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 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 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 links to our school values.
At Langdale, we want 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 Creative Curriculum
Our Foundation Curriculum is taught through termly topics where the skills and knowledge of the National Curriculum are delivered.
The skills taught throughout the school are progressive and are based on content developed by Focus Education. We call these ‘Learning Pathways’.
We think very carefully on the knowledge that we want the children to learn in each subject each term and this is outlined in our ‘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 curriculum lessons start with a ‘Learning Challenge’ question which introduces children to a line of enquiry and encourages investigative skills and curiosity.
At the start of each topic we have a ‘wow’ day which immerses the children in the theme and provides opportunities to find out what children know. During the topic we encourage parents to get involved and invite them to participate in lessons or share their knowledge. At the end of the topic we have a ‘fantastic finale’ which showcases the knowledge and skills the children have learned throughout the term.
The Core Subjects
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. Our lessons follow a cycle of planning, to ensure that we can evidence progress over short and long periods of time.
We teach reading as a whole class from Y2 - 6 with a focus on understanding and applying reading skills (Reading Gems) and with an emphasis on developing fluency and stamina. 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. We place a great emphasis on teacher modelling and sharing what a 'good one' looks like.
Maths is taught primarily through the White Rose Maths 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.
For assessment of the Foundation subjects, we use the Focus Education "Tracking of the National Curriculum - Knowledge and Skills" document. 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.
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. 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 follow a creative curriculum which is designed to interest, inform and inspire our children.
Further information can be found in the curriculum statement for Teaching and Learning below.
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 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, ambitious and with a thirst for life and all it has to offer.