Lionel Primary School – Curriculum Statement
- The curriculum at Lionel Primary School is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils and gives them the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for their future lives.
- It ensures that academic success, creativity and problem solving, reliability, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning.
- The curriculum celebrates the diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Curriculum Statement 2020-21
At Lionel Primary School we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. 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 pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.
Pupils are still working on the Early Learning Goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as they enter Year 1. There is a period in the Autumn Term where the majority of children progress to the National Curriculum. Throughout this period and beyond all children are still developing their phonic knowledge through the Read, Write, Inc Scheme and developing their fluency in reading through the our reading scheme that is matched to their phonic development.
National requirements and school requirements are mapped out as a whole school and then individual year groups plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly. The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s Core Values (Be Ready, Be Respectful, Be Safe) and these are taught on their own and through other areas of the curriculum, including PHSE and through assemblies. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum. Mental health and well-being are an intrinsic part of school life. Children learn many different strategies and techniques to support their own well-being and to help our wider school community.
The English curriculum is built around the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education’s flagship project, The Power of Reading. The high quality texts used to deliver the curriculum lead to fantastic attainment and engagement in reading and writing for all children. Reading is an essential and integral part of our curriculum. Alongside this, children experience lessons on grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting.
The Mathematics curriculum is currently delivered through a the Busy Ants Scheme of Work. We are currently developing our curriculum to challenge children to further develop their reasoning, investigative and problem solving skills.
These subjects are taught in mixed ability groups in Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2 but there is targeted ability grouping in Year 6. In all year groups there are small group interventions in order to support pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians.
Specialist teachers and instructors support Music, Art and Physical Education. All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Themed days, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole school programmes and approaches support quality teaching and learning and the school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas, particularly Science and Games.
Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based events, performances and competitions. 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.
We hold a year group meeting at the start of every academic year to share with parents and carers important information, including an overview of our curriculum and how it will be delivered.
Throughout the year we hold workshops for parents and carers to learn more about specific curriculum areas and how they can support their children at home.
Should you require additional information, please contact the school directly.