At Nanpean School, we believe that our children have the right to flourish, recognise their own greatness and develop as individuals. Our school fosters independence and resilience through ‘Nurturing Children’s Passion to Succeed’.
Our curriculum intent is broad and balanced taking into account a need to prepare our children for their educational journey; building children’s aspirations demonstrating possibilities for their future lives. Every child is recognised as a unique individual. Our curriculum therefore gives pupils an excellent mix of academic and personal development; physical and mental wellbeing are both valued. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values. Our curriculum therefore provides appropriate subject knowledge, relevant skills and understanding that progresses throughout each subject and year group.
- Provides challenge for all
- Supports and scaffolds learning
- Encourages a passion to learn
- Develops learning behaviours
Our curriculum balances national expectations with allowing the curriculum to adapt to the context of our school and children’s needs. Acquisition of knowledge and development of skills are combined to create a purposeful and exciting learning journey for our pupils.
Our English curriculum is taught through a three-week journey in order to improve children as writers. Firstly, children are exposed to a particular genre where they learn about key features and techniques, being exposed to what a good one looks like (WAGOLL) as an example text. Children are then given an exciting writing stimulus which promotes and encourages creativity. Throughout the process, spelling, punctuation and grammar weave into work through warm-ups and shared writes, ensuring that skills are recapped and reinforced to embed understanding. Texts and stimuli are chosen to both stimulate and challenge the children leading to high quality writing outcomes. We strive to equip children with a rich vocabulary through high-expectations in speech, language and communication.
Reading and Phonics
Reading is a fundamental part of everything we do at Nanpean School. Phonics is taught using the Read Write Inc programme which will allow them to decode text fluently. All children in EYFS and KS1 receive daily phonics teaching which combines the teaching of sounds required with the introduction of texts, linked to the children's level of development. From year 2, we approach the teaching of reading through whole class reading sessions across the week. We use Reading VIPERS (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval and Sequencing/Summarising) to explicitly teach the six key reading skills.
At Nanpean School we use Accelerated Reader to manage and monitor children’s individual reading practise. We use STAR Reading assessments to determine a child’s reading level using their Zone of Proximal Development. Children pick a book at their level and read at their own pace. When finished, they take a short quiz on the computer to assess whether they have understood what they have read.
Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. At Nanpean School we believe that a high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world. We believe that every child can succeed in maths, and one of the most important building blocks for success is a positive mindset. It’s therefore essential to help your child feel positive about maths at home, too.
The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress will always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material will consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on. At our school we follow the units of work as laid out by 'White Rose Maths', a team of highly experienced and passionate maths teaching experts, influenced, inspired and informed by the work of leading maths researchers and practitioners across the world. The White Rose website has lots of information, answers to FAQs and parent resources (https://whiterosemaths.com)
We ask children from Year 2 onwards to practise their times tables at home as the recall of times tables is so fundamental to every area of maths. Our times tables are practised through our 'Times Table Adventure' scheme- which rewards success and encourages children to progress through the times tables up to 12X12 by the end of Year 4. Children in Reception and Year 1 spend time securing their number facts to 10 before beginning their journey on the Times Table Adventure.
Our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum through ensuring that the National Curriculum is delivered through rich, imaginative and cross-curricular learning that will inspire children. We also ensure opportunities to link our learning to our local area and heritage. All topics begin with a launch to introduce the topic and engage the children in their learning. At the end, the children have a finale to their topic to celebrate what they have learnt. Our class letters and topic overviews provide further details.
How we know our curriculum has been successful:
- School data outcomes - children progressing from their school starting points.
- Teacher assessment – formative – through ongoing questioning and feedback. Summative – independent writing and NFER test results.
- Pupil Voice – children talk with passion during pupil conferencing about their learning experiences and feel they are listened to.
- Parental Feedback – parents are positive about their children’s experiences in school and feel that their children make good progress at Nanpean School.
- Quality Assurance – monitoring opportunities within our school show that children know what they can do well and what they need to do to progress further. All groups of learners are supported and challenged appropriately.
- Positive Attitudes to Learning – our children are engaged and inspired by their learning and demonstrate a resilient attitude through working in a safe and challenging environment. This is seen in the daily interaction of all members of our community, including staff and children.
Most importantly, we want to instil a love learning in an environment where children feel safe, celebrate learning achievements and recognised their personal growth. The impact of what we do and what the children have achieved cannot always be measured in data sets. Therefore, we look holistically at the whole child and how they have grown as individuals and are prepared for the next stage of their learning journey.