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Smarden Primary School

Enjoying, Learning and Achieving Together

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Smarden Primary School

Enjoying, Learning and Achieving Together

Overview of the Curriculum at Smarden Primary School

 

We aim to ‘deliver a curriculum rich in authentic learning experiences that help children learn from one another and grow into empowered, knowledgeable and creative thinkers who are driven by insatiable curiosity.’ The Monkey-Proof Box, Jonathan Lear

 

Our curriculum is skills based and knowledge rich. We cover less but in greater depth to ensure mastery of all subjects. We want our curriculum to enable all pupils to become resilient, independent, curious and creative learners and leaders. We provide a broad, enriching and challenging curriculum in order for pupils to develop their ‘basic skills’, ‘active learning’ and ‘creative thinking’. Our curriculum should enable all pupils to pursue their future ambitions and goals and go on to lead happy and successful lives. 

 

Basic Skills

  • To speak clearly and convey ideas confidently.
  • To read and communicate ideas in writing efficiently and effectively.
  • To calculate efficiently and apply skills to solve problems.
  • To use new technologies confidently and purposefully. 

 

Active Learning

  • To seek out and enjoy challenges.
  • To collaborate with others.
  • To show commitment and perseverance.
  • To assess themselves and others. 

 

Creative Thinking 

  • To ask questions and extend thinking.
  • To generate ideas and explore possibilities.
  • To overcome barriers by trying out alternatives and adapting or developing ideas.
  • To connect ideas and experiences in inventive ways. 

 

Our curriculum creates the conditions for these skills to develop. 

 

Our curriculum is organised into 3 areas, whereby each term is given a specific focus:

 

Discover

Autumn Term

History Themed Project 

Explore

Spring Term

Geography and Design Technology Themed Project

Create

Summer Term

Arts Themed Project 

 

Every term key concepts, for example justice and compassion, are carefully selected to create connectedness between subjects. The key concepts link directly to PSHE and RE, which are two subjects central to our curriculum. 

 

Our school values (REFLECT) are also mapped alongside our Discover, Explore, Create curriculum, providing further cohesion between subjects studied. 

 

  • Discover - Respect, Friendship and Endeavour 
  • Explore - Cooperation and Trust 
  • Create - Leadership and Enjoyment 

 

The children begin each project with an enquiry question that frames the concepts, for example ‘Does adversity always make us stronger?’ As the children develop their core and procedural knowledge they are challenged to apply what they have learnt in increasingly complex ways.  By the end of the project the children can articulate their own informed responses to the enquiry question. 

 

A ‘hook’ (e.g. the arrival of a mystery letter containing a challenge in KS1) at the start of each project promotes curiosity and carefully planned ‘WOW moments’ (e.g. A trip to the British Museum in Year 6) throughout the project provides enriching and engaging learning opportunities for the children. 

 

The children work towards authentic and purposeful outcomes which we refer to as a  ‘Fantastic Finish’. The Fantastic Finish motivates pupils to produce high quality pieces of work and enables them to demonstrate their excellence. For example, during our Create project (summer 2021), the children worked alongside ‘experts’ to produce artwork including; printing, painting and sculpture. The children’s artwork was then exhibited virtually and shared with the local community, including local artists who were able to critique the work produced. 

 

Core knowledge is covered in-depth and revisited throughout the year and across subjects to ensure that learning is embedded. One way we do this is through our daily timetabled Learning Launch Pad time.

 

Curriculum Outcomes 

 

  • Children develop lively, enquiring minds with the ability to question and argue rationally.
  • Children are kind, respectful and become good citizens. 
  • Children are resilient, independent and are confident in their own worth. 
  • Children are well-equipped for the next stage of their education journey.
  • The pupils go on to become skilled collaborators, innovators and leaders of the future.

 

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