The Little Waltham Curriculum
At Little Waltham C.E.V.A. Primary School it is our intent that our curriculum provides an excellent foundation for our children to develop as learners fulfilling their potential to make a difference in our world. Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils to be inquisitive and creative learners, who fulfil their potential with a love and passion to do God’s work.
We want to be able to foster a culture of aspiration and self-belief by providing a supportive and challenging learning environment. The aim of our provision is to encourage and foster a love of learning by developing key learning behaviours and our six super skills; we believe that this is the key to academic success. These behaviours form the basis of everything we do and how we behave in and around school, from EYFS to Year 6, in all aspects of school life.
Our provision is based on the understanding that learning is a change to long-term memory. Our curriculum design is based on evidence from cognitive science and three main principles underpin it:
- Learning is most effective with spaced repetition
- Subjects will be woven and mixed
- Retrieval of the previously learned content will be frequent and regular
Therefore, whilst we teach specific subjects these are linked with other subjects to strengthen pupils learned content. The main overview indicates the key elements that structure our curriculum and how it will be implemented. Where possible, we will use our outdoor environment to develop children’s passion to care for the world around them. Opportunities for learning are adapted to enable all pupils to access the curriculum goals. The progression across the school will be monitored to ensure lessons are challenging.
Learning cannot always be seen in the short term and sustained mastery takes time. The impact of our curriculum will be seen through our focus on the environment and natural world, which will spark children’s curiosity and passion for learning.
Through different tasks and observations, we will make a judgement of the impact of our curriculum by comparing pupils’ work over time. We use Insight to record and evidence these judgements using a point in time assessment model.