At Langdale, we place great importance on a curriculum which develops the whole child. Through our core values, we foster an environment where the emotional, physical, academic, social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of each child is considered.
Our core curriculum is mapped to include coverage of the National Curriculum and prepares and equips children with the knowledge, skills and understanding for life in modern Britain. Our curriculum is designed to challenge, engage and motivate with the ultimate goal that our learners progress academically and become successful, confident individuals, who make a positive contribution to the community and society - both now and in the future.
Our enquiry curriculum provides opportunities for knowledge and skills to be taught in the foundation subjects through an enquiry driver. This driver consists of a main question that children will learn the knowledge and develop the skills to answer over a blocked period of time. Our enquiry curriculum is blocked to provide for deeper understanding and prepares our children for subject specific learning in Secondary School.
Our Enhanced Curriculum is bespoke to our school and is devised according to the needs of our children, families and local priorities. The aim of this curriculum is to ‘Broaden The Horizons’ of our children and develop the whole child socially, emotionally, culturally and physically. The enhanced curriculum compliments our National Curriculum offer through developing our children to become Global Learners; to be aware of the wider world and its current issues and to understand and respect cultural diversity and differences. To do this, we aim to provide our children with an understanding of how the world works and encourage participation in the community at a range of levels, from the local to the global. We teach our children to make the world a more sustainable place and to take responsibility for their actions. We do this by providing learning linked to:
-Respect for others and our differences
-Community participation (local and global)
-Sustainability and environmental issues
The Core Curriculum
For our core subjects, we use a variety of planning resources as we believe that following one programme does not provide the bespoke teaching and learning experience that we want for our pupils. Using prior knowledge as a starting point for all future planning and teaching, we plan lessons which are required for all pupils to make progress.
We teach reading as a whole class from Y2 - 6 with a focus on understanding and applying reading skills, using the Reading Gems and with an emphasis on developing fluency and stamina. Early reading is developed from Tadpoles (3 year olds), through encouragement to recognise own name and key words, to Nursery where we start our RWI phonics introduction of the initial sounds, into Reception and Year 1 where we teach a daily phonics lesson to develop segmenting and blending skills. Reading across the curriculum and reading for pleasure is an integral part of our curriculum.
Writing has 4 purposes - to entertain, to inform, to discuss and to persuade. Our teaching is based on a 'talk for writing' approach with lessons following a cycle through the processes of immersion, imitation, invention and independence.
Maths is taught primarily through the White Rose Maths programme enhanced by the Deepening Understanding programme. Skills are taught in small steps and consolidated and applied throughout the lesson. Problem solving and reasoning are integral components of our Maths lessons.
Assessment of the Core Curriculum
For the CORE subjects of English and maths, we use the NFER standardised assessments. We capture data at 3 points across the year, but this will be in accordance with the needs of the child.
Support in the Core Curriculum
We have a minimum core offer for all vulnerable pupils and pupils who aren't making the required progress, allowing us to be certain that we are meeting our INTENT of developing pupils academically. Both CORE and Foundation lessons are designed with a CPA approach, providing our pupils with the scaffolding required to access the learning at all levels. We place a huge emphasis on pupil engagement and design lessons with the help of our pupils. Pupil voice is used to support all decision making at Langdale.
The Enquiry Curriculum
Our Foundation Curriculum is taught through subject blocks where the knowledge of the National Curriculum is delivered. The teaching of subject knowledge then underpins the application of skills required to develop our children. We call this the "Knowledge Engaged" curriculum model.
We think very carefully on the knowledge that we want the children to learn in each subject block and this is outlined in our ‘Pupil Knowledge organisers’. When planning knowledge we refer to National Curriculum requirements but have an awareness of the context and demographic of our school and we make sure we expand on previous learning.
All of our subject blocks start with an enquiry question which introduces children to a line of enquiry and encourages investigative skills and curiosity. It is also the main driver for the learning content.
To implement our intent, we ensure that our children are invested in their learning, making a positive contribution to the planning and design of our curriculum. Lessons are engaging and are designed to interest, inform and inspire our children.
Assessment of the Enquiry Curriculum
We have designed our own bespoke "Rainbow Passport" assessment system where each child's knowledge and skills are tracked across a learning pathway. This whole school approach to assessment allows us to build upon prior attainment. It works with our curriculum design and provides rich information on the starting points of all pupils.
The enhanced curriculum compliments both the core and the enquiry curriculum and is implemented in the above approaches.
Pupils leave Langdale Primary School with a secure understanding of the academic content; with the understanding of how to be socially, morally, spiritually and culturally responsible and globally aware; how to make positive contributions to the local area and how to endeavour to be the best that they can be. We aim for all of our children to leave Langdale respectful, skillful and ambitious, with the motivation and passion to continue to learn and with a thirst for life and all it has to offer.