whole curriculum aims
What is it like to be a pupil at Emsworth Primary School? Read on to find out...
We aim to achieve a balance between a knowledge and skills led curriculum as we recognize the importance of both. Our curriculum design ensures that individual subjects are separate disciplines but that also meaningful links are made and explored. We start with the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework and the National Curriculum and then make it relevant and pertinent for our pupils as we prepare them for the next step in their education experience.
As a school we are clear about achieving the right balance between teaching a broad and interesting curriculum alongside setting targets for attainment and progress as measured in statutory assessments. Pupils are explicitly taught subject specific vocabulary and technical language. Working walls aid pupils with this knowledge and skill development and are created through collaborative work and a consistent approach.
We place a strong emphasis on rich, high quality texts which lead many of our curriculum units. Pupils are immersed in whole texts which are carefully chosen to motivate and engage them whilst also reflecting diversity and the wider world. We regularly review our text choices so that they allow our pupils to investigate others' lives and issues as well as being able to create meaningful cross-curricular links.
Cohort needs and our local context also play a huge part in our curriculum design. Whilst meeting our statutory expectations we also respond to current events and what is important or relevant to our pupils in global, national and local contexts. A recent example can be seen within Year 5 with knowledge and skills set within a unit regarding plastic pollution - pupils put pressure on a local group to rethink their environmental impact and were successful in effecting change. We constantly reflect on our curriculum design and change it over time in response to evaluation and feedback measures. Local links are forged and are distinctive for our curriculum and our pupils - we value the community and how this makes our learning meaningful for our pupils. We also respond to what current pupils feel is important in the world and give value to their views as they will shape the future!
Our curriculum implementation is measured in a variety of ways. Progression and coverage are monitored by subject leaders and ongoing assessment is used evaluate pupil progress and inform curriculum design and improvement. We fully utilise the Local Authority’s professional development and advisory service as well as sharing expertise with other schools.
The school website contains curriculum maps and detail for each subject including links to statutory content. Over the next 18 months we are revisiting many of our curriculum areas and reviewing our provision and delivery - the website curriculum links will keep you updated with changes as we make them. We measure the impact of our curriculum by talking to pupils, assessing their outcomes, engagement and application of skills and knowledge and by regularly reviewing our content and progression models.
Families are kept up to date with curriculum content through home-school communication, invitations to special events or assemblies as well as open events where their child acts as host and shows evidence of their learning; open mornings/afternoons; parent/teacher meetings and subject workshops.
More information about the statutory content of the curriculum can be found via the following links;
More information about curriculum maps and coverage can be found following the subject links: