Designing our Curriculum
All staff at Loscoe have been engaged with the development of our curriculum, with the key question: what knowledge and understanding do we expect pupils to gain at each stage of their schooling and in each subject? As a staff, we broke down the process into small components. Initially, we agreed and mapped out what over-arching themes we could adopt in six terms over a two year cycle. The next step involved subject coordinators taking responsibility for their subjects and mapping out skills and "sticky knowledge" in line with National Curriculum expectations. Subject coordinators also ensured that there was clear progression across different year groups, building on prior skills and knowledge that could be evidenced. This planning provided all staff with the necessary tools to deliver that particular curriculum area within a specific term to enable consistency and fluidity for their subject.
The school adopts a ‘Creative’ approach to the delivery of the curriculum throughout the school from the Foundation Stage to Upper Key Stage 2, which enhances cross-curricular links, providing practical, real-life experiences, while ensuring that contexts and challenges generate curiosity interest and interaction. Processes and procedures enable all adults to utilise, effectively, a child-centred approach to learning founded on the fundamental principles of skills-based learning. Our curriculum is co-designed by Head of School, teachers and children, where our child led based approach enables children to lead and teachers to facilitate the learning.
The school uses a flexible creative planning system that is based upon the development of skills, knowledge and understanding, which enables adults to provide well differentiated, challenging and meaningful contexts for learning. Thus enabling all learners to successfully make progress gaining new skills and knowledge that they understand, can internalise and apply appropriately to new and challenging situations. The provision of interactive and challenging learning environments both in and out of doors engages and stimulates learners’ desire to learn.
Our curriculum has a strong Christian underpinning; it is linked closely with the Church of England’s Vision for Education using our driver of ' Our faith can move mountains’ and the recognition of Jesus’ promise of ‘life in all its fullness’. Also teaching the children that we are able to achieve anything we put our minds too. This includes the pursuit of excellence for preparing our children to achieve the highest academic standards at the end of each Key Stage, whilst also preparing them to be world citizens of the 21st century. We recognise RE as a core subject and we follow ‘Understanding Christianity’ in addition to our Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus. Our values underpin all that we do in school, fostering independence and resilience.
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 to the context of the school and our unique local environment. 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. Excellent classroom environments stimulate and engage quality thinking and reasoning. We support our children’s physical well being through providing sports coaching from external professionals and take part in numerous competitions through our link with AVSSP.
Our new curriculum has taken shape this academic year, we plan rigorous triangulated monitoring throughout the year to gauge the impact of the curriculum design. As a small team, all staff have been part of this process and have been given areas of the curriculum that they monitor: reviewing learning, evaluating pupil voice, providing individual feedback to move practice forward, celebrating positives and highlighting areas of development. Our whole school team strengthen our ethos and vision as we work together to reflect upon our curriculum and share outcomes driving forward next steps.