Curriculum Vision and Intent
Our School Vision
The whole school community at Lawley have high expectations for our children, and strive to ensure they leave school as confident, polite and independent young people, with the appropriate skills, values and learning to become successful in whatever their future will be. We aspire to instil in all our children a desire to never stop learning and to have the courage to succeed in whatever they do, across all areas of school life and beyond. At Lawley we are ‘Planting the seeds, growing the future.’
Our curriculum intent
Our vision, “planting the seeds, growing the future” lies at the very heart of our curriculum at Lawley Primary School. At Lawley, we strive to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident and successful learners with high aspirations, who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and wider society. We aim to develop lifelong learners who have the knowledge, skills and attributes that enable them to be resilient, adaptable and equipped to deal with whatever challenges our rapidly changing world may hold for them.
Through our school values, happiness, respect, courage, friendship and responsibility, we ensure that the wellbeing of all members of the school community is at the centre of our life in school and the key to raising academic success. This is reflected throughout our curriculum.
Our curriculum is written to excite, inspire, enthuse and engage all pupils in our school and give them a wealth of experiences to learn from. It is underpinned by the teaching of core skills, knowledge, concepts and values which prepare our pupils for life beyond primary school. We allow them to build their knowledge and understanding through practical 'hands on' learning opportunities and topics that capture their interest and stimulate their imagination.
Our curriculum implementation
Our context rich curriculum, which has high expectations for all, is mapped to include full coverage of the National and EYFS curriculum. It provides a range of learning experiences for our children, both in school and out, giving memorable experiences alongside rich opportunities for high quality learning and wider personal development and well-being. Examples include: lessons, topic days, outdoor learning, school parliament, clubs, sports, trips and visits, workshops and residentials. We value a cross-curricular approach to learning which supports children in making links and embedding learning in their long-term memory. Our ultimate goal being that they progress academically and become confident, polite and independent young people, with the appropriate skills, values and learning to become successful in whatever their future will be.
We have developed our curriculum so that it not only teaches the knowledge appropriate to the year group, but also the skills children need to enable them to be successful learners. It is designed to support children with retention of subject knowledge and to develop long-term memory skills so that they continually build on their knowledge and skills in order that they know more, remember more and can do more.
For all year groups, we have long term overviews that map out the knowledge and skills progression of the broad and balanced curriculum offer. The curriculum offer is implemented in a consistent manner by ensuring that excellence in teaching enables children to succeed in whatever they do, across all areas of school life and beyond.
In order to ensure that progression and balance is maintained, we have clear, progressive subject progression maps. These planning documents are succinct and allow learning to be built on each year with clear identification of skills and knowledge. In addition to these progressive documents, subject statements clearly identify the intent, implementation and impact of each subject.
Our curriculum impact
Most lessons begin with making links to prior knowledge as a starting point for all future learning. We plan lessons which enable all groups of pupils to make good progress. To support our assessment of Reading and Mathematics we use ‘Headstart’ scaled score tests alongside teacher assessment. Year 2 and Year 6 children complete the statutory SATs in the summer term of the year.
The role of the subject leader is pivotal in the successful implementation of our curriculum. Each curriculum subject has a dedicated subject leader with clear roles and responsibilities. They are responsible for the curriculum design, delivery and impact in their own curriculum area. Subject leaders, and leaders at all levels, regularly review and quality assure the subject areas to ensure that they are being implemented as intended and that coverage, curriculum, breadth and balance is adequate.
The findings of pupil voice are used to ensure that our children are invested in their learning and making a positive contribution to the planning and design of our curriculum. We regularly encourage pupils to articulate their learning journey and understanding of the curriculum. This ensures that our children are actively involved in their learning, enabling them to deepen their understanding and develop retrieval strategies.
Our curriculum offer enables the whole school community to maintain high expectations for our children, and the aim strive to ensure they leave school as confident, polite and independent young people, with the appropriate skills, values and learning to become successful in whatever their future will be. We believe our curriculum inspires all our children to never stop learning and to have the courage to succeed in whatever they do, across all areas of school life and beyond. Everyone has a responsibility at Lawley as either teacher or learner as we ‘plant the seeds, grow the future.’
National Curriculum in England
Key Stage 1 & 2 National Curriculum Tests
Reception Baseline Assessment