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Whitley and Eggborough CP School Mission Possible curriculum.
Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement
Intent and Implementation
At WECPS we are very proud of our broad and balanced “Mission Possible” curriculum that allows all the children at our school to learn in an engaging, exciting and empowering way that will enable them to:
- Understand the world they live in from both a local and wider world perspective
- Apply taught skills and knowledge to real life situations and problems, based around current affairs and prior learning
- Develop their interpersonal skills by directing their own learning and through focused team work
- Build personal resilience through their independent learning
“Mission Possible” is an ambitious curriculum based around the concept of independent learning being enabled by the teacher who will provide the opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in order for all the children to “solve” the mission and have the “cultural capital” to succeed in life by upholding our recognised British Values. The children are encouraged to plan their work by considering a number of essential elements over the year during each mission: questioning, innovation, research, environment, sustainability, community involvement, lifestyle and presentation. Teachers will check learners’ understanding systematically and will identify misconceptions accurately and will provide clear and concise feedback to enable improvements and development.
Each year the school selects six “Mission Possible” Challenges that progressively build on prior learning and support both the requirements of the National Curriculum across a two year rolling plan, as well as looking at what is pertinent and important to “OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY”. Teaching and planning is designed to help learners remember content from their long term memory and integrate new knowledge into new concepts.
At WECPS we recognise each child as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our diverse school community. Each year we review the needs of our children and use information from completed surveys including the Growing up in North Yorkshire and Academic Resilience to ensure that our school curriculum is steered towards fulfilling these needs. For example Pupils arrive in early years with lower literacy levels and only 29% of KS1 pupils in the GUNY survey say that their parents/carers read them a bedtime story. Whilst a much higher percentage state that they are allowed to use technology on their return from school and directly before and after they have gone to bed. Two key foci of our curriculum are therefore on engagement with reading and involving the wider family as well as teaching children to fully embrace the awe and wonder of the outdoors with confidence through our weekly “Whitley Woodland Project” across the whole school!
The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values with a vision to prepare them for life beyond primary school. We provide enrichment opportunities to engage their learning. We firmly believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time, where there are no limits to exploring curiosity. We actively encourage the thirst and drive for new knowledge and experiences which provide purpose and relevance in the lives of all our learners.
We use our CHAS values of Caring, Helping and Sharing to promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote and inspire responsibility for learning and future success.
Involvement from the community is an important and integral part of our curriculum and we regularly invite parents and visitors to share and facilitate new learning skills by sharing experiences such as learning workshops, assemblies, performances, curriculum outcomes and community events.
We strive to ensure that all children who leave WECPS have a strong sense of belonging to a close “family” community where they demonstrate the confidence and skills to
- make decisions,
- self-evaluate and
- become lifelong learners.
Underpinning “Mission Possible” is a solid foundation of learning reading, writing, communication and maths skills whose application can clearly be seen throughout the mission learning.
The statutory PSHE curriculum is fully integrated throughout the whole school curriculum to address the increasing SEMH needs and requirements of our school community.
We also embrace and encourage the children to engage fully in an active lifestyle by including a good range of competitive sport and physical activity for all classes throughout the week both during and after school. Our DT curriculum also supports learning around a healthy eating regime to combine with the activity to develop a “Healthy and Balanced Lifestyle!”
The curriculum success criteria is based both on learners developing detailed knowledge and skills as well as the success criteria set by the children that allows them to identify skills needed to complete the mission. Impact of the curriculum will be measured through a range of methods including peer observations, criteria assessment, book observations, pupil voice and teacher moderation (both internal and external).
Throughout the year our committed subject leaders are responsible for collating the evidence to show full curriculum coverage as well as identifying attainment and next steps of all the children. Subject leaders will review and report to the SLT on achievements, progress and developments for their areas of the curriculum.
At WECPS we will review and evaluate the impact of the taught curriculum content each year at to ensure that it meets the needs of our individual community as well as ensuring coverage and progression for all our children.
Phonics and Reading Schemes
In Early Years and Key Stage 1 we use the Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds schemes.
Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve. Using a synthetic phonics approach, Jolly Phonics teaches children the five key skills for reading and writing. The programme continues through school enabling the teaching of essential grammar, spelling and punctuation skills.
Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
We use a combination of reading schemes as children progress. For example: Phonics songbirds, Fireflies and Oxford Reading Tree. These give a variety of fiction and non-fiction books to develop children's reading range. Children learn to read at different rates. Once they finish the reading scheme, we encourage them to become 'free readers' and choose their own books.
Early Years Outcomes
At Whitley and Eggborough school we promote 'British Values' through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which is implemented through the schools curriculum and supports the development of children. We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.
'British Values' have been identified as:
The ability to communicate is the most important area of learning. We ensure that pupils are given a 'voice' to communicate. We empower our pupils by giving them opportunities to make choices about the things that they believe to be important. By valuing each 'voice' and listening and responding we demonstrate that we support democracy and liberty. Our school has a school council which meet on a regular basis and representatives from each class share their peers thoughts and ideas.
Rule of Law:
We involve pupils in setting codes of behavior, each class makes their own class rules. At Whitley and Eggborough we help pupils to make decisions and choices that are acceptable to the school community and society at large. Pupils are helped to learn to manage their behaviour and take responsibility for their actions. We help pupils to understand the connection between actions and consequences. The staff are committed to providing a consistent environment in school which helps pupils to feel safe and secure, this in turn promotes optimum conditions for learning to take place.
Pupils at Whitley and Eggborough are encouraged to become good citizens. We do this by supporting each pupil to become as independent as possible. Learning to do things independently is an important part of learning to understand yourself. We support others by participating in charitable events such as Children in Need, Comic Relief and Macmillan Cancer. Through our 'Dragon Points' system children also support four chosen charities and every point earned, earns 1p for charity. We adopt a Caring, Helping and sharing (CHAS) ethos throughout school, and children are encouraged to live by these values everyday. In doing this we can boost and nurture a healthy self-esteem.
We promote each pupil's inclusion, in a range of activities, settings and locations. The children in Early Years have opportunities to integrate with other children at the local nursery schools and they visit Whitley and Eggborough on a regular basis. Pupils from other Key Stages go into the community to meet with a range of people in a variety of situations which include: Choir singing at the senior citizen Christmas party, sports events at other schools in the local area, Young voices and other community events. It is important to facilitate opportunities that include the wider school community and throughout the year we organize events in which we encourage families as a whole to attend.
Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs:
At Whitley and Eggborough School each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. We respect the right for each of us to be an individual and allow others to follow beliefs that we ourselves may not have. Whitley and Eggborough enhances pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through Religious Education and PSHCE. As a school, we take part in local sporting activities which helps to instill 'fair play' and promote 'team spirit'.