writing are emphasised across the curriculum and links are made to Topics when appropriate e.g Persuasive letter writing taught when children are seeking funds to participate in the Green Power car race.
In September 2014 the school embraced the new Statutory 2014 Primary Curriculum by adopting the ‘Inspire Curriculum’. This was used as a starting point, ensuring coverage and progression in all the Foundation subjects. However, we wanted to make the curriculum more personal to us. Therefore, teachers have adapted this curriculum and created new topics linked backed to the national Curriculum to meet the needs of their children and their particular interests. Topics usually take place over half a term in KS1 and a term in KS2 to allow things to be looked at in depth and through a variety of subjects. A mini topic for the term is often included too. The subjects are shaped into an integrated thematic curriculum which links to the wider world of work, life-skills and learning outside of the classroom.
As Portreath School is a smaller than average Primary school classes are mixed age, including Maple Class, with a mix of YR and Y1 children. The Early Years Statutory Framework is used to support an integrated approach to learning and care. The planning of learning follows the children’s interests and learning needs. Teachers work hard to challenge pupils with tasks that are equally demanding for pupils of similar ability across classes. Close tracking of individual children’s progress, through the use of the Early Years Foundation Profile, is carefully monitored to ensure all children make progress.
Please use the links below to access the topic planning:
Please use the links below to look at the year group expectations for reading, writing and maths:
For Information about RE please click on the following link: RE Overview
In Portreath School we are trying to provide regular opportunities, throughout, that allow children the process of design, make and evaluate.
In Ks1 this will be based through more naturally occurring links in their topic work which might be food based: a nutritional smoothie or milk drink; or product based: a moving toy.
Across Ks2 DT is linked as much as possible to topic based learning, where a more deliberate focus is placed on ensuring they meet a variety of opportunities as they travel through the school. A wider range of material choices are offered as they progress along with a wider range of tool choices. This allows them to take more responsibility for their design and outcomes as they develop the skills and maturity to do so. By Year 6 they are expected to take part in a small enterprise topic, which allows them to design, make and evaluate a product of their own with the purpose of actually raising money for a charity.
For more details about DT please click on the following link: DT at Portreath School
Please use the links below to access each class’s page: