At Crofton Anne Dale we want to ensure that all children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum that allows them to develop skills and knowledge across the whole range of National Curriculum subjects. We want the curriculum delivered in a way that excites the children and provokes engagement with their learning while allowing them to practise and apply the key skills they need to master at Key Stage 2.
We take a thematic approach to planning and delivering the curriculum.
- Each unit of work is introduced through an introductory event or ‘hook’ to spark the children’s interest and introduce the key question for the unit.
- The children will keep revisiting the key question throughout the unit, with the aim being to give a full and reasoned response by the end of the sequence of learning through an ‘end product’. This may be a piece of writing, a drama performance, a 3D model, a video, a music performance.
- This way of approaching the curriculum ignites the children’s imagination, encourages them to ask questions and enables them to make links across and within subjects.
- They are able to learn and develop skills in one subject and apply them in another ensuring their learning is both meaningful and embedded.
- It gives the children more choice and freedom in terms of how they present the knowledge and skills they have acquired, meaning they can exercise their creativity and share their learning in a way that makes sense for them.
- The impact is higher levels of engagement in the classroom; real excitement when a new question is unveiled; increased curiosity and problem solving and a tangible improvement in learning outcomes.
In maths, we follow the Singapore model for teaching maths.
- We teach children new concepts by firstly manipulating concrete objects to represent the calculation.
- Next, the children represent similar problems in a pictorial way, often using the ‘bar model’.
- Finally, the children move on to solving abstract problems involving only numbers and symbols.
- This model enables children to master the skills required with a deeper level of understanding and allows them to solve more complex mathematical problems drawing on a range of skills and knowledge from across the mathematics curriculum.
- The impact is an improved attitude to maths learning, greater confidence, and the ability to apply understanding independently in a range of contexts.
We continue to foster the school’s strong musical tradition with specialist music teaching for all children. Our music teacher also leads various groups outside of lesson time including an orchestra and choir. The children are offered numerous opportunities to perform in school and in the wider community.
We also offer specialist PE and Games coaching though our Sports Partnership with Henry Cort.
Our latest curriculum maps are available to view below though they are subject to constant review. Regular curriculum updates are shared in year group and federation newsletters.