The Curriculum at All Saints
Our inclusive curriculum is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all children. Based on the 2014 National Curriculum, it provides opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident and successful learners, with high aspirations, who know how to make a positive contribution to our school family their local community and wider society.
We use CUSP (Curriculum with Unity Schools Partnership) as a base curriculum for the following subjects; Literacy, Science, History, Geography, Art, Design & Technology. The CUSP curriculum is:
CUSP is underpinned by evidence, research and cognitive science. Modules are deliberately sequenced for robust progression and this allows teachers to focus on their ‘craft’ and the most appropriate way to make the learning accessible to the children in their class.
There is an emphasis on oracy and vocabulary acquisition, retention and use to break down learning barriers and accelerate progress. A rich diet of language and vocabulary is deliberately planned for.
Specific skills are discreetly taught and practised so that they become transferrable. The sequenced modules activate prior learning, build on skills and deepen knowledge AND understanding. Learning, vocabulary and content is cumulative; content is learned, retrieved and built upon
Where relevant and meaningful, a cross curricular ‘topic’ approach is employed by teachers to make links between subjects and practical real life experiences are incorporated to inspire and motivate our children.
Our curriculum ensures that academic development, creativity and problem solving, as well as physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of our pupils and promote a positive attitude to learning.
Our curriculum promotes an understanding and respect for our local Fenland community, of which we are proud, as well as the diversity outside of the local area. It utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, ensuring that children are well prepared for life in Modern Britain.
The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school. The curriculum provides children with memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills.
The children’s own community, its heritage and traditions are frequently used as a starting point for engaging interest to enrich children’s learning experiences.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our children. The school grounds have been developed so that Forest schools learning can be provided and we are working to develop this across the school.
All learners have access to good quality educational experiences beyond the classroom walls, and for engaging in an ongoing process to ensure frequent, continuous and progressive learning outside the classroom opportunities are integrated into the curriculum.
A varied timetable for extra-curricular activities is offered by the school, with clubs that support the core curriculum offer, as well as those which develop specialist skills and extend the range of children’s experiences. A primary focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, promote a sense of personal pride in achievement, and provide a purpose and relevance for learning.
The school takes pride in providing a highly inclusive environment, where learners demonstrate high levels of enjoyment in their education and most make very good progress in all areas of learning.
All children are helped to achieve their potential. Those who are most able are challenged and supported through being offered tasks which provide opportunities for greater depth and those who struggle are encouraged and given targeted support to embed skills, to develop at their own pace or simply to learn in a style that best suits their individual needs.
The teaching and learning practice across the school provides a strong foundation and opportunities for children to collaborate and develop social skills both indoors and out. This curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high quality first teaching, supported by targeted, interventions where appropriate. In this way it can be seen to impact in a very positive way on children’s outcomes.
Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and good behaviour. Children feel safe to try new things. High quality visits and visitors to the school enhance the curriculum and provide opportunities for writing for a purpose.
Children have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers through half termly ‘Celebration of learning’ afternoons, assemblies, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.
Further explanation of the curriculum which is being taught at All Saints can be acquired by contacting the school and making an appointment to discuss our curriculum with class teachers and curriculum coordinators. There are policies which exist for each subject which inform, direct and support staff to develop learning in our children. These policies can be found on this website.
We are always eager to discuss our curriculum and to answer any enquiry.