At Kidsgrove Primary our vision and values are at the core of everything we do and underpin all teaching and learning, with the child at the centre. Our intention is that our curriculum extends opportunities, raises aspirations, opens children’s eyes to the world beyond their immediate environment, enabling them to live happy, healthy and productive lives and to be inspired to learn.
Empowering learners...growing minds
At Kidsgrove we have designed a broad and balanced curriculum so that it allows pupils to develop both skills and knowledge. We believe that by helping pupils to develop a wide vocabulary with rich and deep subject knowledge within a coherent and progressive framework of skills, therefore enabling then to learn and grow as they apply these to a variety of problems and learning challenges. We aim to ensure that all children are well equipped to face the challenges that lie ahead of them at school and in later life, reaching their full potential.
Our curriculum design provides children with a memorable start to every topic and promotes problem solving, creativity and communication. It encourages the children to be independent learners, take risks and allows for the practise of skills to become embedded before moving learning on. This approach is enriched by offering opportunities to learn in locations other than the classroom.
We have a curriculum that emphasises healthy minds and bodies, focusing on wellbeing. Spiritual, moral and cultural learning runs throughout, and pupil voice is heard and supports school performance improvement and accountability of learners.
In summary, At kidsgrove Primary School we want our children to experience:
A unique curriculum experience that is built on knowledge and vocabulary
A curriculum where prior knowledge provides the roots to future learning opportunities
The practise of skills to become embedded, feeling secure before learning is moved on
The love for learning and the risk involved to ensure grit, resilience and confidence when tackling and extending their own learning independently
The opportunity to aim high and aspire to be the best they can be, reaching their full potential
Challenge in daily learning opportunities
A curriculum based on sequenced knowledge and skills framework
A curriculum that develops pupi voice to improve performance and accountability
A curriculum that is focused on healthy minds and bodies ensuring the importance of wellbeing
Our vibrant and rich curriculum is designed so that some subjects are taught discretely, and other subject specific skills are scaffolded within a cross-curricular theme or context. But all build on prior learning from EYFS to the end of Key Stage 2 to ensure consistency and progression across the whole school. In order to ensure that progression and balance is maintained, the detailed programmes of study are turned into termly topic overviews, designed with the end in mind, working towards a final project, show or community event.
Teachers then translate these plans into smaller units - half termly, weekly, daily plans where the specific needs of the learners are addressed. We continually assess children’s needs and measure impact on progress and attainment, through careful analysis of application of skills across the curriculum and, as such, teaching is carefully tailored to meet the needs of all children.
Our success criteria approach of ‘Leaves of Learning’ ensures that learning and outcomes show progress and challenge - with our school ethos of ‘go for green' whereby green is the National Standard in the learning objective / standard. Challenge for the more-able and higher attaining pupils are provided through purple leaf challenges.
We implement a clear curriculum pedagogy, that provides structure and ensures content is delivered in the most effective way. All lessons are delivered using an agreed structure.
Roots of Learning
Mental, consolidation or prior check of learning starter
Vocabulary check, clarify or introduction
Branches of Learning (Including for SEND pupils)
New learning through model, guided, independent
Leaves of Learning
Growth - Independent learning activities through Amber leaf (working Towards), Yellow leaf (Expected supported), Green leaf (Expected) and Purple (Greater Depth). Children select own entry point to challenge themselves but know they can try one point of entry and re-select if necessary. Each challenge is linked to the others - not just different tasks.
Review of Learning and Self-Assessment
Each subject area has a subject intent, whole school policy, and an annual action plan which outlines development opportunities and clearly links with the school development plan. For more informatiom about each subject area, click in the icons below.
At Kidsgrove Primary, children are assessed during every lesson which enables our teachers to plan the next steps for each child. Teachers assess against the learning objectives and the basic skill requirements for each year group and provide in the moment feedback which enables each pupil to make progress within the lesson and overtime. Children are expected to make good or better progress in all subjects and this individual progress is tracked and reported to parents and carers at parents evening and at the end of year on a report.
Kidsgrove Primary uses rigorous triangulated monitoring throughout the year to gauge the impact of the curriculum design. Senior leaders and subject leaders monitor individual subjects: reviewing learning, evaluating pupil voice, providing individual feedback to move learning forward, celebrating positives and highlighting areas for development that through coaching and continued professional development are developed and strengthened. The impact of the curriculum is reviewed half termly and progress is measured against end of year outcomes for individual pupils and for the year group.
Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour. Children feel safe to try new things. The pupils will be able to work collaboratively with their peers and independently as inquisitive learners who are motivated to excel and who have a thirst for learning. The pupils will have a strong desire to embrace challenges and to be resilient learners.
Our curriculum will also enable our pupils to become good citizens and demonstrate an appreciation for each other, the school community and the world. Our pupils will be respectful and will show tolerance and acceptance to those from different faiths and backgrounds.
We will measure the impact of our curriculum through: