Lacey Green Primary Academy | Curriculum Statement | 2022-2023
Our motto ‘Aspire to Achieve’ demonstrates our ambitious ethos for all pupils; we believe that every child should succeed and no child should slip through the net. Our well planned, developed and enriched curriculum is designed to promote a love of learning at the highest level. Subject Leaders break down subject programmes of Study into a series of skills and knowledge objectives which give a clear progression framework with an essential structure needed for future planning. Our curriculum is designed to give all children the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. High expectations across the curriculum promote learning at a greater depth, allowing children to articulate their learning; demonstrating quality thinking and application of knowledge and skills. We encourage and inspire active, independent and resilient learners. This, combined with our Growth Mind-set approach, encourages positive attitudes to learning. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as well mental health and well-being, are prioritised to ensure children have concern for others and an appreciation of diversity. Children leave Lacey Green as confident individuals, well equipped to participate fully in the next stage of their education, as global citizens.
Skills and knowledge are taught discreetly in subject areas so that our children gain a broad understanding of each subject however, the curriculum is designed to embed transferable skills throughout, without weakening essential skills based learning. (See our seven year overviews and curriculum maps) Our carefully crafted curriculum balances the national expectations and an all-encompassing range of experiences allowing our children to flourish. Clear strategic planning allows the curriculum to be dynamic and adapt to the context of the school and children’s needs. Age related expectations combine the acquisition of knowledge and development of skills to create a purposeful and exciting learning journey for every child. The curriculum has high expectations to combine transferable skills, demonstrate a breadth of vocabulary and develop strong cross curricular links. Outstanding classroom environments stimulate and engage quality thinking and reasoning. Weekly and medium term planning is responsive to children’s needs; incorporating progression of basic skills in an innovative manner. A range of continuous professional development supports all staff to further develop curriculum pedagogy.
Lacey Green uses rigorous triangulated monitoring throughout the year to gauge the impact of the curriculum design. Day‐to‐day, on-going assessment is a crucial method of assessment which provides instant feedback to the teacher and ensures progress within every lesson. AfL strategies are used in all lessons. These strategies provide a clear picture of a child’s level of understanding and, ensure that teachers can quickly assess when a child does not understand and needs greater support.
Assessment data is gathered on a regular basis on our online assessment system, Classroom Monitor and outcomes inform future planning and support whole school improvement. Children are expected to make good or better progress in all subjects. Summative assessments take place twice a year in English and Maths in Year 1 to Year 6 and individual progress is carefully monitored. In cases where children are identified as making ‘slow progress’ in English or Maths, rapid interventions are put in place to address gaps in learning.
The impact of our curriculum is seen in:
- High standards: consistently performing at above national and local averages.
- Strong progress; improving year on year.
- Quality experiences which are memorable, worthwhile and challenging.
- Teaching which is personalised and innovative.
- Learners that are resilient, independent and confident.