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INTENT:

At Scamblesby CE Primary School we are enthusiastic about being curious, life-long learners. We provide a broad, rich, relevant and meaningful curriculum of which, as a team, we are very proud. Children have a thirst for learning at Scamblesby and we are committed to nurturing young: writers, performers, readers, international speakers, mathematicians, scientists, historians, geographers, artists, designers, musicians, sports persons and computer users. Children are actively encouraged to follow their passions whilst becoming holistic learners, well-equipped to reach their full potential through a love of learning.

A large part of children's learning happens through the theme-led curriculum at Scamblesby. Underpinning everything we do is well-planned and inspiring phonics teaching, exciting and challenging reading and writing opportunities from our Power of Reading topics and mastery-led mathematics teaching and learning.

                                 IMPLEMENTATION:
The Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage can be found below.

The National Curriculum at a glance - a subject jigsaw

Here is a PDF file of the whole National Curriculum for Key Stage One and Two, which details what schools need to provide for their children.

We have developed our curriculum to meet the needs of our pupils, and to challenge them to become active, critical and aspirational learners. Our cross-curricular structure enables our teaching and learning to extend and develop understanding and skills in a variety of ways.

ENGLISH:

Our use of the Power of Reading underpins many of our reading and writing opportunities, using high quality texts to enrich the reading experiences of our pupils. Through thorough decoding and comprehension challenges, as well as developing the reciprocal reading skills of prediction, clarification, questioning and summarising, children gain a rich and valuable depth of understanding of text and authorial intent, and are given many opportunities to develop their own writing as a result. Children's writing is moderated internally and against writing standards in other local schools to ensure consistency of judgement and to identify ways to improve and develop writing skills moving forward.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar skills are taught discretely in separate, structured sessions, as well as using the many opportunities which are presented through the Power of Reading texts.

Termly, the children complete diagnostic PIRA tests (Progress In Reading Assessment tests) which give staff and children the opportunity to assess progress in comprehension, text analysis and author use of language, and to identify strengths and areas for improvement in forthcoming English sessions.

At the end of this section you will find the Powerpoint and supplementary resources that we used to deliver our Reading and Phonics Workshop in October 2019.

 

MATHEMATICS:

Using a mastery approach to our teaching and learning of mathematics gives the children the opportunity to embed key skills and strategies to ensure FLUENCY, before developing REASONING and PROBLEM SOLVING.

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As the above diagram shows, effective Teaching and Learning for Mastery builds on 5 key principles: REPRESENTATION and STRUCTURE, MATHEMATICAL THINKING, VARIATION, FLUENCY and COHERENCE.

At Scamblesby CE Primary School we have adopted 'White Rose' Planning and Resources, interweaving specific additions and flexibility when appropriate. This not only ensures that the children are taught and learnt logically and sequentially, but that when opportunities arise that we can ensure our curriculum can allow effective and well-reasoned adaptations. During 2019 and 2020 Scamblesby CE Primary School is part of a Teaching for Mastery Work Group programme with the East Midlands East Maths Hub, working alongside other schools in the area to develop maths mastery provision for all our pupils. Furthermore, Teaching Assistants are working as part of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programme, also with East Midlands East Maths Hub.

Termly, the children complete PUMA diagnostic tests (Pupils' Understanding of Mathematics Assessment) which is then analysed by our teachers who identify strengths and areas for improvement in children's responses to the curriculum content and at what point in the academic year specific teaching of key skills occurs. 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION:

As a Church of England Primary School, effective teaching of Religious Education is at the heart of our provision for our pupils. We use the 'Understanding Christianity' resources to structure our RE provision, which provides a clear structure of making sense of the text, understanding the Impact and making connections. To support our learning of other religions, we have adopted the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2018 - 2013. We have strong relations with local Church of England and Methodist clergy who support us with Collective Acts of Worship and specific learning - see Class Pages for photo galleries to show our participation in services and church visits. 

SCIENCE and NON-CORE SUBJECTS:

We have created our own curriculum by adapting and structuring key skills from the National Curriculum into a structure which provides cross-curricular opportunities and progression of key skills.

Our Physical Education teaching is provided by JB Sports, a local sports teaching provider who offer high-quality P.E. teaching and the opportunity to upskill staff alongside their specialist teaching. Opportunities within this provision include termly sport events across local schools.

What does our curriculum look like for Autumn 2019?

Each of our classes have produced a curriculum map which shows what the children will be learning for the term.

Long-Term Curriculum Overview. At Scamblesby CE Primary School, we rotate our curriculum content on a two year rolling programme. Please be advised that in 2019 - 2020 we are following YEAR B.

IMPACT:

 

September 2019's Parental Questionnaire gave parents the opportunity to respond to a series of questions about their own and their children's thoughts about our school, including curriculum provision. 78% of our parents responded to the questionnaire, the results of which are summarised below, with questions relating to curriculum highlighted:

 

Question

Agree

Neither agree or disagree

Disagree

My child enjoys school.

90%

3%

6%

My child feels safe at school.

90%

6%

3%

Behaviour is of a good standard at school.

90%

6%

3%

The school deals with bullying effectively.

90%

3%

6%

My child is taught well at school.

92%

8%

0%

My child experiences a wide and varied curriculum at school.

92%

8%

0%

My child is making good progress.

80%

18%

2%

I agree with the amount of homework that my child receives.

80%

18%

2%

My child is encouraged to positively contribute to the wider community.

69%

31%

0%

The school communicates with me effectively about my child’s progress.

85%

13%

0%

The school communicates with me effectively about school events and activities.

98%

0%

2%

The school seeks my views and listens to my concerns.

96%

3%

0%

I think the school is well led and managed.

98%

2%

0%

We are very proud of the provision we make for our pupils, offering a rich, broad curriculum which develops key skills, knowledge, understanding and application. Underpinning statutory National Curriculum and EYFS guidance is a strong Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural policy which enables children to reflect on the society in which they live and the difference they can make as the adults of tomorrow. More detail about this, as well as a thorough audit of how we have given opportunities to pupils in this key area can be found below.

Our Class Pages and Music sections of the website are full of photo galleries of our children participating in a varied range of activities, both in terms of the curriculum and in extra-curricular opportunities. 

Key examples of the IMPACT that our curriculum has provided over the last 3 years include:

Scamblesby Scrapbook 2019 - 2020:

SCIENCE - Planetarium Visit

HISTORY - Visit to Viking Way

R.E. - Church Spotters Visit to St Martin's Church, Scamblesby

 

Scamblesby Scrapbook 2018 - 2019:

P.E. - Meet an Athlete Day, Gymnastics

MATHEMATICS - Open Morning, Numicon in Action

SMSC - Summer Fayre, Christmas Fayre, PGL visit, BBC interview

R.E. - Methodist Family Service, Church Schools Festival, Church Building Project

ENGLISH - World Book Day, The Adventures of Odysseus

HISTORY - Visit to Horncastle Workhouse

If you explore further, you will find evidence and examples of our Global Learning Day, resulting in our Bronze Award from the Global Learning Programme, our Royal Wedding Community event and the content of the Otters Class 'Teacher for 15 minutes' lessons. In the 'Our Music!' tab, you will discover examples of our children writing their own songs which we regularly use in school. As part of Otters Class's 'Exploring Lyrics and Melody' work, please enjoy the lyrics to their masterpiece from September 2019 - 'The Scamblesby Song':

 

The Scamblesby Song

Scamblesby is a village in the Wolds,

Scamblesby is full of trees and pretty flowers.

Scamblesby is the school that we belong to,

Scamblesby is where we learn and work and play.

 

And I look, and I see the world around me,

And I feel the magic in the air.

And I hear the wind blows through the treetops,

And I think of all the wonders everywhere.

 

Scamblesby is full of kindness, trust and wisdom,

Scamblesby – where we all try really hard!

Scamblesby – where we treat each other fairly,

Scamblesby is where we respect everyone.

 

Scamblesby – life-long friendships can be made here

Scamblesby, where we learn to be ourselves.

Scamblesby, where our journey has just started,

Scamblesby will be forever in our hearts.

 

POWER OF READING CASE-STUDY.

As part of the intensive training which staff received to deliver the Power of Reading initiative, one of the Y5/6 texts, 'Rooftoppers' by Katherine Rundell, was used as part of a presentation by Scamblesby staff to a workshop at the Power of Reading headquarters in Birmingham. The powerpoint that we developed can be found below:

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