Edenham
CofE Primary School
Inspire Believe Achieve

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded

2 Chronicles 15:7

I can do all things through him who strengthens me

Our Curriculum

At Edenham Church of England Primary School, our children have access to a rich and creative curriculum which prepares them for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century and raises aspirations.

Our curriculum content has been carefully chosen, with care and thought, to enable children to build on their prior understanding and provide them with a depth and wealth of knowledge and skills in order to succeed.

The skills used within our topics are frequently revised, with our children’s interests and needs at the heart of the design.  We work collaboratively to design units of work which provide interconnected links between knowledge and skills formed in all areas of the curriculum, and we aim to develop transferable skills.

We are a school that prides itself on our Christian values, and we aim to ensure all of our pupils feel happy, secure and valued, enabling them to make a worthwhile contribution as young people within our diverse world. Through the education we provide, our children acquire the attitudes and dispositions needed to become well rounded individuals, and we instil a love for learning, enabling them to become life-long learners.

As part of our curriculum design, first hand experiences are essential; trips out of school are vital to our children’s understanding of the world.  We aim to ensure each class has a trip, local visit, visitor or special experience in school during each new topic. We understand the value of these experiences to maximise learning opportunities and facilitate lines of enquiry.

At this school, we place a high priority on ensuring that both children’s physical and mental wellbeing are met. These areas are as valued and important as academic development as we understand that children will not be successful learners unless they are emotionally secure.  Forest School Outdoor Education provides the opportunity to promote the holistic development of all those involved, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners who are able to challenge themselves and take appropriate risks. They are able to, amongst many other activities, build shelters, cook on a camp fire and play team-building games. We believe that learning outside the classroom is essential for our children's mental health and well-being, to understand their part in environmental studies and to have fun bonding with staff and peers.

As part of our understanding on the importance of developing children physically, in our curriculum, every child has the chance to learn to swim.  We aim to help make sure all children can swim confidently and know how to stay safe in and around water.  Each child will attend swimming sessions until they are confident in the water and are judged to be able to swim 25 metres.

We understand the importance of children being able to be competent and safe when using the latest technology, as a result of this we are committed to improving the teaching and learning of computing along with the opportunities children have to apply their knowledge.

Our curriculum provides appropriate balance:

At Edenham C of E Primary school it is our underlying belief that every child should feel valued and experience the feeling of success in a wide range of curriculum areas. We believe that through the curriculum we can impact on what is in children’s heads and how they feel about themselves, so that they feel confident and ready to tackle any challenges they may face.

We have designed, organised and planned our curriculum to ensure every child receives an appropriate mix of academic and personal development which means that in practice our curriculum places equal importance on core and foundation subjects. When planning for our Connections curriculum, staff work collaboratively to design units of work which will meet the needs of all learners.

Our balanced approach to the curriculum is not at the expense of high standards in core subject areas. High standards, expectations and enabling children to reach national expectations and above is of vital importance if they are to succeed at the next stage of their education and go on to achieve full and happy lives and careers.

At Edenham C of E Primary School, we place high priority on ensuring children’s physical and mental wellbeing are met. We understand that children will not be successful learners unless they are emotionally secure, therefore we carefully design our curriculum and adopt a flexible approach to timetabling to ensure that we can meet and respond to any issues which may arise. Children’s physical and mental wellbeing are as valued and important as academic development.

We carefully monitor children’s progress with their personal development and all staff are aware children both in their own and other classes to ensure meaningful, supportive relationships are built.

Our curriculum is carefully organised for depth:

At Edenham C of E Primary School, our definition of progress is: the widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills, understanding and learning behaviours. We design, organise and plan our curriculum to ensure that children are not merely covering content but achieving a depth to their learning which enables them to use their skills and understanding in all areas of the curriculum.

Our careful curriculum design and planning means that we build in many opportunities for repetition and practise opportunities for essential knowledge, skills and understanding in every subject. This ensures that children are able to revisit previous learning, which allows them to gradually develop a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects, at their own pace and in the best possible way for each individual child.

Our curriculum is meticulously designed and planned to move the nature of children’s thinking to a higher order deep level of understanding rather than just acquiring new facts and knowledge.

We use the following schemes of work to support teaching and learning:

See the National Curriculum (external website)

In our school, we have mapped it out to look like this: