The Russett School, Middlehurst Avenue, Weaverham, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 3BW
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The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth, development and independence. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum taught in classrooms, but also any other activity organised by school, for example, educational visits and any other activities designed to enrich the experience of the children.
What is our vision for how our outstanding curriculum will develop even further in the coming years?
What do we strive to achieve for our pupils to become, as a result of our outstanding curriculum?
Which are the most important aspects of children’s learning that underpin the content of our curriculum?
We provide a balanced, broadly based and relevant curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
What is our overall approach to the organisation, planning and teaching of our curriculum?
Our partnership with you
Before your child starts school, you will be invited to come and see the classroom, meet the teacher and senior members of staff in order to set up a partnership with you that will last throughout your child’s time at school. We place a high value on dialogue and exchange of information with parents/carers because knowing your expectations and priorities for your child is vital for us if we are to plan the best provision.
The ‘Big Picture’ for our curriculum
EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE (EYFS)
The statutory framework for EYFS is followed, providing routine, structure and carefully planned, targeted play activities. Individual targets for children are set with the purpose of enhancing opportunities for learning and personal development. There are seven areas of learning in the EYFS framework: literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, expressive arts and design plus three ‘prime’ areas of learning:
Our timetable allocates a lot of time to these three ‘prime areas’. All the learning that goes on in EYFS is designed to promote these core skills and to provide opportunities for children to generalise them.
In these classes there is an emphasis on multidisciplinary working with staff from Health supporting the pupil’s progress and wellbeing. Pupils are assessed using B Squared and BSquared for Early Years
KEY STAGE 1 – KEY STAGE 2
At The Russett School we are following a thematic approach to teaching the National Curriculum as this enables pupils to link skills and knowledge taught across the theme. Pupils, depending on their age, usually follow a two- or three-year rolling programme Each term, we follow a theme, such as Jungle/Circus in the summer term for Key Stage 1. Pupils then work on focused texts, such as The Tiger that Came to Tea, use numeracy skills to ‘pay’ entrance to the circus and count the spots on animals, learn geography through exploring which countries circus animals come from and listen and perform music from the circus.
We continue to emphasise communication skills because they lie at the heart of teaching and learning. We adopt a ‘total communication approach’, drawing, for instance, on signing, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Voice Output Communication Aids (VOCAs) and objects of reference. This model enables a shared understanding between adult and learner, without which no true learning can take place.
Learning activities are organised through schemes of work which are derived from the National Curriculum but adapted to suit the learning needs of the individual. Students are set challenging targets but there is a commitment to fun and enjoyment whilst learning. There are also increasing opportunities to participate in educational visits and extra-curricular activities, as the learners progress through the key stages.
How do we approach and what do pupils learn from different subjects in the curriculum?
Developing pupils’ ability to respond, to listen and to understand lies at the heart of our curriculum.
In particular, science offers pupils the opportunities to use their senses to explore and investigate, to develop an awareness of, and interest in, themselves and their immediate surroundings and environment. At the Russett school we encourage pupils to participate in practical activities and develop an understanding of cause and effect, we try to ensure that the science work we do is as hands-on and as relevant to our pupil’s lives as possible to give them many transferable enquiry skills as well as to encourage a wonder of the world.
In particular, RE offers pupils opportunities to develop their self- awareness, understand the world they live in as individuals and as members of groups, develop positive attitudes towards others, respecting their beliefs and experience, reflect on and consider their own values and those of others and deal with issues that form the basis for personal choices and behaviour.
We are very proud to have been awarded the RE Quality Mark twice- Gold standard.
In particular, PE offers pupils opportunities to develop their skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement, promote a healthy lifestyle and contribute towards their physical development. PE also develops the personal qualities of commitment, fairness and enthusiasm.
Learning history helps pupils develop curiosity in, and an understanding of, the past and how their local community has changed. In particular, studying history offers pupils opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of the sequences, routines and chronological patterns that make up their world.
How do we check that the curriculum is working well?
We use different methods and procedures to check that the curriculum is well-matched to pupils’ needs and achieving what it is designed to do. These include:
How can I find out more about the The Russett’s curriculum?
Other ways you might wish to use to find out more include: