All Saints', we use the National Curriculum alongside specific year group topics to allow our children to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed. We recognise that the curriculum encompasses all areas of learning and we provide learning which makes links across all subjects to give children a clear rationale for completing their work.
In order to allow children to remember key skills, children revisit them over the course of a key stage. Wherever possible, reading, writing and maths activities are linked across lessons and reading is used continuously to discover and explore. The same quality of work is expected across all subjects which leads to higher standards and outcomes.
For some subjects, we use a 'Big' questions' and also a debate question. This give learning purpose ensuring the work carried out is memorable and meaningful links are made between different areas of the curriculum.
Lesson may take various formats. These may include:
– Independent research, information gathering and summarising
– Direct teacher led lessons, teaching new skills and knowledge
– Presentation lessons, where children apply their basic skills
– Challenge and deepening activities which add depth to learning.
We require the children to work in these ways so that they build their resilience and can then independently apply their skills and knowledge once a topic is complete.
At regular points, pupil voice is conducted which allows children to have their say in the how the topic has progressed and what they would change if they were to study the same topic again.
At the end of a block of work, opportunities for assessment are taken through the use of “big questions” which demonstrate what has been learnt and can be applied. Teachers use the responses to these questions to address misconceptions or to extend learning further. Children do not move on until misconceptions have been addressed, so that learning is embedded.
Trips booked for the children will be of high quality. Children have told us that the know more and remember more when they have been on a trip or had a visitor in school.The intention of such trips is to provide the children with cultural capital and to give them experiences that enhance their learning.