Our curriculum is constantly developing and rooted in practical, engaging and challenging activities which make the best use of our local community, environment and the wonderful city of Plymouth. We integrate both our own allotment with its outdoor classroom and Forest school in our efforts to develop the whole child.
We aim to deliver the National curriculum in a broad, balanced and enjoyable way enabling all to achieve their personal best. We plan our curriculum around a two year rolling programme so that all children can be supported and challenged to be the best that they can be. We are passionate about improving the life chances of our children and aim to equip them for both the next stage in their learning and life.
With the exception of our Foundation stage all children are taught in mixed age classes. Three of each in KS1 (Y1/2), Lower KS2 (Y3/4) and Upper KS2 (Y5/6). We choose to arrange our classes in this way because we believe that it allows the teacher to develop a deeper understanding of a pupil’s strengths and needs, and puts them in a better position to support their learning. It also enables teachers and staff to get to know children better and so meet their needs more effectively.
In the second year less review of prior instruction is needed before proceeding with new content and the pupil feels more comfortable and ready to learn. Mixed-age teaching at the school ensures that teachers view pupils as unique individuals and pay more attention to their needs. As a result teachers focus on teaching each child according to his or her own strengths. Socially, pupils enjoy being taught in mixed-class groups and love growing in stature across the two years. Older children have the opportunity to serve as mentors and to take leadership roles, and younger pupils are able to accomplish tasks they might not be able to do without the assistance of older children. Pupils develop a better sense of familiarity with their classmates and learn to mix with a wide range of age groups from a young age.
In 2012, an Ofsted review found, ‘In primary schools, no marked difference in learning and progress was noted between mixed-age and single-age classes. Outstanding learning and progress occurred more often in mixed-ability primary classes than in those set by ability.’
The five ‘Rs’ of Respect, Resilience, Resourcefulness, Relationships and Reflection underpin all our teaching and learning. This, alongside a culture of ‘growth mindset’ - praising effort and the power of yet - is promoted by all adults and children throughout the school. We learn from our mistakes and attempt to imitate the great inventors and thinkers who have not given up on their beliefs and dreams.
National Curriculum Overview
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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) have their own curriculum. Please go to their page for more information