Cornerstones Curriculum

Curriculum Statement

Our curriculum is balanced and broadly based. It consists of all the activities designed or encouraged in the school to develop the intellectual, personal, social and physical activities of the children.

At The March CE Primary School we recognize the importance of English and Maths teaching in order to open up other areas of the curriculum and therefore a large emphasis is placed on these areas. In addition to regular maths and English sessions teachers try to make as many cross curricular links as possible in order to utilize these skills in a range of contexts.

The planning of the curriculum is based around the Cornerstones Curriculum to ensure coverage of selected topics by all children who progress through the school. Planning takes the form of a topic based approach and where appropriate teachers link subjects to provide an engaging and inspiring curriculum.

Whilst the core subjects are taught on a regular basis the foundation subjects may sometimes be taught as blocks of work over a matter of weeks.

This programme is regularly reviewed to ensure compatibility with new directives or to make necessary improvements to the existing programme of work.

At The March CE Primary School we seek to create opportunities for children to experience and excel in a range of activities that enhance and extend the National Curriculum. Children have opportunities both inside and outside the classroom eg Forest School Days, Residential trips, gifted and talented workshops, a variety of sporting events, visiting speakers and much more. We also have excellent after school clubs.

We also value the role of modern foreign languages in the curriculum and French is taught throughout the school from Year 1 to Year 6. We liaise with our secondary school colleagues and draw upon their expertise and experience to ensure the children get the best quality provision and work with them to provide greater depth teaching alongside our staff.

When children leave The March CE Primary School at the end of Year 6, they should be equipped with the full range of skills that enables them to become lifelong learners. Through our unique approach of teaching and living out Christian Values, children are also equipped with the social skills and understanding to become good citizens in the future.

We believe that the school/parent relationship is key to promoting learning beyond the school gates and crucial in ensuring children make the best possible progress. We pride ourselves on our open, friendly and approachable nature that encourages parents to be involved in their children’s learning. Furthermore, we host learning sessions to inform parents about how they can support their child. Recent session/parent forums include: How to help with reading, Maths Calculation Strategies, and Health and well being.


Mathematics

We teach mathematics so that our pupils develop their understanding and enjoyment. Where possible we apply it to everyday life.

Each child has a daily maths lesson based on the National Framework for Mathematics. This involves direct teaching and interactive oral work with the whole class and groups.

English

Our English curriculum is planned to develop the basic skills of reading and writing, the enjoyment of books and effective communication in speech and writing.  Literacy is a great importance at this school and we provide the children with as many opportunities such as theatre trips and visits as possible.   All our teaching embraces the National Framework for Literacy.

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

The school has an extensive range of ICT resources .

Each class has at least one weekly teaching session and a further range of computers / notebooks within the classrooms extend the use of ICT across the curriculum.

There is a whole school network and the internet is accessed over the broadband connection.  A dedicated technician is responsible for the network, whilst the ICT leader focuses on the curriculum planning and delivery.

Sex Education

Sex Education is taught in years 6 and 5. The children are led gently to a deeper understanding of all the issues involved in this subject according to their level of maturity. The programme of work incorporates knowledge, attitudes and behaviour.

All aspects of sex education require close co-operation between home and school and parents are informed in advance when sex education is to be taught.

Religious Education

The R.E. syllabus is in accordance with the Sussex agreed syllabus and the Diocese of Guildford schemes of work.  RE is at the heart of our Church of England School.

School Parents are reminded of their right to withdraw their children from all or part of the religious education and collective worship provided. This should be discussed with the Headteacher.

Special Needs

From time to time many children will need additional help either to overcome a learning difficulty or to ensure that the curriculum fully extends their abilities. Specialist help is available within the school. Our Special Needs co-ordinator oversees the work of a team of teachers and classroom assistants who support and advise the classroom teacher.

They work with small groups and monitor the progress of children. Additional help is available when appropriate from Educational Psychologists and other outside support agencies.

The More Able Child

Our school policy is to identify through clear curriculum guidelines those children who have outstanding abilities. Opportunities are given for children to develop their specific skills or talents right across the curriculum.

Parents are always closely involved in all aspects of this special provision. The school endeavours to provide as many opportunities as possible for children who are more able and the school has very close links with secondary schools where some children are taught in order to stretch their ability.

The March CE Primary, Claypit Lane, Westhampnett, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0NU

Telephone: 01243 783987 Email: office@march.w-sussex.sch.uk

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