Our intent of the curriculum at Earlsfield is for every child to meet their full potential by:
- Celebrating effort as well as achievement, having high aspirations for all and enabling all children to succeed
- Placing the child at the centre of learning, nurturing their creativity, developing independence and resilience and ensuring that they are able to access a relevant and appropriate curriculum that meets their needs
- Creating a respectful and supportive environment which celebrates the rights of the child, diversity, social responsibility and promotes our values
- Developing a love of learning through effective teaching and a broad and balanced curriculum that reflects our values
- Promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing
- Challenging themselves and encouraging others
At Earlsfield we offer our pupils an inspiring curriculum that is broad, balanced, diverse and reflective of a global society and culture.
We allow pupils to grow as individuals/citizens as well as learners and offer a curriculum which develops interpersonal skills, builds resilience, confidence, self-esteem and encourages creative, critical thinking.
Children enjoy practical, fun and challenging learning experiences that will prepare them for life in 21st Century Britain.
We teach the foundation subjects (DT, Geography, History, PSHE) and Computing through a Topic based approach to learning, which links subjects together and teaches the skills that underpin the whole curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to make links between different subjects, creating curriculum cohesion and enabling pupils to link their learning appropriately. Teachers also plan opportunities for pupils to make links with core subject learning and Literacy (Reading, Writing and Spoken Language) and Math based outcomes are planned into each topic cycle.
Reception to Year 6 follow a curriculum map, with pre-planned topics and enquiry questions. Nursery follow a more organic and personalised curriculum, where planning and provision responds to the pupils interests as they progress through the year.
As a rights respecting school, our school values (I CARE), UNCRC articles and the global learning knowledge, skills and values are at the heart of our curriculum. These enable teachers to incorporate topical, relevant issues and events which inspire learners, staff and the school community. We recognise that learning is not just about subjects and knowledge, but also about developing a child’s personal and social qualities; care and consideration for others, empathy, compassion, resilience, honesty and respect.
We enrich learning within each topic and inspire children to want to find out more by planning school trips, visitors and workshops. These trips and visits underpin the topics and set the children’s learning into real life contexts, helping them to make sense of it. Home learning projects and homework tasks also enhance our topic outcomes and achievements; children go home inspired by their learning, wanting to delve deeper and find out/do more!
Objectives outlined in the statutory EYFS Framework, The Early Learning Goals (2017) and The National Curriculum (2014) framework for Key Stages 1 and 2 have been used to develop progressive ‘I can’ statements linked to subject skills from Nursery to Year 6. Please see the ‘I can …’ progression document for a breakdown of the skills we cover in each year group in Art, DT, Geography, History, PSHE and Computing. These ‘I can …’ statements build upon prior learning, provide opportunities to consolidate and deepen knowledge to help learners remember the content they have been taught.