Curriculum Introduction & Statements

Ilsington CE Primary’ School’s  Curriculum

 

As the new academic year 2021-2022 begins at Ilsington, and our children return to school in our refurbished and improved setting, we are ready to provide a learning experience that will be fun, engaging and inspiring. We will continue to encourage the children's resilience as learners enabling them to develop the confidence and skills to face challenge. This year we will be working with the children to develop their ability to think and to talk about their own learning too. Drawing on the Building Learning Power (BLP), approach. Staff will be supporting children as they learn to understand the power of their own Resilience, Reciprocity, Resourcefulness and Reflectiveness as learners. 

Staff at the school are passionate about teaching and learning and our practice is research based, with staff sharing their knowledge as drawn from writing by J. Hattie (Visual learning), A. Ephgrave, Alistair Bryce Clegg amongst others.

 

Skills, Knowledge and Understanding.

To ensure that we teach a broad and balanced curriculum, we follow the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for the eleven statutory Primary school subjects :
English, Maths, Science, Physical Education, History, Geography, Music, Art and Design, Computing, Languages and Design Technology.


Our Topic based approach


Much of our teaching and learning takes place within a topic based curriculum approach. The planning for different topics across the year for each class is shown in the attached document "Our Topic based Curriculum".

 

You might like to click on our newsletter tab to look at our weekly SWAY newsletters which are packed with  examples of the curriculum we provide for our children each week.

 

How we supported our children throughout lockdown and their return to school in March 2021.

In summer 2021, as children returned to fulltime school after a second lockdown and a year of disruption to their learning, we gave a great deal of thought as to how to integrate them carefully and sensitively back into school life again. As a team we worked together to consider the needs of the children in our individual setting and have designed a “Recovery Curriculum”. We drew on the research of Professor Barry Carpenter and the five levers for recovery to support us in our curriculum design for the first few weeks back in school.

Whilst the blended learning that we provided for all children was highly effective throughout January and February with positive feedback from children and their families and we were keen to maintain the academic standards for everyone. We believed that it was crucial that time was given to allow all children to recover from the loss and anxiety that they had experienced as a result of the disruptions they encountered due to Covid. 

In common with the rest of the Link Academy Trust we planned a focus on an interactive, Science based project in years 2-6 based on resources from the NFU Stemterprise resources.

https://education.nfuonline.com/stemterprise

Honeywell (Foundation/ Yr 1) based their recovery curriculum around the new Oliver Jeffers book "What We'll  Build, Plans for Our Together Future".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HARoCl2p5P4

We also ensured a continued focus on physical activity, outside learning and creativity, to ensure that we provided many opportunities for children to be able to express their thoughts, feelings  and anxieties around their experiences during lockdown and on returning to school.