BREADTH INTENT: At Cavendish Primary school we carefully design, plan and implement an engaging curriculum which provides breadth for every pupil:
Our aim at Cavendish Primary School is to provide opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations. Careful analysis and discussion about our pupils’ backgrounds, life experiences and culture has helped us to design a curriculum with four key priorities underpinning every subject area. We believe that by focusing on the following key priorities our children will be inspired and motivated to learn, be ready to successfully meet the challenges of the next stage of their education and be well prepared for life in modern Britain.
Our curriculum priorities are:
- Aspiration – we aim to provide a wide range of experiences which challenge children but also demonstrate the wide range of possibilities available for their future.
- Initiative - we aim to offer experiences which help them to become independent and resourceful learners.
- Engagement – we aim to provide rich and varied experiences both in and out of school.
- Citizenship – we aim to help our pupils value their environment and peers and understand their responsibilities within our school and beyond.
Our curriculum is carefully planned and designed to ensure coverage and progression of the National Curriculum subjects, which are delivered in a way to offer pupils memorable experiences, in addition to diverse and rich opportunities from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable basic skills and essential ICT skills too. The range of experiences we offer support and champion our culture and ensures that our children benefit from a full range of academic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural activities. These activities enrich their lives and those of our whole school community and make them proud of their British values and diverse society to which they belong and play an active part. A primary focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, engender a sense of personal pride in achievement, provide a purpose and relevance for learning and ultimately to help every pupil to find their strengths and interests. We value the input from parents and the community as we believe pupils receive a well-rounded education if everyone is involved in shaping it.
We strive to provide a highly inclusive environment where learners at all levels enjoy their education and are provided with the support and challenge they need to achieve their full potential. Our most able learners are challenged to expand their skills and knowledge, mastering the core skills and all pupils are encouraged and given targeted support to embed skills to learn in a style that best suits their individual needs.
We are proud that our curriculum breadth gives our children the skills, confidence and self-belief to lead a happy and fulfilled life by encouraging them to aim high and work towards their goals and dreams, believing that anything is possible!
DEPTH INTENT: Our curriculum at Cavendish Primary school is carefully designed, organised and delivered to provide a depth of learning and understanding:
At Cavendish Primary school our definition of progress is; the widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills, understanding and learning behaviours. We design, organise and plan our curriculum to ensure that children are not merely covering content but achieving a depth to their learning which enables them to use their skills and understanding in all areas of the curriculum and beyond. We have identified the knowledge, skills and attitudes that we feel our pupils need to have acquired by the end of their primary years and have carefully organised our subject content and depth of learning to reflect this.
Our careful curriculum design and planning means that we build in many opportunities for repetition linked to the acquisition of essential knowledge, skills and understanding in all subject areas. This ensures that children are able to revisit previous learning, which allows them to gradually develop a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects, at their own pace and in the best possible way for each individual child.
Our curriculum is meticulously designed and planned to move the nature of children’s thinking to a higher order deep level of understanding rather than just acquiring new facts and knowledge. With a key focus on the basic skills, our topic based approach equips children with a deep knowledge of the areas of the curriculum that are most relevant to them. This enables key content to be taught, practiced, revisited, applied and embedded both within a year group, across key stages and as a whole learning journey.
BALANCE INTENT: At Cavendish Primary school we carefully design, plan and implement a curriculum to provide balance for every pupil:
At Cavendish Primary school it is our underlying belief that every child should feel valued and experience the feeling of success in all areas of school life. We believe that through a balanced, engaging and purposeful curriculum we can ensure pupils feel able, confident and succeed.
We have designed, organised and planned our curriculum to ensure every child receives an appropriate mix of academic and personal development ensuring our curriculum places equal importance on core and foundation subjects. Our curriculum design allows children to develop their creative, physical, scientific, artistic, technical, geographical, historical and other key life skills. Topics are designed and sequenced to allow key knowledge to be revisited, enabling practice and consolidation.
Children’s physical and mental wellbeing are as valued and important as their academic development. We carefully monitor children’s progress with their personal development and our well planned and thoughtful approach to SMSC helps to ensure that every child is well cared for and supported.
Our balanced approach to the curriculum is not at the expense of high standards in core subject areas. High standards and enabling children to reach national expectations and above is of vital importance so the basic skills underpin everything we do. Our full and rich curriculum, with its excellent range of experiences, ensures that every pupil at Cavendish Primary School makes excellent progress both academically and personally. Our unique curriculum ensures that every child is given the opportunity to shine and flourish and leaves us as a responsible, resilient and resourceful citizen who is well-equipped with the knowledge and skills for their next stage of education.
IMPLEMENTATION: Our nurturing and supportive provision ensures pupils feel confident to succeed, while our key strategies and pupil experiences underpin our school ethos:
Educational visits, visitors, curriculum experiences, competitive opportunities, extra-curricular clubs, learning opportunities outside of the classroom and curriculum drivers all support the effective implementation of our Cavendish Curriculum. Our key aims are:
- Creating a safe, positive and inclusive climate for learning.
- Ensuring understanding is enhanced by making links to prior learning.
- Allowing pupils to develop a rich vocabulary across all areas of school life.
- Providing opportunities for children to thrive on healthy challenge.
- Ensuring learning is enhanced because of high quality explanations; skilful questioning and effective modelling.
- Making sure learning is secured by appropriate practice including deepening learning through the mastery principles but differentiating to ensure all needs are met.
- Providing effective marking and feedback to enable pupils to make good progress.
- Motivating pupils as active, resilient and independent learners.
Using each resource effectively, including our support staff, to enable all learners to reach their full potential.
IMPACT: Our curriculum has an ambition for high achievement of all pupils irrespective of background or starting point.
Standards & Attainment:
All learners can access an engaging and challenging curriculum to meet their specific needs.
Attainment is consistently above the national average and progress scores are positive at the end of Key Stage One and Two.
All groups of learners make positive progress, and achievement is at least in line with their peers.
Children display a depth of knowledge in their books/work and are articulate in their conversations about the learning taking place.
Expectations are always high and children are challenged to think.
We evaluate outcomes by data analysis, work scrutinies, pupil conversations, learning walks and lesson observations.
Children show a desire and love of learning, engaging well in their daily activities.
Children are able to work well together and support one and other.
Children reflect on a range of experiences to inform future decisions.
Children can talk about their learning and what they need to do to improve and succeed.
Children persevere and show resilience across all areas of the curriculum and school life.
Staff respond to the latest research in an ever-evolving curriculum with tasks reflected to meet the changing climate of education.
We evaluate the curriculum through Subject Leader, Teacher and SLT discussions and analysis, work scrutinies, planning scrutinies, learning walks and pupil conversations.
Children are polite, well behaved, stand up for what is right and respect others.
All children are fit and healthy.
Children display a range of talents, which are shared and valued.
Children know how to stay safe including online.
Children are secure, confident and resilient citizens who can solve problems, explain their thinking and learn from their mistakes.
Children demonstrate a passion for learning and gaining new knowledge, showcasing a varied vocabulary base and command of language, both orally and in the written form, appropriate to the subject matter.
We evaluate personal development through our Jigsaw sessions, pupil responses in book and lessons, learning walks and pupils conversations.