Year 1 – 6 Curriculum Statement Court Lane Schools are united in inspiring a love of learning to last a lifetime. We aim to do this for every child, at every chance and every day. We put children at the heart of everything we do. We capture their energy and enthusiasm, encouraging creativity of thought, nurturing curiosity, interest and independence. We want learners who are active and empowered partners in their learning journey, equipping them with knowledge, skills and attitudes, with habits and self-regulation to make decisions about learning. We develop children with social skills to make their own choices in order to live a healthy and emotionally well balanced life, utilising new technology in an ever changing world.
We teach a broad and relevant curriculum that is enriched by first hand experiences, has progressive skills and builds on from what children already can do. We encourage deeper thinking from our pupils through meta-cognitive principles of modelling, questioning and reflection. Our children are required to demonstrate and develop creative, caring, collaborative and critical thinking. We collaborate together on a learning enquiry or learning challenge: a journey to grow our learning, use our learning behaviours / learning keys to reach points in our learning when we feel we have achieved something, reached a milestone, made a discovery in the learning process, done some difficult thinking, learnt something new and maybe found out something about ourselves. We aim for our curriculum opportunities to foster self-confidence and promote self-belief; to engage learners who will be prepared for what is likely to be hard, who will try again, who will draw on prior learning and who will act on feedback, will self –assess, can make mistakes, take risks and be challenged without fear of failure in a safe and inclusive environment.
Court Lane Schools focus on challenging all learners. At Court Lane Infant School the pupils have defined challenge as ‘Something you can’t do yet. You have to keep on trying’, and at Court Lane Junior School challenge is defined as ‘Stretch beyond what I already know and what I believe I could know.’
We use a stepped approach for enquiry across the curriculum in order to explain the process to the children, to make the learning more memorable and embed skills. We make asking questions as important as finding answers, using subject specific vocabulary and promoting the importance of talk for learning. The process begins with finding out what the children know and what they would like to find out within a new context. An overarching question to begin the enquiry/learning challenge is shared with the pupils and a hook that is motivating and memorable captures their attention. Statutory curriculum content is taught through meaningful and rich activities, which develop the pupils’ skills, knowledge, passion and deeper understanding. Blooms taxonomy is used by staff to layer learning to provide challenge for all to allow for deeper thinking. Time is built into the learning enquiry process to motivate children to explore and investigate their own questions. As a class, pupils’ understanding is checked, developed and refined and we evaluate what we have found out in response to our initial question. A celebration will showcase some of the pupils’ skills, thinking, work and learning, share answers and solutions to the original question and provide opportunities to interact with others.
We are evolving a creative, meaningful, memorable and motivating curriculum. The children will progress their skills, build their knowledge and show their understanding to develop mastery and fluency to apply key knowledge, understanding and core skills in any context. This is underpinned with opportunities to deepen and enrich thinking. Through a “Know it, use it and prove it” approach, pupils are being given regular opportunities to demonstrate their mastery and fluency throughout the curriculum. Backwards planning ensures that we begin with the end in mind to be aspirational, inclusive and achieve success for all with a plan to meet the half termly expectations for each key and foundation subject area. Subject leaders have connected progression of skills documents, national curriculum objectives and learning verbs to create one set of planning and assessment criteria for each subject area for each half term. This promotes high expectations and clarity in taught knowledge and skills.
The totality of experiences children have in seven years at Court Lane schools is our curriculum. This will support children to develop character skills to grow to be effective collaborators, successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. Pause weeks, assemblies, competitions, selected visitors, trips out and residential experiences as well as Court Lane Crystals enrich the curriculum and provide opportunities from Year R to Year 6 for pupils to participate in a range of experiences; including volunteering for the good of the school or community, joining a club and experience a professional live music performance. Forest school provides children with opportunities to explore, discover, achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences. This variety of opportunities allow children to develop positive relationships with other people. Adults aim to inspire children so that we can all thrive and can aspire to be lifelong learners and the very best we can be.