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CURRICULUM AT LANE END PRIMARY SCHOOL

We work together as a community. Therefore we have consulted with our stakeholders (parents/members of staff/children/governors) to find out what is important to you. 

These are our priorities:

  • Ensuring the children were interested, motivated and engaged in their learning.
  • That the children feel safe and happy whilst at school and know who to talk to if they have any worries
  • The children know they will be listened to and staff will support them
  • Teachers know they are ‘making a difference’ and all staff feel valued in the role they have within the school
  • That children achieve well and are ready for their next stages of learning, be it Key Stage or moving on to Secondary school

  

Mission Statement & Vision Statement(2)

Curriculum Rationale

Lane End Primary School has adopted the National Curriculum as its core curriculum. We recognise the challenge this provides our children as well as the breadth of subjects which is important to the experiences the children have as they move through the school. This is important as we recognise that a larger percentage of our children than is found nationally are classed as ‘Children in Need’. We also have a higher than national average of children with SEND and eligible for Pupil Premium. This puts a majority of our children at a disadvantage to their peers – often prior to starting with us in Nursery or Reception. It is therefore important that we maintain high expectations of our pupils to close gaps quickly and we use the National Curriculum to do this.  It also ensures that children within the school who are ready and able can access appropriate challenge.

We also understand the National Curriculum is a knowledge-based curriculum. This ties in with our belief and understanding of learning and how children at Lane End Primary School learn best. (Please see our Teaching & Learning Policy for more information). We believe children need to have a good knowledge in each subject area in order to support skill development and that knowledge is built up through explicit teaching and revisiting across a range of subjects in the curriculum. This supports the way our curriculum is planned and is detailed within our curriculum intent.

Core Curriculum

Our core curriculum (the National Curriculum) is then broadened through the range of additional experiences we provide for every child as they move through the school. This is part of our wider curriculum and is designed to support children to develop and progress in the wider sense in order to fulfil our vision statement of children being the best version of themselves by the time they leave us at the end of Year 6. Our curriculum Intent explains more about the broader curriculum we offer and its purpose.

Curriculum Intent

At Lane End Primary School, we use the National Curriculum in such a way to deliver a ‘small steps’ curriculum which supports the acquisition of mastery for each subject.

Small Steps

Within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) we focus on the prime areas (Personal, social and emotional development, Communication & Language, Physical Development) as without these being secure by the time they reach KS1, children are unlikely to succeed in Reading, Writing and Maths. A majority of the children that start with us in the EYFS are working below age related expectations and so it is our responsibility to ensure the gaps are closed as quickly as possible. This starts with the Prime Areas. Phonics is also taught in Nursery with an emphasis on hearing sounds and being able to orally blend sounds by the time children move into Reception.

Every subject in the National Curriculum from Y1 to Y6 is taught discreetly every week. This is done through a two weekly timetable that provides opportunities for children to revisit learning for subjects taught the previous week in ‘mini-lessons’. It also gives frequent opportunities for knowledge recall, ensuring that new knowledge is moved from the working memory into the long-term memory – or ‘learnt’. By running a two-weekly timetable, time is also freed up for consolidation or challenge opportunities depending on what is required and when, giving teachers autonomy and trusting in the knowledge they have of their children and what they need next to make best progress.

The curriculum has been planned across subjects in such a way that when new knowledge is introduced in, for example, Science such as Electricity, it is then revisited the following term in Design & Technology when the children create Lighthouses. This ensures children are able to develop schema using prior knowledge to build new knowledge and make sense of the subjects studied.

Curriculum Links

At Lane End Primary School, we understand that vocabulary is the single biggest indicator of a child’s reading ability. Therefore, as mentioned above, Communication & Language forms an important part of our curriculum within the EYFS and vocabulary is also explicitly taught every lesson across the school, reinforcing and recalling new words that relate to the children’s learning. The school places so much importance on the acquisition of vocabulary, that we also became part of the Voice 21 initiative for schools in 2021, so all staff share understanding of how this is taught in the school and why it is so important to our children, ensuring it becomes an integral part of the wider curriculum we offer.

If vocabulary acquisition is the key to reading, then reading is the key that is needed to open up the rest of the curriculum. Following interrupted learning from the pandemic and National Lockdowns, Lane End Primary School has made phonics a focus for school development from September 2020. Impact of the work undertaken has already been seen. The school is a trial school for Lesley Clarke Letters & Sounds and as such, all staff have received a significant amount of training this academic year to ensure consistency of approach from Nursery right through to Year 6. Guided reading is also taught as a discreet lesson to the whole class from Year 2 to Year 6 with a focus on vocabulary development to support comprehension of texts once fluency is acquired through the development of phonics in EYFS and KS1.

In September 2021, the school moved to mixed age classes in KS2 due to the impact of COVID 19. A conscious decision was made to keep Reception and KS1 classes as small single year groups to ensure the children had the best opportunity to close the gaps in Communication & Language and reading at an early stage. We believe that by being confident readers, this will prepare children best for their transition into KS2.

The wider Curriculum at Lane End Primary School:

If the National Curriculum is the core curriculum, then the wider curriculum we offer is what makes up the school’s curriculum. At Lane End Primary School, we believe that learning goes far beyond the academic subjects and if we are to achieve children being the best version of themselves, then we need to prepare children emotionally as well as academically for the world beyond Primary school. 

School's Curriculum

Some of the wider curriculum opportunities we offer are:

  • Regular trips and visits to broaden children’s experiences, including a week long residential for children in Year 6
  • 50 Things to Do Before You Leave Lane End Primary School
  • School Parliament with committees led by pupils to influence what the school does on: Curriculum, Environment, Sports, Fundraising
  • A behaviour policy that focuses on earning responsibility within the school in areas such as: School Parliament & Playground Leaders.
  • A Behaviour Curriculum that shows how the school’s values are reflected in the children’s learning as they move through the school. This also incorporates the British values.
  • Gemstones – a small group which supports and explicitly teaches self-regulation and social communication skills within pupils who have SEMH needs
  • Work with local magistrates in Upper KS2 to support PSHE and British Values of respect of the rule of law.
  • Work with the Country Trust in Lower KS2 to help children understand the benefits of healthy eating and where food comes from.
  • A range of after school and lunchtime clubs that promote physical activity funded by the Sports Premium
  • The school is part of Voice 21 with Oracy Champions on the staff in Reception and KS2.

You can explore our curriculum further by class or by subject by clicking on the relevant links below:

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