Kanes Hill Curriculum
At Kanes Hill Primary we seek to ensure that a high quality, creative curriculum effectively meets the needs and extends the achievements of each individual child.
We are committed to delivering exciting, rich learning experiences that not only equip our children with key basic English, mathematical and learning skills, but that also ensure they receive a broad and balanced curriculum, developing individual talents and encouraging life-long enjoyment and motivation to learn that impacts positively on their aspirations and achievements.
Through our planned curriculum, we also aim to inspire creativity and grow enterprise skills alongside developing our children's social, moral, spiritual and cultural knowledge and understanding.
Other key aspects of curriculum provision actively promote equal opportunities and children's personal development and well-being. In our school we know our children well. We recognise that they learn in varying ways and have different abilities, skills, interests and life experiences. We support our children to overcome any possible barriers to their learning according to individual needs.
We believe that it is important to develop our children's understanding of how they learn best and the learning behaviours that will support them e.g. developing their resilience, independence and thinking skills and learning how to learn.
Our rigorous assessment procedures and thorough knowledge of each child ensures that we build on prior attainment and previous experience.
Whilst mathematical and English basic skills are usually taught separately, e.g. phonics and reading, our children need the opportunity to apply their skills in a range of real life, relevant and purposeful contexts.
We have designed a curriculum that, whilst taking account of the requirements of the National Curriculum (2014), is generally delivered within a framework of themes. Within the themes we ensure that real cross-curricular links are made, where appropriate, to link children's learning experiences - allowing for deep skills based learning and enabling them to make more sense of their learning. Themes may be within year groups or across the whole school and vary in length from a day to several weeks. Our children are encouraged to be active partners in the planning of the themes. Through this thematic approach we aim to engage, excite and motivate children leading to high quality outcomes and supporting the raising of standards.
For the past few years, each year team has also undertaken enterprise projects to raise money to support a child in another country through a charity. The impact of this is the children's increased awareness of cultural diversity as well as an understanding of global issues and their impact, such as drought and the scarcity of clean drinking water.
Hands on experiences are an integral part of the curriculum provision and are especially important at our school in order to enhance and extend pupils’ prior experience. This includes day visits, visitors and practical activities to support their learning in all aspects of the curriculum. Residential visits are also planned to ensure that all pupils have the experience of at least one night spent away from home – either camping or at a residential activity centre. Effective use is also made of expertise from within and outside school to enrich the curriculum.
At the end of each theme, the pupils produce something tangible to demonstrate and celebrate their learning. Parents and carers are invited to join in these celebrations of their children’s learning and they report how much they enjoy the regular opportunities they have to come to school to see their children’s work. Examples include a soup kitchen - when children have made the soup, sent out invitations and served their parents in the ‘café’ and a Titanic tea dance in full costume of the time on board ‘the ship’.
Interactive whiteboards in every class, plus use of film, video and digital cameras have enhanced the range of teaching and learning resources adding to the engagement and motivation of pupils. Work stations, visual timetables, writing slopes, magnification aids etc. are all used to support the wide range of special needs amongst our pupils and the more able often work alongside specialist secondary teachers. Classrooms are organised imaginatively and designed effectively to support, stimulate and celebrate learning.
A wide variety of well attended, & often over subscribed, after school activities are offered. These are designed both to enrich and extend pupil learning and are available to a wide age range. These have included: theatre, tennis, football, basketball, gymnastics, dance, art, cricket, homework club and science club.
The positive impact of our curriculum provision and learning policy at Kanes Hill we believe is shown in the following: