Our curriculum emphasises the importance of understanding world events and our local context. Therefore, we have designed our curriculum to be adaptable to the ever-changing world. We want our children to build strong relationships with our local community where we support and are supported by the wider school family.
Whilst we celebrate our local context, we recognise the need to enrich our children’s experience with diversity that they may not otherwise experience.
Mindfulness is created from the need to build our children’s resilience, in learning and in life; we want to equip them with the opportunities and ‘tools’ to learn and succeed. This links with initiative as well as ensuring our children are happy, well supported and confident, we want to foster high academic aspirations and attitudes to learning as well as developing the skills they will need for success in higher education and in future careers.
Our challenging and exciting curriculum is reviewed every year in collaboration with children, parents, staff and the wider school community; this ensures that it always reflects current research and practice, it is reflective of the local and wider context, it is suited to the needs of each cohort of children, therefore is always relevant to the unique context of Grade Ruan School with our Christian Values at the centre of all we do.
We believe it is important to give teachers autonomy to adapt their planning and teaching to the needs of their classes, particularly as different classes at Grade Ruan represent different phases (EYFS/KS1; KS1/LKS2; UKS2). We are all guided by our curriculum aims, curriculum maps and our continuous assessments of the needs and interests of our classes. Our planning is based on a range of high-quality resources such as Quigley Essentials, Hamilton and White Rose maths.
We would expect to see the following elements across a sequence of lessons:
- Review: Recap what has previously been taught, encouraging children to remember prior knowledge and skills.
- Teach: Give the children opportunities to learn new knowledge and skills.
- Apply: Children have the opportunity to practice using their skills and knowledge
- Recap: Children are given the opportunity to consolidate what they have learnt by recapping, also giving the teacher the opportunity to assess for learning.
Our aim is for children’s learning to be embedded in their long-term memory, from which they can build new ideas, learning and knowledge.
- Children will recall previous learning throughout their learning journey.
- Children’s learning will build on their previous knowledge, skills and learning, thus deepening and broadening their knowledge and understanding.
- Children will develop their mindfulness and independence, their aspiration and initiative, they will value and celebrate diversity and through their growing respect for and relationships with the community and the environment, will develop social responsibility.
- Children will have strong numeracy and literacy skills, which they can apply across all learning.
- Children will feel confident in their skills and learning.
- Every child will make good progress, regardless of barriers to learning.
- Children will believe that, with hard work, they will achieve their goals and be able to do work at their year group level to a high standard.