OUR CURRICULUM AIMS
At Etching Hill C.E Primary School we aim to provide our children with a rich, challenging and inspiring curriculum that meets their intellectual, physical, social, spiritual and emotional needs. It is our aim for all children to achieve the highest possible standards and become happy, independent, confident and resilient learners; equipped for the next stage in their learning journey and beyond.
‘To learn, to enjoy and to achieve.’
In line with the National Curriculum 2014 (details available at www.standards.dfes.gov.uk), we have developed our own broad, balanced linked curriculum using ‘Cornerstones Curriculum’ as our starting point. Our curriculum has at its heart the development of core English and Mathematics skills that are transferable in other learning contexts and subjects. This we aim to achieve through topics, which capture children’s interests and stimulates their imagination; by providing opportunities to develop skills, explore concepts, knowledge and understanding through a mix of a rich cross-curricular approach with discrete teaching of subjects and subject areas.
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We want our children to be happy, enthusiastic and committed learners.
We encourage and stimulate the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all our pupils. Our curriculum builds on pupils’ strengths, interests and experiences and develops children’s confidence in their capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively.
We want to equip our children with essential skills for learning and living well.
We place great importance on the skills of English, Mathematics, Computing and problem-solving. We promote skills that help our learners to improve their own learning and performance and that help them to work well with others.
We want everyone in our school community to be happy and healthy.
We place a high priority on developing pupils’ physical skills, self-esteem and emotional well-being. We encourage them to recognise the importance of pursuing a healthy lifestyle and keeping themselves and others safe. We promote happy, effective relationships; based on respect for themselves and for others.
We want to promote our pupils’ sense of identity.
We do this through teaching knowledge and understanding of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural heritages of Britain’s diverse society and of the local, national, European, Commonwealth and global dimensions of pupils’ lives. We want everyone in our school to understand and appreciate their own and different beliefs and cultures, and how these influence our communities.
We want our children to be reflective, expressive, independent and appreciative.
We provide rich and varied contexts for pupils to acquire, develop and apply a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills. Doing so enables our pupils to think creatively and critically, to solve problems and to make a difference for the better.
We want to prepare our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
Through our Christian values, we promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, in particular, the differences between right and wrong, and that we have rights but also responsibilities. We want everyone in our school to be responsible and caring citizens who make positive contributions to communities.
At Etching Hill, we pride ourselves on the additional learning opportunities that we plan for our pupils to enhance and extend the National Curriculum. For example:
- The Performing Arts –maximising & celebrating creativity through our Musical Drama sessions, participation in school performances and developing musicality through singing and learning musical instruments.
- Art – providing opportunities for pupils to take part in art projects and to have their work celebrated.
- Sports – promoting physical activity and competitive aspirations. Providing access to a wide range of different sports and working with local sports clubs to bring expertise into the school.
- Outdoor Learning- developing environmental awe and wonder and celebrating place. Forest School is part of the curriculum for all pupils.
- Links with other schools, local and global to celebrate cultural diversity and learning from each other.
- Responding to local, national or international events to further learning experience
- Using a wide range of visits and visitors to enhance the curriculum
- Offering an extensive range of after-school clubs
The school has a variety of educational equipment and all members of staff endeavour to keep up with modern educational thought and techniques through regular training. Children are taught by the most worthwhile combination of modern and well-tried methods, learning with understanding and enjoyment but realising that some tasks require hard work and application if full potential is to be realised.