The Nature and Scope of the Curriculum

Introduction

Our aim is to maintain and develop the Christian ethos as an integral part of all that we do, so that all members of the school community are enabled to achieve their full potential within the context of the school’s life and work. The curriculum is planned to be inspiring, broad, balanced and relevant to reflect our high expectations and standards. Spiritual development will be promoted through an awareness and knowledge of the teachings of Christ and of the Church, and also through an understanding and tolerance of others’ beliefs and opinions. The school’s ambition is to give everyone the opportunity to develop a positive self-image and sense of personal worth.

Aims and objectives

Through our teaching and learning curriculum we aim to:

  • Raise levels of attainment for all pupils, enabling them to make successful progress and achieve their personal best
  • Develop confident, disciplined and enquiring learners, able to make informed choices
  • Foster self-esteem and personal responsibility, demonstrating empathy for the needs and feelings of others
  • Ensure equal opportunities, respecting gender, race, class, disability, learning difficulties and belief
  • Value and respect all cultures, to promote positive attitudes towards other people
  • Provide a safe, happy and productive working environment, to maximise how pupils learn best
  • Enable pupils to understand their community, to value and make the most of their school and local area and help children grow into reliable, independent and positive citizens

The curriculum

As an academy we exercise certain curricular freedoms but we aim to ensure our curriculum is broad, balanced and relevant to the needs of the children in our care we use the 2014 National Curriculum and Chris Quigley Essentials materials to guide our teaching, with expected standards of attainment lead by guidance from the New National Curriculum 2014. As such Lisle Marsden Church of England Primary Academy curriculum has both stand-alone and cross-curricular themed elements. English and Mathematics are planned and taught through specific sessions every day.

These sessions are ability grouped and differentiation is expected to meet the range of needs within these classes. We also teach targeted Spelling, Grammar and Vocabulary. Where appropriate the Themed Curriculum will reinforce the context for these core subjects and it is a clear expectation that the knowledge and skills learnt in these subjects are transferred, practised and reinforced throughout the Foundation subjects.

Other stand-alone subjects include ICT, RE and Music but these can also be included in themed work if appropriate and valuable to wider learning.

We have identified four Curriculum Drivers to maximise our School Curriculum to support pupils for life in modern Britain. Our four Curriculum Drivers are:

  • Spiritual and Moral  - To support pupils Christian belief and the ethos of the School
  • Enquiry  - To enable pupils to ask deeper questions and be curious
  • Knowledge of the World  - To open possibilities and knowledge of the world beyond Grimsby
  • The Arts  -  To connect pupils with aesthetic and inspiring experiences

Our four Curriculum Drivers are chosen to meet and challenge the needs of pupils and their families through being continuous whole school priorities.