The School Curriculum in England
All schools must publish their school curriculum by subject and academic year online. At Red Lane we follow the guidance of the 2014 National Curriculum.
The National Curriculum in England aims to provide pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been through and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
The National Curriculum is just one element in the education of every pupil. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the National Curriculum specifications. The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
Key Stage 1 (ages 5 – 7 years) and Key Stage2 (ages 8-11 years)
At Red Lane, the core curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2 comprises:
Pupils also study the subjects below. These are called foundation subjects.
- Art and Design
- Design Technology (DT)
- Physical Education
- Modern Foreign Languages – French/Spanish (KS2 only)
- Religious Education
At Red Lane, we strive to provide a curriculum which is balance and broadly based and which:
Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that school plans for its pupils. The National Curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum and at Red Lane the addition of focus weeks, enrichment activities, interventions, visits and visitors ensure that our pupils receive a purposeful education that meets their needs with the ultimate aim that they leave Red Lane with the confidence and skills to become life-long learners who make a positive contribution to society.
This policy is a statement of aims and principles relating to the curriculum at Red Lane Primary School. It is reviewed annually and presented to the Local Governing Board for Approval.
The curriculum, in its widest sense, firmly underpins the schools Mission Statement, Aims and school motto ‘Believe, achieve, succeed’. At Red Lane, each and every pupil has access to a rich, broad and balanced curriculum that is differentiated to ensure that all individual needs are met. The school curriculum has regard to supporting individuals in terms of ability, gifts, talents and any additional needs they may have. We provide an enriching and exciting curriculum that offers challenge to all pupils.
We recognise that all our pupils have a different knowledge base, skill set and learning style as well as varying abilities and aspirations. As a result of this, we are committed to knowing all pupils as individuals paying regard to their abilities, talents and needs as well as motivates them in their learning. We understand that pupils learn in different ways and are committed to always exploring teaching and learning strategies and using these within lessons. This commitment alongside the curriculum structure and development at Red Lane aims to ensure all pupil needs are met.
The School Curriculum
The school curriculum design is focused on the knowledge, skills and understanding of our pupils and their needs in order that all children achieve their full potential. Our school curriculum provides for academic achievement but places the role of developing spiritual, moral, cultural and social development at the heart of all we do with the ultimate aim of ensuring all pupils leave Red Lane with the confidence and skills to become successful and independent lifelong learners who can make a positive contribution to our diverse and democratic society.
In order to meet individual needs and foster a love of learning, the school has adopted a ‘Learning Challenge’ approach for many curriculum areas such as Art, DT, History, Geography, Science and RE. The Learning Challenge concept is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in their work. It requires deep thinking and encourages learners to work using a question as a stimulus. In designing the curriculum teachers and pupils use a prime learning challenge, expressed as a question, as the starting point. Using the information gained from pre-learning tasks and the school’s context, a series of subsidiary challenges are then planned. Each subsidiary learning challenge is also expressed as a question. This approach is adopted at Red Lane in order to give more pupil contribution to the planning and direction of learning. The role of the teacher is to use pupil contributions and facilitate learning in order to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum whilst fostering an inquisitive and research based approach to learning.
The school uses a variety of schemes which provide a structure for teaching and learning. These schemes provide guidance only and are adapted in order that the curriculum meets the needs of all learners in order that they can reach their full potential. Such schemes include, Busy Ant Maths, Snap Science and Read, Write, Inc Spelling.
At Red Lane we recognise that the use of ICT plays an increasing role in today’s learning society. We empower both staff and pupils with knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes for such a world and as such the teaching of computing and the use of ICT tools plays an essential part of learning and teaching within school. With this in mind, we are committed to promoting awareness of E-safety throughout the curriculum to pupils of all ages.
All pupils are ensured quality access to the whole curriculum so that they learn effectively, make progress and attain. Challenging, realistic and attainable targets are set in order that pupils achieve this. Cross curricular opportunities for learning are given wherever possible in order to make learning meaningful and to enhance knowledge, skills and understanding.
Curriculum Events and Showcase
Throughout the year a number of special events and showcase events take place to enhance and celebrate aspects of the curriculum. These include theme weeks such as Book week and Friendship week as well as school trips and visitors to school. Each class celebrate their curriculum learning through one of their class assemblies which are attended by parents. They also carry out a showcase event such as an exhibition of their work as well as presentations about their learning to other year groups. At the end of each academic year curriculum events are celebrated in our annual Presentation Afternoon and Evening.
Environment and Enrichment
Learning takes place in a nurturing and engaging environment which is supported by a variety of experiences, including the school environment, specialist teachers, as well as educational visits and visitors. The school uses a wide variety of outside agencies to further enrich the curriculum and meet pupils’ needs, e.g. Alpha Music, a PE specialist, drama and dance specialists and karate instructors.
The school also employs a school counsellor and a wellbeing coach to offer sessions and support to individuals with a focus on personal and social skills and emotional and behavioural difficulty. These sessions provide techniques and tools for pupils in social situations which in turn helps them access the curriculum more readily.
In Key Stage 2, pupils have one afternoon of enrichment activities to complement their class studies. During this time pupils receive an academic session as well as a session of their choice. This allows pupils at Red Lane to try new activities and discover new talents. Enrichment includes a variety of activities such as art, baking, pet club, karate, dance, drama and sport.
A range of extra-curricular clubs and activities are offered each half term. All teaching staff offer clubs at different points in the year as do some teaching assistants. Some clubs are also delivered by specialist instructors or teachers such as a Music teacher and PE coach.
The Head of School holds responsibility for the curriculum as a whole. Subject leaders monitor and evaluate their subjects in order to ensure consistent implementation and effectiveness with regard to the whole school curriculum aims and agreed policies.
This curriculum statement is supported by additional policies such as:
– Accessibility plan
– Assessment policy
– Teaching and Learning Policy
– SEN policy
– Equality scheme
– Curriculum subject policies
– Homework policy
– Monitoring and Evaluation policy
Policy Statement: September 2018
Review date: September 2019
 Focus Education – Learning Challenge Curriculum