The Curriculum at Longcot and Fernham CE Primary School
At Longcot and Fernham CE Primary School, we want our pupils to love learning, be excited, passionate and challenged by our deep, rich curriculum and prepared for the next stage of learning.
Children are at the heart of Longcot and Fernham CE Primary School and we strive to ensure that all children feel safe, secure and truly valued as individuals. We provide a curriculum which enables every child to have access to high quality personalised learning opportunities.
In formulating our response to the 2014 Primary Curriculum we took into account our key learning priorities:
Learning challenges are carefully pitched to ensure children access work at age related expectations, with regular and sustained challenges. Basic skills are an integral part of this and are developed as a consequence. We ensure children work at their age-related expectations and encourage and support children to exceed their own expectations through challenge.
To support engagement ‘wow’ events, trip and visitors are planned to provide first hand, real experiences.
Curriculum Intent Statement
At Longcot and Fernham CE Primary School, the curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers.
We place strong emphasis on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all our pupils and our school community has identified a clear set of values that underpin expectations for behaviour for all members of our school family.
Every child is recognised as an unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities to engage learning and believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives where there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. We use a Growth Mindset approach to promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success.
Children leave the school with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence, resilience and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become life-long learners.
Longcot and Fernham CE Primary School engages all learning styles using a variety of resources and first hand experiences which support and enhance the teaching of the curriculum. In lessons we provide opportunities for study and we strive to ensure challenge foe all our pupils, through differentiated tasks and open ended challenges. Staff are adept at using effective questioning techniques to develop higher order thinking skills.
At Longcot and Fernham we have subject leaders who oversee, develop, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of their subjects within school across all year groups and key stages. Staff are committed to deliver high quality learning experiences throughout the curriculum. The Growth Mindset approach is used as a constant point of reference to allow children to see the impact of their understanding and progress throughout the school.
In the curriculum we recognise that children’s learning is enhanced by different experiences. We offer children a wide range of educational visits which are used to motivate and engage learning which improves retention of facts. Regular visitors in school give the children another perspective on values, attitudes, learning and understanding. These include charities, people from different professions and the community.
The impact of the curriculum is evident in the outcomes for all pupils.