The curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum but also the range of extra-curricular activities the school organises in order to enrich the experience of the children. It also includes the ‘Hidden curriculum’ or what children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave.
The school will reflect its mission statement in the design of the curriculum:
“Our aim is to provide a happy and stable school environment. All children will be given full access to the National Curriculum. This will enable them, regardless of their abilities, gender, ethnic or social background, to reach the highest standards by realising their potential and developing talents and strengthening weaknesses in all areas.”
We will achieve this through the following aims for the curriculum:
- promote high standards in reading, writing and maths;
- enable all children to become digitally literate;
- promote physical and mental development and an awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle;
- enable children to be aware of the importance of and participate in the arts and related cultural themes;
- enable all children to become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society;
- promote spiritual development;
- enable all children to explore and make decisions about personal and cultural values;
- develop the personal and social skills of each child;
- provide equality of access to the curriculum and the opportunity for all children to make progress;
- prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of life.
The curriculum is planned effectively, providing continuity and progression. It
promotes an enjoyment of learning and a commitment to learning and achieving.
Through the provision of rich and varied activities, we aim to:
- encourage the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all pupils;
- enable children to make connections across different areas of learning;
- help children to think creatively and solve problems;
- develop children’s capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively;
- enable children to respond positively to opportunities, challenge and responsibility;
- enable children to acquire and develop a broad range of knowledge, skills and understanding.
Practical, Investigative and Creative Aspects of the Curriculum
The generation and development of ideas, the formulation of hypotheses, the application of imagination, suggesting innovative solutions to problems and creative thinking are key skills for all children to develop in preparation for adult life and changing work patterns. We plan to include activities and projects which develop these skills in all areas of the curriculum and through cross-curricular projects and topics.
Community Cohesion, Diversity, Cultural Relevance and the Global Dimension
The curriculum at Monks Orchard Primary School offers children opportunities to develop their sense of identity and self-belief, knowledge of their rights and responsibilities within their communities, an understanding of “British Values,” and the ability to work with people of different beliefs and culturally diverse backgrounds.
Each area of the curriculum will include an element of exploration of the contribution of different cultures to that specific area of knowledge.
Children will be encouraged to develop their ‘voice’ through planned discussion and analysis of relevant and potentially controversial issues, both local and global, (e.g. the environment, development of the school playground, local issues as they arise, racism, homophobia, etc.)
Specific activities which require children to explore, discuss and make choices about healthy lifestyles will be planned through the PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) and PE (Physical Education) curricula. Teachers will also plan to address these issues through English, maths and other curriculum areas in order to embed the skills of making healthy choices.
Teachers will adapt schemes and plans to meet the needs of their classes including: cultural and ethnic background; interest; child directed learning; local, national and global issues and events.
Curriculum Enrichment and Extra-Curricular Activities
The curriculum at Monks Orchard offers a variety of activities designed to enhance and enrich the curriculum offer for all children. All classes are expected to go on at least two visits or trips each term, at least one of which must be outside the Borough of Croydon. A variety of creative workshops, led by outside experts and groups, are organised across the year, with every year group participating in at least one.
The school employs specialist art and music teachers to support class teachers in the provision of effective teaching and learning in these areas and to lead specific projects and events.
The school is a member of the Croydon School Sports Partnership, which provides support in the delivery of PE and sporting extra-curricular activities for children of all ages and genders.
Monks Orchard Primary School follows the guidance laid down in the Early Years and Foundation Stage Statutory Framework and the National Curriculum in England Framework Document (2013). We also provide Religious Education, PSHCE, SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) and collective worship.
The curriculum is organised into three Key Stages:
- Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS), ages 3 – 5
- Key Stage 1 (KS1), ages 5 – 7, and
- Key Stage 2 (KS2), ages 7 - 11
The EYFS curriculum is based on the Early Years and Foundation Stage Statutory Framework (2016) and the guidance in Development Matters in the Early Years (EYFS). Further details about the specific arrangements for the EYFS can be found in the school’s EYFS policy.
KS1 and KS2
The school uses the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), a cross-curricular, topic based scheme of work which focuses strongly on developing community cohesion, diversity, cultural relevance and the global dimension.
- Maths and English lessons follow the guidance set out in the National Curriculum in England Framework Document (2013) and the school’s assessment system.
- Science lessons follow the guidance set out in the National Curriculum in England Framework Document (2013).
- PE lessons follow the guidance from set out in the National Curriculum in England Framework Document (2013), supplemented by resources from the “Phunky Foods,” programme.
- Languages lessons, at KS2, follow the guidance from set out in the National Curriculum in England Framework Document (2013).
- PSHCE (including SRE) follows the guidance from the PSHE Programme of Study: Key Stages 1 – 5 (PSHE Association) and the Croydon SRE programme.
- Religious Education lessons follow the guidance from the Croydon Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
The school’s curriculum map outlines curriculum coverage across the year and identifies links between curriculum areas which teachers will use to create medium term and weekly plans.