Our curriculum and mission statement centre around meeting the needs of each individual child and ensuring that we support them to be the best that they can be. Our learning values are strongly embedded throughout the school and children are given daily opportunities to develop and apply these values to their learning.
Whilst core learning is structured around the requirements of the National Curriculum, our wider school curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of the children in our community. So while you will find aspects that are common across many schools, you will also notice elements that make the Crofton Anne Dale curriculum uniquely ours.
At the Crofton Anne Dale Federation, we aim to deliver a curriculum that is broad, rich and balanced. We want to ensure that all children have access to a curriculum that allows them to develop skills and knowledge across the whole range of National Curriculum subjects. We aim to make learning exciting and fun by making meaningful connections across subject areas and setting the learning in engaging contexts. Our main goal is to secure good outcomes for all, and we carefully plan and adapt learning in order to meet the needs of each and every pupil. Our curriculum is underpinned by our core learning values of Creativity, Independence, Curiosity, Teamwork and Resilience, which we believe will support the children to become lifelong learners.
We take a thematic approach to planning and delivering the curriculum.
- Each unit of work is introduced through an introductory event or ‘hook’ to spark the children’s interest and introduce the key question for the unit.
- The children will keep revisiting the key question throughout the unit, with the aim being to give a full and reasoned response by the end of the sequence of learning through an ‘end product’. This may be a piece of writing, a drama performance, a 3D model, a video, a music performance.
- This way of approaching the curriculum ignites the children’s imagination, encourages them to ask questions whilst enabling them to make links within and across subjects.
- The children are able to learn and develop skills in one subject and apply them in another ensuring their learning is both meaningful and embedded. We also make the most of our grounds and outdoor learning facilities to enhance the learning experience of each unit, whilst promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.
- Children are regularly given choice and flexibility in terms of how they present the knowledge and skills they have acquired, meaning they can exercise their creativity and share their learning in a way that makes sense for them.
- The impact is higher levels of engagement in the classroom; real excitement when a new question is unveiled; increased curiosity and problem-solving and a tangible improvement in learning outcomes.
In maths, we follow the Singapore model of teaching.
- We teach children new concepts by firstly manipulating concrete objects to represent the calculation.
- Next, the children represent similar problems in a pictorial way, often using the ‘bar model’.
- Finally, the children move on to solving abstract problems involving only numbers and symbols.
- This model enables children to master the skills required with a deeper level of understanding and allows them to solve more complex mathematical problems drawing on a range of skills and knowledge from across the mathematics curriculum.
- The impact is an improved attitude to maths learning, greater confidence, and the ability to apply their understanding independently in a range of contexts.
An overview of each unit of work can be found on the year group pages or by clicking here