Curriculum Statement 2017/18

At Pebworth First School we offer a broad and balanced curriculum which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. Our curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the new National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school and in our small community. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.

Pupils are still working on the Early Learning Goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as they enter Year 1. There is a period in the Autumn Term where the majority of children progress to the National Curriculum. Throughout this period and beyond all children are still developing their phonic knowledge through the Letters and Sounds Programme and developing their fluency in reading through the Daily Supported Reading Programme. We use letters and sounds for phonics as a guide but also use Phonic Bug and Read Write Inc too. Class one and two use Read Write Inc. for guided reading and we use Bug Club and Oxford Reading Tree for reading.

The National Curriculum is delivered using a variety of schemes and we ensure coverage and progression throughout the school. Regular teacher assessments inform half termly progress and attainment checks for all year groups based on statements from the National Curriculum to ensure pupils are making good or better progress and can be supported to achieve faster progress if they are falling behind. The more able pupils are challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success. National requirements and school requirements are mapped out and then individual class teachers plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly. The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s core values: working together, aiming high, care, respect and resilience and these are taught on their own and through other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum.

Specialist teachers from our federation partner, Blackminster Middle School, deliver high quality physical education. Masterclasses in science are delivered in specialist science laboratories at Blackminster to provide the ‘wow’ factor in science. This compliments the science program in school. Pupils can also can the Food technology facilities at Blackminster, as well as preparing food at Pebworth. In addition, our Forest School gives opportunities to add breadth and depth to learning in an outdoor environment. Music is key strength in the school and all children are encouraged to play and instrument and perform individually and in ensemble. Art also features prominently in the curriculum; children have the opportunity to work regularly with an expert using a variety of media.

All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further.

Outdoor learning gives children many opportunities to develop skills outside the classroom. Children are involved in environmental projects and in growing food in the garden areas. Children prepare the produce they have grown and cook and serve meals for the community. Additional whole school programmes and approaches support quality teaching and learning and the school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology.

Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.