Cedar Park School
At Cedar Park School we plan our school curriculum with the intention of promoting learning, personal growth and the development of all pupils regardless of their starting point, ability or individual need. We strive to help children to become confident, motivated and independent learners. We want children to grow into positive, responsible adults, who understand how to collaborate and cooperate with others. We want the children to develop their knowledge and skills, and achieve their potential. We are working together to be the best we can.
Our intention is:
- To provide a rich and varied curriculum which has its roots based in developing a Growth Mindset and the use of Habits of Mind for successful learning.
- To promote our school values of excellence, respect, responsibility, co-operation, kindness, and perseverance, helping the children to engender a sense of personal pride in achievement, and provide a purpose and relevance for learning.
- To support the children’s understanding of British Values, their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, ensuring that children are well prepared with the attitudes and qualities which enable them to become confident, caring, respectful and responsible citizens who recognise diversity and demonstrate acceptance of all.
- To support all children to reach a high standard of English and maths skills through specific teaching and application of these skills to learning across the curriculum.
- To ensure staffing has maximum impact on good progress and learning alongside a commitment to the vision and values of the school.
- To provide a challenging, broad and engaging curriculum which is planned to empower children to build on previous learning and secure strong foundations for future learning.
- To inspire children to want to learn more and to enjoy learning through the use of enrichment opportunities that are relevant to them.
- To extend learning beyond the classroom through the effective use of resources including the school grounds and local area and through planned use of visits and visitors.
- To promote a sense of community, ensuring that our curriculum celebrates diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of our local and wider community as well as our link school in Kenya.
- To ensure that learning offers children opportunities that create high levels of enjoyment, helping them to be happy, safe and successful.
How we will implement our curriculum:
- Teachers will have good knowledge of the subjects they teach and will be encouraged to refine their knowledge and skills through attending training, sharing best practice and undertaking relevant research. Subject leaders will provide colleagues with effective support for planning, resourcing and teaching.
- Lessons will provide frequent opportunities for cross curricular links, discussion to extend thinking, check understanding, identify misconceptions and provide clear and direct feedback.
- High quality texts will be used in all year groups to promote reading skills. This will support the development of a high level of vocabulary and extended sentence structures. Phonics teaching will take priority in Early Years and Year 1. Reading will be promoted by building phonic skills, confidence and enjoyment.
- Teachers will use assessment effectively to check understanding and inform next steps so that knowledge is gained, applied and consolidated. Pupil progress meetings will be held termly, linked to agreed data drop points, to discuss the progress of every child and to agree additional interventions as required.
- Curriculum maps will be used across the curriculum to support teacher planning and to ensure that knowledge and skills are taught in a logical and progressive order.
- The impact of the curriculum is evaluated through: end of year assessments; Key Stage statutory tests; through pupil progress meetings; data monitoring and evaluation; Senior Leadership Team review; moderation; staff meetings; governor visits; learning walks and pupil voice.
- Children achieve well by developing knowledge and skills as they progress through the school. This is reflected in the results that are achieved at the end of Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
- Children demonstrate positive attitudes to learning, always try their best and model our school values. They show an understanding of the importance of good behaviour and staying safe.
- The children leave the school in Year 6 with an established love of learning and are ready to take on the challenges of secondary school.
Senior Leadership Team September 2021
For further information and to see our curriculum in action please visit our class pages.
What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.