With the child at the centre of all that we do at Etwall Primary School, our curriculum is designed to be rich and vibrant, broad and balanced and ambitious for all learners. It is exciting, relevant and responsive to the needs of the individuals within our learning community, enabling them to shine academically and flourish socially, emotionally, morally and culturally.
At Etwall, we believe that the curriculum should be seen in its widest sense – as the entire planned learning experience, including formal learning opportunities as well as the environment, the events and the enrichment activities that take place outside of the classroom. Our aim is to enrich every child’s school experience by creating an environment where they are encouraged to succeed and be the best that they can be. Through this curriculum, we develop the essential knowledge, skills and understanding which are the building blocks for later life.
The breadth of our curriculum content allows pupils to explore through an enquiry-based curriculum where there is a clear progression for learning and a clear development of skills, all encompassed within the formal requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the Primary National Curriculum.
The values behind the design of our curriculum are for our children to:
- Be ambitious and aspirational
achieving academically across the entire curriculum and having high aspirations for the future
- Be curious and inquisitive
with a thirst for knowledge and a love of learning inside and outside of the classroom
- Be creative and rounded individuals
who have the opportunity to develop as artists, musicians, dancers, authors etc
- Be caring and compassionate
so that they appreciate diversity, recognise and respect differences and treat others fairly and equally
- Be healthy in mind and body
and equip them with the knowledge and opportunity to lead physically and emotionally healthy lives
We have designed our curriculum with how children learn and remember in mind, recognising that progress means knowing more and remembering more. We make sure that learning is made memorable and is committed to the long-term memory by repeating concepts, making links and building upon previous learning.
The full range of core and foundation subjects have been mapped out across school in clear progression frameworks so that knowledge, understanding, skills and concepts build over time. These progression frameworks begin with the Early Years Foundation Stage and have clear end points to support assessment of progress.
Teaching and learning opportunities are thoughtfully mapped out to enable pupils to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to contribute successfully in the modern world. Pupils revisit, apply and deepen their learning within and across subject areas, whilst maintaining each subject as an independent discipline, with its own unique set of skills. Questioning, tasks and resources are skilfully planned to scaffold and challenge, ensuring that every child, whatever their starting point, can deepen their understanding.
We exploit every opportunity in all subjects to develop our children’s language acquisition and expose our children daily to challenging new vocabulary.
We regard reading as an essential building block for learning across all subject areas. Taught reading skills are embedded and applied across our curriculum. Provision of resources, along with supportive teaching, immerse children in a wealth of literature. Since we believe that reading opens the door for every child to succeed, we are determined that every child, by the end of their time at Etwall Primary, will have a lifelong love of reading, and will be able to read fluently and comprehend all that they read.
Our aim is for each child to confidently enter the next stage of their education with the necessary skills, knowledge and mindset to reach their academic potential and to thrive, knowing and understanding their place in the world and their importance and value to society as global citizens.