Curriculum Overview

CURRICULUM INTENT 

At Edgware Primary we believe in lifelong learning and the notion that learning should be enjoyable, within a nurturing and inclusive environment. We are accredited as a Thinking School - and thinking is at the very heart of our curriculum. We place emphasis on developing critical thinkers and independent learners and want our pupils to have the confidence and skills to ask questions and find answers independently. Through our engaging, bespoke and balanced curriculum, we encourage reflective and creative thinking and inspire our children to bring their own experiences and ideas. We equip our pupils with the broad skills, rich knowledge and understanding necessary to develop as resilient, 'whole children'. We give all pupils, including children that are disadvantaged and with SEND, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed. 

We prepare children for the next stage of their life and life after school. As Art Costa, an American Educator says " Not just a life of tests, but for the tests of life". 

Through high expectations, a consistent approach, active learning and a focus on meeting individual needs, children have been able to make consistently good or better progress.

We systematically plan and carefully sequence our teaching in order to promote learning. We focus on mental health, personal growth and development. We do this by exploring behaviour, morals & values, attitudes, choices and mindset and by celebrating diversity, all of which are openly taught and form a really important part of our implicit curriculum. 

We follow the National Curriculum which defines the learning and skills in each stage, and the end points. Our intent is that all children should leave KS2 with the highest possible standards and enabled fully to access KS3. 

In addition, we tailor our curriculum as follows:

- at school level we plan in opportunities to provide children with experiences they would not en masse otherwise have (e.g. stage performances, Shakespeare productions, enterprise schemes, art galleries, art exhibitions, museums, places of worship, music tuition, careers day, themed weeks and aspirational talks), and we make best use of our specific location. We work closely with our local community and have strong links with a local old peoples’ home, the Church, the synagogue and the local police.

- we have a specific mental health curriculum promoting wellbeing and teaching children how to look after their own mental wellness. Children are supported by peer mental health champions and staff trained in this area.

- at an individual level we enable each child to access the curriculum and meet the learning objectives set through the support we give each child; our expectations of progress are uniformly high for all pupils. We insist that all teachers treat prior lower attaining pupils the same as any other pupil and set challenging lesson targets (success criteria) for all.

- Subject leaders report to the Curriculum Lead (Deputy Head Teacher) who has overall responsibility for curriculum and planning and in turn, the Curriculum Lead reports to the Headteacher who has overall responsibility for curriculum and assessment.

- Apart from our ECTs, every class teacher is a subject leader and appreciates the importance of very strong subject knowledge.  We are a school that expects subject leaders to become expert in their subject. In their subject leadership roles they support their colleagues. Long, medium and short term plans are in place for all subjects.  Cross-curricular links are made with each subject where appropriate. We are in particular focusing on reading and vocabulary across the curriculum.

- Our objectives are that children should be sufficiently robust in their knowledge so as to apply this and their skills across the broad curriculum. We actively plan opportunities to support this.

- We actively adapt our curriculum to support our pupils to become resilient. 

- A strong Teaching for Learning policy outlines the expectations for teachers.

'THINKING MINDS' CURRICULUM APPROACH

Our ambitious curriculum is made up of three major strands: 

School curriculum 1

CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION

Our curriculum is underpinned by  thinking tools and Rosenshine's prinicples of instruction to support our planning and delivery of learning.

All teachers teach to school short term plans outlining clear learning objectives and success criteria, that align with the medium and long term plans in each subject.  Children’s progress is measured against these and plans are adapted accordingly. Formative and summative pupil assessment informs our practice and in particular enables us to appropriately challenge every pupil.  It is our mission to enable all children to meet the lesson objectives and our uniformly high expectations.

Monitoring is central to leaders and class teachers’ work.  This is achieved through dialogue with pupils, in depth scrutiny of pupils’ work, monitoring of all planning, lesson observations and dialogue with staff. Through monitoring and evaluation we have a clear understanding of pupils’ progress and standards, and can address the needs of each individual pupil.

Dialogue with pupils and scrutiny of pupils’ work provides a great deal of information about the effectiveness of the curriculum as well as its delivery.  Monitoring enables class teachers and subject leaders to support the development of teacher and leader expertise, and identify and meet continuing professional development (CPD) needs.

This protocol ensures subject leaders and teachers know what precisely is being taught, and in what order, so that pupils know more, remember more and can do more.  This also ensures that class teachers and subject leaders have a shared understanding of appropriate challenge and of the extent to which learned information is retained long term.

IMPACT 

Children will know more and remember more. They will use their knowledge and skills for the next part of their education and well into the future. All children will have made the maximum progress from their starting points, that their individual circumstances allow. Children will have a love for learning, skills and knowledge for life. Children will leave us well rounded, having developed academically, socially and emotionally. Children will have ambition and want to take their learning into the future to improve their life chances. 

Pupil Mobility

Our school is expert at absorbing children with EAL and low standards into every year group. We have many children join us in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. The progress our pupils make is significantly understated in headline numbers because of the progress made by our latecomers, which does not feature in published results.

Foundation subjects

Our teachers track pupil progress for each pupil, in accordance to our Monitoring Progress in the Foundation Curriculum Policy.  This enables subject leaders to identify potential weaknesses, reconsider the subject intent and redesign the subject implementation.