Our Curriculum Aims
The federation of Priddy School and St Lawrence’s C of E Primary School has enabled us to utilize the facilities, resources and expertise from both schools and still retain the unique fundamental character of each individual school.
We are continually developing the curriculum in order to meet the needs of all pupils. We aim to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which will promote the moral, spiritual, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils. We aim to raise pupil expectations and continually improve standards.
We aim to develop each child as an individual, by providing opportunities, experiences and responsibilities which will help them now and in later life.
Our curriculum is broad:
Introducing both boys and girls to all areas of learning and knowledge, concepts, skills and attitudes.
It is balanced:
Each area of learning and experience receives appropriate attention in relation to the others. It is matched to pupils` developing abilities and attitudes.
There is progression:
Work provided at each stage reflects and builds on that done previously.
Our curriculum seeks to promote the following outcomes:
The development of knowledge and understanding
The development of a wide range of skills – intellectual, interpersonal and physical.
The development of personal qualities, values and attitudes
The National Curriculum provides the framework for our curriculum, but other topics and themes which we consider are important for our children are followed. We aim to prepare our children for the wider world by covering issues such as citizenship, personal and social education, health, environmental education, equal opportunities and multi-cultural education.
We promote a caring atmosphere, built on mutual respect and trust, where children feel secure and supported. They know how to ask for help and are able to share concerns with adults. Children organise a buddy system and playground leaders to ensure happy playtimes. Social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) are embedded throughout the school and taught within PSHE. Children are taught to understand and manage their emotions and develop empathy towards others, helping to build friendships and raise self-esteem.
Our rich, skills-based curriculum offers us the flexibility to be creative and to explore topics that are relevant, meaningful and exciting. Focus weeks incorporate visits from experts from business, politics, literature, sport and art.
Our minibus enables us to extend our learning environment beyond the school grounds to the local woods, surrounding villages, the Mendips and the Somerset Levels . We ensure that the children are well supervised, though still allowing them the freedom to play and interact with their environment. Well structured Forest School sessions promote problem solving and team work as well as providing knowledge of our local area.
We promote physical activity through PE and swimming lessons in addition to access to extended school opportunities and club & community links.
Our curriculum develops a knowledge and experience of healthy foods. Children have regular opportunities to prepare, cook and taste food and learn about nutrition.
Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage learn through play and planned experiences that meet their needs and match their interests. Our teachers acknowledge and make use of the supreme play potential of the natural environment. Through hands on experiences, the children develop inquisitive minds and a positive attitude towards learning.
Regular assessment of progress by teachers and pupils ensures the identification of next steps in learning and informs whole school target setting. The achievements of pupils in all areas are celebrated during weekly assemblies.
A mutually supportive partnership between home and school is considered to be a vital element of children’s success and we endeavour to keep parents informed and active participants in their children’s education.
Our highly valued, active school council aims to improve the school for all. The children decided on the Federation logo and the colour of our school sweatshirt as well as raising money for charity, engaging in community projects and developing links with schools in other areas including Birmingham and Iraq, thus developing an awareness and understanding of the wider world.
We have close links with the church, where the children participate regularly in services and gather for collective worship in each school.
Outlined below are links to our curriculum programs and procedures for your information as well as the parent guide for the new national curriculum:
Our Federation Curriculum is as follows:
As a Federation we use the Letters and Sounds phonics programme in addition to resources from Jolly Phonics and Success for All.
We have a focus on spelling this year and are using the scheme ‘no-nonsense’ spelling.
Our children all use the Debbie Hepplewhite handwriting scheme to develop writing.
We use The Accelerated Reader programme to promote and encourage reading and White Rose Maths planning to develop greater depth in Maths
Priddy & St Lawrence’s School's provide half termly information to parents about our curriculum.
For more information regarding our curriculum please contact the school office!
Please click on the links below to access our Raise Online data and Parent View: