Madresfield CE Primary School Curriculum Statement
“The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum”. (2014 National Curriculum)
The aim for our school is to create a curriculum that both reflects and serves the needs of the children within the community in which they are geographically and culturally located. The only requirement is that this “school curriculum” should encompass the statutory requirement to teach the National curriculum. At Madresfield this means that we follow the objectives laid out in the curriculum but use the teachers and children’s interests to create our own Madresfield curriculum. We aim for outcomes to be based on real life experiences.
The curriculum is permanently evolving and continually seeking to focus on the children’s interests and to keep pace with social and educational changes.
Our Curriculum aims include:
- asking ‘big questions’
- having fun with friends and loving learning
- making memories that last
- being morally, spiritually and culturally aware
- working well as a team
- persevere through challenge
- creativity and problem solving
- tolerance, global awareness and respect for others
- keeping yourself safe
- using our 12 Madresfield values to support learning
From these aims the school’s curriculum planning develops and creates curricular drivers that will deliver the school’s curriculum aims through the statutory content of the National Curriculum. These drivers form the basis for all medium term planning within the school. Drivers are based in real life learning, they enable teachers to be flexible, use the environment, visit locations and invite visitors in to support. They allow the school to ensure coverage and progression through the National Curriculum but also allow for the breadth of the School Curriculum.
The Madresfield Curriculum aims to enrich children’s lives and their families. It draws on the creative arts, mathematics, literary world, dance, theatre, music, language, scientists and a plethora of other inspiration using technology to support.
Children learn to keep themselves safe through our detailed and rigorous curriculum for Personal, Social and Health Education and through Forest School.
We are very busy at Madresfield but ensure that every day, all children practise the fundamentals of handwriting, creative writing, mathematics, reading, multiplication tables and keeping fit and healthy.
What does your child learn at school each day? Find information about our curriculum subjects here.
At Madresfield, learning is extended and reinforced upon at home with the use of ‘Learning Logs’.
Learning logs are:
• A different kind of homework
• An alternative for children to record their learning and understanding.
• A way to engage children and parents in talking about what they have been or will be learning.
• It is an open ended task and allows for a creative approach from the children; there is no right or wrong answer.
Children will bring home their ‘learning log’ on a regular basis and will be given a set time before it needs returning to school.
How to complete Learning Logs:
• Children will have discussed the Learning Objective for their Learning Log.
• They have the freedom to present their work in their own way to show what they know.
• Work should be completed on no more than two pages. Pages can be layered or extended.
We use learning logs to:
• Raise standards for all children
• Provide all children with learning experiences that matter to them.
• Give a REAL purpose to learning.
• Develop quality learning experiences outside of school by involving the whole family.
• Provide children with opportunities to express their opinions.
• Encourage independent work and learning experiences.
How can you help your child?
Things to remember:
• Learning Logs are child led.
• There is no set amount of work to be produced.
• This is a time for you and your child to explore learning together.
• The complexity of the completed log will be age dependent.
For further information about Learning Logs you may like to look at www.learninglogs.co.uk