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Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Intent

We Can and We Will

Our vision is for our children to become independent, confident, successful and life-long learners with high aspirations and the learning agility to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society now and in the future.

At East Dene Primary the curriculum firmly underpins our vision and aims for our children, and encourages a culture and ethos which supports the development of all involved in the whole school community. Our school is committed to ensuring that the curriculum is broad and balanced, in order that the needs of all children are provided for, whatever their individual requirements. We aim to make provision for academic achievement and spiritual, social, moral, cultural, physical and creative development of all our children.

All children follow the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum. Our children are ensured access to the whole curriculum so that they may learn effectively, make progress and attain standards in line with, or better than, their prior attainment. Challenging yet attainable targets are set in order to help our children achieve this.

Our learning environments are stimulating and are supported by a variety of experiences, including educational visits, learning delivered by visitors and the expertise and knowledge of the wider community.

Key Curriculum Drivers

At East Dene Primary we have identified 4 main ‘drivers’ that personalise our curriculum and support the development of the whole child in order to prepare them for life beyond Primary school. These drivers are factors that we value and, coupled with our vision and aims, enhance all learning opportunities.

  • Aspiring Minds – to encourage responsibility, enabling every child to become independent and ambitious;
  • Creative Collaborators – positive relationships are promoted and children are supported to confidently share their views and opinions;
  • Our Family, Our Community, Our World – developing essential skills to become good citizens, understanding and respecting diversities across a range of global cultures;
  • Memory Makers – through first-hand experience we aim to promote curiosity, fostering lively and enquiring minds to develop the ability to question and reason.

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Curriculum Implementation

At East Dene Primary we aim to bring learning to life by providing high quality teaching and inspirational learning which link to all areas of the curriculum.  Since September 2021 we have used Cornerstones Curriculum Maestro as the vehicle to support this approach and to aid us in ensuring our key curriculum drivers are realised.  Cornerstones knowledge-rich projects (KRPs) and Companion Projects are used as a starting point for our curriculum lessons and are adapted to ensure relevance and accessibility for all of our children.  Through using the KRPs as a starting point we want our children to engage, develop, innovate and express their ideas through a range of purposeful activities, which are clearly sequenced and support knowledge and skills development across the age ranges.

A Connected Curriculum

To ensure that we develop concepts and revisit skills, we plan lessons that build on prior knowledge. We want our children to be able to make sense of everything we want them to know and be able to do. Teacher’s use the Cornerstones skills and knowledge progression documents when planning, so that necessary skills, knowledge and concepts are introduced, built on over time, revisited and assessed. The key knowledge for each topic is set out in a knowledge organiser. Through the knowledge organisers our children are able to familiarise themselves with some of the knowledge and concepts that they will be learning. This knowledge is reinforced throughout the project, and assessed using low-stakes assessments such as quizzes. A well connected curriculum will enable children to grow intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. It will enable them to seek out their passions, become increasingly knowledgeable and make sense of complex concepts that might otherwise be taught in isolation. The Cornerstones curriculum identifies four main areas of connectivity: big ideas, subject-to-subject links, pedagogical links and concept links.

Our broad, balanced and progressive curriculum teaches children through many first-hand experiences. Through what and how we teach, we aim to inspire our children to hold aspirations which they can turn into reality. There is also a high focus on language and communication throughout the projects taught. We introduce children to rich vocabulary through key texts and linked activities built upon over time. Theme Mats are shared with parents and carers at the beginning of each new term, sharing information about the intended learning and how parents/carers can help.

Please refer to our ‘Curriculum – Big Picture’ document to see how our whole curriculum is connected and supports our overarching aim.

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Long Term Overviews 2020 – 2021