WARREN PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM STATEMENT
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At Warren Park, we aim to design a curriculum that will inspire, motivate and engage children and foster an understanding and love of learning. It will encourage learners to be self-motivated and able to reflect on their own learning in order to improve. A consistent common language for learning will be developed across the school community to support this. Meaningful links will be made between subjects and opportunities given to use, apply and transfer core skills between tasks. Through assessment for learning, the children will be given the tools to help them identify how to improve and this will encourage a greater independence and responsibility for their own progress.
Warren Park Primary School’s Creative Curriculum Aims To:
- Equip the children with the knowledge skills & values they need to function locally, nationally & globally
- Provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils to enable them to achieve their full potential and make progress in their learning.
- Promote the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development – linguistically, cognitively and socially.
- Promote high standards and embed key skills of literacy and numeracy.
- Provide opportunities to apply knowledge and learning in practical ways.
- Make learning more meaningful, by putting it into context
- Listen to pupil voice and involve pupils in planning and decision making.
- Provide a creative approach to planning and delivery that will incorporate and embed key aspects of the National Curriculum
- Provide enrichment opportunities where learning and teaching can take place beyond the classroom.
- Promote pupils’ good behaviour and safety and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and encourage children to become more active citizens within the school community and beyond.
At Warren Park Primary School we aim to develop:
Successful learners, who enjoy learning, make good progress and achieve well.
Confident individuals, who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
Responsible citizens, who show consideration and respect towards one another and make a positive contribution to our community.
In order to achieve this we:
- Work in partnership with children, staff, parents and governors.
- Provide a stimulating curriculum that will challenge, engage and motivate learners.
- Value the contribution of each individual.
- Promote a culture where people care, show consideration and respect at all times.
- Encourage independence, responsibility and determination.
Our curriculum is broad and balanced, promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of all children. It is our aim that through their school years the children will develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that will enable them to become responsible and successful citizens at secondary school and later in life. The children will be taught the core subjects of Maths, English and Science, and the foundation subjects of History, Geography, Computing, Design Technology, Music, Physical Education, French, Art and Design. Our Personal Social Health and Economic Education prepares the children for the challenges of growing up and enables them to explore British values that will lead them to become responsible citizens in the future. We also cover Sex and Relationships Education within our curriculum and this is detailed in the Sex and Relationships Policy. Any parent with questions or concerns about this is asked to see the Headteacher. All children also have access to an Outside Classroom team and PSHE team. For more information please explore our ‘Parents Page’ and ‘Outside Classroom’ tabs.
Warren Park Primary School fully supports the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child agendas. This includes educating children about their rights and responsibilities within a culture that celebrates equality, cultural diversity, and racial equality. Every person in the school is expected to show respect for each other.
English is taught daily across the school. In KS1, the children are taught in a variety of groupings including both ability and mixed ability groups, with a high ratio of staff to children. In KS2, English is taught in three separate ability groups to ensure all children can access their appropriate year group curriculum, but with varying degrees of support. The ability groups are organised according to the needs of the children; they vary in size and are subject to fluid movement throughout the academic year. English is taught as a subject in its own right and is developed further within the wider curriculum.
At Warren Park it is our aim to equip children with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. Our teaching will enable children to:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, both for pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, and an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; elaborating and explaining clearly their understanding and ideas
- participate confidently in presentations and debates demonstrating effective listening and speaking skills
Maths is taught daily across the school each morning. Maths is taught in ability groups which enable teachers to support children effectively with areas of development and ensure accelerated progress. Additional, focused intervention sessions with smaller groups of children are run during afternoon sessions to correct misconceptions and to further develop children with a particular aptitude for maths. Maths is taught as a subject in its own right and opportunities within the wider curriculum are maximised in order to develop, use and apply mathematical skills and thinking.
Within our Maths curriculum we aim to enable children to:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that they have a conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument justification or proof using mathematical language
- solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
In a recent change, to encourage a more lineal journey of scientific application and understanding, Science at Warren Park is being taught weekly. This ensures children develop a secure understanding of each key concept in order to progress. Science is taught as a subject in its own right and opportunities within the wider curriculum are maximised in order to develop, use and apply scientific ideas and understanding. Through a broad range of theoretical and practical learning, children will build a body of knowledge that will encourage them to question scientific theories and concepts, and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity regarding scientific analysis and discovery. Children at Warren Park have the unique opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge, and analyse their practical discoveries in The Outdoor Classroom. This learning space provides children with the chance to channel their excitement with a ‘hands on’ approach which subsequently ensures they use a number of scientific methods to predict, analyse and understand their fields of study.
Within our Science curriculum we aim to enable children to:
- Develop efficient and progressive scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding
- Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of scientific enquiries that help them to both answer and create questions about the world around them
- Understand the uses and implications of science in the ‘real world’ and how it may change in the future.
We aim to provide a Religious Education curriculum in line with the Hampshire agreed syllabus, Living Difference, consistent with the teaching and learning policy of the school. This will reflect the school’s strong commitment to inter-cultural education as well as promoting the spiritual and moral development of the children, not just through planned curriculum, but through assemblies and collective worship, through developing links with the local community and through the ethos and standards of the whole school. We aim to support the development of children’s own values and contribution to the promotion of British Values and to the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This involves enabling children to interpret and respond to a variety of concepts, beliefs and practices within religions and to their own and others’ cultural and life experiences. In order to do this, children will explore religious stories, festivals, artefacts, places of worship, rituals and beliefs. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and will need to discuss this with the Headteacher.
Warren Park has a range of technological equipment that promotes and aids learning, including a bank of 180 laptops and 40 iPads which can be used in any classroom. We appreciate the importance of computer technology within the world and workplace of future generations and through the teaching of computing will ensure that children:
- understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic and algorithms and data representation
- analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
ART AND DESIGN
Through the art and design curriculum we encourage the children to gain the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Lessons will sometimes link with other areas of the curriculum so that the children can make connections or use a particular context to explore an area of focus. The Creative Lifeskills programme enables children to have the opportunity to use and develop new and existing skills and techniques in different contexts to broaden their knowledge and understanding. All children have their own sketch book in which they can record their learning. During their time at school the children will be given opportunities to:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art and design techniques
- evaluate and analyse creative works using the language or art, craft and design
- find out about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
At Warren Park we encourage the children to gain the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own designs. Links are made with other curriculum areas to ensure that skills are applied and developed in a wide range of contexts. The Creative Lifeskills programme supports the children’s learning of these skills by making connections or using a particular context to explore an area of focus. Children are encouraged to be resourceful, innovative and enterprising, all skills which are highly valuable in an ever changing world. During their time at school the children will be given the opportunities to:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook
The Geography curriculum enables children to find out about the world in which they live and broaden their knowledge and understanding of other people and places. They will learn about the Earth’s key physical and human processes, developing an appreciation of its resources and environments. The children will:
- develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
- understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
- become competent in using and applying geographical skills which help them to collect, interpret and communicate geographical information
In history the children will gain a coherent understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world inspiring a curiosity which will lead them to ask questions, think critically and weigh up evidence before developing a perspective on historical events. History lessons will open up a window in which to consider the complexity of people’s lives and the challenges that they faced. In the Outside Classroom children have an opportunity to learn about Britain’s Pre-History through living archaeology The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all children:
- know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
- know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires;
- characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
- gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
- understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
- understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
- gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short and long term timescales
The children at Warren Park learn Spanish and develop an understanding and appreciation of Spanish culture. The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all children:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
- can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied
At Warren Park, class teachers and specialist teachers from Hampshire Music Service inspire children to develop a love of music and develop their talents as musicians. Opportunities within music lessons help to increase self-confidence and many children love to share their learning through performance for other children and parents. The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all children:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations
There are many opportunities for children at Warren Park to become physically confident in a wide range of sporting activities in lessons and in clubs. We help all children to understand that health and fitness contribute positively to their lives and that there are many social benefits that can be enjoyed through engagement in sport. We encourage competitive activities and our children are keen to celebrate not only their success but also their conduct and performance. The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all children:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives