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All staff at St Cleer Academy have high expectations of pupils and we believe in approaching teaching and learning in a holistic way. As well as developing children’s academic potential, we endeavor to support each child’s sporting, creative and artistic talents.
The curriculum is enriched by after school provision, educational visits, a wealth of talented volunteers and a collaborative approach with the other schools in the trust.
The school works in active partnership with parents and continues to build positive relationships with the wider community in which our children live.
• Teachers choose enquiry based on their intimate knowledge of their class and the children take control of the enquiry through their further questions.
• The children’s work is presented in class floor books which reflect the journey of learning. The use of floor books encourages pupil’s pride and aspiration to do their very best piece of work. Pupils are encouraged to actively engage with the floor books, which enables them to reflect on their learning, commit this to long term memory and enable the transfer of both skills and knowledge.
• The progression ladders form the basis of our coverage of objectives, these allow teachers to monitor and ensure a broad, rich content. Teachers use the ladders to guide their planning once the children have generated their further questions which will shape the enquiry. Pupil’s ongoing progress is recorded alongside these ladders and passed on to the next class teacher at the end of the school year. Pupil’s self-assessment is evidenced in the children’s books, by using exemplars of outcomes to refer to, by using the success criteria to self asses and peer asses their work.
• Visitors and trips enhance the curriculum and are used to provide first hand experiences which help support real life outcomes.
• Children will feedback on their Learning Journeys to staff, guardians and Governors; ensuring that they are key drivers for improvement.
• Leaders review the curriculum regularly using pupil’s work, progression ladders and pupil conferencing to ensure it remains language rich, diverse and develops the whole child.
We aim to provide an exciting, broad and creative curriculum for every child at St Cleer School. All lessons are engaging, positive and exciting. The curriculum is well planned, differentiated and leads to progress in each and every lesson.
Parents and other members of the public are welcome to find out more by visiting the school and speaking with the Headteacher or Teaching Staff.
Our curriculum is based on the following principles of teaching and learning:
•All lessons are to be well planned to motivate and challenge all children.
•Lessons are engaging and develop children’s knowledge, skills or understanding to deepen learning. They will move learning on rapidly if secure.
•We use skilful questioning techniques (for example: Higher Order/Open/ Closed).
•Build in DIRT (Dedicated Independent Reflection Time) in lessons, and build on previous learning.
•We ensure respectful relationships with all adults and children.
•We ensure excellent subject and curriculum knowledge
•Positive strategies and genuine praise are used to promote good behaviour for learning with vocabulary to encourage good attitudes to learning (Collaboration, Making Links, Absorption, Managing Distractions, Perseverance, Resourcefulness, Resilience, and Independence).
•All staff have high expectations for all children and promote within the children high expectations.
•Teachers pitch learning to cater for the needs of all pupils to ensure rapid progress with ensuring opportunity for development in basic skills.
•Teaching staff assess learning throughout the lesson to ensure optimum progress from each child.
•We deliver well- paced lessons with opportunity for balanced child talk and discussion. Avoid too much teacher talk and where possible use alternatives to ‘hands up.’
•Staff ensure classroom and materials are organised to facilitate effective teaching and learning.
•We make effective use of ICT to support learning.
The Foundation Stage is for children aged 3-5, and covers the years from the beginning of pre-school to the end of reception class in primary school.
• Personal, social and emotional development. Children will learn to be self-confident, take an interest in things, know what their own needs are, and tell the difference between right and wrong.
• Communication, language and literacy. This includes learning how to talk confidently and clearly, enjoy stories, songs and poems, hear and say sounds, linking them to the alphabet. Children will read and write some familiar words and learn to use a pencil.
• Mathematical development. An understanding of maths is developed through stories, songs, games and imaginative play. Children become comfortable with numbers and with ideas such as ‘heavier than' or ‘bigger'. They will be aware of shapes and space.
• Knowledge and understanding of the world. Children explore and find out about the world around them, asking questions about it. They will build with different materials, know about everyday technology and learn what it is used for. They will find out about different cultures and beliefs.
• Physical development. This includes learning to move confidently, controlling their bodies and handling equipment.
• Creative development. Children will explore colours and shapes, trying out dance, making things, telling stories and making music.
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