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.
At Grampound Road Village CE School our vision is to provide children with a Science curriculum that excites and engages them, delivering opportunities to investigate and explore the world around them to develop a love of Science and STEM subjects that prepares them for the next stage of their education. We aim to give children exciting, practical experiences that challenge their knowledge, whilst also encouraging them to become confident explorers who ask questions to deepen their own understanding. We aim to develop children’s skills, through working scientifically, which can be transferred across the curriculum and into the real world. All of which is underpinned by the aim of equipping them with the knowledge and skills to understand the complex, evolving world that they are growing up in.
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
At Grampound Road we want our children to acquire the key knowledge identified within each unit of learning outlined in the curriculum and we want to build on this progressively over their time at school.
We ensure that Working Scientifically is embedded throughout each topic, and this is achieved through providing children with plenty of opportunities to develop their natural curiosity and explore in practical, hands-on ways; making observations, carrying out investigations and collecting data from a variety of different sources. We believe that no question is a wrong question, and we aim to ensure all children have a positive attitude towards scientific enquiry and are confident to ask questions to secure their own understanding of scientific concepts.
In KS1, children explore living things, material and physical phenomena through identifying, describing and comparing living and non-living things, including plants. They explore what animals and humans require to survive and the importance of exercise and nutrition. The children develop a greater understanding of the world we live in through identifying and naming a variety of everyday materials and distinguishing the physical properties and uses. As well as, exploring practically through squashing, bending and twisting different materials and recording data to support us when answering a question.
In KS2, children build on their learning from KS1 and explore concepts further, learning about a wider range of living things, materials and physical phenomena. Our Science curriculum is progressive and is used effectively to plan lessons that build on prior knowledge.
We aim to engage children in Science and STEM subjects so that they have a broad awareness of the role that STEM subjects have in society. We recognise the importance of science in our world and children discuss and question issues that may affect their own lives and the direction of society. We encourage children’s engagement during British Science Week in which teachers plan and deliver lessons linked to the national theme and to promote STEM across the school. We aim to have Science days at different times in the year to promote science and give children the opportunities to work in house teams across the school and develop their conceptual knowledge, working scientifically skills and team work.
We encourage children to use subject specific vocabulary and we aim to share fictional stories and non-fiction books to excite and engage them in the topic area that we are learning about. Teachers display and use scientific vocabulary within lessons, in the classroom and across the school to encourage children to use and retain the new knowledge that they learn. The children carry out practical investigations and through their questioning, the teachers identify misconceptions and areas of knowledge that need to be addressed.
Mixed year teaching:
At Grampound Road Village C of E Primary School, classes are taught in mixed year classes and teachers differentiate the questions and activities accordingly. We cover the programmes of study set out in the National Curriculum over a two year rolling programme and teachers plan topics effectively to ensure that areas of scientific knowledge are taught within each year group.
The Science curriculum at Grampound Road progressively builds on children’s learning to ensure that they have a deep, secure understanding of the skills and concepts taught from KS1 to KS2. We believe that the opportunities that our children have makes sure that every child leaves our school with a secure scientific knowledge and understanding which broadens their horizons and enables them to become confident, independent life-long learners who will continue to ask questions and be inquisitive about the world.