Over the last year we have been reviewing our rolling programme to ensure that while we deliver the National Curriculum, we augment it to engage and enthuse the children in their learning. We have developed a four-year rolling programme that starts with an overarching theme based on Environmental issues, Geography or History - for all the children in the school to engage with. Within that overarching theme, each subject, topic and unit of work is linked as far as possible so that learning is contextual, and follows the interests of the children. Each theme is introduced through an exciting experiential activity intended to grab the children's attention, and concludes with a showcase of the work they have completed throughout that term.
Our curriculum intention is for all of our children to be enthused and excited to learn, because their lessons are well crafted, fun and engaging - whilst providing just the right amount of challenge to whet their appetite for more; moving their learning onwards. Our aim is to equip the children with the necessary knowledge and skills so that by the time they leave Chulmleigh Primary School, they will be more than ready for the next stage in their journey. Staff work together to plan their lessons, drawing on each other’s expertise to ensure that teaching and learning is built upon each year.
Optimum learning behaviour is reinforced in every lesson and through displays around the school referencing Professor Guy Claxton’s Building Learning Power, a research-based approach to building independence and helping young people become better learners. Knowledge Organisers, to support the children’s knowledge and understanding of the key information and essential facts that they need to have learned by the end of a topic, are being developed so the expectation of what the children should know by the end of the year is clear. Staff spend a lot of time reflecting on the impact of their teaching through assessment, pupil conferencing, learning walks and scrutiny of data, and are able to adapt their planning and delivery of their lessons, should the need arise.
From the moment they start to the moment they leave our school, our children know that they belong to our own ‘Chulmleigh Family’ which is inclusive and supportive. They develop a confidence that they carry with them into secondary school and leave us as thinkers, questioners and problem solvers. We are extremely proud of every one of them.