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Ickford School

Curriculum Intent

At Ickford School, the intention is to offer a curriculum which is broad, relevant and engaging and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. Our curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the new National Curriculum 2014 and enhances these through high quality provision of music, languages, physical education, outdoor learning and a plethora of school outings and co -curricular experiences. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners and to provide the children with cultural capital and a love of learning that will remain with them throughout their lives.

Our Key Stage 1 & 2 curriculum is underpinned with the 'Essentials Curriculum' by Chris Quigley. This sets out the essential coverage, learning objectives and standards which are required for all subjects. Furthermore, it provides progress measures for all subjects including personal development. We chose this curriculum is because it emphasises the importance of developing the depth of children’s learning. In essence, this means providing children with increased cognitive challenge, allowing them to apply the knowledge and skills which they have learnt, independently in a range of contexts, rather than moving them on too quickly and before not actually consolidating their understanding and application of skills.

 Our curriculum provides a coherent, progressive and appropriately sequenced curricular structure to enable our pupils to develop subject specific knowledge and skills to prepare them well for the next stages of their education. The curriculum, builds progressively on from the learning in the Foundation Stage and incorporates milestones modified for our mixed age classes. Although our curriculum is aligned to the National Curriculum it goes beyond requirements not only to ensure repetition of skills and knowledge but also in order to ensure expectations are high and attainment has no ceiling.

We believe it is important to inspire the children with a wealth of additional experiences and opportunities. Our intention therefore is to give the children the chance to take part in outings and trips including residential weeks both in England and France. Class trips are supported by the PTA, and we also have themed Science and Art weeks. There are also whole school trips and several visitors that come in to give workshops and talks to children. A wide range of extracurricular clubs and competitive sports opportunities throughout the year also ensure that children can express and develop their personal interests.

We are a non-denominational school but teach Religious Education as a discrete subject and use the RE and wider curriculum to find ways to explore pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, utilising our local and wider community. We recognise that our community may not be as diverse as some, but we provide a range of experiences across their Primary education, to enable pupils to understand and respect those from other faiths and communities and appreciate that people live their lives differently.