Curriculum

Bringing Learning to Life and Life to Learning

 

At the heart of Gorse Ride Schools, lies a dynamic, knowledge-rich curriculum that provides children with the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to become lifelong learners, who respect community and have resilience to succeed. We use our Gorse Ride Vision (Growth, Respect, Succeed) to develop positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success.

Our curriculum is underpinned by our core values of:

Gorse Ride Curriculum Rationale (Intent)

Our fundamental principle is to provide an ambitious and engaging curriculum for all at Gorse Ride Schools. We are a school which is determined to achieve the best outcomes for our children to ensure they have all the necessary knowledge, skills and attributes needed to be successful at school and beyond. Our ‘drivers’ are knowledge, oracy and values. The purpose of our Teaching and Learning Policy (please CLICK HERE to see full document) is to inform the school community about our aims, principles and strategies for effective teaching and learning.

 

At Gorse Ride Schools we recognise that education involves children, parents, staff, governors, the community and the local authority, and that for optimum benefit all should work closely together to support the process of learning. Working in partnership, and through our core vison of Grow, Respect and Succeed, we aim to:

 

  • Deliver a curriculum based on the National Curriculum with clear pathways of progression and key milestones throughout the learning journey.

  • Build on children’s prior knowledge and achieve deep understanding, by helping them connect new knowledge with existing knowledge so they are fluent and confident at applying their knowledge and skills. 

  • Provide a language rich and stimulating curriculum with ‘hooks’ and practical experiences to ensure high levels of engagement.

  • Develop oracy and critical thinking skills through the use of enquiry-based project learning.

  • Motivate children to work in a kind and collaborative school community, whereby relationships are underpinned by mutual respect.

  • Provide challenge to develop children’s resilience and nurture their self-esteem through appropriate scaffolds and authentic praise.  

  • Ensure that all children have equal access to a curriculum that supports their needs and prepares them for their next stage in learning.

  • Involve parents and the wider community to enrich our curriculum and give children opportunities to celebrate success and share their learning with authentic audiences.

  • Equip children with the knowledge, skills and values needed to become reliable, positive citizens who make meaningful contributions to their own community and beyond.

Pupils at Gorse Ride Schools develop the skills and attitudes to become lifelong learners, who respect community and have resilience to succeed.  Gorse Ride aims to provide children with an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that equips them for today and life beyond school. We use our Gorse Ride Vision (Growth, Respect, Succeed) to develop positive attitudes to learning which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success.

To see how our curriculum is organised for each year group please CLICK HERE

 

 

Curriculum Subjects

MATHS


Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to use numbers, calculate, reason and solve problems. It helps children to understand relationships and patterns in number, shape and space in their everyday lives. We aim to foster a positive and confident attitude towards mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment in which concrete, pictorial and abstract methods are used. In do so, children will be able to follow a line of enquiry, recognise relationships, make generalisations, develop an argument and justify by using mathematical language. Children will learn to apply their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. These skills will develop as they experience increasingly complex problems over time so that children develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly to enable them to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics.




ICT


Computing is an integral part of modern-day life. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world, developing essential problem solving skills that can be transferred to other areas.

Our aim is to equip our pupils with the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to safely and effectively participate in our rapidly developing digital world. Children use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content as well as becoming digitally literate, expressing themselves and developing their ideas. Through regular discussions regarding e-safety issues both inside and outside school, children learn to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly, and are able to recognise acceptable or unacceptable behaviour.




PE


Physical Education plays a vital role in child development. It provides a variety of opportunities where children can develop a sense of personal achievement, fair play, teamwork and an understanding of the ways in which sport can transcend social and cultural boundaries, whilst learning to understand and appreciate the longer term benefits of regular physical activity on the body. At Gorse Ride Schools, we aim to ensure that all pupils develop the fundamental skills to excel in a wide range of physical activities and learn the important qualities of resilience, communication and teamwork. We have a range of opportunities for pupils to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help to embed values such as self-belief and respect. Our curriculum ensures all children have access to competitive games, dance and gymnastics. Additionally we advocate both the effective use of the curriculum and extra-curricular activities through clubs before, during and after school. This in turn will enable children to continue to make informed decisions regarding adopting and maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle beyond school.




PSHE


PSHE (Personal Social Health Education) is integral to a school’s curriculum to support their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. We aim to develop successful learners who have the qualities and attributes they need to manage their lives, fulfil their academic potential, and to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society, both now and in the future. The PSHE curriculum is a whole school approach, developed through assemblies, and closely linked to our school’s values. Providing opportunities to develop self-awareness through reflection and discussion enables children to observe their own thoughts and feelings, learn to regulate them and make conscious decisions about their learning, behaviour and lives. Please CLICK HERE for our Scope & Sequence Curriculum Map Draft PSHE Policy




ART


Art allows children to connect with their own culture and that of the wider world by fostering self-expression, creativity, inclusion and diversity. In addition it provides children with a visual, tactile and sensory experience, which helps with the development of fine motor skills, decision-making, risk-taking and inventiveness. Our aim is for children to learn to communicate through the use of colour, texture, form, and pattern, and through different materials and processes. This will be achieved through the use of drawing, painting, printing, weaving and sculpture. We introduce work of great artists which stimulates children’s imagination and enjoyment, providing them with the knowledge and understanding to evaluate and analyse their own work and that of others. Please CLICK HERE for our Scope & Sequence Curriculum Map




DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY


DT is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation. Our aim is to provide children with opportunities to develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to participate successfully in an increasingly technological word. Using creativity and imagination, children design, make and evaluate products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs and values. Children acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and skills, drawing on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art to enable them to become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.




ENGLISH (Speech & Language)


Through using language and hearing how others use it, children become able to describe the world, make sense of life's experiences and get things done. They learn to use language as a tool for thinking; collectively and alone. We aim to ensure all children are exposed to high quality verbal input and are given varied opportunities to develop these vital skills through games, storytelling, drama, song, poetry, performances, debates and presentation. This enables our children to become effective communicators both verbally and in their writing. Please CLICK HERE for our Scope & Sequence Curriculum Map




ENGLISH (Reading)


Reading opens many doors for our children; it broadens their language and vocabulary, stimulates their imagination and gives them the opportunity to gain new experiences of the wider world, including challenging different viewpoints. Reading for pleasure contributes to educational success, therefore we endeavour to develop a lifelong love of reading. We aim to provide a reading curriculum which equips our children with the necessary life skills to succeed: building on a systematic phonics approach, through to developing critical and reflective readers of a variety of genres. This ethos also includes promoting reading for pleasure and enjoyment, bringing books to life by using drama and role-play. Please click here to see our Reading Strategy. READ WRITE INC. In Early Years and Key Stage 1 we use the Read Write Inc scheme to assist in the teaching of phonics. Have a look on https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/ for more information. Also, click here to read correspondence explaining how the Read Write Inc scheme supports the aims of the National Curriculum.




ENGLISH (Writing)


Written work is an important way for children to communicate their ideas and understanding and most importantly to elevate their thinking. At Gorse Ride Schools, we aim to provide a writing curriculum that is heavily underpinned by speaking, listening and reading, which are the building blocks from which high-quality writing emerges. For our children to be successful in writing, they need to have participated in many conversations and listened to a variety of stories and high-quality texts. Therefore, our teaching is always supported by ambitious text choices, placing great literature at the heart; hinging on subtle and sensitive modelling, placing a great value on words and giving children lots of writing practice.




GEOGRAPHY


Geography, as an investigative subject, plays a crucial role in understanding our world. It makes a vital contribution to our knowledge of the rapidly changing environmental and social challenges facing us and how we should tackle them: being responsible global citizens.

At Gorse Ride Schools, the curriculum seeks to inspire curiosity and fascination in our children about the world and its people. It aims to equip children with: knowledge and understanding of the world; it’s diverse people, places and resources; and human and natural environments. It enables children to extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the people and issues of the United Kingdom. Please CLICK HERE for our Scope & Sequence Curriculum Map




HISTORY


History is the process of enquiry, the product of imaginative reconstruction and describing and explaining the past. It gives us a sense of identity, set within our social, political, cultural and economic relationships. We have a curriculum that fires children’s curiosity and encourages them to ask critical questions, preparing them for living and working in the contemporary world. Our children will develop a secure chronological framework for their knowledge of significant events and people, developing a concept of continuity and change. They will find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions; learning research skills, sifting through evidence and arguing their point of view. These are skills which can be applied to other subjects and a variety of situations. Please CLICK HERE for our Scope & Sequence Curriculum Map




MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGE


Learning a foreign language enables children to foster a love of language learning and develop strategies for being a life-long language learner. It cultivates respect for other cultures, as well as an increased awareness of aspects of the learner’s own language. We aim to provide opportunities to listen and explore the sound patterns of the target language. This forms a sound basis for further language learning in KS3.




MUSIC


Music provides children with a range of inclusive opportunities to discover and develop their musical or dramatic competencies, cultivate their cultural understanding and establish the foundations of essential life skills, such as expressing oneself clearly and confidently. At Gorse Ride Schools we aim to teach both the creative and technical sides of music through providing opportunities to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding. Children have opportunities to perform, listen to, and evaluate music - across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians. Children express themselves through learning to sing and to use a variety of musical instruments. They learn to create, compose and respond to music on their own and with others. Children explore how music is created, produced and communicated - including through the inter-related dimensions of music: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. Please CLICK HERE for our Scope & Sequence Curriculum Map




RELIGIOUS EDUCATION


RE is an important subject, it helps children to appreciate the wonderful diverse cultural and religious world in which we live. Children study the religions of Christianity, Islamism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism. This allows them to explore and share their own beliefs, values and traditions, as well as developing their knowledge and understanding of others. Such teaching is further echoed in our assemblies and links with local groups in the community. At Gorse Ride Schools we strongly believe our RE teaching instils respect for different views and supports the values-based education that is integral to our school, enabling pupils to have a deeper understanding of themselves and others.




SCIENCE


Science promotes experiences of exploring and investigating scientific phenomena, in a range of contexts, will ensure a continually evolving knowledge and understanding which will equip them for the ever-changing world. We are proud to give children a stimulating Science curriculum which provides them with opportunities to confidently explore, discover and experiment, in order to develop a deeper understanding of the world in which we live. The exciting, practical, hands-on enquiries will encourage curiosity, questioning and a thirst for knowledge. We believe that these opportunities will ensure that our children are confident, life-long learners who are inspired to explore the world around them. Please CLICK HERE for our Scope & Sequence Curriculum Map




EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE (EYFS)


Early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. At Gorse Ride Schools we greatly value the important role that the Early Years Foundation Stage plays in laying secure foundations for future learning and development, however we also believe early childhood is valid in itself, as part of life. The Foundation Stage develops essential life skills and we aim to foster a love of learning and develop enquiring minds. We have aspirational expectations so that children can achieve their potential and demonstrate that they are resilient, capable, confident and self-assured learners. We greatly value the contribution and knowledge which parents and carers bring and use this information to provide a secure, safe, caring and stimulating environment for all. Our learning experiences are based on children’s interests and first hand experiences to ensure a board and balanced curriculum. Through carefully planned adult led and child initiated activities we create opportunities that encourage children to explore, create, investigate, practise and discover through a multi-sensory approach.




RSE


Relationships and Sex Education

At Gorse Ride our value based curriculum and PSHE curriculum underpins our whole school philosophy to equip children with the tools to thrive in today’s constantly changing society.

As a staff we agree that RSE is: “lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of a life-long partnership for family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality and sexual health.” DfE 2000

Draft RSE Policy

RSE Factsheet for Parents





 
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