Vicarage School Curriculum Drivers
Our curriculum is designed to be relevant, meaningful and personalised to meet the needs of our children and to provide a secure foundation of appropriate and relevant knowledge, skills and experiences to enable them to make connections between their ideas and learning and to use these in real life situations.
Our curriculum framework is based around 3 key drivers. These are taken from the consideration of our pupils’ community and background; our school values and our expectations for a high-quality education:
|To deliver a curriculum where language acquisition, reading, writing and arithmetic is the bedrock of learning||To deliver a curriculum for lifelong learning||
To deliver a curriculum where cultural capital, diversity and inclusivity is celebrated
Aspire for Excellence, so you can achieve your potential to Be the Best you Can Be
Develop independence, confidence, and Resilience to Be the Best you Can Be
Foster mutual understanding, tolerance and Respect, so that you can Be the Best you Can Be
Reading for Pleasure
Wide range of extra-curricular activities
Personalised learning for SEND
To deliver a curriculum where language acquisition and mathematical skills and creative writing are at the foundation
We believe that the core skills in English and maths underpin all aspects of learning. An emphasis is placed on the development of key skills in speaking and listening, reading, writing and maths to support children to become avid readers and confident communicators and mathematicians, ready for the next stage in their education.
We value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers.
- From early years to year 2 pupils are taught with a passion and purpose to read through the RWI (Read Write Inc) scheme, with an aim for pupils to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One.
Pupils are taught in small groups where they participate in speaking, listening and spelling activities that are matched to their developing needs. Teachers draw upon observations and continuous assessment to ensure children are stretched and challenged and to identify pupils who may need additional support. Weekly Guided Reading sessions are taught from Year 1 to Year 6 to develop comprehension skills.
- We encourage and support our pupils to develop a deep passion and pleasure for reading. Every class has a rich daily story time session, we are fortunate to have a well-resourced school library where pupils visit weekly to take books home and also have the opportunity to recommend books to their peers during Friday assemblies.
- Reading is embedded through all our curriculum subjects so that pupils can apply their reading skills across the curriculum, with a strong emphasis on learning wide range of vocabulary.
- We take part in Reading Festival, World Book Day and invite Authors to enhance and raise the profile of reading across the school.
We aim provide opportunities for quality writing across the curriculum
- We develop the pupil’s ability to produce well structured, detailed writing in which the meaning is made clear and which engages the interest of the reader.
- Attention is paid to the formal structures of the language, i.e. grammatical detail, punctuation and spelling.
- Pupils’ are given frequent opportunities to write in different contexts and for a variety of purposes and audiences, using quality texts as a model.
- There are many opportunities for pupils to be inspired by different media to develop their imagination and creative writing.
- Extended writing is often linked to the topic being studied.
- We inspire our pupils to become confident, creative writers by taking part in Young Writers Completions, More Able Writers Day and Pobble- where pupils’ work is published online so they can connect with other young writers from all over the world – so much inspiration in one platform!
We value the key skills that is required to be successful mathematicians and children see maths as an integral part of life.
- Emphasis on embedding the four operations and practising key skills and applying them in different contexts.
- We want pupils’ to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, so that they can reason mathematically and can apply their skills to problem solving.
- We develop pupils’ mathematical skills through daily mathematic lessons and application in all curriculum areas.
- We use Times Tables Rock Star which is a carefully sequenced programme of daily time’s table practice in KS2, to boosts times table recall.
- To builds pupil’s motivational attitudes towards mathematics we take part in Maths Bee, Number Day and World Maths Day.
We believe ‘oracy’ is fundamental to the achievement of all pupils
- There is a constant thread through the taught curriculum for opportunities for pupils to develop ’oracy,’ through debating, talk partners, paired and collaborative work, drama, role-play activities, circle time, listening to and discussing stories as well as presentations of learning.
- There are also opportunities for children to develop their ‘oracy’ skills outside of the taught curriculum. These activities include: assemblies, school council and Eco-council meetings and school productions.
- Music lessons and singing assemblies supports pupils’ in pronunciation, projection of their voices, use of expression and improving confidence. Our two school choir take part in the annual Young Voices event at the O2 alongside hundreds of other primary and secondary pupils across London.
To deliver a curriculum for lifelong learning
We value our pupils to foster a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge- building the foundations for lifelong learning and not give up or fall at the first hurdle but should be resilient and motivated enough to persevere and succeed in overcoming a challenge.
- Our Foundation subjects are taught through a thematic Learning approach. We want pupils to explore and take risks resulting in a purposeful curriculum. A key part of curriculum delivery is to ensure that pupils understand what they are working towards, i.e. knowing the bigger picture.
- We use a variety of stimuli which engages the learner.
- We teach pupils about environmental issues, so they develop a deeper understanding and have the skills to make informed and responsible decisions.
- Global learning is built into Geography lessons so pupils understand about international developments and recognise their connections with people across the world. We are part of the ’Connecting Classrooms’ programme and have made links with a school in Kenya.
- P4C is embedded into lessons to encourage pupils to be inquisitive, to ask questions and develop an enquiring mind.
- PSHEE and Healthy Schools lessons are delivered to support pupil’s self-awareness, confidence and self-esteem and aims to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead happy, healthy and confident lives.
- We teach Spanish to develop pupil’s competence in a modern foreign language.
- We provide a wealth of music opportunities to our pupils including, weekly small groups’ tuition by qualified instructors. As part of this pupils are taught to read music and participate in group performances. We have our own school choir, who take part in community musical events, we invite live musicians to our school to perform and deliver workshops. These opportunities not only enhance their enjoyment and progress in music, but also contributes to their social, mental and physical well-being.
- We have specialist PPA teachers for Art, PE, Drama, MFL and Music whose expertise and passion for their subject helps to promote pupil’s passion for learning.
- We like to involve pupils in all aspects of school life, including making key decisions and planning as much as possible so that the school is centred around them and their learning and progress. Every year pupils in KS2 are provided with the opportunity to become a perfect, playground buddie and Eco champion.
Cultural capital, diversity and inclusivity celebrated
We strive to deliver a curriculum which champions the diversity and inclusivity of our community and give our pupils the vital experiences to become informed and responsible members of the community.
- The work carried out in the classrooms is enhanced through our offer of a wide range of extra-curricular activities, so that pupils interests and talents in a range of subjects including sport, art, music and can be further developed, leading to deep and secure understanding.
- We offer varied visits and educational experiences designed to support the curriculum and broaden experiences from EYFS to year 6 both around the capital, the country and beyond the UK’s boarders, e.g. pupils in Year 6 are given the opportunity to take part in educational visit overseas, which has included Barcelona in Spain to look at the work of the artist Gaudi.
- We respect and celebrate the religions and cultural diversity within our school. Staff seek out relevant and meaningful opportunities to develop pupil’s social, moral, cultural and spiritual understanding when teaching all subjects. We hold special assemblies, provide themed school lunches and ensure that pupils visit a range of places of worship during their time at the school.
- We are an inclusive school and take pride in ensuring pupils with SEND have access to quality personalised learning opportunities including horse-riding, swimming, and a range of intervention groups. The school has its own soft play and sensory room so that provision is accessible and appropriate.
- Teamwork and accountability are an essential part of our curriculum. We enable pupils to take on key roles, becoming involved in the community, through charity fundraising events.
- We offer enrichment weeks, covering a wide variety of subjects. Pupils experience the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom. The whole school moves away from the usual timetable and learning is focused around a given theme or subject for the week.
How do we ensure that there is curricular progression?
- Our curriculum is carefully planned so that it has breath as well as ambition.
- We follow the National Curriculum. Schemes are in place for Literacy (RWI and Literacy and Language), Maths (Maths No Problem in Years 1 to 4), PE and PHSE (LCP). The schemes of work are carefully sequenced to ensure progression and clear end points.
- We use specialist teachers to teach the curriculum in Art, Music, PE and MFL.
- We have adapted a subject specific approach in the foundation subjects, so that pupils can be taught the knowledge and thinking skills required for each curriculum area.
- Our curriculum planning in all subjects are planned around key threshold concepts. These concepts are the ‘big ideas’ that shape our pupil’s thinking within each subject. The same threshold concepts are explored and revisited in each unit of work in every year group to ensure knowledge, vocabulary and skills shift from working to long-term memory therefore enhances the ability to master the subject.
- Our subject leaders are committed to developing and reviewing the effectiveness of teaching and learning in their subject across all year groups. There are clear curricular progression maps for all foundation subjects to ensure progression across the school.
- We recognise the importance of digital literacy and provide opportunities for the development of the skills pupils need to function safely and responsibly in a technological world, through the Computing curriculum and specific E-safety lessons.
- Our intervention programmes are carefully targeted to ensure pupils make accelerated progress from their different starting points. These include;
- Daily 1:1 intervention in reading and maths from Reception to Year 6
- Speech and Language groups
- Before and after school tuition sessions.
- The Head start and Bounce back programme to support pupils with emotional difficulties.