At Upton Primary School, our curriculum offers children rich, engaging and relevant learning that will help them to thrive and achieve in the modern world. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum but also develops an understanding and essential value of how they can contribute positively as a global citizen to the world on their doorstep and beyond, developing the belief that they too can have an impact and make a difference.
The aim of our curriculum is not only to ensure children learn the required knowledge and skills needed for the next stage of their schooling but to provide rich experiences through a broad and balanced curriculum. This engages children to learn as well as fostering curiosity and a passion for learning so that children aspire to reach their full potential.
Above all else, we aim to ensure that learning throughout the curriculum is both enjoyable and memorable and leads them towards the big future they deserve.
To the left of this page please find details of the school curriculum, a description of what we intend to teach all children through the different curriculum areas as well as an overview of the subject across the school.
The school follows the Foundation Curriculum for Early Years (EYFS Framework), and the National Curriculum for the rest of the school, incorporating a creative, coherent, and immersive approach that is designed to enable all children to learn and apply the knowledge and skills taught.
This provides the necessary framework upon which we design and map our broad aims for each year group and the sequential progression we want children to achieve over time. For each subject, we consider carefully how to help all children to build and remember relevant knowledge using evidenced-based Principles of Instruction.
In the same way, we plan for children to work both collaboratively and independently through the use of a range of collaborative working structures so that can develop their own understanding and thinking with each other.
We also recognise fully the need to ensure that any ‘gaps’ in a child’s learning are addressed and therefore adopt, whenever possible, a personalised approach to teaching and assessment of the curriculum. This, in turn, helps children to understand that they can ‘step back’ and revisit learning to ensure that they are able to progress successfully.
We deploy a robust, strategic and systematic approach to monitoring the quality of the teaching of the curriculum that leads to strong outcomes for every child. In this way we can continuously check on the quality of the curriculum design, planning for teaching and subsequently review, adapt and improve on our shared practice.
The programme of study for the national curriculum came into effect from September 2014. It covers all of the subjects taught in Key Stages 1 and 2.
Medium Term Plans and Topic Webs (Curriculum Maps)
We plan the year in half termly blocks based upon a high quality and engaging core text and to a key topic area, such as The Ancient Greeks. Our aim is always to inspire and engage learning through relevant and interesting topics and we discuss what the children want to find out about in their learning, before planning. Our medium term plans (MTPs) provide the journey of learning we aim to take the children on through a progressive build-up of knowledge, skills, practise and application.
Each class send home a topic web at the start of each term. They provide an overview of the work that children will be doing in each subject for that term. We would always encourage the family to further support learning and enjoyment of the curriculum at home in any way possible.