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Clore Shalom School

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Curriculum

Our Curriculum Vision

Clore Shalom School aims to provide a creative, inclusive, challenging and real-world curriculum that inspires future thinkers, innovators and problem solvers in an environment that stimulates, supports and celebrates high quality learning. We feel that by providing this we will ensure that all learners exceed their potential academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually with their families, in their communities and in the wider world ensuring that they become ambitious life long learners.

Curriculum Aims

Like all schools in England, we must follow the National Curriculum; it sets out subjects and content which we must teach. Within this, however, there is flexibility so that we can interpret and plan to meet the needs and interests of our children now and for the future.

 

The key aims for all our teaching and learning are:

 

  • To provide opportunities for all pupils to learn, to enjoy and to achieve
  • To provide a vibrant, happy and safe environment in which all people can share positive experiences and feel valued
  • We encourage and stimulate the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all our pupils. Our curriculum builds on pupils’ strengths, interests and experiences and develops children’s confidence in their capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively
  • To assist everyone in acquiring the skills to learn independently, interdependently and work as a team
  • We place great importance on the skills of literacy, maths, computing and problem-solving. We promote skills that help our learners to improve their own learning and performance and that help them to work well with others
  • To help each child adopt healthy lifestyles with a sound knowledge and understanding of the factors that affect their physical and mental health and emotional well-being
  • We place a high priority on developing pupils’ physical skills, self-esteem and emotional well-being. We encourage them to recognise the importance of pursuing a healthy lifestyle and keeping themselves and others safe both physically and online. We promote happy, effective relationships that are based on respect for themselves and for others
  • To help each child develop a good understanding of right and wrong, respect and treat each other as equals and become decent and responsible citizens
  • We do this through teaching knowledge and understanding of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural heritages of Britain’s diverse society and of the local, national, European, Commonwealth and global dimensions of pupils’ lives. We want everyone in our school to understand and appreciate their own and different beliefs and cultures, and how these influence our communities
  • To encourage confidence and high aspirations so everyone realises their full potential and talents
  • We provide rich and varied contexts for pupils to acquire, develop and apply a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills. Doing so enables our pupils to think creatively and critically, to solve problems and to make a difference for the better
  • To provide experiences that enable pupils and staff to develop and embrace growth mindset principles
  • We promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, in particular, the differences between right and wrong, and that we have rights but also responsibilities. We want everyone in our school to be responsible and caring citizens who make positive contributions to communities

English

A child's ability to communicate is vital to all aspects of their learning, so English learning is embedded in all subjects that we teach across the curriculum. We also plan for literacy focused learning every day in school, in line with the National Curriculum.

 

The school aims to make Clore Shalom children confident and enthusiastic speakers, readers and writers. To support this we provide a broad range of daily activities for children to develop and apply their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. From EYFS pupils are taught phonics following the Letters and Sounds scheme, they are then taught to apply these skills through a variety of activities and contexts. We also have provision to provide opportunities for public-speaking and drama activities and reading and writing in different styles and for different purposes. In addition to their learning in lessons, we provide opportunities to read for pleasure, through the use of the school library at lunch times.

Maths

At Clore Shalom, Mathematics is taught every day. We focus not only on teaching the children mathematical processes, concepts and skills, but also the importance of understanding how to ‘work mathematically’. We try to teach Maths in an interesting and enjoyable way, to develop positive attitudes and resilience. We want children at Clore Shalom to become confident, achieve well and love Maths! The curriculum places a large emphasis on becoming fluent in number facts, that is knowing all pairs of numbers that add and subtract within 100 and all times tables to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4 and the ability to use these facts to solve more complex calculations; Mathematical reasoning, to follow a line of enquiry and justify and explain what they know and to solve problems in lots of different real life and imaginary contexts.

 

To achieve this we plan lots of activities for learning through games, problems and practical tasks, using high quality concrete resources when introducing new concepts, at all ages. Together this approach creates real mathematicians, who become independent, resourceful learners, who take risks in their approaches to new learning.

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