Our Curriculum Intent
Our curriculum offer is carefully planned to meet the needs of our children, mitigating against the impact of transition to ensure rapid progress. Our intention is that inspirational experiences, in an inclusive environment, engage and enthuse children, opening their eyes to the world of possibilities before them. Our adventurous curriculum and extraordinary experiences promotes resilience and excellent learning behaviours. Children know that, through their efforts, they can achieve success. They understand the challenges we currently face in the world and actively seek to be part of the solution- they will know that they can make a difference.
Our curriculum is underpinned by our explicit learning powers:
• Be resilient
• Stay focused
• Be curious and creative
• Review and reflect
• Help yourself
• Learn from and teach others
These learning powers give our children the skills to be successful, now and throughout life. We aim to build resilience and encourage a positive mindset amongst our children understanding that it is often through mistakes we learn the most. Each year group has a Learning Ambassador who support their class in developing, embedding and utilising their learning powers to be successful in all they do.
Our curriculum is focused on ensuring children gain a rich and deep knowledge and skill set across all primary subjects with the aim of ensuring pupils are ready for the next stage of their learning. Our families are key partners in developing their children’s knowledge and we work closely with them to inform, share, celebrate and support their child’s learning. We are a reflective school and continually strive to improve our teaching and learning; staff development is highly valued and closely aligned to rigorous school improvement. Partnerships with subject matter experts are utilised to enhance the expertise of staff and the richness of experiences our children receive.
Our curriculum has been carefully designed to meet the needs of our children. It is ambitious, challenging and engaging, allowing all children to make rapid progress. There is a strong emphasis on the teaching of the basic skills of reading, writing and maths to the highest standard. The teaching sequence for St David’s has been developed to maximise the effectiveness of the teaching through planned and deliberate repetition.
Our curriculum is broad, balanced and progressive, and is coherently planned through a two year rolling programme with learning delivered through half termly themes. Each theme begins with a launch pad, a shared learning experience with parents. Learning is then developed through enquiry and first hand experience, and is assessed through carefully planned opportunities for the children to use and apply knowledge and skills. Each theme then concludes with a landing pad, an opportunity for the children to evaluate and share their learning with parents.
Our curriculum enables and fosters our children’s natural curiosity and promotes problem-solving, creativity and communication. IT is skillfully utilised to enhance our curriculum. IT/Computing is integrated through every subject to promote exciting learning opportunities and give children the opportunity to record and communicate what they know and understand. Every child has an allocated ipad, and knows how to use a wide range of apps and tools. The school has its own flight sim, a fully functioning TV studio with green screen, where our SDS News programmes are created, and resources including microbits to develop children’s understanding of computing in practical ‘real-life’ contexts.
We have designed our Early Years curriculum to meet the language, social, emotional and physical needs of our children. Our play based continuous provision enables children to become confident, independent learners. The curriculum and provision are designed to foster and ignite children’s curiosity and intrigue. We believe that a high quality, stimulating learning environment, both indoors and outside, is integral to the curriculum, to ensure we engage with all learners, whilst meeting every child’s developmental needs. We aim to continuously adapt the curriculum to meet the diverse and individual needs of each child.
To enable our children to be successful learners we ensure our children are fluent and enthusiastic readers. A rigorous phonics programme is taught in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. In Key Stage 2 Intervention programmes for phonics are delivered for identified pupils. In addition, all pupils take part in guided reading/whole class reading sessions. The impact of our teaching is that St David’s has consistently achieved 100% in the Year 1 Phonic Screening Check and exceeded MOD Schools and UK reading outcomes.
Respect for our environment and an understanding of current issues is a core principle at St David’s. Every child visits our local forest regularly, and, through our structured teaching and learning Forest School sequence, gains a breadth of knowledge and skills. As part of our sustainability drive to reduce our carbon footprint, St David’s has its own school allotment, where all children take responsibility to plant and grow produce to sell or eat.
We aim to provide our children with the cultural capital they need to succeed in life. This capital is introduced through visits and events which enhance and enrich our curriculum. These include local cultural events eg St Martin’s, St Nikolaus and Fasching (lent carnival), visits and visitors linked to the class theme, an exceptionally wide range of clubs (both at lunchtime and after school), our annual weekly residential for KS2 pupils, and school events. We have good links in our community with our local Grundschule and Kindergarten and utilise local facilities eg swimming pool/climbing wall on base.
Every child in our school is given a voice as a member of our School Senate, organised into three cross key stage groups. Here the pupils, led by the Senate Elders, debate and make decisions about school issues relevant to them, participate in community events and raise money through enterprise. Through pupil voice our children are given the opportunity to express themselves and contribute towards the drive for excellence St David’s School.
At St David’s School we are keen to promote the diversity of life and celebrate difference and promote respect for all. All members of our school community uphold our school values of tolerance, kindness and empathy, commitment, politeness,honesty, respect and citizenship/caring for the world. Through our teaching, learning and behaviour expectations, we give pupils the knowledge and understanding of how discrimination and prejudiced behaviour is dealt with, including the prevention of bullying.
Pupils with special needs are well-supported in school with extra support and/or resources deployed swiftly and where necessary to help close individual learning gaps. Assessment is used to identify children’s progress and identify any barriers to learning. Formative assessment is carried out continuously across the curriculum through a variety of ways. These assessments inform teacher’s lesson planning. Children complete summative assessments at key points to show progress in reading, writing and maths. We believe our curriculum prepares our children well for their next stage of education.