Curriculum Statement September 2016

HEENE CHURCH OF ENGLAND (AIDED) PRIMARY SCHOOL
has a responsibility to ensure that each pupil has entitlement to:

Learn with their hearts, minds and bodies – to feel safe and secure. We do this through creating a curriculum which enables pupils to feel confident, valued and successful and respect themselves and others as learners.

A curriculum which enables pupils to work independently and collaboratively in a high quality teaching and stimulating learning environment in order to become successful learners, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.

A curriculum that is;

  • broad, so that it introduces each child to a wide range of concepts, experiences, knowledge and skills enabling them to think creatively and critically and solve problems
  • relevant, so that all subjects prepare our children from a wide socio-economic and multi ethnic background to meet opportunities and responsibilities of adult life in a rapidly changing world
  • balanced, so that each area of the curriculum is allowed sufficient time for its contribution to be effective
  • differentiated so that it is matched to individual’s abilities and aptitudes and is inclusive and well planned, providing the context for in-depth learning.

A curriculum that develops confident individuals who live safe, happy, fulfilling lives,        valued and successful and respect themselves and others as learners; the curriculum        will provide opportunities to:

  • Recognise, share and celebrate pupils’ achievements, strengths, talents and expertise
  • Be engaged in identifying personal aspirations and setting targets to achieve them
  • Celebrate their record of achievement
  • Learn to build and maintain relationships
  • Develop their understanding of their own learning strategies needed to develop lifelong learning
  • Learn to develop a safe and healthy lifestyle.

A curriculum which enables pupils to work and learn together in a high quality
teaching and learning environment will:

  • Include the provision of a stimulating learning environment which promotes high standards and expectations for all and opportunities for celebration of the curriculum
  • Enable pupils to be active in supporting one another and taking responsibility for the creation, use and maintenance of the environment.

A curriculum which is broad, balanced, flexible, relevant, inclusive and well planned and is well matched to individual need, providing the context for in-depth learning will:

  • Allow children to enjoy this and be excited by their learning
  • Enable provision for pupils’ individuality in the learning process, their changing needs and the development of their understanding of how they learn through taking increasing responsibility for addressing their own educational needs
  • Explore, practical experiences set in meaningful contexts
  • Identify and break down barriers to learning for individual and groups of pupils
  • Address the needs of the whole child through provision for spiritual, moral, social, cultural, intellectual and emotional development
  • Provide an appropriate balance of use of the indoor and outdoor environment
  • Be planned and assessed effectively on the basis of what pupils know, understand and can do so that teachers and pupils know the next steps to take
  • Empower pupils to plan, assess and evaluate their own learning and that of others
  • Empower pupils to develop their particular skills, talents and interests.

A curriculum which enables pupils as responsible citizens to make a significant contribution to their school community and the wider world by providing the opportunity to:

  • Support each other in their learning. A curriculum which enables pupils to make a significant contribution to society, their school community and the wider world as responsible citizens
  • Share and celebrate their learning experiences in school and with parents/carers
  • Take personal responsibility for their contribution to the school’s well-being and improvement
  • Be involved in the organisation and development of the classroom/school
  • Make an active contribution to issues and events in the local and wider communities of West Sussex and the wider world.

    A curriculum which provides continuity that is effective and supports progression and successful transition between and across schools will:

  • Plan collaboratively for continuity of content and organisation of the curriculum at points of transition, taking account of prior learning
  • Develop a shared understanding of a curriculum for learning and standards and progress achieved by pupils
  • Transfer/receive and use information effectively at all points of transition providing continuity that, is effective and supporting progression and successful transition (home-school, pre-school-school, between classes, school-school, school-college/Higher Education/work.

The core of the curriculum is centred on English, Maths, Science, Religious Education and Computing which is complemented by Philosophy; Citizenship; Personal, Social and Emotional education; Art; Music; Design Technology, History; Geography; Drama and French and is carefully mapped to ensure coverage across year groups and the whole school. It is delivered through the Teaching and Learning and Behaviour Policies.

It reflects our shared values of;   

LOVE    GROWTH       COMMUNITY    FAIRNESS      RESPECT         HONESTY

They are words which we feel are memorable, link to our Christian ethos and can be interwoven into the whole school curriculum and daily life at Heene. 

 

ETHOS
The ethos statement below comes from our Instrument of Government (the school’s constitution) and is commonly used for Church of England schools:

“Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.

The school aims to serve its community by providing education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers its pupils.”

 

VISION
Our vision is to continue to be a school of excellence where we are

-   learning together
-   loving others
-   guided by God

With a strapline, to be used more widely by staff and children, of:
'Learning together, loving others, guided by God'