Our curriculum is designed to give all children the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. We follow the National curriculum in a sequential way, where knowledge is taught to be remembered. Our cumulative curriculum ensures that children build on their knowledge year by year and encourages kindness, curiosity and commitment; our school values.
We explicitly teach key vocabulary in every lesson and use knowledge organisers which outline key information and learning points for lessons. These knowledge organisers support children in looking back at prior learning and ensure that key content is there to refer to throughout lessons. Oracy is a key thread throughout our curriculum. The teaching strategies we use are rooted in the strongest available evidence about how pupils learn and retain knowledge in the long term.
The following principles guide our curriculum design (intent) and delivery (implementation) across all subjects:
- Evidence informed
- Lessons follow the guiding pedagogical principles of the CEEAAC model (Connect, Explain, Example, Attempt, Apply, Challenge)
- Rigorously sequenced
- High expectations for all with scaffolding and flexible grouping.
- Planned enrichment opportunities
Children will learn about local, national and global historical figures, artists, musicians and scientists and will visit local museums, art galleries, and cultural venues. Music is an integral part of our school life and we aim to provide children with the skills and appreciation which will allow them to develop any form of music they wish to in the years ahead.
To support our children with SEND, high quality teaching is the first step in responding to pupils who have special educational needs. We have high expectations for all our pupils and use the Education Endowment Fund SEND guidance to support all to achieve. More information is available on each of the subject curriculum intent, implementation and impact pages, as well as our SEND Information Report.
At St Werburgh’s Primary we value the impact that behaviour has on children’s education. We want children to learn what it is to be respectful and engaged learners; knowing that they all have the right to learn and the responsibility to enable others to learn too. We want to create an environment where behaviour is good and children and staff can feel safe and flourish. Our aim in creating our behaviour curriculum is to explicitly define and teach the behaviours and habits that we expect our children to demonstrate. We believe that as children practise these behaviours, over time they become automatic routines that positively shape how they feel about themselves and how other people perceive them and support them to grow into adults who are polite, respectful, grateful and who always consider others.