Our Curriculum statement highlights the emphasis we place on enabling our pupils to access a curriculum that is best suited to their needs and starting points; one which develops key skills in the core subjects, provides opportunities to broaden life experiences and supports our children to be the very best that they can be, helping them to become successful, independent and motivated learners.
What is the curriculum like at Gurney Pease?
At Gurney Pease we are very proud of the rich and varied curriculum which is enjoyed by our children. We are proud of the creative and inclusive opportunities provided and the high standards of achievement and progress which are attained: the excellent whole school ethos developed around our PSHCE curriculum and achievement of PSHE Quality Mark; the many visitors and trips which enrich our learning; our work as a rights respecting school and the variety of sporting opportunities and clubs we offer are all part of the wider curriculum. Our curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the new National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school.
Our Curriculum has three broad aims. It should enable all young people to become:
• successful learners, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
• confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives, with a sense of self-worth and personal identity and the ability to form good relationships with others
• responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society by valuing and respecting others and the environment and who take an active role in their school and wider community.
Our curriculum gives opportunity for children to achieve and develop a love of learning and is dynamic so that it can be tailored to changing needs and circumstances.
We believe the following principles underpin our philosophy of education:
• The curriculum meets the needs and interests of all learners
• A broad and balanced curriculum is an entitlement for all learners
• The curriculum is integrated with effective teaching, learning and assessment
• The curriculum is at the heart of the school’s strategies to raise achievement and improve outcomes for all learners.
Our curriculum will:
• be creative and cross-curricular in approach to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding and the ability to apply these in all areas of life
• be holistic in approach to learning, ensuring that all children feel valued and included
• be focused on developing a love and passion for learning
• be planned to develop imagination and creativity
• be personalised, encouraging children to develop ideas and respond to challenges in their own way, and encouraging excellence
• ensure that every child has the opportunity to experience success and recognition
• encourage learning and teaching that is fun and exciting to prepare children for now and for the future
• include opportunities for children to grow in confidence and broaden their experiences through clubs, performances, visits and links with the community
Teaching and learning of the basic skills in Maths is very much a focus at Gurney Pease. All classes from Reception to Year 6 use their Blue and Red number cards daily to develop and practice the essential basic skills required for their year group. It is through being secure in these basic skills, that our children then become proficient in tackling reasoning ad problem solving questions in this subject.
Maths lessons focus upon the children becoming secure in one particular skill at a time, therefore ensuring that the necessary building blocks are in place to support progress. Challenges are included in lessons in order to stretch those children who are more able in mathematics.
Texts are used to support the improvement of children's writing by providing them with essential starting points for their writing,and a purpose for writing. In addition, they help the children to engage with a wide variety of texts which support the development of language acquisition.
The stimulus for writing is key to both engaging and motivating children in their desire to write. Alongside class texts, staff use animations, images, extracts and artefacts/props to stimulate thought processes and produce creative ideas for writing.
The development of vocabulary is highlighted constantly though all aspects of teaching in English, from the class text, to the word of the week to analysis of texts during daily guided reading sessions. Through this extended understanding of vocabulary, our children are able to better understand and interpret texts when answering comprehension questions.
Within Early Years and Key Stage one the focus is upon decoding and the delivery of phonics through Read, Writ Inc, further details of which can be found by following the link on the curriculum page to Phonics.