'Unless people have the broadest of broad education, they'll never understand the essential unity that is at the heart of human existence.'
Birger Berthensson - Principal of TT College, Norway
The curriculum is everything children learn in school. The explicit curriculum (lessons in class, extra-curricular and optional learning such as instrument lessons, clubs or classes before and after school) is outlined in the documents in this section. There is also the 'hidden curriculum,' the ethos and values of the school shared through assemblies, role models among adults and children and those informal times where children learn to play and interact sociably.
The National Curriculum for England 2014 is divided into core and foundation subjects.
Core subjects: English, Mathematics and Science.
Foundation subjects: Art and Design, Computing, Design/Technology, French, Geography, History. Music, Physical Education and Sport, Religious Education.
PHSE (Personal, Health and Social Education) and SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) are not statutory although form an important part of the primary curriculum at Kingsmead.
Subject leaders work in four Curriculum Teams:
- Art and Culture - Arts (Art and Design and Music), Humanities (Geography, History and Religious Education).
- Communication, Language and Literacy - English and Modern Languages (French) and EAL (English as an Additional Language).
- Health and Wellbeing - PHSE (Personal, Health and Social Education), Physical Education and Sport.
- STEM - Computing, Design / Technology, Mathematics, Science.
The National Curriculum for schools in England is statutory for every child attending a Local Authority community primary school. English, Mathematics and Science are core subjects and, as such, more time is spent on their study. High standards in English and Mathematics enable children to participate fully in school and provide opportunities them up for more choices in life: choices of further and higher education and employment.
We plan the curriculum through thematic units. This enables teachers to make meaningful and relevant links between subjects to deepen children's learning and thinking. Lessons have one or sometimes two subject specific objectives.
Over a year we focus the curriculum on caring for ourselves, other people and the environment. This is reflected in Assemblies and other aspects of school life bringing coherence to children's experience.
You can read more on pages 3-8 in our Curriculum document above.
The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes.
As suggested by the Latin word 'educere' we have designed our curriculum to be outward looking, into the world. We believe in the intrinsic value of learning and education: the development of intellectual and cultural interests, good character (moral fibre), a healthy lifestyle and the achievement of educational standards which will help our young people make their way in the modern world. We want every child educated at Kingsmead to enjoy a good quality of life, to participate and make a positive contribution to their community and the environment. For all to enjoy and achieve we intend that our curriculum has depth and breadth with each subject and area of learning contributing to an experience for children that is greater than the sum of the parts.
Standards measured through National Tests are achieved within a broad, balanced and rich curriculum where children are encouraged to take on opportunities from a wide range of subjects and develop their interests, gifts and talents. Children are also supported in developing healthy lifestyles through Physical Education. PHSE helps pupils to learn and understand that they have both rights and responsibilities: respect for and valuing difference, upholding the rule of law, democracy and and how to stay safe and behave kindly to others.
By working together, teaching staff, parents, carers and children too, every child can work hard, enjoy their learning, achieve well and enjoy their success. English, Mathematics and Science are core subjects and, as such, more time is spent on their study. High standards in English and Mathematics are essential for children to participate fully in school and set them up for wider choices in life. We teach the core subjects both through thematic topics and discretely as outlined in the documents on this page.
Where My Wellies Take MeChildren in years 1 and 2 learn to mix colours, apply paint and work collaboratively, making work to celebrate the environment beneath our feet.
A Garden for the GreeksOver 90 children worked on the garden at RHS Tatton from designing the planting scheme and growing the willow in optional learning provided through Gardening Club and Art Club who made the Gods and Monsters.