Curriculum

Curriculum Statement

As a school we firmly believe that our curriculum should be broad, balanced and relevant to our pupils, our community and our setting.  It should meet the needs of all children whatever their ability.

We use the National Curriculum 2014 as a starting point to ensure curriculum coverage is in line with the statutory guidance and then plan to include content relevant to our pupils and our school.  We also use a skills matrix to make sure that all of our children develop the skills they need in each area of the curriculum, as well as gaining key knowledge and understanding.  As a result we have a bespoke curriculum, specifically designed for the pupils at Paulerspury Primary School.

Our Skills Matrices can be found by clicking below:

We are currently in the process of reviewing our curriculum in light of new OFSTED guidance.  We are focusing on the 3 Is – Intent, Implementation and Impact.

  • Intent – why do we teach it
  • Implementation – how do we teach it
  • Impact – what effect does it have

A working document which gives detail on the 3 Is at our school can be found here

We the structure our planning sequence through three phases:

Long Term

Our long term plans give an overview of the curriculum taught in each year class.  These plans include elements from both year groups in the class and are reviewed regularly to ensure they remain relevant and interesting:

Medium Term

Our teachers then plan in more detail the content of each term.  We follow a local, national, international format in each year group.  

Autumn Term 2019

Spring Term 2020

Short Term

Short term plans have clear learning objectives and outcomes understood by the children. They include information about the tasks set, the resources needed, ideas to address different learning styles and evaluation/assessment. Lessons are planned by class teachers and the format and amount of detail may vary depending on the experience and needs of individual members of staff. We consider short term plans to be a working plan that may need adjusting in the light of ongoing assessment and maximising children’s outcomes.

We use Talk4Writing as our main vehicle for teaching English.  This focuses mainly on writing but also included grammar and punctuation.  Spelling and reading are taught separately.

Our school has recently introduced a mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics.  Mastery takes the view that every child can achieve in maths and through focused teaching and use of concrete apparatus, visual jottings and abstract representations, allows children to develop deep understanding of the concepts covered.  There is a strong emphasis on correct mathematical vocabulary and terminology which is supported by the use of stem sentences.  Our vision for mathematics can be found here

Mixed age classes

Due to the size of our school our pupils are usually taught in mixed age classes.  This is normal for us and our teachers are very skilled at planning to accommodate this.  When in a mixed class children are taught content from one of the year groups in that class but still develop the skills relevant for their own age group.

To see the content of our curriculum, please look at our class pages and newsletters.

If you would like to know more about our curriculum, please contact the school office on 01327 811674 and ask to speak to your child’s class teacher.

Statement of British Values

The Department of Education states that there is a need to: “create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

 At Paulerspury Primary School, we actively promote these fundamental British values in the following ways:

Democracy:

Democracy is fully embedded within the ethos of our school, and it is of paramount importance that the children’s voices are heard.  Both children and parents have the opportunity to express their views and opinions through questionnaires. Children have the opportunity to vote in elections within school; for the School Council members and House Captains . This provides the children with a good understanding that they have the ability to influence the democratic process.

The school council members meet regularly to discuss ideas and issues put forward by their class members, in order to continually improve the school through the eyes of the children.

in addition, to coincide with the recent general Election, we held a headteacher for the day election.  One child was selected by each class as a candidate and then spoke to the whole school at a hustings.  We then held a full ballot with voting papers, ballot boxes and returning officers in the school hall.  A Year 1 child one and really enjoyed their day as headteacher.

The Rule of Law:

The Rule of Law is continually reinforced throughout life at school. Children are governed by rules within both the classroom and the school. Further to this, children have regular contact with the local PCSO who gives talks on a range of issues. Children are taught about laws and why they are necessary to protect us, their own responsibility to abide by them, and the consequences of breaking them.

Individual Liberty:

Within school individual liberty is championed, and the children are consistently encouraged to make individual choices in a safe and supportive environment. Children are able to make choices about their own learning within the classroom, through the use of fluid groupings and tasks. This is empowering for the children and provides them with the tools they need to tackle challenges effectively and independently. Children have a choice over a variety of extra-curricular clubs and activities during the school day and after school.

Mutual Respect:

As a school, we have a strong community ethos and promote the importance of valuing everybody around us. Children are instilled with the importance of respecting all other human beings; both adults and children. Within school we actively celebrate the diversity of skills and talents of individuals. Adults within school consistently model mutual respect, and the older children take on responsibilities through which they also demonstrate this respect for others. Children in upper KS2 act as Young Leaders,leading sporting activities at lunchtime for younger children, in order to form strong relationships and model good values.

 Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs:

Within school, we actively demonstrate respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Christianity bears a strong weighting in our RE curriculum, and the children also explore a range of other religions. Children are taught the importance of valuing the faiths and beliefs of others, even if they are different to their own. Visitors from a number of churches and other religious groups are warmly welcomed within the school. 

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