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Our School Vision – The Curriculum

Stechford Primary School will work with everyone to create a happy, safe and stimulating setting where children are motivated to learn together. By maintaining high expectations of ourselves and each other, our children will be equipped to encounter opportunities and challenges with resilience and determination. We encourage a curiosity about the world and strive to ensure that our children will contribute positively to it, both now and in the future.

Academic achievement is only part of the vision for this school. We provide many opportunities for pupils to practice in and master the performing and visual arts, and develop their speaking and listening skills through whole school assemblies, concerts, performances and musical proms. The school is characterised by its varied, creative and challenging curriculum- based on real, enquiry-based learning.

An important and distinctive feature of our school is the very positive relationships enjoyed by pupils, staff and parents. A central aim of SPS is to provide a rich and supportive, child-centred learning environment, which is age appropriate for the needs of all our pupils. Some pupils are vulnerable and may have a limited understanding of the world around them. We make it our mission to support these pupils by providing them with emotional support as well as ensuring the curriculum is based on consistent, child-centred, quality teaching and learning throughout the school.

Stechford Primary School is an inclusive school, intent on ensuring that all pupils reach their potential in a culture of success. As a team, we are passionate about preparing our pupils to be successful adults in an ever-changing, technologically advanced society. We encourage our pupils to aim high. We value their individuality and creativity, and equip them with the skills, self-discipline and confidence to succeed. Where there are barriers, we pride ourselves on embracing different approaches and seizing new opportunities to ensure high-quality learning.

Our whole school curriculum is underpinned by these 4 principles:

Challenge Achieve Resilience Encourage

Challenge and Resilience- Pupils are taught to be leaders of their own learning through a broad and balanced curriculum, which encourages collaboration between pupils. It is encouraged and modelled from Nursery through to Year 6 for pupils to take responsibility for their learning and support others. At SPS, pupils understand that, at times, learning and life can be hard but that they can develop the resilience to overcome these hardships and succeed.

Encourage and Achieve – At SPS we believe that pupils can overcome any barrier with guidance and support from the wholes school community including peers, staff and parents. In a learning environment that always encourages and creates an ethos of not being afraid to fail we will always achieve!

Our School Motto – Challenge, Achieve, Resilience and Encourage (CARE)

Overall Curriculum Intent

The child is at the centre of what we do at SPS. Our curriculum is built on strong pedagogical principles, with every child encouraged to meet and achieve their potential. We make it our aim to discover what children are good at and use this to promote a positive attitude to learning. The diversity of our school population, comprised of over 9 different ethnicities with 17 different home languages, is reflected in the curriculum we deliver. It is broad and balanced, with opportunities for pupils to celebrate, share, and learn about their different cultural and spiritual beliefs.

The breadth of curriculum content allows pupils to explore through a curriculum where there are no limits to learning and there is a clear development of skills. Pupils may not have access at home to the learning and experiences that pupils have access to at SPS.

The curriculum is about achievement, enjoyment and enrichment.

Curriculum Implementation

The curriculum is based on good quality resources. English is taught through whole class texts whilst following a ‘Talk for Writing’ approach. Pupils are taught to initiate and invent their pieces of writing. This allows learners to grow and develop confidence in specific genres well as their writer’s voice. Maths is taught in a spiral curriculum to ensure curriculum coverage and maximise chances for children to revisit important concepts. The teaching of maths in each year group starts with the concrete through use of mathematical props and every lesson contains opportunities for mathematical reasoning. The school has adapted the curriculum to help reflect and represent the diversity of our pupils. Creativity and teacher expertise is woven into the curriculum with specialist teachers and outside agencies working with pupils and teachers, sharing good practice and ensuring that learners learn from the best.

Each subject area has a knowledge organiser which shows clear progression and content for the whole school.

Curriculum Impact

The impact of the curriculum is monitored though triangulation of outcomes: pupil voice, test/data outcomes, planning, monitoring of books and displays, lesson learning walks, discussions with teaching staff and pupils.

Pupils and staff are consistently and regularly consulted about the curriculum and the impact that it makes.

The desired outcomes of the curriculum will ensure that pupils are well rounded students, ready to embark on the next stage of their education. They will be equipped with the foundations and skills to achieve success in later education. Pupils will have an understanding of what they are good at and have developed skills to face their challenges.

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