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Curriculum

Toddington St George

Curriculum Policy

Rationale: This policy lays out the rationale behind our curriculum, from Nursery to Year 4, our approach to implementing it and its intended impact. It explains what we want children to know and be able to do at each stage of their education. 

Vision For Education In Our Church School: At Toddington St. George, our curriculum is underpinned by our mission statement, core values and vision for education. 

Let Your Light Shine  Matthew 5:15 

St. George’s is a loving and caring community and our Christian values are at the heart of everything we do. 

Every child and adult in our community is wanted, accepted and respected. 

God makes each person unique in many special ways. Each and every person is precious, bringing special distinctiveness, gifts and talents  to the world, things that no one else can; at St. George’s we call these our sparks.   

Our vision, inspired by the gospel according to Matthew, is that together, we light our sparks and let our light shine, living God’s love.   At St. George’s we are creating a deeply Christian school for our  whole community. 

Lighting A Spark In Everyone

Our Curriculum Offer: We firmly believe in our curriculum that promotes the holistic development of the individual child, entwining positive personal wellbeing with high aspiration for academic success. Our curriculum is designed to excite, promote and sustain children’s natural curiosity in learning in a meaningful and purposeful way. We develop confident learners for life, who are able to embrace new challenges and experiences. 

It is important to us that every person feels wanted, accepted and respected and therefore we have intentionally designed our curriculum to ensure that every child sees themselves and their families represented. 

Curriculum Intent: We follow the National Curriculum, adapting and extending it to meet the particular needs of our children and families. The National Curriculum lays out the range of subjects we must teach and sets the standards children are expected to reach at the end of each key stage of learning. However, there is simply not enough structure to provide schools with the detail they need. In order to ensure that our children make progress, and no more, do more and remember more, we have taken the following approaches. 

For the wider curriculum we use a project based approach, balancing knowledge rich learning alongside explicit development of skills, as we believe that this supports children in making strong prior knowledge links without overloading their working memory, and supports new learning sticking to their long term memory. 

We have chosen to use Curriculum Maestro, because it supports teachers in planning, resourcing and tracking the National Curriculum, and offers breadth and depth through the project cycle: Engage, Develop, Innovate, Express, throughout each project.  

For English, Maths, R.E, PSHE, and PE., we have chosen a subject specific approach, to ensure that breadth and depth are achieved in these fundamental areas of learning. 

Further details on the content of the curriculum in each subject area can be found here. 

We believe that children will flourish academically when their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development needs are also met. The profile of our school and the community that we serve is not representative of wider Britain and the world, and we are committed to broadening children’s experience of different cultures, religions, heritage and families. Therefore our curriculum is further informed by our three golden threads to ensure that every child  in our school feels wanted, accepted and respected, and identifies with and sees themselves represented in our curriculum. 

  • Our Church School 
  • Healthy Hearts and Minds 
  • Social Intelligence 

By bringing together high aspirations for academic success and our golden threads, we are Lighting A Spark In every child, so that they can,  Let Their Light Shine (Matthew 5:15).  

Curriculum Implementation:  

The schemes that we use provides us with the flexibility to make adaptations to ensure that the academic needs of our children are met.

  • St. George’s Curriculum Overview (organised by year groups) 
  • Subject Curriculum Map (organised by subjects)

Legislation and Guidance 

This policy reflects the requirements for academies to provide a broad and balanced curriculum as per the Academies Act 2010, and the National Curriculum programmes of study which we have chosen to follow.

It also reflects requirements for inclusion and equality as set out in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2014 and Equality Act 2010, and refers to curriculum-related expectations of governing boards set out in the Department for Education’s Governance Handbook.

This policy complies with our funding agreement and articles of association.

In addition, this policy acknowledges the requirements for promoting the learning and development of children set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework.

Roles and responsibilities: The Governing Board

The governing board will monitor the effectiveness of this policy and hold the headteacher to account for its implementation. The governing board will also ensure that:

  • A robust framework is in place for setting curriculum priorities and aspirational targets.
  • The school is complying with its funding agreement and teaching a “broad and balanced curriculum” which includes English, maths, science and (subject to providing the right to withdraw) religious education, and enough teaching time is provided for pupils to cover the requirements of the funding agreement. 
  • Proper provision is made for pupils with different abilities and needs, including children with special educational needs (SEN).

Roles and responsibilities: The Headteacher

The headteacher is responsible for ensuring that this policy is adhered to, and that:

  • All required elements of the curriculum, and those subjects which the school chooses to offer, have aims and objectives which reflect the aims of the school and indicate how the needs of individual pupils will be met. 
  • The amount of time provided for teaching the required elements of the curriculum is adequate and is reviewed by the governing board.   
  • They manage requests to withdraw children from curriculum subjects, where appropriate. 
  • The school’s procedures for assessment meet all legal requirements.
  • The governing board is fully involved in decision-making processes that relate to the breadth and balance of the curriculum. 
  • The governing board is advised on whole-school targets in order to make informed decisions. 
  • Proper provision is in place for pupils with different abilities and needs, including children with SEN. 

Inclusion

Teachers set high expectations for all pupils. They will use appropriate assessment to set ambitious targets and plan challenging work for all groups, including: 

  • More able pupils 
  • Pupils with low prior attainment 
  • Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds 
  • Pupils with SEN 
  • Pupils with English as an additional language (EAL)
  • Teachers will plan lessons so that pupils with SEN and/or disabilities can study every National Curriculum subject, wherever possible, and ensure that there are no barriers to every pupil achieving.

Teachers will also take account of the needs of pupils whose first language is not English. Lessons will be planned so that teaching opportunities help pupils to develop their English, and to support pupils to take part in all subjects.

Further information can be found in our statement of equality information and objectives, and in our SEN policy and information report.

Monitoring arrangements

Governors monitor whether the school is complying with its funding agreement and teaching a “broad and balanced curriculum” which includes the required subjects, through school visits, meetings with children and staff etc.

Links with other policies

This policy links to the following policies and procedures:

  • EYFS policy
  • Assessment policy
  • SEN policy and information report
  • Equality information and objectives
  • Pupil Premium Policy 
  • Relationships and Sex Education Policy 
  • Teaching and Learning Policy 

Date Reviewed July 2021

Next Review July 2022
Reviewed by Colette Lamb, Headteacher

Curriculum Documents:
DocumentDownload
St. George’s Curriculum Overview Download
English Writing Progression MapDownload
English Reading Progression MapDownload
Maths Progression MapDownload
Science Progression MapDownload
Computing Progression MapDownload
P.E. Progression MapDownload
R.E. Progression MapDownload
Art and Design Progression MapDownload
Design Technology Progression MapDownload
Music Progression MapDownload
History Progression MapDownload
Geography Progression MapDownload
M.F.L. Progression MapDownload
P.H.S.E. Progression MapDownload

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