The Grampound Road Curriculum
At Grampound Road School we place a great emphasis on the entitlement of all to access a broad range of learning experiences in a safe and nurturing environment where all subjects are valued. Underpinning our curriculum are the school values of trust, respect, perseverance, compassion, forgiveness and wisdom. The learning journey starts with building good relationships based on trust and identifying prior learning and knowledge.
The school uses a flexible planning system reflecting our dynamic class structures that regularly change; being based upon the development of skills, knowledge and understanding identified within the National Curriculum. This enables adults to provide well-differentiated, bold and courageous contexts for learning for all our learners. Our aim is for a bold and courageous curriculum that excites all stakeholders.
Rigorous half termly assessments using teacher assessments and Pupil Asset Point in Time assessments and termly Power Maths, Accelerated Reader, RWI, Rising Star or similar assessments ensure that progress of all children is monitored. Where children aren’t making progress, the teachers use whole class feedback information sheets which identify group targets and interventions. Children who need extra support to ensure barriers to learning are removed have individual SEND trackers and individualised planning, which are reviewed by the Trust SEND team.
Planning and teaching ensure that all lessons are flexible enough to meet the changing needs of all learners within a mixed aged class and single age classes. Our curriculum intent is quality assured by regular SMC (governor) visits.
The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school. Our revised curriculum aims for teachers to ensure that pupils embed key concepts in their long-term memory and apply them fluently e.g. for the topic Plastic or Planet, we encourage children to remember how we all play a part in reducing climate change and the importance of recycling and reducing our plastic usage. Geography; features of the seaside, the continents and oceans of the world. Topic overviews identify the key concepts and knowledge that need to be memorised. Each topic has an identified end point towards which the pupils are working e.g. to raise an awareness of climate change through linked topic work, teaching aims to extend working memory by making links in other areas of learning. We successfully work alongside local community groups to enable pupils to gain a wider knowledge and skill base e.g. Messy church, the Police force, Mid Cornwall sports network and the Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition. We have redistributed our curriculum leader roles from September 2019, and we are working with Trust colleagues to ensure that teachers have expert knowledge of the subjects that they teach. Our internal data accurately reflects where we think the school is as a result of our unique curriculum.
We teach reading using Read Write Inc. Once a child has completed the Oxford Reading Scheme Books, they move onto the Accelerated Reading Programme. This is a management and monitoring programme that aims to foster independent reading. The internet-based software assesses reading age and suggests books that match pupils' needs and interests. Pupils take computerised quizzes on the books and earn AR points as they progress. Pupils progress is closely monitored, and interventions put in place to support children who are not making the expected progress. Every class also listens to a class novel everyday which is matched to their year group.
To compliment the RWI phonic programme we use the RWI Get Writing programme for our budding writers. We aim to help the children enjoy writing and see the value of it; to learn to communicate meaning in narrative and non-fiction texts; to spell and punctuate correctly. In Year 1, we expect the children to begin to join their handwriting neatly.
During Key Stage 2 we aim to help the children to develop understanding that writing is both essential to thinking and learning, and enjoyable in its own right; to learn the main rules and conventions of written English; to start to explore how the English language can be used to express meaning in different ways; to use the planning, drafting and editing process to improve their work; to sustain their fiction and non-fiction writing. Across KS2 we expect the children to develop a neat, joined handwriting style. As a Talk for Writing school, all children learn to write through Talk for Writing. It is s a fun, creative yet also rigorous approach to develop writers.
At Grampound Road, we use Power Maths as a basis of our maths lesson. This is an exciting mastery approach that works for every child. It has been recommended by the Department of Education, to ensure that the aims of the National Curriculum are achieved. At the heart of Power Maths is the belief that all children can achieve. It rejects the idea that people simply ‘can’t do’ maths. It is built around hard work, practice and a willingness to see mistakes as learning opportunities.
We are confident that our revised curriculum will have significant future impact in improving outcomes across the school as we feel it is an exciting curriculum with real life links and events that will motivate and inspire young learners.