Curriculum at Ilsington CE Primary School
Empowering our pupils sits at the very heart of our curriculum design. We are passionate that every child who leaves of our school does so with a complete sense of self; with an ability to make informed decisions that reflect their own values and beliefs; a knowledge of where they sit in the world and the impact they can have. Curiosity is nurtured at every turn as we recognise that we are preparing our children for a future that will be vastly different to our current reality – a child who understands themselves will be well equipped to make choices that impact positively on themselves, others and their environment.
Building and reflecting our community is an integral part of our thought process and we look to ensure our pupils recognise where they sit and the impact they can have on a local, national and global scale. Tolerance and an ability to recognise the views of others sit centrally to our curriculum ethos. In teaching children explicitly to articulate their views with respect, we recognise that every small moment and interaction can support them in developing a responsibility for their choices; where this sits with their own values and their impact on the world around them.
Our curriculum seeks to develop an ambitious attitude for every pupil to place them in a position whereby their future choices are theirs to make. In considering a clear progression in skills, knowledge and experience, we equip children to be aspirational and the best possible version of themselves.
Kindness, Compassion, Resilience, Friendship, Honesty and Respect are our school’s Christian values which anchor teaching and learning and the children’s experience at our school. As we are developing our use of visible learning through the Building Learning Power approach, we have been able to make powerful links to our Christian values and to support the academic, personal and social development of our learners.
Our school mission statement of Small school: big heart, big ideas, big picture, reflects our desire to encourage our children to love themselves and others and to find joy through meeting challenge. We aim to encourage our children to be empowered to speak up and to feel able to make a difference to their world. In doing so we also encourage them to be able to see the wider world view and to prepare them to take their place in the world as they move on from primary school.
The National Curriculum
Our school curriculum includes the ‘National Curriculum’ and EYFS curriculum as well as RE, PSHE and sex & relationships curriculums.
The National Curriculum is a statutory curriculum document used by primary and secondary schools. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.
The National Curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘key stages’ (KS). At the end of each key stage, the teacher will assess pupil progress and outcomes.
The National Curriculum