Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact
As a school with a faith character, our curriculum is grounded in a clear theology which is rooted in a Christian narrative. ‘You are the light of the world’, Matthew 5:13-16.
Our curriculum has a clear purpose, an intent which is based on the context of our school – sitting in the riverside town of Bewdley. We are developing a clear understanding of how to implement our curriculum in order to maximise its impact on our pupils.
What are we trying to achieve here with, and through, the curriculum?
We aim to foster life-long learning behaviours at St Anne’s CE Primary School which will enable our pupils to go out into the world and act as shining lights, through embedding our values of Respect, Commitment, Courage, Forgiveness, Honesty and Wisdom. Our curriculum drivers reflect the context of the community we serve:
Knowledge – of the local community and the rich history that it has;
Diversity – enabling our children to embrace the diverse nature of the UK, especially as the school serves a single ethnic culture in the main;
Needs of all – our pupils come with a range of needs which we need to be able to support;
Nurture – the provision of a nurturing environment ensuring that mental well-being is carefully supported;
Resilience – our pupils demonstrate low resilience so this needs fostering;
Community – as part of a caring community we should shine our lights into the local and wider world;
Independence - our pupils need to demonstrate greater independence as they move through school;
These drivers will ensure that we create a learning-focused climate, enabling all to feel safe and able to thrive.
Each subject area of our curriculum will have its own intent statement which our curriculum leads are currently writing. These will identify the specific programme of study and progression of skills that each child should know and have learned by each transition point.
So, how are we going to deliver this?
Our starting points are the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum. These are enhanced and deepened further through the addition of the rich locality of Bewdley and the Wyre Forest area.
We are committed to ensuring that children are exposed to a broad and balanced curriculum which has wide and varied quality learning experiences which enable all children to thrive. The use of a range of resources to meet the needs of the curriculum and maximising wider opportunities, are key to ensuring that our provision is engaging and lively. The implementation of our curriculum is designed so that specific knowledge and skills can be remembered and placed within a clear sequence of learning that makes sense to the children, scaffolded within a theme or context each term/half term.
In order to ensure that progression and balance is maintained, our programmes of study are developed into medium term plans which clearly highlight key learning objectives and assessment opportunities. Children’s outcomes are assessed daily with feedback mechanisms in place to ensure teaching is carefully tailored to meet the needs of all the children.
What difference is this curriculum making to our children?
1. Ensuring high impact on standards
- The quality of education moves towards outstanding.
- All children consistently achieve highly in all areas of the curriculum
- Children make at least expected progress and attain in line with or better than national expectations
- Disadvantaged children and those with SEND achieve the best possible outcomes
Through our curriculum we intend that all our children are well prepared for the next stage of their learning.
2. Ensuring high impact on children’s emotional development
- Personal development is outstanding.
- Children are happy and enjoy coming to school.
- Parents and carers are happy with the school and high proportions would recommend us to others.
Through our curriculum we intend that our children are well prepared for the active role they will play as citizens of Britain and the world.
3. Ensuring high impact on children’s social development
- Behaviour and attitudes are outstanding.
- Children demonstrate our vision and values in their learning and in their behaviour in and around school and the wider community.
- Children learn to make the right choices for their safety and the choices children make benefit the school and local community.
Through our curriculum we intend that our children will develop a strong moral compass enabling them to go out into the world and make the right decisions for themselves and their community.
Enabling our vision – ‘You are the light of the world.’