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Our Curriculum

INTENT

At Catcott Primary School, we place great importance on a curriculum which develops the whole child.

Our curriculum is mapped to include coverage of the National Curriculum and prepares and equips children with the knowledge, skills and understanding for life in modern Britain. Our curriculum is designed to challenge, engage and motivate with the ultimate goal that our learners progress academically and become successful, confident individuals, who make a positive contribution to the community and society - both now and in the future.

 

At Catcott Primary School, we want our children to become Global Learners;

Lucky as we are to be surrounded by beautiful countryside, we still want to open the eyes of children to the wider world that is waiting to be discovered. We have links with three international communities. We have been linked to Zululu School, Kenya, for over ten years now and we have reciprocated visits by members of staff and shared work between children. We have also recently added two new international links to our global citizenship agenda: one in China and one in France. Our year 3 children undertake a topic revolving around ancient China. Our Year 5 children learn all about Kenya, meanwhile, our Year 6 children have links with a school in Gravenchon, Normandy  and have previously been on residential there.

 

Being in touch with our environment...

We are surrounded by the beautiful Somerset Levels and the Mendip Hills, and we do not want our children to grow up out of touch with this amazing landscape. Each week every class spends at least 1 afternoon following a programme of Outdoor Learning, which seeks to teach them about the countryside they live in. It could be that they take their Maths or English outside, but Outdoor Learning is also about identifying particular trees, building dens and lighting fires! It is an exciting and diverse curriculum which really makes our children want to come to school.

 

 

IMPLEMENTATION

The Creative Curriculum

Our Foundation Curriculum is taught through ‘Content organisers’ where the skills and knowledge of the National Curriculum are delivered.

We think very carefully on the content and skills that we want the children to learn in each subject each term and this is outlined in our ‘Content organisers’. When planning content, we refer to National Curriculum requirements but have an awareness of the context and demographic of our school and we make sure we expand on previous learning.

During a topic we have a ‘wow’ day which immerses the children in the theme and provides opportunities to find out what children know. During the topic we encourage parents to get involved and invite them to participate in lessons or share their knowledge. At the end of the topic we have a ‘fantastic finale’ which showcases the knowledge and skills the children have learned throughout the topic.

 

The Core Subjects

For our core subjects, we use a variety of planning resources as we believe that following one programme does not provide the bespoke teaching and learning experience that we want for our pupils. Using prior knowledge as a starting point for all future planning and teaching, we plan lessons which are required for all pupils to make progress. Our lessons follow a cycle of planning, to ensure that we can evidence progress over short and long periods of time.

In KS1, we teach our children to read using the Read, Write, Inc. phonics scheme. This phonics programme allows our children to very quickly get the basic sounds and quickly progress on to more complex sounds. We particularly focus on using Read, Write, Inc. to get our children reading to a high level and to help them to be able to record their thoughts and feelings using a phonetically plausible (and quite often accurate!) spelling of their chosen word. 

 

We teach reading as a whole class from Y2 - 6 with a focus on understanding and applying reading skills and with an emphasis on developing fluency and stamina. Reading across the curriculum and reading for pleasure is an integral part of our curriculum.

Writing has 4 purposes - to entertain, to inform, to discuss and to persuade. Our teaching is based on a 'talk for writing' approach with lessons following a cycle through the processes of immersion, imitation, invention and independence. We place a great emphasis on teacher modelling and sharing what a 'good one' looks like.

Maths is taught primarily through the White Rose Maths programme. Skills are taught in small steps and consolidated and applied throughout the lesson. Problem solving and reasoning are integral components of our Maths lessons.

 

We capture data at 3 points across the year, but this will be in accordance with the needs of the child.

 

Pupil voice is used to support all decision making at Catcott Primary School. To implement our intent, we ensure that our children are invested in their learning, making a positive contribution to the planning and design of our curriculum. Lessons are engaging and follow a creative curriculum which is designed to interest, inform and inspire our children.

IMPACT

Pupils leave Catcott Primary School with a secure understanding of the academic content; with the understanding of how to be socially, morally, spiritually and culturally responsible and aware; how to make positive contributions to the local area and how to endeavour to be the best that they can be. We aim for all of our children to leave Catcott independent, resilient and with the thinking skills that will allow them to achieve their full potential.

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