Curriculum Whole School Approach

Introduction

At Linthorpe Community Primary School, our Curriculum Promise is a guarantee of a high quality, rigorous and knowledge rich curriculum where the needs of each individual child are at the centre.  Our curriculum promotes high standards and excellence in all areas and introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said in order to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

The curriculum includes all of the planned learning and activities organised to promote learning and personal development.  At LCPS, we ensure that all children have a well-sequenced and coherently organised broad, balanced and relevant education, which provides continuity and progression and takes individual needs into account.  We aim to teach our pupils how to grow into positive, responsible people who can work and co-operate with others while developing the knowledge, vocabulary and skills to achieve their full potential. 

We provide the Programmes of Study outlined in the 2014 National Curriculum, details of which can be found at in addition to skills and learning opportunities over and above this.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum 

Our National Curriculum+ offer promotes excellence in all areas. In addition to academic and creative subjects, we promote independence, questioning and curiosity, life skills and a desire to learn in a fun, caring and mutually supportive environment. We call this National Curriculum + to reflect the extent to which the LCPS curriculum goes above and beyond the statutory requirements.

 

Our Aims

Our Curriculum is created around three key aims:

  • Breadth of study - a range of studies across the whole of the National Curriculum, giving children a wide and varied general knowledge as well as high academic performance in the core areas of maths and English.
  • Depth of study - conceptual knowledge and understanding developed in key disciplines; being able to think like a scientist, a geographer or a historian.
  • Cultural Capital - a sound knowledge and understanding of key people and places around the world, and celebrated works by some of our most significant artists.

These three broad aims ensure children can build a secure understanding of the world around.

Fundamental British values are embedded throughout the curriculum as well as being explicitly taught through our Linthorpe Life Skills programme, which encompasses Religious Education, PSHE and SMSC.

All of our pupils have their very own special copy of our '50 fantastic things to do at Linthorpe Community Primary School’, which is kept in their Learning Journey book, a special place where key moments in their time at Linthorpe Primary are recorded. Many of these will be from our list of 50 fantastic things, others will be memorable milestones; all combine to make each pupil's Learning Journey both a shared and unique experience.

Local Curriculum

Our bespoke curriculum is tailored to the context of LCPS pupils and draws on our local area in order to enrich learning and ensure relevance. Local curriculum heritage links are embedded across the curriculum, so pupils gain a sense of place and a connection to where they live and go to school. Learning opportunities are developed throughout to ensure pupils engage with and enjoy the heritage on their doorstep and understand its significance locally, nationally and in the wider world. 

Our Approach  

The foundation subjects of history, geography, art, design technology, music, computing, P.E., R.E. and PSHE are taught discretely and links are made wherever possible to connect learning across subjects. Writing tasks in English, problem solving in mathematics and investigations in science may be linked to the unit of study from the wider curriculum. 

Our Nursery and Reception pupils in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) take part in a variety of interest based learning projects.  

Knowledge 

At Linthorpe, we believe that knowledge is the essential foundation needed for learning, and for skills to be built upon. We want children to have a powerful memory, as well as making MAGICAL memories. Each unit of study has a set of 'Knowledge Organisers'. These organisers contain the basic knowledge children will acquire over the course of the unit.  

Our curriculum is designed so that the National Curriculum objectives are regularly re-visited during a child's Linthorpe journey, in order to broaden and deepen knowledge. 

Please see below examples of Knowledge Organisers from across school. 
At the end of each topic, the children will complete a quiz based on their new learning. The quizzes are repeated every half-term to ensure children are retaining previous knowledge.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is infused throughout the whole of our curriculum leading to our pupils' greater understanding of the world around them. Words lie at the heart of our quest to narrow gaps between the advantaged and disadvantaged to address social mobility. 

Phonics, spelling, sight vocabulary, academic and subject specific vocabulary is planned into our curriculum and forms part of our pedagogical approach.

Organisation

Our whole curriculum long-term plan indicates which subjects (history, geography and science) and units are taught to which groups of children in which term. Long-term year group plans provide further details of the wider curriculum subjects and units studied in each term.

Medium term plans or lesson sequencing pages are written into our Knowledge Organisers for science, history and geography to ensure coverage of the core knowledge, skills and vocabulary. These are then used to support short term planning. 

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning across a unit of work typically follows the structure:

Engage: This stage provides the children with a memorable experience on which to contextualise their future learning. The memorable experience may involve an educational visit, having visitors in school, handling objects or taking part in an activity that engages all of the senses.

Develop: During this stage, rigorous and deep teaching and learning of new concepts takes place. Once core knowledge is secure, higher order probing questions are introduced to allow children opportunities to think deeply and apply knowledge. 

Express: This is an opportunity to communicate what has been learned to a wider audience within school and the community.

Assessment

Assessment for learning is a continuous part of every lesson at LCPS. From the beginning of each lesson, teachers assess what pupils know and understand and use this to scaffold each segment of the lesson to ensure understanding of key concepts.

Summative assessments in the form of multiple-choice quizzes take place at the end of each unit of work to evaluate knowledge and understanding of the concepts taught. The quizzes contain fact retrieval, vocabulary and application questions to show how well pupils have mastered the knowledge. MCQ assessments are repeated termly to ensure children are retaining previous knowledge from previous units of work.

In addition, pupils complete an extended piece of writing based on a probing style question where they use their knowledge, understanding and higher order thinking skills to apply, reason, analyse, evaluate and create.

Assessments of foundation subjects are recorded on SIMS and submitted to the Curriculum Leader and Assessment leader.