Rangefield Curriculum Intent
Through the Rangefield curriculum, we develop the whole child and their positive attitude to learning. We do this by putting our school values (fairness, respect, responsibility, determination, kindness and friendship) at the heart of what we do. It ensures that academic success, creativity and problem solving, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning.
The curriculum offers children opportunities to gain core knowledge and cultural capital that will be the foundation of their success. It ensures that links are built within our wider community whilst giving children the knowledge and skills to participate in school life and the life within, and beyond, our local community.
It enables our children to thrive in a fun, stimulating and supportive environment.
How we Implement the Rangefield Curriculum
Our curriculum at Rangefield Primary School aims to provide our children with opportunities, to achieve to their full potential and be equipped with the necessary skills needed in further education and employment. Whilst the National Curriculum (2014) is the basis on which we aim to provide a broad and balanced education, we see this only as the starting point in which to tailor the coverage to our children’s needs and interests; to give them the skills; knowledge and understanding to prepare them for their future lives.
Pupils are still working on the Early Learning Goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as they enter Year 1. There is a period in the Autumn Term where the majority of children progress to the National Curriculum. Throughout this period and beyond all children are still developing their phonics knowledge through the Letters and Sounds Programme, and developing their fluency in reading through the Daily Supported Reading Programme.
The National Curriculum is delivered using an integrated topic approach and is assessed using Target Tracker statements (National Curriculum) as a basis to ensure coverage and progression throughout the school. The more able are challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported, so that they too are enabled to experience success. National requirements and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school and then individual year groups plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly. The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s Core Values (fairness, respect, responsibility, determination, kindness and friendship) and these are taught implicitly and explicitly through other areas of the curriculum, including assemblies. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society, are woven through the curriculum.
The English curriculum is taught using elements of Talk for Writing (T4W) which develops children’s writing skills through imitation, innovation and independence, with skills embedded in quality first teaching. We use a range of resources and approaches to meet the needs of children in English, regardless of their starting point. Our aim is to ensure that English is threaded throughout other curriculum subjects.
Daily Supported Reading in EYFS and KS1 (DSR) and Destination Reader in KS2 (DR) form the basis of our teaching of reading across the school. Reading is the ‘golden thread’ linking all areas of the curriculum.
The mathematics curriculum is currently delivered through a framework developed by local authority consultants and coordinators, underpinned by the White Rose Scheme of Work. We are currently developing a teaching for mastery curriculum which enables children to develop their reasoning, investigative and problem solving skills.
These subjects are taught in mixed ability groups. In all year groups there are small group interventions, in order to support pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians.
All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme weeks, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole school programmes and approaches support quality teaching and learning and the school is well resourced in terms of learning materials.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens, is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.
The curriculum will continue to evolve in terms of content and to ensure it is suitable for the ever-changing needs of the children and the world in which they are learning.