Our Curriculum Intent (The What and the Why)
The term Curriculum refers to the knowledge and skills pupils are expected to learn, which includes subject progression, the content and coverage of each subject area and learning outcomes they are expected to meet. “A framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and understanding to be gained at each stage” Ofsted Framework 2019
In the Summer term of 2019, we reflected on our curriculum which led to a re-design, where we wanted our curriculum to reflect the needs of the children at King’s Ford Infant School and Nursery.
Primarily, we started with the individual child and what we wanted them to learn. As well as learning about themselves, we wanted to widen our learning intentions to develop their understanding of the locality around our school, and the wider world.
We thought long and hard about the skills and knowledge that our children needed to learn. So with the school community input, we reorganised our curriculum themes into 4 Blocks to give the children a balanced curriculum that also meets the statutory requirements of the national curriculum. The 4 blocks allow us to provide equal depth of coverage to each of the non -core subject areas.
Each theme builds upon skills previously taught and uses the local or the wider environment to enhance what is being taught within the classroom. Each theme begins with a Question as a starting hook, and each subject also has a question to develop creative thinking and promote independence. These being routed in practical ‘real life’ experiences.
Subject and Year Group leads have developed their planning to ensure that the children are taught the basic skills they will need to become successful learners. This is modelled through our SCARF which visually demonstrates these skills to the children and are as follows:
It is our intention to provide every child with the basic skills which will ignite their enthusiasm for lifelong learning and prepare them for a future where there is no ceiling placed on their potential to be successful.
In addition to the day to day teaching which takes place, we pride ourselves on supplementing our formal curriculum with a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities for the children. These opportunities extend the children's knowledge and understanding and improves their skills in a range of artistic, creative and sporting activities. Examples of the extra-curricular activities on offer this year include Gardening, I-pads, Sewing, Fencing, Dance and Gymnastics.
Within each Block our themes reflect the areas we have identified that the children need to work on the most.