SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN - Key Priorities 2020/21 and Curriculum Intent
Our Curriculum Statement of Intent
Our aim is to provide our children with an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that equips them for today and tomorrow.
At Banks Methodist Primary School the curriculum is designed to recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become creative, critical thinkers. Our curriculum is designed with children at the heart and pupil voice is paramount.
Every child is recognised as unique – we celebrate and welcome diversity and individuality. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of skills, knowledge, concepts and values with a vision to prepare them for life, beyond primary school. We constantly provide enrichment opportunities to engage learning. We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives, where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.
We use our Christian Values of: thankfulness, love, truthfulness, forgiveness, friendship and trust alongside British Values to promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect the skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success. Community involvement is an integral part of our curriculum, inviting families and visitors to facilitate learning new skills and sharing experiences such as assemblies, collective worships and whole school events ensures links are fostered and nurtured.
Our intention is that children leave Banks Methodist with a strong sense of personal identity and belonging to a tightly knit family where they aspire to make decisions, self-evaluate and become lifelong learners.
A number of children arrive at our school with a poverty of ambition and aspiration and therefore we know we have to challenge and overcome this by adopting an appropriate curriculum that addresses the gaps in children’s basic skill.
We intend to develop pupils who are articulate in both written and spoken forms, who have the knowledge and skills needed to allow them to achieve highly in the next stage of their education. All children, including those with SEND, are taught through an enquiry-based curriculum. A progression of expected skills for the end of year in each subject has been created. Class teachers are aware of the expected coverage and important key skills through various training sessions.
Extra-curricular clubs also form an important part of the school’s provision, especially in sports and the arts. As a Methodist school, RE is a core part of our curriculum.
The teaching of reading is based on the desire that children will read widely, read fluently, fully understand what they are reading and develop good reading habits, based on a love of books.
Statement of Intent for EYFS:
Within the Early Years our curriculum is designed to provide all children with the opportunities and experiences that they need in order to develop positive dispositions and attitudes to be able to succeed as learners and in life. We take into account the challenging backgrounds that many of our pupils come from and, as a result, within FS1 planned learning opportunities are heavily weighted around Personal, Social and Emotional Development and upon developing pupils’ ability to communicate effectively and interact positively. Once these foundations to learning are embedded then other areas will be focused upon. We aim to foster excellent attitudes to learning by providing effective and timely adult interactions to ensure that learning is instantly captured and enhanced. All staff have high expectations and the enhancement of skills for learning is achieved through a well-resourced, stimulating environment that allows children to repeat and consolidate their own learning. Children are encouraged to take an active part in their learning and become independent learners. We foster a love of learning by ensuring that we capture and learn through the children’s interests as much as possible. Every opportunity is a learning opportunity!
The aim within Reception is to ensure that children are ready for the next phase of school life and we focus in particular in ensuring that all have developed a sound base of early reading skills and phonics.
School Improvement Priorities for 2020-2021 are:
1. Consider the Intent, Implementation and Impact of our curriculum (as defined in the new OFSTED Framework 2019) whilst thinking about Subject Leadership for a broad and balanced curriculum.
2. Improve progress and attainment in writing and phonics/spellings in both core and wider curriculum work
3. Development of PSHE, in particular the consultation about and introduction of a new RSE policy.