Intent

At Longsight Community Primary School, we are constantly striving to provide an exciting and engaging curriculum. Working within the Big Life Schools we will be consistently and continuously building on the existing curriculum in order to suit the needs of our context, community and the changes in education to equip our children to be lifelong learners.
The key indicators are-
  • To create a broad, balanced and unique curriculum to suit the context of our school
  • To ensure children have depth of knowledge, build on previous skills and develop vocabulary
  • To motivate learners through engaging experiences which provide them with the cultural capital which we think every child deserves
  • To use a bespoke tracking and assessment tool which shows the progression children have made through the key skills over time
  • To build confident and knowledgeable subject leads, who given set time, analyse curriculum coverage, support teaching strategies through coaching and moderate their subject areas
  • To build in greater opportunities for outdoor learning

Implementation

At Longsight Community Primary School, we aim to implement a broad and balanced, knowledge and skills based curriculum with a strong creative element. Having established as a new school to meet local need in 2013, we have been able to design a rigorous, Values-Led curriculum which meets the requirements of the National Curriculum and the needs of our particular school population.
Our curriculum is delivered through highly effective ‘quality first teaching’.  Our teaching aims to embed the Big Life Values which are Thoughtful, Honest, Creative, Courageous, Inspiring, and Valuing Difference. Through our Values-Led curriculum and our Rights Respecting Schools commitment we promote our children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, ensuring that they grow up as reflective and responsible citizens. We explore and promote the fundamental British Values to support our children to be active and responsible citizens in Modern Britain. We constantly review the impact of our teaching and are currently reviewing our curriculum to ensure we offer a curriculum which enables our children to:
  • Achieve an outstanding standard of education, enabling them to progress to future successful learning and employment
  • Access the full richness of our local, national and International cultural heritage
  • Develop the cultural capital, social skills and life experiences they may otherwise miss out on
  • Become active and responsible members of their communities
We have worked hard to build consistency of approach across all year groups for the core subjects of Maths, English and Science. We have several years’ experience of delivering the White Rose Maths Curriculum, which embeds core skills and concepts and ensures Mastery through in-depth small-steps teaching. This is our first year of implementing the Pathways To Write curriculum which uses high quality texts to systematically develop writing skills. Our Structured Guided Reading Programme ensures consistency and high standards throughout the school.  We have recently reviewed our Science Curriculum and have agreed detailed Long Term Plans and Assessment Grids for Science. Science is now delivered flexibly through Topic where appropriate or as a stand-alone sequence of lessons to ensure key knowledge is embedded.
Our starting point for the foundation subjects is the Cornerstones Creative Curriculum, which provides an exciting range of half termly themed cross curricular topics. Class teachers work with our curriculum lead to choose an appropriate selection of topics for their class ensuring consistent depth and breadth of coverage across the key subject areas of Geography, History, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Music and elements of Physical Education. Teachers develop engaging and effective sequences of lessons to ensure children have the knowledge and skills they need to progress. We have embedded outdoor learning across our curriculum, building on our MAT’s expertise in Forest Schools to give our children experiences of nature and teamwork that build confidence and support good mental well-being. PSHE is taught discretely using the Learn4Life scheme, but is also constantly reinforced throughout the curriculum, through our focus on Growth Mindset and the Big Life Values, and in all day to day individual and group interactions.
We have developed our own detailed Long Term Planning for Computing, supporting teachers to teach computing in a cross curricular way across Maths and English as well as Topic.
Many of our pupils speak more than one language and we celebrate and linguistic diversity across the school and through the teaching of Spanish in KS2. We have introduced Duolingo to help children with this, allowing interactive lessons that are tailored to each child’s level and give the opportunity for learning to continue at home. This will allow all children to enjoy learning a new language and feel confident using it to communicate with others both now and in the future.
RE is taught as a stand-alone subject based on the Discovery RE programme. The teaching of RE is a real strength in school, drawing on the diversity of our children’s own faiths and beliefs and linking with our Big Life Value of “Valuing Difference”.

Impact

Our children love learning and make outstanding progress while they are with us. Our bespoke tracking and assessment tool enables us to monitor the progression children make across all aspects of the curriculum during their time with us. Subject leads work with the school curriculum lead, Senior Leadership Team and Governors to review impact, support teaching staff and make ongoing changes in response to assessment and feedback from staff, children and parents.
As part of our ongoing commitment to curriculum development, we are currently reviewing the impact and scope of our curriculum. We have established key principles and appointed a Curriculum Lead across the MAT to co-ordinate the development of the next phase of curriculum design. We will build on our current strengths to develop an even more integrated and coherent curriculum that meets national expectations and local need.

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