In planning our curriculum, we take into account current research to develop a knowledge-based curriculum and to promote cognitive learning.
In Reception, the curriculum meets the requirements of the statutory framework (EYFS) and follows the guidance from Development Matters (2021). Our key stage 1 and 2 curriculum is built on the National Curriculum programmes of study for each subject area. The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens.
This curriculum content has been carefully chosen and is organised in a coherent way, ensuring children can build on their knowledge from year to year. Therefore, the knowledge in the curriculum is cumulative, constructing firm foundations from which children can progress and develop deeper conceptual understanding and subject-specific skills over time. This then supports pupils to remember long-term the content of which they have been taught and pupils are encouraged to use what they know and have learnt in other aspects of the curriculum.
A topic- and theme-based curriculum approach has been implemented to ensure coverage and progression in and across a number of curriculum areas. This approach enables learning, which fosters each child’s curiosity and interest throughout each topic and also enables the achievement of depth in knowledge and skills.
Throughout all areas of the curriculum, reading is prioritised. Key vocabulary for all subjects is prominent on working walls and children are given access to a range of age-appropriate texts across all subject areas. There is a sharp focus on phonics for our younger pupils and a programme of support is in place for any older children who may need additional help, including children with diagnosed SEND, pupils who speak English as an additional language and/or who are new to country.
In addition to diverse and rich opportunities, our curriculum aims to provide children with memorable experiences from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills. We aim to tailor our curriculum to fulfil every child’s potential, taking into account (and adapting our curriculum) to incorporate local events and exhibitions. The children’s own community is used frequently as a starting point for engaging interest and developing cultural capital. Themes linked to the City of Liverpool, John Lennon Airport, Speke Hall National Trust, local fundraising initiatives and many others have enabled children to engage with the local community and enrich their learning experiences.