Curriculum statement for Crucible Federation
Our curriculum provides a broad range of experiences for our pupils:
At The Crucible Federation, careful analysis and discussion about our pupils backgrounds, life experiences and culture has helped us to design a curriculum with three key priorities underpinning every subject area.
We firmly believe that focussing on the following key priorities our children will be ready to successfully meet the challenges of the next stage or their education and their lives.
Our curriculum priorities are:
Aspirations – we aim to provide experiences which show children the wide range of possibilities available for their future
Equality – we aim to provide experiences to enable our children to reach their full potential without prejudice or discrimination
Global Citizenship – we aim to provide experiences which teach our children to be responsible citizens both locally and globally in the 21st century
We have designed and planned out curriculum to offer a range of experiences which contribute to every child receiving a full and rich curriculum. The range of experiences we offer support and champion our culture and ensure that our children benefit from the full range of academic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural activities. These activities enrich their lives and those of our whole school community and make them proud of their British values and diverse society to which they belong and play and active part.
We are proud that our curriculum gives our children the skills of resilience, reciprocity, reflection and resourcefulness and able to lead a happy and fulfilled life by encouraging them to aim high and work hard towards their goals and aspirations.
Our curriculum provides appropriate balance:
At The Crucible Federation, it is our underlying belief that every child should feel valued and experience the feeling of success in a wide range of curriculum areas. We believe that through the curriculum we can impact on what is ion children’s heads and how they feel about themselves so that they feel confident and prepared to tackle any challenge they may face.
We have designed organised and planned our curriculum to ensure every child receives and appropriate mix of academic and personal development which means that in practice our curriculum places equal importance on core and foundation subjects.
At The Crucible Federation, we place high priority in ensuring children’s physical and mental wellbeing are met. We understand that children will not be successful learners unless they are emotionally secure. Therefore we carefully design the curriculum and adopt a flexible approach to timetabling to ensure that we can meet and respond to any issues that may arise. Children’s physical and mental wellbeing are as valued and important as academic development.
We carefully monitor children’s progress with their personal development and our well planned and thoughtful approach to SMSC helps to ensure that every child is well cared for and supported.
Our balanced approach to the curriculum is not at the expense of high standards in core subject areas. High standards and enabling children to reach national expectations and above is of vital importance if they are to succeed in the next stage of their education.
Our full, rich and unique curriculum with its excellent range of experiences ensures that every pupil at The Crucible Federation makes excellent progress both academically and personally.
Our curriculum is organised for depth of learning:
At The Crucible Federation, our definition of progress is;
The widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills, understanding and learning behaviours.
We design, organise and plan our curriculum to ensure our children are not merely covering content but achieving a depth to their learning which enables them to use their skills and understanding in all areas of the curriculum.
Our careful curriculum design and planning means that we build in many opportunities for repetition and practice opportunities for knowledge skills and understanding in every subject. This ensures that children are able to revisit previous learning which allows them to gradually develop a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects at their own pace and in the best possible way for each individual child.
Our curriculum is meticulously designed and planned to move the nature of children’s thinking to a higher order, deep level of understanding rather than just acquiring new facts and knowledge.
Our curriculum journey:
Since the introduction of the New Primary National Curriculum 2014, The Crucible Federation has worked tirelessly to design, create and develop a curriculum that meets the needs of our children. The SLT have worked in collaboration with middle leaders, teachers and support staff to secure improvements in provision. Practitioners at The Crucible Federation are incredibly reflective and each year evaluate impact, review and improve the curriculum.
2018-19 we plan to move forward in the mastery curriculum continuum.
To find out more about the curriculum our school is following please follow this link to the National Curriculum website.
What we teach...
Early Years and Foundation Stage
Young children learn best from experiences that are suitable for their stage of development. Children in the Foundation Stage work towards achieving the Early Learning Goals. Learning through play is a crucial part of their development. We provide opportunities for structured play that is supported sensitively by adults.
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Key Stage 1
Wherever possible Literacy and Numeracy are linked directly to our learning themes. On a daily basis children are taught Literacy, Numeracy, Phonics and Reading skills. Our classrooms are organised into key areas of learning. Children are then given opportunities to skills, practise, consolidate & extend their learning to be independant & using exciting resources. Y2 children take part in a block of swimming lessons. As Spanish is taught in Key Stage 2, Key Stage 1 are taught basic Spanish
words e.g. numbers and colours.
Key Stage 2
Our KS2 curriculum has been sensitively structured to allow maximum coverage through themes that naturally link subjects
together. Our curriculum develops an enjoyment of, and commitment to learning. It encourages the best possible progress &
the highest attainment for all our pupils. It builds on their strengths & interests, allowing confidence to grow through working
callaboratively and independently. We want our children to succeed & feel proud of their achievement. We are committed to enriching children’s learning through educational visits, visitors, themed days and enterprise projects.
Throughout Key Stage 2 children will learn to swim at the local swimming baths. In Year 3 children have weekly chess lessons to develop their problem solving skills. In Year 4 all children learn to play a brass instrument which can be continued into Year 5 and 6. Spanish is taught throughout Key Stage 2.
Sport & Physical Education
It is our school policy to encourage all children to: -
- Be physically active and enjoy physcial activity.
- Find a sense of achievement and fulfillment from physical activity.
- Develop positive attitudes to exercise such as perserverance, fair play and the ability to cope with sucess and failure.
- Learn how physical activity affects the body.
- Work as a team.
To achieve this we aim for children to: -
- Be involved in P.E lessons delivered by experienced teachers.
- Learn to swim 25m by the time they are 11.
- Be involved in Sports Day in school and other schools.
- Join after school clubs.
It is our aim to meet the needs of every child in our care. This is usually achieved by good quality classroom teaching and excellent relationships between children and adults within the school. For those children who need additional support,
Our Special Needs Coordinator will organise and monitor an individual educational plan. Parents will be invited in to regular meetings to discuss their child’s progress and review the plan.
How we use computers to support learning
We are able to provide excellent ICT facilities using the most up to date hardware and software. Our wireless network allows
children safe and secure access to a range of appropriate software. All classrooms have netbooks/laptops, interactive whiteboards, listening stations and digital filming equipment. IPad’s and Kindle’s are also used throughout our school to enhance learning experiences.
The school subscribes to Purple Mash – a virtual learning environment and Education City, which can be accessed at home as well as school to support your child’s learning.
Please click on the links below to access our assessment system for each year group.