Ladygrove Primary School - Curriculum Intent
At Ladygrove Primary School, we use the Cornerstones Curriculum to guide our teaching and learning. The curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first-hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. We believe our curriculum should prepare children for the next stage in their educational journey. By providing them with the knowledge skills and understanding needed, they recognise the purpose and value of their learning and see its relevance to their past, present and future. We need to prepare every child for an ever-changing society and our curriculum is founded on supporting our pupils to understand the difference between right and wrong, to be free to express views or ideas, as well as respect and tolerate the opinions or behaviour of others. We want our pupils to understand they are part of a system where everyone plays an equal part. Our curriculum provides opportunities to promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success.
Every child is seen as a unique individual and their talents, ranging from Sports to the Arts are given equal recognition. We celebrate and welcome differences within our school community. Pupils are encouraged to explore beliefs, experience and faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity and reflect on experiences.
In Early Years we build our educational foundations on the three characteristics of effective learning. These are;
- Playing and Exploring
- Active learning
- Creating and thinking critically
Through our Early Years curriculum, we thread through activities to provide children with opportunities to be risk takers.
The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. We constantly provide enhancement opportunities and engaging entry points to motivate pupils in their learning. We believe that Ladygrove pupils should be happy, investigative and embrace school life where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. We use the principles behind Building Learning Powers and have developed our own Learning Animals, bespoke to our school. These animals are key symbols of teaching and learning:
Team Ant: how to work as a team (collaboration, reciprocity, empathy, developing listening skills)
Reflective Owl: how to work independently (planning, reflecting, revising and editing)
Tough Tortoise: how to build resilience (persevere with learning, manage distractions)
Resourceful Squirrel: how to be resourceful (use prior leaning, make links, utilise resources to help with the learning)
Linked with the Learning animals, we use MARGE – an acronym based on a whole-brain learning approach for student and teachers by Professor Arthur Shimamura. MARGE filters through teaching and learning as Motivate Attend Relate Generate Evaluate.
We are an integral part of our local community and work hard to support it. We work closely with our local church, as well as local charities. Charity involvement is an essential part of our curriculum where we believe our pupils develop and gain empathy. Our curriculum encourages children to develop a sense of pride in their local area and a sense of belonging, as well as having an appreciation of their local heritage and their place in the wider world.
Children leave Ladygrove with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit family where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become successful lifelong learners.
Whole School Curriculum
At Ladygrove we follow a creative curriculum approach which links the areas of the curriculum under an ILP - an Imaginative Learning Project. We use the 'Cornerstones Curriculum' to aid our planning and delivery of this. Due to the nature of our mixed age classes, we have a rolling programme of themes which allow full coverage of the National Curriculum and EYFS curriculum. We feel that our cross curricular approach benefits the children because it enables us to make links between a variety of subjects and provides a meaningful context for reading, writing and maths.
Ladygrove Primary School – Long Term Planning:
If you would like to find out more about our approach to the curriculum, please make an appointment via the school office.