At Lanchester EP Primary School, our curriculum is the means by which we instil and inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about their world that will remain with them for the rest of their lives, in the context of our Christian values and ethos.
Our curriculum empowers children with the knowledge and skills that are essential to nourish both them and the society of which they are members. We want children to develop life-long academic, moral and social skills that prepare them for their future lives.
Our curriculum is designed to expand our high expectations, building on firm foundations and a love of learning. We plan and deliver unique, stimulating and interesting learning opportunities, both in the classroom and outdoors. We believe that the true measure of successful learning is how we are able to use our creativity independently and co-operatively with others, demonstrating resilience, confidence, empathy and enjoyment.
Across our curriculum we will:
- Instil in all learners the balance of academic and social skills needed to succeed at school and in their lives;
- Inspire all learners to be inquisitive and apply their skills through engaging and meaningful learning opportunities;
- Innovate our approaches so all learners utilise their talents, take risks and develop their individuality.
We have developed a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. Our new curriculum is delivered through a combination teaching some subjects discretely and others through imaginative, stimulating and creative themes. Our approach provides a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.
We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts. Our new curriculum will provide learning challenges throughout the academic year that will require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.
The thematic aspect of our curriculum is based on a four stage approach. Staff have carefully planned six themes or projects for each year group. The topics are based on the following four stage approach:
- This is to ‘hook’ learners in with a memorable experience.
- Sets the scene and provide the context for learning.
- Asks questions to find out children's interests.
- This is the section focused on teaching facts and information for deeper understanding and knowledge.
- Demonstrate new skills and allow time for consolidation.
- Provide creative opportunities for making and doing.
- This area provides imaginative scenarios that encourage creative thinking.
- Enables children to apply previously learned skills.
- Encourages enterprise and independent thinking.
- This section provides environments for reflective talk.
- Creates opportunities for shared evaluation.
- Celebrates and share children's success.
- Identifies next steps for learning