Our Curriculum Aims
Curriculum Aims - read on for full details.
Curriculum Vision and Rationale
‘The national curriculum 2014 provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.’
The aims of our curriculum here at Jennett’s Park are to ensure we live out our vision:
Empowering our children to flourish and achieve under God’s love
Our Rainbow Promise underpins everything we do at school. Just as the Rainbow was a sign of God’s promise to Noah that from that moment God would enable Noah and the people of the earth to flourish and experience life in all its fullness. So as a school community we promise to do our best to enable all the pupils and adults of our school to flourish academically and professionally so that they might reach their potential.
The Rainbow is also a symbol of the diversity of our school community, but as a church school we recognise that we are all created and valued by God, and so as a school community we commit to care for and value each other.
The dove symbolises our need to persevere in some aspects of life as it is not always the first time we find success. It was not the first time that Noah had tried to find dry land and so we much seek strength within ourselves and from God to achieve.
All children and young people have a right to a primary education, which should be free. Our aim is that learning at Jennett’s Park CE Primary School should empower children. It should celebrate success and progress for all, and be part of our role as heart of the local community.
The purpose of our curriculum policy is to state clearly the factors that we feel are important in influencing the effective route to learning of the pupils in our care, to create a shared ethos among the staff and to give a consistency of approach across the school. It pervades every aspect of school life. We ask ourselves often ‘What do our children need to do in order to be successful citizens and global contributors?’
Our expectations are very high because our learners deserve the very best. High expectations are flattering; they tell our students that we fully believe they have what it takes to achieve the things we want them to achieve. Low expectations convey the opposite: that they can’t achieve, can’t behave, and can’t get along with each other. High or low, achievement and behaviour moves in the direction of the expectation.
We set three types of high teacher expectations: academic (attainment and progress), behavioural (learning behaviours and conduct) and social (how the students interact with staff and each other). We are trained to give our children the best and to provide learning opportunities and experiences that maximise learners’ progress.
These are our Promises to keep to our children to be able to serve the common good with our work as part of the Church of England. By following our Promises we know our curriculum suits local needs
At Jennett’s Park we are:
- Educating for Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills To help grow resourceful, resilient and reflective children who are equipped with the skills, knowledge and tenacity empower themselves, their learning throughout their lives.
- Educating for Hope and Aspiration To inspire and enrich lives beyond current opportunities and experiences in order to open minds to the potential their future holds
- Educating for Community and Living Well Together To be a multi-cultural, inclusive community of individuals loved by God who feel valued and involved where we create qualities of character to enable people to flourish.
- Educating for Dignity and Respect That children might know how much that they are loved and valued by so that they might show dignity and respect for themselves and others by carefully and safely thinking through their actions.
We have designed a fully comprehensive curriculum framework that meets the requirements of the latest National curriculum review. Our children's learning is both meaningful and benefits from a specific focus on the core requirements of the English and Mathematics curriculum.
Our curriculum continues to ensure that:
- We provide a broad and balanced education for all pupils
- We enable pupils to develop knowledge, understand concepts and acquire skills, and be able to choose and apply these in relevant situations
- We support children in developing both Global and International perspective and the fundamental British Values.
- We support pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through following our Rainbow Promise
- We support pupils’ physical development and responsibility for their own health, and enable them to be active
- We promote a positive attitude towards learning through our Owl Learning Behaviours
- We ensure equal access to learning, with high expectations for every pupil and appropriate levels of challenge and support
- We promote the learning and development of our youngest children and ensure they are ready for Key Stage 1
Read more in our Curriculum Policy.