At Kilkhampton Junior and Infant School, we aim for the children to be ready to be citizens of modern Britain and the wider world, appreciative and respectful of difference and equipped with the skills and values to be able to achieve this objective.
Kilkhampton is located in a relatively isolated location within the United Kingdom. We are isolated, rural and coastal, which makes travel, cultural and historic experiences difficult for many parents to organise.
Furthermore, our school has higher than average levels of pupils in receipt of the Pupil Premium and is located in an area of relative deprivation when compared to other parts of the country.
We have therefore designed a curriculum which we aim will raise aspirations, provide children with a secure grounding in the knowledge required to take their learning forward and to give them the rich cultural capital which will give that knowledge its depth and breadth which is underpinned by fundamental British values.
Our curriculum is deliberately ambitious for all learners and enables all children to visit learning set out in the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework. In some cases we aim for the curriculum to go beyond the scope of the National Curriculum in meeting the contextual needs of the children at the school. We aim for our curriculum to be underpinned by British Values and valuing where we live; values such as diversity, democracy, respect and sustainability.
As children move through the school, the intent is that the knowledge and skills they learn will deepen and be put into new contexts.
All children are entitled to the full curriculum regardless of their age, ability or their underlying needs. This will enable all children to acquire more knowledge in all curriculum areas through their time at the school.
It is also important that the school is not just able to meet but to go beyond the scope of the National Curriculum in being ambitious for all learners. Important events that are happening locally, nationally and internationally are also incorporated into our curriculum.
When organising the curriculum, we grouped these areas of learning into six areas which weave through the curriculum and are interlinked. In EYFS we begin with three areas which widen as children move into Year One.
Our curriculum comprises a creative and cross-curricular approach when it is practical. However, where links are tenuous and the clear identity of the individual subject discipline would be in danger of being lost, that content is taught discretely. All content is mapped to the National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations. The learning journey is mapped out year by year in subjects such as Maths, English and Science and in a two-year rolling programme in some other subjects. Subject specific content which has been mapped in partnership between subject leaders and class teachers ensures there is clear progression, consolidation and extension of skills and knowledge. In addition, this ensures that the curriculum is coherent and appropriately sequenced in programmes of study. Opportunities are deliberately built in for children to return to areas of learning, which allows them to gain a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects.
Where the curriculum is cross-curricular, it is broadly organised into a range of thematic 'topics' but at all times, the children are to be made aware of the discipline or the subject being studied. These topics broadly take the form of 'big ideas or subjects' often linked to History, Geography or Science programmes of study but with carefully matched planned units of other subjects linked to them where appropriately.
When learning, children will have different experiences and learning opportunities. When starting the learning process these could involve:
Later on in a sequence of learning, children will have further learning experiences, which could involve:
They will also have a chance to apply these skills, knowledge and understanding in real-life contexts.
Children will also be encouraged to share their learning in a variety of ways: