Curriculum Rationale

At D’Eyncourt, through our curriculum, we foster an ethos of high expectations and aspirations to ensure all children achieve their full potential. We challenge all children to strive for academic, creative, sporting and personal accomplishment within a broad, vibrant and enriched curriculum.

Our students are given time to explore subjects and develop a deeper understanding. We celebrate perseverance; resilience and risk taking, ensuring children welcome challenge and are not afraid to make mistakes.

We encourage children to take ownership of and responsibility for their learning, so they have the confidence and curiosity to ask questions, solve problems and respond to quality feedback. Children are praised for hard work, determination and having a positive attitude. The curriculum celebrates diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

It is our aim for all children to leave D’Eyncourt as independent learners with self-belief and an abiding respect for others. We aim to instil a life-long love for learning and a strong grounding for future success

Curriculum Statement

At D’Eyncourt Primary School we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.

Pupils work on the Early Learning Goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as they enter Year 1. There is a period in the Autumn Term where the majority of children progress to the National Curriculum. Throughout this period and beyond all children are still developing their phonic knowledge through the Read, Write Inc Programme and developing their fluency in reading.

The National Curriculum is delivered using an integrated topic approach and assessed upon completion. Regular monitoring by Subject Leaders ensures coverage and progression throughout the school. The more able are challenged further in their learning and children

who find aspects of their learning more difficult are appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum, including through assemblies.

The English curriculum is taught in mixed age classes through the school (Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6) and the mathematics curriculum are taught in year groups. In all year groups there are small group interventions in order to support pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians.

Specialist instructors support physical education lessons and all subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Themed weeks and days, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further. Additional whole school programmes and approaches support quality teaching and learning and the school is well resourced in terms of learning materials, books and technology.

The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas, such as Science and Forest School.

Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through performances, competitions and events. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.

National Curriculum – Parent Leaflet