Curriculum Statement - Introduction

 

The purpose of this part of the website is to meet the statutory requirements for publishing information about the school curriculum and to provide useful information to parents/carers, including:

  • Where to access the content of the school curriculum in each academic year for every subject
  • The names of any phonics or reading schemes we use (in Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2)
  • How parents or other members of the public can find out more about the curriculum our school is following

The content of our school's curriculum is guided by our Mission Statement, Key Values and School Aims

School Mission Statement:   The Governors and staff of Kilham Church of England Primary School aim to provide the highest possible quality of education. We aim to develop the whole child within a safe, caring, family atmosphere and with an emphasis on high expectations, personal achievement, and an enjoyment of life lived peacefully through Christian values of friendship, community, peace and trust.

 

Key Values identified through the redevelopment of our vision and values were: Learning, Caring and Friendship (This has become our ‘catchphrase’ as a school). We also emphasise, through our vision and values publicity, ‘Living in an atmosphere of Faith and Trust’. We aim to fulfil our school’s mission statement and promote our key values through our curriculum.

 

School Aims

Kilham Church of England Primary School has a set of aims, through which we aspire to fulfil our mission statement. These aims also inform the development of the curriculum at our school. The curriculum specific aim is as follows:

 

            “In addition to minimum legal requirements, offer a broad-based curriculum in order to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge, promote enjoyment in learning, and to provide the knowledge/skills to equip students for work and leisure as active, confident and responsible members of a rapidly developing society.”

Introduction – The Curriculum

The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also any other activity organised by school, for example, extra-curricular activities and any other activities designed to enrich the experience of the children.  There is also a ‘hidden’ element to the curriculum which includes what the children learn from their school environment, the way they are treated and how they are expected to behave.

 

There are two main reasons for having a curriculum policy statement:

  1. To outline our interpretation of the statutory expectations for the delivery of the National Curriculum – a new statutory curriculum was introduced and has been running in school as from September 2014. Therefore it is good practice to define what our curriculum as a school will be in the forthcoming year.
  2. The School Information Regulations 2012 specify a statutory requirement for schools to publish their curriculum alongside other important information. This document and web page contributes to fulfilling that statutory requirement.

This policy statement and associated/linked curriculum content (all available on the school website or from school if requested) means that separate policy statements for different National Curriculum subjects are no longer written, but can be if required.

 The statutory curriculum for maintained schools consists of

 

  • The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework
  • The National Curriculum (ages 5-16)
  • Religious Education (ages 5-18) (Following the Locally Agreed RE Syllabus)

The Department for Education states that “Religious education is compulsory for all pupils registered in maintained schools up to the age of 18. Maintained schools must follow their locally agreed syllabus. Maintained schools must also provide a daily act of collective worship that should be broadly Christian, unless the school has been granted a determination to conduct collective worship of another faith.”

Primary schools do not have to teach Sex and Relationships Education, but must have a policy on whether to do so. A separate policy outlining our provision for SRE is available in school. (Please see SRE Policy)