“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart”, Colossians 3:23
At John Fletcher of Madeley, we ensure the individual pupil is at the heart of everything we do, taking into account background, SEND, ability, based on our key Christian Values:
Hope and Aspiration “We believe we can”
Resilience and Perseverance “We know we can”
Compassion and Forgiveness “Together we can”
To ensure effective delivery of the curriculum, we have identified the statutory requirements for each subject within a key stage and cross-curricular links have been harnessed to provide cohesion within units of learning. This is outlined in our new curriculum maps. Progression is achieved by identifying the knowledge that children need over time. We have highlighted these in our progression grids for each subject, which contain carefully chosen components crucial for subsequent learning and where key areas for overlearning are identified. This provides what we as a school want pupils to know and be able to do by the time that they leave our school.
Our delivery of the curriculum is based on evidence from cognitive science and the following three main principles that underpin effective learning:
In addition to the three principles we also understand that learning in the short-term needs to be repeated and revisited as sustained learning takes time.
We ask four key questions in our lessons to ensure children base their learning on what they already know so that new knowledge is links to existing knowledge to create the strong memory links and therefore encourage the transfer of learning form the short to the long-term memory:
Our school leaders, governors and teachers regularly measure the impact of our curriculum through the monitoring of teaching and learning, monitoring of behaviour, assessment and on-going self review. We talk to children and parents, we undertake learning walks, we look at books and we review the curriculum as subject leaders. We want to offer a broad and balanced curriculum that enables our children to know and remember more, through connecting prior learning. We aim that the impact will be that children will be prepared for the next phase of their education with a growing knowledge base, are motivated to succeed and are equipped with all the personal skills to do this.
The curriculum is currently under review and planning grids will updated as they are developed.