At Isle of Ely, we form and structure our curriculum using the national curriculum as a starting point for a wide and varied learning experience. We further enchance it using our historical locality and powerful core knowledge from the Primary Knowledge Curriculum that takes pupils beyond their own experience. As our children do not live in a diverse community, our curriculum provides them with respect for the way in which all children are unique, it promotes tolerance for the views of others, as well as for people of all cultures and communities. We value the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth. We provide our children with rich opportunities to learn knowledge that is meaningful, that will be valuable, and will allow them to be active members in our local and global community.
Our curriculum ensures that every child makes progress from their starting points and that they develop a love for learning and a determination to make a difference to others. We offer a curriculum which develops a thirst for knowledge and a deep intrinsic motivation for learning. We follow a core knowledge curriculum, which has been methodically sequenced so that children can build their knowledge cumulatively. This approach is based upon cognitive psychology and theories of working memory which support the acquisition of knowledge and vocabulary. This combination inspires our children to be ambitious with their learning and leads to them knowing and remembering more.
We use a variety of approaches to support learning, for example, Read, Write, Inc, Talk4Writing, Power Maths and Thrive. Reading and Oracy is threaded throughout the curriculum so that all children develop a love of reading and have access to a rich vocabulary to enable them to access the wider curriculum. This prepares our children to be nurturing citizens who are able to solve a wealth of problems with both confidence and creativity.
At the heart of our curriculum is a holistic approach that develops the whole child by securing essential knowledge, skills and by valuing their personalities and differences.
The curriculum is taught in discrete subjects with vertical, horizontal and diagonal links made across the subjects. These links in knowledge are made so that children can build strong schematas, allowing them to draw on their knowledge and skills, applying them to a variety of contexts. Additionally, our curriculum ensures that all children have equality of opportunity in areas of learning, enrichment and extra-curricular activities.
Knowledge organisers are used to help children learn the core knowledge they need in each subject. These are shared with parents/carers to help them support their children’s learning. We recognise the crucial role that adults at home play in their children’s education and we are always seeking ways to encourage and support this.
Our community is embedded within our curriculum and we use it to enhance and adapt the learning opportunities. We utilise our local area, particularly Ely Cathedral, Ely Museum and the geography of the Fens, to support our pupils’ learning, providing them with opportunities that will enhance their memory of key concepts; and allow them to use their knowledge and skills in real world settings.
Learning is a change in the long term memory and our children will leave us knowing more and remembering more across a board range of curriculum subjects.
They will have strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and will listen respectfully and with tolerance to the views of others.
They will take pride in all that they do, always striving to do their best.
They will demonstrate emotional resilience and the ability to persevere when they encounter challenge.
They will develop a sense of self-awareness and become confident in their own abilities.
They will be kind, respectful and honest, demonstrate inclusive attitudes and have a sense of their role in our wider society.
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