At Cherbourg Primary School we believe in providing children with a broad and balanced curriculum which provides children with rich experiences that reflect the core values and ethos of our school and reflect the diversity of the world in which we live. Within our curriculum, we work together to offset disadvantage, promote equality and enable access for all members of our school community. The Cherbourg curriculum has ‘Assessment for Learning’ at its heart, building on children’s prior knowledge and learning. Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum (2014) within which we aim to develop children’s own interests, abilities and potential in order to equip them with the skills and competencies that they will need now and in later life.
All schools in England and Wales follow the National Curriculum. All schools are now given the freedom to teach a curriculum that is relevant and meaningful to the children in their individual schools. This means that our curriculum has been designed to give children a rich experience of books and stories, around which we can weave in all the skills and knowledge that we need to teach. Children’s progress is regularly assessed by class teachers and shared with managers and the Headteacher.
At Cherbourg the curriculum is driven, where possible, by ‘Topics’. We follow one or two topics each half term. In planning, we cover all areas of the National Curriculum required by law, during some part of the year. It is not always easy to separate a child’s learning into different areas and we recognise that many pieces of work your child may do will be cross-curricular. For example if a child is closely studying their hand for a topic about ‘Ourselves’, they may be drawing it (Art), describing it (English), observing it (Science), making a moving model with joints (Technology), and seeing how many times their hand can span a table (Maths).
It is also important to cater for the wider curriculum when we plan our topics. We ensure that our children learn about sharing and caring, feelings and emotions, control and self-discipline, looking after themselves and building up their confidence and self-esteem.
We have to make an assessment of your child’s learning at the end of Year 2 and to undertake SATs tests at the end of Year 6. We will write a detailed report each year about what your child has learnt in all areas of the National Curriculum and we will report on your child’s progress at the end of each academic year.