Curriculum

Vision statement

“Our vision is to create a school community in which everyone can participate, excel and be proud of their achievements”

For the children this means:

  • You ‘participate’ in your own learning to ‘Build your best’
  • You excel by striving to ‘Try your best’
  • You are proud of what you have achieved to ‘Be your best’

The three ‘Golden Threads’ of our vision are weaved into our practice

Our school vision drives our curriculum:We use the golden threads of participation, excelling and being proud to steer our decision making and curriculum planning.   These threads are continually revisited as pupils travel through their KS2 journey.

To ensure children participate in building their own learning we will:

  • Work to ensure that all children are able to read which will enable them to access the wider curriculum
  • Work to ensure that children are able to be fluent with number through our maths curriculum including how to problem solve and reason
  • Work to  Build Learning Power, developing learning to learn skills which will enable  children to become lifelong learners
  • Work to ensure children are able to communicate with adults and their peers. This is sometimes through formal discussion in Lets Think in English
  •  Support children to assess their own learning. (e.g. Use success criteria)
  • Give children home learning to involve them in their own practice.

To ensure that children try their best and excel in their own learning we will:

  • Have a motivating curriculum that inspires our children to want to learn more.
  • Provide a progressive curriculum to ensure that children are able to learn new knowledge as they move from one year to the next.
  • Teach reading skills to enable children to access texts relating to other subject areas to boost learning. We will also encourage pupils to read for pleasure, as we see this as a key to learning.
  • We routinely recap and revisit learning to ensure that it sticks in the long term memory.
  • Encourage pupils to strive for improvement, building upon their own starting points.

To ensure that children are proud of their own achievements we will:

  • Provide an engaging  curriculum that sparks interest and encourages children to explore their interests and things that they enjoy doing.
  • Give encouragement and show appreciation of children’s achievements and work.
  • Give opportunities for pupils to think about how they can fulfil our school values.
  • Build children’s wellbeing and sense of self worth through the curriculum e.g. PHSE and other activities like Trick Box and ‘well done cards’ .
  • Ensure that all  pupils take part in extracurricular societies. Additionally we offer a number of after school activities.

How our aims for our children align with our curriculum

Information about our curriculum intent: Purpose and delivery

In pursuit of our vision ‘Where everyone counts,’ our curriculum seeks to enable every child to ‘let their light shine,’ by providing opportunities for them to grow in wisdom, knowledge and skills which will equip them to move into the next stage of their education. Underpinning this, is the belief that every child has the potential to achieve and excel from their own starting points and be proud of their achievements at every level. We aim to foster a culture of mutual care and respect which supports and encourages children to approach challenges positively and to learn from their mistakes. The key aims of the curriculum are summarised below:

  • To ensure the children receive their entitlement to the National Curriculum to equip them for future learning in secondary education and beyond and to enable them to discover areas of interest.
  • To provide the opportunity for every child to achieve the best possible progress they can in English, Mathematics and all areas of the wider curriculum. We aim to secure that pupils become fluent readers to enable them to access the wider curriculum, are able to communicate effectively, develop a rich vocabulary and secure a fluency in maths to be able to manipulate number, reason and to solve mathematical problems.
  • To ensure children understand how to keep themselves safe and healthy, both physically and mentally, to support their long-term wellbeing.
  • To develop and understanding of, and deep respect for, the beliefs and cultures of everyone in our global society.
  • To provide opportunities for the pupils to develop a range of skills which will enable them to become an independent learner.
  • To ensure continuity and progression of skills across the year groups catering for pupils of all abilities and needs.
  • To foster high expectations so that there is pride in achievement.
  • To relate work to the immediate environment where possible so that children gain respect for and further insight into their locality.
  • To enhance learning through a range of enrichment opportunities, including extra-curricular activities.

Curriculum implementation 

Over each academic year, every child has the opportunity to experience the full range of National Curriculum subjects. Our curriculum is planned to motivate and engage the pupils, whilst developing their resilience and confidence to take on new challenges.

We make good use of the local environment and our wider community, and encourage the children to take pride in their local area. We have links with outside agencies such as the local church where we arrange educational visits to further enrich our curriculum. In addition, visitors support learning in school on a regular basis, whether they be sports coaches, other professionals or other members of our community.

Long term overviews map out the topics taught within each year and medium-term plans and knowledge progressions ensure coverage and progression of a subject. These documents inform short term planning or ‘learning journeys’. Through a learning journey, the intended learning is mapped out and sequenced so that it builds on previous knowledge and understanding. The class teacher will adapt to the needs of the current class.

All units of work are planned to ensure that the National Curriculum 2014 Statutory Guidance for Key Stage 2 is included in our school curriculum. To ensure the integrity of each subject most subject areas are taught as stand-alone units of work. However, where meaningful links can be made to other subjects that will enhance learning, these will be followed during the ‘topic’ duration.

Core subjects: Maths and English lessons are taught 4-5 times a week and Science is taught weekly. Both Maths and Science are taught following planning and guidance from Hampshire Inspection and Advisory service.

The RE curriculum follows the Hampshire Agreed Syllabus – Living Difference IV and is taught weekly.

Foundation subjects:  Our curriculum is organised into half termly units or ‘topics’. French, Computing, PE, Music and PHSE, are all taught weekly.

Some foundation subjects are blocked into half termly units.  History and Geography are taught alternately in half term blocks.  Art and DT are taught alternately in half term blocks.

To read our full curriculum policy click the link below

Teaching and learning policy May V2 2024

Curriculum overviews for each year group 

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

If you have any questions about the curriculum please email adminoffice@grange.hants.sch.uk