Lindale School Curriculum Design
Our curriculum sits under our vision statement, ‘Inspiring or children’ and our school values of Peace, Kindness, Honesty, Trust and Perseverance. These are linked to our British values and helping the children to become active citizens ready to achieve, contribute and thrive in Modern Britain and the wider world.
Over the past 2 years we have very deliberately focused on designing our curriculum that is full and rich and deep. Encouraging independence and choice in learning begins in the Early Years, where staff use ‘In the moment planning’ to link learning to a child’s own interests. In different ways we try to continue this as our children progress through school. We don’t have fixed topics in different year groups but plan our teaching to meet our children’s learning needs and interests whilst ensuring coverage of the National Curriculum. In this way children are fully engaged in and inspired by their learning.
This is evidenced in our new report for parents framework introduced in 2016, where the children write their own report comments and then these are responded to by the teacher.
Our broad and balanced curriculum inspires all learners and gives children opportunities that they might not otherwise have. We have used our limited Pupil Premium to that effect; ensuring that all our children go on residentials and have paid for music lessons.
We monitor our Foundation subjects to ensure that the teaching and learning has the same academic rigour as core subjects. We use Chris Quigley Essentials ensure coverage for each year group in our mixed age classes as they go through school. We also use the CQ Learning Objectives within Humanities, Art, DT and Science to ensure progression and challenge. Parents receive a written report on each subject area annually and children are assessed against Year Group expectations.
Alongside curriculum content we continue to develop the characteristics of effective learning throughout school. Our children understand that it is OK to make a mistake and are developing resilience and independence in their learning. We are now introducing a common vocabulary for this using the CQ Personal development milestones.
We have a specialist PE teacher; have achieved Silver Games Mark the last 3 years and are aiming for Gold this year. We are a lead school for Computing through Computing at Schools. We have applied for Gold Arts Mark. Since last year KS2 have been taught by a specialist French teacher so that they are now speaking and performing short plays in French.
We provide rich experiences outside the classroom whenever they are relevant. Forest Schools is a weekly feature of Early Years and KS1. KS2 develop team building and leadership skills through outdoor adventure programme planned in conjunction with Castle Head FSC. This leads to the John Muir Award in Year 6. We are part of the South Lakes Pupil Parliament; taking representatives termly to present on important local issues, meet with local MPs and other members of Parliament.
We are told that our pupils are advanced in Computing when they go to Secondary School. Many of our pupils go on to represent secondary schools and county in sports events.
We believe that our focus on a rich, deep and balanced curriculum promotes the high academic standards that we achieve in Reading, Writing and Maths.