Our Curriculum Rationale

 

Every member of staff involved with the children at Cranleigh CE Primary School has contributed to the curriculum planning that we have devised in order to achieve the vision we hold for our pupils.

Our curriculum is underpinned by the six Christian values that we follow within our school. The curriculum is devised to develop the holistic child and will prepare them for the next stage of their learning journey. Alongside these Christian values, we also celebrate perseverance; resilience and risk-taking, ensuring children welcome challenge and yet are not afraid to make mistakes. We aim to develop a positive ‘growth mindset’ and a healthy physical and mental outlook in the future and develop essential skills like leadership and teamwork.

Our Curriculum strives to include the necessary knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes which will drive children’s motivation for learning. It will be flexible and responsive to all the pupils’ needs and interests and will cater to the diverse community that we serve. Connections across the curriculum make relevant links that encourage deep sustained learning and opportunities to develop and apply skills for life, learning and work.

The programme of work ensures that the children have a varied and carefully mapped out foundation to their learning, which provides an opportunity for progression across the full breadth of the National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2. This progression is clearly identified through a progression of skills document and each lesson is carefully planned to match these. Lessons are differentiated which helps to ensure that learning is as tailored and inclusive as possible.

Our varied programme of experiences, clubs, workshops and research projects offer a wide choice of opportunities for personal achievement for all our pupils. The ethos of the school actively encourages pupils to pursue various roles of responsibility and leadership for example: ambassadors, pupil council, house captains and classroom monitors. We understand the crucial role parents and carers have in promoting learning beyond the school gate and ensuring children make the best possible progress.  We pride ourselves on being an open, friendly and approachable school that encourages parents to be actively involved in children’s learning.  As well as Learning Review Meetings with parents/carers, we host regular events to inform them how they can best support their child with the learning or to come into school and work alongside their child.  Recent events include reading and phonics workshops and Maths support sessions.

Our charity work as identified by the children involves the whole school and develops the concept of giving. We actively promote the fundamental British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

All our children benefit from working with adults who know them well and offer regular opportunities to discuss their learning, set goals and agree next steps. Support is provided as necessary to remove barriers to learning so that our pupils can achieve success in their learning.

A wide range of teaching strategies is implemented by all staff, where approaches to learning and assessment are varied and pupil-centred. Assessment for Learning techniques, direct teaching, self and peer assessment, individual and group work, including co-operative learning, text-based work and practical work, the use of IT to support learning, outdoor learning, global citizenship, educational visits and visiting speakers are examples of approaches and methodologies that are designed to actively engage our pupils in their learning.

 

There is a focus to continually support the professional development of our staff in the field of learning and teaching. Formal and informal observations, survey results, attainment analysis and feedback from pupil progress meetings are key ingredients for school development to further raise the quality of education.

Regular monitoring by Subject Leaders ensures coverage and progression of skills and knowledge throughout the school. 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, including through assemblies and worship.