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Courtland Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact Statements

Intent

At Courtland, our Curriculum has been designed to ensure that ‘Everybody can be somebody’, with pupils’ learning at the centre. Our curriculum is broad, balanced and offers pupils opportunities to grow as individuals as well as learners. It has been carefully designed to ensure coverage and progression. Through a combination of learning techniques, we aim to ensure pupils develop as independent, confident and successful learners, with high aspirations, who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. The School places great emphasis on nurturing kind, respectful and honest citizens.

The ability to learn is underpinned in curriculum subject areas by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and vocabulary.  We consistently aim to build on the child's previous learning experiences and engage them in a level of work that is appropriate to their needs. Pupils at all levels are helped to achieve their potential. We provide a highly inclusive environment where those who are more able are challenged and encouraged to expand their skills and knowledge through varied curriculum opportunities that can be applied in all aspects of life. Those who find learning more difficult are encouraged and given targeted support are able to develop at their own pace and to learn in a style that best suits their individual needs.

We aim to ensure pupils enjoy their education, providing an environment that encourages lifelong learning.  Our curriculum is designed to build resilience, improve confidence and self-esteem to challenge their thinking, concepts and themselves. Adults throughout the school act as good role models, demonstrating how to learn. This inspires children to become good leaders and experts in all aspects of learning. We strive to develop a culture where children can work independently and collaboratively; where they learn to see getting something wrong as part of learning how to get it right and celebrating successes.

Implementation

The Courtland curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school. Some of our content is taught as a discrete subject, so that our children gain a broad understanding of each subject and know exactly what they are studying. Other content is combined in a cross-curricular approach, enabling us to put knowledge into context. 

Curriculum maps are produced for each year group, ensuring clarity of coverage with a strong emphasis on breadth of vocabulary and progression of knowledge and skills.  Using prior knowledge as a starting point, we plan lessons where all pupils can make progress. We base these upon the teacher’s detailed knowledge of each child, striving to ensure that all tasks set are appropriate to each child’s level of ability. We use a variety of resources and our lessons follow a cycle of planning, to ensure that we can evidence progress over short and long periods of time. In order to allow children to remember key skills, children revisit them over the course of a key stage. Specialist teachers support the teaching of Music, PE and French. At the end of each term, an end task is planned, where children demonstrate the knowledge and skills that have been acquired.

Our curriculum is designed to set high expectations, combine transferable skills and develop strong cross curricular links. The curriculum is reinforced by the school’s core values which are woven throughout the curriculum, including assemblies. Each term, there are a variety of visits planned to enrich the learning and create lasting memories through real experiences.  Children are supported to achieve their potential and progress with confidence to the next phase of their education.

Impact

The impact and measure of the curriculum is to ensure that children progress from their starting points and acquire the appropriate age related skills and knowledge linked to the curriculum, through the teaching of a stimulating, broad and balanced curriculum.

We measure curriculum success regularly through scrutiny of work, formal and informal lesson observations, pupil voice and class teacher data meetings, where progress is monitored and challenged where necessary. The impact of the school’s curriculum can be seen in the books they produce and the outcomes for all groups of pupils within the school. We track attainment through our school data tracking system and end of year assessments in KS1 and KS2, EYFS; Phonics in year 1 and multiplications tables’ tests in year 4. We report progress and attainment termly through parent teacher consultation and an end of year written report.

All subjects are taught in a range of ability and mixed ability groups across the school. In all year groups there are small group interventions in order to support pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians. The more able are challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported, so that they too are enabled to experience success.

At Courtland, we strive for all pupils to achieve their maximum potential, by having high expectations and excellent standards. Our children enjoy lessons and we believe this early love of learning stimulates children to become life-long learners. As a result of taking risks, pupils are able to demonstrate emotional resilience and have the ability to persevere when they meet challenges. We succeed in meeting and exceeding national expectations in Reading, Writing and Mathematics and our pupils are consistently above the national average. By the end of KS2, our children have high aspirations, self-belief and are ready for the next stage of their education. Their eyes have been opened to a world of possibilities and their enthusiasm for learning ignited.

 

Curriculum Subjects

English

The three main areas of the English Curriculum are Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. This is based on the National Curriculum.

Your child will be encouraged to be a good listener and to express himself or herself clearly and confidently. Your child will read daily for information and pleasure. Books and reading materials are displayed throughout our School in classes, libraries and corridors. Children are taught to write in a variety of ways for a variety of purposes and different audiences.

 

Our Library

Children have a weekly session to visit the library, where they can borrow and return books using our digital reading cloud system.

Mathematics

Children learn mathematics in a variety of ways, for example, through practical work, discussions, problem solving, investigation and practising skills and routines.

The mathematics curriculum is based on the National Curriculum. A range of resources are used to support learning.

Our aim is for your child to be numerate, to enjoy mathematics and have a good understanding of mathematical ideas with a range of skills and knowledge that can be used confidently in any situation.

 

Science

Science is as practical as possible with the emphasis being on scientific investigations.

The National Curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them. They are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

The work is integrated into class topics where possible, although some activities are treated separately.

History

We aim to encourage your child to have an active interest in history in order to help them to have an understanding of the present, in the context of the past.

Drama, literature and art are used as a means of learning about past events and people and to develop a sense of curiosity in your child. Children study a range of historical periods which are brought to life with historical workshops, immersive days and the handling of artefacts.

Geography

Through the acquisition of geographical knowledge and skills your child will learn about people, places and the environment. Activities for the children will stimulate interest and curiosity in their environment and raise awareness and appreciation of the world in which they live.

Studying the local area, going on visits and School Journeys are important ways in which children develop their geographical skills, knowledge and understanding.

Computing

Children are taught computing skills which they then apply through a full range of subjects to aid learning. All children have regular access to Chromebooks and Google Classroom. The curriculum includes the learning of computer science, information technology and digital literacy ensuring a solid grounding for future learning and beyond. Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in students' lives, therefore, we aim to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. 

Music

Music is an important tool for communication and can change the way children feel, think and act. Music is taught by a qualified music specialist in a weekly time-tabled slot, in our music room. Children are encouraged to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music, to use musical notation, compose and analyse their own compositions as well as learning about different composers.

Tuition in various instruments is provided by peripatetic teachers through the Borough Instrumental Teaching Scheme. Parents are actively encouraged to apply for tuition when their child is considered old enough. Children can learn to play the violin, keyboard, guitar and brass instruments. There is a termly charge for instrumental tuition which is payable in advance.

This does not include the hire of an instrument, which can be arranged at the Borough of Barnet Music Office. For those parents claiming Government financial support, help with the termly fees might be available

Design and Technology

Design and Technology encourages children to be creative problem solvers. All children are taught to develop a range of ideas, plan, analyse and evaluate every design topic.

Design Projects are linked to a current theme or topic. These projects may include sewing, use of ICT, forces, sound and electricity. Your child will be taught designing and making skills through knowledge and understanding of materials, components and structures.

Art

Art and design encourages children to produce creative and interesting pieces of work. Children learn to use colour, form, texture, pattern and a range of different materials to communicate what they see, feel and think. The above skills will be used in drawing, painting, printing, claywork and collage.

Your child will be also study the life and work of a range of artists and study their specific styles to prouce their own interpreations. Art also provides an opportunity to learn about other cultures and styles. Every year Year 6 class completes an art project with a visiting artist which is displayed in the school.

Physical Education

Physical Education encourages children to be aware of their bodies and develop skills needed to perform a range of activities. Sporting activities at Courtland enables all our children, whatever their gender and ability, to acquire specific skills within an enjoyable and challenging atmosphere. These include; athletics, dance, gymnastics, invasion games, striking and fielding games and swimming. Within these lessons, pupils learn the importance of exercise for their physcial and mental well-being. Children are taught to become leaders within sport through setting up of equipment, leading warm-ups and the Playground Leaders course.

Physical activity is provided through, structured playground games, P.E lessons, intra and inter-school competitions, virtual competitions, Sports Day and after school activities.

Swimming

At Courtland, children have the opportunitiy to learn to swim at Northway School.

Parents of these children are invited to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of swimming at Northway.

Swimming sessions are supervised by qualified instructors and the children are accompanied by members of staff at all times.

PSHE - Relationships and Health Education

As part of our PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education ) curriculum, we place great importance on educating children for life outside school. We aim to encourage our children to take responsibility, respect themselves and others, think critically and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

Children are taught these skills through the whole school ethos, assemblies and RHE lessons (Relationships and Health Education). During these sessions, children are encouraged to voice their opinions in a secure and safe environment. They are also taught how to manage behaviour and establish meaningful relationships.

PGL

Every year children from Year 6 take part in a week long residential School Journey to participate in range of outdoor activities.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Children may have special needs throughout, or at any time, during their school career. We are committed to providing full access to the curriculum through differentiation, varied teaching styles and the best learning conditions for each child according to their need.

Early identification is vital so if you feel your child has a particular difficulty please contact us immediately.

A book entitled ‘Special educational needs and disabilities: a guide for parents and carers‘ is available to download from the GOV.UK DFE website. This guide explains how the system that supports children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) works.

Gifted and Talented

At Courtland we recognise that some children may excel in one or more areas of the curriculum. Lessons are planned to include differentiated tasks, so that each child can achieve personal standards of excellence.

We also recognise that many of our children have talents that they practice outside school in various clubs and classes. We encourage them to tell us about their activities and celebrate their successes in our newsletters and assemblies.

Religious Education and Collective Worship

Religious Education is taught at Courtland School as part of the Curriculum. Children are encouraged to understand the basis of belief of different faiths so that they can live side by side in a multi-faith society with mutual understanding and respect. We follow the Barnet Agreed Syllabus.

Collective worship takes place within the framework of School Assemblies. The aims of acts of collective worship are:

  • To provide a time for reflection and prayer
  • To encourage children to reflect on their own feelings and actions
  • To develop children’s understanding of and respect for faith and faith systems
  • To develop a sense of community and belonging
  • To develop children’s awareness of the world beyond their immediate experience To encourage children to think of others

During the week, children are given times to reflect on their ideas, opinions and actions, and to think about how they relate to others. Guests from local faith groups are invited into school to deliver assemblies and discussions as and when appropriate. As part of the children’s religious educational programme they will have opportunities to visit a range of places of worship in the local community.

Assessment, Recording and Reporting

At Courtland we are fortunate in that we are able to draw upon a valuable resource in our children and parents who reflect the rich diversity in our multi-cultural society. We believe each child is entitled to the same opportunity within all aspects of school life. Assessment is one of the ways that we can ensure this is happening.

Assessment is central to the promotion of children’s learning. It is a vital part of the cycle of planning, monitoring and evaluating. Teachers are constantly monitoring progress by assessing pupils in a variety of ways including observation, testing and evaluation of work as well as discussion with children. We need to assess pupils to be able to provide for their future learning needs.

Reception Baselin Assessment on entry to Reception in September.

Phonics screening takes place at the end of Year 1.

Multiplication Tables Check for Year 4.

Statutory Assessment takes place at the end of Year 2 and the end of Year 6.

The results of these assessments are publicised and used by the staff, Governors and OfSTED to monitor standards of attainment.

It is important to remember, however, that in a small school there will be year-on-year variations in the percentages published. All children are different and it is very important to us that each individual child makes good progress. This progress may not be reflected in the ‘league table’ results.

In Years 3, 4 and 5 the children are also assessed using formal tests in the summer term. The results from these assessments are analysed and used to track pupil progress. However they only form part of the final Teacher assessment.

We record your child’s progress in a variety of ways:

  • Attainment and progress in reading, writing, grammar and mathematics.
  • Writing assessments.
  • Speaking and listening assessments.
  • Progress in the foundation subjects.
  • End of Year report to parents issued in the summer term.
  • Barnet RouteMap, a computerised programme which tracks pupils’ attainment and progress.

Complaints Procedure

Children learn best when they are happy and when parents and school work together to support their development and learning. It is vital for parents to share and discuss any problems with their child’s teacher or with the Headteacher. The vast majority of problems can then be ironed out quickly and effectively.

It is our sincere hope that this happens and problems are resolved without recourse to formal procedures.

However, if parents feel that appropriate action has not been taken or that a wrong decision has been made they can make a formal complaint. Procedures for doing this are outlined in our Complaints Policy. Link to Policy Page

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