The school’s leaders and staff have a shared vision for the curriculum and together we strive to provide opportunities to meet the needs of all of our learners. We believe that the best way to prepare our children for the future is to enable them to acquire knowledge whilst developing skills and understanding.
At Cranham Primary School, Reading, English and Mathematics are taught daily. History, Geography, Science, Computing, Religious Education, Languages (KS2), PSHE, PE, Music, Art and Design Technology are taught on a two week timetable.
In English we use a book as a stimulus or starting point. This helps children to see the links between language, reading and writing. It develops their vocabulary which in turn supports their wider learning. Many of our children enter school with a deficit of language and we believe our approach to curriculum addresses some of the typical gaps for our learners.
Mathematics is delivered daily following the White Rose Scheme of Learning. In addition to this, there are regular fluency sessions where children are able to practise and consolidate key skills and concepts. This is to ensure they are keeping 'on track' and become more confident in their recall and understanding. We encourage children to think for themselves, to discuss ideas and to use reasoning when justifying their ideas.
Many of our English units start with a ‘wow’ factor to hook the children in and will work towards purposeful outcomes for our children and families to enjoy. Purposeful outcomes allow us to celebrate learning. Many of our units have a visit, visitor or career link. This helps our children to understand the world of work and develop aspirations for the future. National Curriculum statutory requirements are fulfilled and in addition to this.
The curriculum for our foundation subjects is designed to ensure that learning is sequenced, building knowledge and skills over time, both within each year group and across the whole school. It builds on prior knowledge and makes connections between new and previous learning. Developing these strands of learning ensures that there are many opportunities for the children to practise and apply their knowledge in a range of contexts so that they can know more, remember more, embedding it into long-term memory.
We expose our children to wider, fulfilling life experiences through our curriculum. This includes theme days, residential trips, ‘Careers with Cale’ and MAT events such as River Fest. This wider curriculum broadens our children’s experiences, builds confidence and resilience and encourages our children to consider broader horizons.