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At Valley Invicta Primary School at Kings Hill, our school curriculum is the core focus of our work, which is to:
Ensure that our pupils are exceptionally prepared for the next stage in their educational journey.
Our values underpin our curriculum, as we strive to Empower our pupils, enable them to connect confidently and effectively and to grow and develop to inspire others.
In addition, our Rights Respecting focus develops our pupils’ spiritual, moral social and cultural learning and understanding across the full breadth of our curriculum.
We believe that the role of our curriculum is to connect our children’s thinking to an understanding of their place in the world, to create a space for them to explore what they stand for, and to help them realise and relish that they can and should make a difference.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), the children continue to develop the skills and knowledge outlined in the Foundation Stage Framework, which have been a focus of learning in nursery. Most children will complete this framework and achieve a Good Level of Development by the end of Reception.
We ensure that our pupils in Year 1 to Year 6 are taught using the National Curriculum and in doing so meet statutory requirements. In addition, we will continue the EYFS Foundation Stage Framework if children need this.
Our Long Term and Medium Term plans provide teaching and learning opportunities which cover outcomes expected to meet the expected standards in each year group, and across the curriculum. However, we also ensure that our curriculum differentiates to deepen knowledge and skills beyond the nationally expected level. We do this through research, linking with other schools and organisations and by connecting with families and the community.
You can read our Intent, Implementation and Impact information here.
For further information on the curriculum followed by all year groups please contact the Headteacher, or you may access details of the full National Curriculum HERE.
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
We acknowledge that as parents and carers, you are your children’s first teachers. We link closely with you and nurseries and pre-schools to ensure that we know and understand each individual’s needs, interests, gifts and talents as they start school. This enables the curriculum to be designed to give every child a really strong start in school. We weave teacher-led and child-led learning opportunities through each day, with clear learning outcomes planned for every activity.
Early reading, phonics and a good understanding of number are crucial and are taught explicitly on a daily basis as well as being threaded through the whole curriculum.
We are passionate about giving our youngest pupils enriching opportunities to learn outside, explore, experiment and to plan, implement and review their successes on a daily basis.
Years 1-6 Curriculum
As our pupils progress through the school, we ensure that knowledge and skills progress and deepen thinking. Lessons are designed to challenge each individual and create enquiring minds in our children. The confidence and ability to question, wonder and reason is vital, and we use an oracy approach, where everyone uses talk and discussion to support independent and collaborative learning.
We develop avid readers, who can delve into a fantastic array of texts to extract new knowledge, and make connections to improve understanding.
Our writing curriculum uses a Talk for Writing methodology, where children create maps and templates for a range of genres. We develop the ability to deconstruct these in order to analyse, leading to children being successful ad confident to write effectively for a range of audiences. Making writing extremely purposeful motivates our pupils to compose and present their work to a very high standard.
Our maths curriculum draws on a range of excellent strategies and research including Singapore Maths and PiXL, and teaches pupils systematically about the four operations, shape, space and measure. Our calculation policy carefully explains how maths skills are built through the school. Explicit skills such as knowledge of times tables are taught daily and maths is taught across the curriculum in order to deepen pupils’ ability to reason and problem-solve using meaningful and frequent opportunities.
Our curriculum is broad and balanced with reference to each subject’s objectives.
Our project-based humanities teaching enables the children to experience a memorable and adventurous context for their work, such as putting on a Recycled Fashion Show. This ‘hooks’ the children in to innovative and enterprising learning.
Many subjects are taught discretely for example; Science, RE, PE, Music and MFL.
We link with our sister secondary schools with the Valley Invicta Academies Trust to deliver some aspects of these subjects using resources and expert teaching. The children enter competitions, hold skype interviews, visit exciting places, hold adult and child-led workshops and make films to showcase their achievements.
We assess the success of our curriculum through marking, feedback, discussion, monitoring and assessment.
We want to inspire children and for them to be as passionate about learning as our teachers are. Therefore, we use parents, the local community, national and global opportunities to raise engagement and attainment through a creative and stimulating approach.