To deliver a curriculum which:
- Inspires and encourages children to become lifelong learners, where they have a passion to learn and the knowledge and skills to take with them into the next stages of education and the world of work, through a secure understanding of the need to develop resilience and independence.
- Instils the understanding that if they work hard, apply their learning and are determined and ambitious, they can achieve anything.
- Teaches a knowledge of the world, giving children opportunities and experiences to grow their cultural and social capital and develop their understanding of how they belong to the local, national and global communities.
- Allows children to deepen their knowledge through an ability to question effectively, enabling them to be curious and inquisitive learners.
- Develops children’s self-belief as learners and as citizens, valuing their physical and mental well-being development in order that they feel confident and ready to tackle any challenge they may face.
- Develops children’s understanding and awareness of the world in which they live and enables them to be respectful and understanding of others, honest, caring and patient citizens.
- Values creative and immersive leaning opportunities that are deeply rooted in knowledge and skills.
- Places an equal value on all curriculum areas and ensures children are shown a wide range of possibilities available for their future so they become successful, confident and accurate historians, geographers, artists, linguists, designers, scientists, athletes and musicians, learning at their own pace and in the best possible way to enable each child to flourish.
- Includes (through careful planning and design) many opportunities for repetition, practise and application of essential knowledge and skills, making clear links to core subjects to ensure children are able to develop a deeper understanding in their learning over time, not just merely covering content.
Teaching and Learning, Content and Sequence
- Children have pride in their work, they enjoy and are engaged in their learning.
- There is a whole school focus on the impact and on-going improvement in the teaching of foundation subjects: teachers are placing a greater value on the importance of knowledge as the foundation of skills. Lessons have a clear structure and components of learning are carefully planned to lead towards composite outcomes.
- Pupils’ books indicate that learning in the wider curriculum is more engaging and less teacher led than previously. Books are showing an improving emphasis on the teaching of skills which are progressive through school, applied in a range of subjects and are selected independently.
- Children’s knowledge and skills in different subjects are interwoven and linked to support joined up learning and application of knowledge.
As well as following our Scheme of Work for Drama within classes, our children see live drama performances from invited professional companies whenever possible.
All of our children take part in performances produced each year at school.
Our Year 3s produce a Christmas Assembly for an audience of parents and Year 2s from our feeder infant schools.
Year 3s also produce a Welcome Assembly for the Year 2s in July, before they join us.
There is a joint Year 3/4 musical production and a Year 5 production in the Spring term.
The Year 6 production is in the Summer term.
ART AND DESIGN
Art and Design is taught from a scheme of work that plans for progression of skills in drawing, painting, collage and 3D work. It focuses on the children using a range of media and different techniques to develop their understanding of art making. It includes using the work of other artists and other times to provide inspiration and links with other topic work.
We run a themed Arts week for all year groups in the school every year which culminates in an exhibition or other form of displaying the children's work, which parents are invited to see.
Professional artists are invited into the school to work with children on specific projects like our mosaics in the playground.
We give children the opportunity to celebrate their artistic talents by taking part in 'The Sheffield Children's Art Festival' and are regular contributors to various competitions such as 'Young Painter of the Year'.
We are very proud to be an 'Artsmark Gold' school, which we feel reflects our level of commitment and high achievements in the Arts.
For details of current art clubs and activities, please see Lunchtime Activities and Before and After-School Activities.