The March School Curriculum

Curriculum Intent 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 Knowledge and 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.

 

Curriculum Intent at the March CE Primary is driven by our agreed principles:

General Principles

Our curriculum will give the children the opportunity to:
  • With God’s help, live kindly, love each other, learn and laugh together ( Psalm 126:2, Matthew 28:19 and Psalm 25:4 1 Corinthians 16:14
  • Experience the challenge and enjoyment of learning through a variety of interesting contexts.
  • Develop and demonstrate their original ideas that value creativity.
  • To have life choices and be world ready.
  • Understand the value of learning enabling all to reach their personal potential throughout their time at The March CE Primary.

Well Being

Our curriculum will:
  • Help every child achieve their God-given potential,
  • Celebrate our strengths and differences.
  • Feel Valued and respected in a supportive environment.
  • Develop self-esteem and confidence.
  • Live out the Christian Values both in school and beyond.
  • Let children BE……

Pupil Voice,

Our curriculum will:
  • Enable children to make a positive contribution to the school and local community
  • Promote children’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
  • Enable children to be active citizens, making positive choices for themselves and others.
  • Enable children to be confident to express their opinions
  • With God’s will , live, love learn and laugh together.

Pedagogy

Our curriculum will be taught through a pedagogy that:
  • Promotes problem solving , innovation and independence.
  • Enables all children to reflect, communicate and evaluate learning .
  • Experience teaching that excites , promotes and inspires.
  • Enables and fosters children’s natural curiosity
  • Supports children to understand and value their education.

Enrichment

We will enrich our curriculum for children to:
  • Learn on and off site for subject related activities.
  • Involve parents/carers and the local community in opportunities for learning and living together.
  • To learn outdoor using quality resources.
  • To experience specialist learning days or weeks.
  • Provide opportunities and experiences beyond everyday life.