Creating lifelong learning opportunities for everyone
Here at Old Stratford Primary School, we have developed a bespoke curriculum, which aims to create learners who will succeed in the 21st Century. We are proud to have a knowledge-engaged curriculum, which stimulates our children into asking searching questions, shapes learning and enables them to become independent thinkers and learners.
Our curriculum is engaging, exciting, innovative and inclusive, helping our children to develop the knowledge and skills they need to excel, and become creative and curious citizens regardless of their starting points.
We ensure the inclusion of all children in an atmosphere where they are welcomed, valued, respected and supported. In turn, children learn to respect and value each other, property and the environment - both immediate and the wider world. Our children are aware of their rights and responsibilities and use their voice to articulate and communicate their thoughts and opinions. Our curriculum allows children to develop the skills and attitudes necessary to become life-long learners and succeed in their future.
The curriculum has been designed to encompass knowledge and understanding in the world in which we live in and also the events which have helped shape the past to make it what it is today.
Topics have been designed to build on one another with a clear progression of skills that link to the subsequent year group applying knowledge in different contexts.
To ensure our children are equipped with the knowledge, skills and values they need to embrace the opportunities and challenges they may encounter, they will access one Global Citizenship Topic a year. This topic is brought to life through current contexts that connect to the children’s lives – who they are, how they fit into the world and how they can contribute back.
We believe even the very young child is constantly trying to make sense of a world marked by division, conflict, environmental change and extreme inequality and poverty. Through this strand of our curriculum, we give the children opportunities to make deep connections between learning and understanding the world they live in and equip them with skills to enable them to have a voice and make changes.
At the end of each academic year the Senior Management Team and Subject Coordinators will review the progress that a year group has made in developing the skills summarised within each scheme of work and the knowledge that has been covered.
The understanding gained by the subject coordinators enables them to support the teaching team planning the next year for this cohort in a way that builds upon what children have learned in the previous year. If there are concerns that some skills need to be revisited the subject leader will be able to share these concerns with the teaching team who are planning the next year for these children. The subject leader also identifies where the skills gaps are for the children compared to the Scheme of work, this means they can flag those skills that need to be covered or revisited in the year ahead. Since the subject leader also know the subject knowledge that children have covered previously, they can ensure that the teaching team planning the next year don’t revisit knowledge that has previously been covered in unproductive ways.
Assessment is a key tool in the development of the curriculum and children’s learning. Each term there is a pupil progress meeting to discuss progress and attainment in specific subjects. The subject leaders, through there deep dives, continue to assess the knowledge that has been long term and feed this back to the class teachers. As well as the daily assessment that continues to happen the school is developing a unit of work that assesses the children’s memory of the work they have done that year. This all feeds into the end of year reports and targets that are shared with parents.
We aim to develop well-rounded pupils who show consideration for others, respect for their environment, an ability to make healthy informed choices, and recognition that they can make a positive contribution to society. Children are taught personal skills including how to:
- develop independence
- recognise their own achievements
- decide what is right and wrong
- set themselves goals.
Children also learn social skills where they think about:
- how the choices they make affect other people and the environment
- different groups in society and how to get on with them
- how and why rules are made
Our schools have a strong and very proactive School Council who meet at least monthly. They are involved in many school improvement initiatives and help to make our school an even better place.
SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) SRE is part of our ongoing programme. Initially it focuses on looking at your body and keeping clean. Later it considers friendships and relationships. As the children grow older, Years 5 and 6, puberty is discussed. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from any (or all) of the SRE programme. The request to withdraw should be made in writing to the Head Teacher.
If you want to find out more log into your child's class information page and see the work they have done and what is to come in the future. Also you can ask your class teacher for more information as to what your child may be covering during each term.
We have also included a link to the new national curriculum on this page so you can see the objectives we cover with each year group. Again if you need this explaining please talk to your class teacher.
Due to recent lockdowns to assist in the reduction of COVID transmissions it has been neccessary to provide our pupils access to remote learning. Our approach to remote learning is explained in our Remote Learning Policy.