What is a curriculum?
The curriculum is a framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge, skills and understanding to be gained at each stage (INTENT); for translating that framework over time into a structure and narrative, within an institutional context (IMPLEMENTATION) and for evaluating what knowledge, skills and understanding pupils have gained against expectations (IMPACT).
Eastington School’s Curriculum
Our thoughtfully crafted curriculum is built upon a progression of knowledge, skills and understanding from Class 1 to Class 5 – it is planned to be sequential over time. Our school’s curriculum is reviewed, refined and adapted (by class teachers and subject leaders) to ensure that the curriculum meets the diverse needs of all of our children.
Our curriculum is based on our core values of ‘Aiming high together to be: kind, cooperative, resilient, responsible and ambitious’ where striving to be the best we can be underpins all we do. Our evolving curriculum is intended to develop a rich body of knowledge, skills and understanding for each child, providing them with the opportunity to master key concepts, creating aspiring geographers, historians, musicians, authors and scientists etc of the future.
Our curriculum is delivered through key stage topics. Whilst subjects are taught discretely, meaningful links are made in order for children to have a purposeful context for their learning.
All learning is carefully planned so that progressive knowledge, skills and understanding is a key component. At present, Chris Quigley milestones and our own progression maps (see below) are used for all subjects (other than reading, writing and maths) to support this progression.
As a school, we are currently developing our own progression maps for each subject to meet the needs of the children within our school structure. This is an ongoing journey for us. Regular opportunities to revisit key learning objectives are planned and lessons are subsequently developed to ensure that children’s working memory is not overloaded, therefore knowledge is deepened as a result.
Our developing curriculum is being monitored and reviewed by the school leadership team and subject leads to ensure the intent and implementation of the curriculum is reflected in the day to day teachings at Eastington. It is adapted and altered when needed to ensure it works for our children.
The impact of this curriculum will be analysed three times per year in line with the school’s current assessment system.
Please click on the subject below to find out more about how it is taught at Eastington: