Yeo Valley Primary School

Yeo Valley Primary School

Curriculum Statement

 At Yeo Valley we are committed to ensuring that the education our pupils receive is consistently underpinned by our school aims and values to ensure:

          Successful learners

          Confident Individuals and

          Responsible Citizens

At Yeo Valley Primary School we are committed to delivering high quality and personalised education. The whole staff are totally dedicated to ensuring that the curriculum is exciting and dynamic, therefore maximising the progress and potential of all pupils.

The school’s values of successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens underpins all lessons and delivery of the curriculum. It ensures that our provision is child centred, creative and innovative, fostering curiosity and a love of learning. As a school, we look to the future and aim to prepare our children to be resilient, reflective learners able to adapt and thrive in an ever-changing world. We strive to create responsible citizens that aspire to be future leaders who are equipped with a broad knowledge base, critical thinking skills, respect for others, self-belief, empathy and a sense of responsibility.

In order to successfully achieve this for all pupils, Yeo Valley deliver a curriculum that has clear progression through knowledge, skills and understanding and ensures that the learning is real for the children. The teachers are committed to creating lessons that incorporate the local environment, Yeo Valley values, British values  and International themes.

In our Foundation Stage Unit (Ages 2 - 5) we believe in a play based approach. This gives children the opportunity to think creatively and critically whilst practicing new skills, building on existing learning and pursuing their individual interests. Children learn to share, discuss, communicate, adapt, investigate and ask questions through play. Although the majority of the day is made up of children taking part in self-selected play based activities, all children participate in structured phonics, number and topic related carpet sessions daily.

The Foundation Stage Unit learning styles are continued into Keystage 1 to allow the children to develop and progress smoothly. Keystage 1 methodologis ensure they develop and progress as a whole class and as individuals. As the children move to Keystage 2, there is a rolling programme that ensures all the National Curriculum objectives are covered in an innovative and exciting way. The children experience topics covering science, history, geography music and RE. PE is taught twice a week and there is a clear progression of skills throughout Keystage 1 and Keystage 2.

The Literacy curriculum has been developed using the Babcock teaching sequences. This allows the children to develop all strands of the Literacy National Curriculum in a fun and exciting way. Talk for Writing ensures that Speaking and Listening skills underpin all of the other literacy skills, enabling children to imitate the language needed orally, before reading and analysing it and writing their own version. This ensures that the children progress cohesively.

The Numeracy curriculum ensures that all strands of Numeracy are covered and the knowledge, skills and understanding progress, as the children move through the school. The Numeracy curriculum is reviewed to ensure that there is ample challenge for all children across all topics. The Numeracy curriculum is being further developed to adopt the Mastery approach which stems from the growth mind-set approach to learning and uses principles and practices used in schools in both Shanghai and Singapore. Underpinning this approach is the belief that all children are capable of learning mathematics with a further focus on being able to reason and problem solve in contextual mathematics to show their deeper understanding.

We feel passionately that it is important for our children to grow up knowing about the world in which they live and developing an understanding of their responsibilities. Our curriculum incorporates global, national and local issues through our Physical, Social, Health, Emotional (PSHE) curriculum. The PSHE curriculum also allows the children to safely explore other areas of their personal, social and health education. PSHE has been made a core subject and will be taught daily providing the opportunity for the children to learn how to respect each other, accept responsibility for their own actions and build resilience and perseverance. Assemblies will be themed to link to the PSHE curriculum being taught across the whole school.  We consider it is essential that our children are equipped with strategies to deal with complex emotions and modern social skills in order that they reach their full potential.

At Yeo Valley we are very proud of our ethos and values that underpin all we do. We consider that it is important for the children to be aware of British Values and develop an understanding of modern Britain and their contribution to it. British Values and the modern British society are incorporated into all areas of the curriculum and experiences that the children have access to. The children at Yeo Valley develop a sound knowledge of Modern Britain and firm British Values.

Our curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of all our children.  We enhance and enrich the curriculum through our membership with the Three Valleys Learning Partnership which facilitates co-operative and collaborative working, together with a variety of activities including educational visits, school performances, visitors invited into school to share experiences, Afterschool Clubs and Inter-school competitions. Many topics are brought together, where possible, and taught in a cross-curricular way, to maximise the use of time and also to make experiences more meaningful and provide children with a real context for learning. We have dedicated teachers working in their specialist subjects that are Music, RE, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Design and Technology (DT), Computing, Art and Forest Schools. Children are able to access DT, Computing, Art and Forest Schools in small groups which gives them the opportunity to a different style of learning in different environments.

The values that we strive for at Yeo Valley, together with the curriculum, ensure that our children grow into positive responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others, whilst developing knowledge and skills, so that they can achieve their full potential.