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Learning

Children come to school to learn and at Linslade Lower School we work hard to provide opportunities for all children to achieve the very best they can. We use a creative, engaging curriculum as a means to develop enquiring minds. There is a well-resourced and stimulating environment in which to learn.  We aim to foster a love of learning and the skills to be a learner for life. Children at Linslade Lower School make good progress.

 

All aspects of our curriculum are accessible to all children, irrespective of their ethnic background, gender, disability, religious or linguistic background. We strive hard to meet the needs of those pupils with special educational needs, those with disabilities, those who are more able, those with special gifts and talents and the children who are learning English as an additional language.

All children have skills, talents and abilities and as a school we have a responsibility to develop these to the full.  We believe that:

  • Every child should be given the opportunity to develop to their full potential. 
  • Early identification of pupils with special educational needs will allow appropriate action to be taken before they experience a sense of failure. 
  • We should be identifying strengths, as well as difficulties in order that these strengths may be used to  help  each  pupil develop  a sense of their own worth and the ability to meet  situations  with confidence            

       

Our Curriculum  complies with the statutory requirement laid out in the SEND Code of Practice 0-25 and has been written with reference to the following guidance and documents.

  • Equality Act 2010:  updated advice for schools DfE May 2014
  • SEND Code of Practice 0-25 (Updated April 2020)
  • School’s SEN Information Report Regulations as outlined on the School Website.
  • Statutory Guidance on Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions (December 2015)
  • The National Curriculum in England Key Stage 1 and 2 framework document (December 2014)
  • Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy (2021)
  • Keeping children safe in education (September 2020)
  • Equality Policy (2021)
  • Accessibility Plan (2021-2024)
  • Teachers Standards 2012

 

We provide a rich, challenging curriculum, which stretches all of our children. Staff are aware of children who have exceptional talents and gifts and monitor or track their progress carefully to ensure their academic potential or talent is continually developed. 

 

For further information about the curriculum please look at the pages for individual subjects, the class pages for the up to date curriculum coverage and weekly bulletin.  For more information please speak to your child's class teacher. If your question is not answered in one of those sources please speak to the headteacher who can be contacted via the school office.

Intent

What are we aiming for?

 

 At Linslade Lower School the curriculum should:

  • be relevant to the age and stage of the pupils
  • inspire and motivate
  • be rigorously planned to allow continuity and progression
  • provide hands-­‐on experience wherever possible
  • enable active learning
  • be enriched with visits and visitors
  • develop personal and social as well as academic skills
  • promote thinking skills and enquiry
  • promote positive dispositions and attitudes towards learning
  • promote awareness of the local and global community
  • develop skills and knowledge

Implementation

What do we do?

We teach the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum.

In addition we have personalised the curriculum for this school with four curriculum drivers: communication, environment, citizenship and wellbeing. Curriculum drivers underpin our subject planning.

Mathematics and English are taught discretely. With other subjects we have a flexible approach in order to choose the most appropriate way to teach an objective. Subjects may be grouped into a theme so that children can make links and explore something in depth, they may be taught discretely or some objectives are revisited throughout the year e.g those related to seasons, plants and weather. 

 

From time to time we have special theme days or weeks for example book day, STEM week, arts week, poetry day. They are great fun but also enable children to apply a broad range of skills learnt in other lessons.

 

We also take children on educational visits and invite specialists into school to enrich, motivate and inspire the children.

Here are our long term plans for the curriculum for 2020-2021

Homework

Each week the class teachers write a curriculum bulletin. In it they inform parents what the focus for learning has been in English and maths. There are suggestions for activities that can be done at home to support the children's learning that we hope families will do. Homework helps to consolidate learning and helps to develop some responsibility for learning. When setting expectations for homework we are mindful that the children work hard in school each day and that families have busy lives at home. 

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