At Cudham CE Primary School we aim to give the children in our care the best possible education by fostering a love of learning and developing academic and social skills in a safe, supportive and caring environment, where all our pupils are valued. Our curriculum comprises of learning experiences that we carefully plan for the children to enable them to enjoy, learn and achieve; thus giving them a strong foundation for life.

In this section you will be able to find out how we organise and enrich the curriculum and how highly we value effective teaching and learning.

The Curriculum

Our curriculum comprises all of the learning experiences that we plan for the children to enable them to enjoy, learn and achieve. We aim to ensure that the curriculum: • Reflects our high expectations and promotes our school values • Is broad and balanced allowing pupils to develop a range of skills and acquire knowledge and understanding • Is enriched with exciting and enjoyable opportunities and experiences • Promotes spiritual, social, moral and cultural development • Enables children to develop their talents and interests • Prepares children for the next steps in their education and for their future lives as workers and citizens

Essential skills for learning and foundations for life

At our school we place great emphasis on equipping children with essential skills that help to support their personal development and learning across all subjects. These skills are part of our everyday curriculum and routines. The skills apply to every age and stage of learning. • These essential skills are: Literacy skills (reading, writing, phonics, spelling, handwriting) • Numeracy skills • Information and Communication Technology skills (computing) • Communicating effectively (speaking clearly and listening with concentration) • Learning independently and working collaboratively • Improving their own learning and performance • Problem Solving • Enterprise, innovation and creativity

The personal skills we strive to develop are: • A positive attitude and desire to learn • Curiosity and imagination • Self-confidence • Independence, organisation and self motivation • Resilience and determination • A sense of achievement and self-worth • Respect for self, others and the environment • Collaborative skills to work well with others

Organisation

At Cudham CE Primary School we follow the Development Matters Guidance Material to help us implement the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the National Curriculum for pupils in Key Stage 1 (Infants) and Key Stage 2 (Juniors). This means that parents and carers can be confident that children have learnt core knowledge and developed their skills and understanding within a wide range of subjects and topics, in preparation for their transition to secondary school.

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The Early Years Foundation Stage

The curriculum for children in our Reception Class is based on the following prime areas of learning: • Communication and Language • Physical development • Personal, social and emotional development and the following specific areas of learning: • Literacy • Mathematics • Understanding the world • Expressive arts and design

Key Stages 1 and 2

At Cudham we are following the new National Curriculum 2014 and plan our work around specific topics using the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) as the basis for our planning. Please see their website for further information about the range of topics they offer www.internationalprimarycurriculum.com The main principle of the IPC is to focus on personal, academic and international learning that will prepare children, wherever they may live, for the world of tomorrow. Fundamental to the IPC approach to learning is a clear progression in skill development.

Our curriculum also ensures that all National Curriculum subjects are taught either individually or within a topic. We also aim, wherever possible, to help our children understand the relevance of their learning in all aspects of everyday life.

The subjects the children learn are; English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Physical Education, Religious Education, Personal, Social and Health Education, Citizenship, Geography, History, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Music and Languages.

Enriching Our School Curriculum

The Enrichment Programme

We take pride in offering a rich and vibrant curriculum which includes specialist teachers in Music and PE as well as a range of other visitors and specialists addressing all aspects of the curriculum. This means that all pupils have the opportunity to learn and develop skills in many different areas.

Blocked Weeks

The curriculum is further enhanced with blocked weeks and themed days to enable in depth study in a particular area and are planned to enrich and bring topics alive. Our newsletters tells you what we have planned for each term.

Visits and Visitors

We plan visits to enhance and consolidate the learning that takes place in school and we regularly invite visitors into school to share their expertise with the children. Throughout the year children have opportunities to see live professional productions and to work with musicians and performers.

Parents

At the beginning of each academic year, parents are invited to an information coffee morning where staff present details of the curriculum their child will be covering in the year ahead. They are also given advice on how to support their child in their learning and curriculum newsletters are sent home termly to further reinforce this information. We offer three opportunities during the year to meet with parents & carers to discuss their child's progress.

Pupils with additional education needs are catered for by appropriately differentiated activities within the lesson and through targeted adult support and intervention. Likewise, our more able pupils are encouraged to achieve their best through extension activities and challenging learning opportunities.