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Our Curriculum

Welcome to the curriculum page, where we hope you will gain an insight into some of the curriculum subjects we teach in school. As a small school, our class structure can change each year and we carefully track the coverage of our curriculum subjects. Below you will be able to find our revised long term planning as well as additional information regarding our curriculum.

 

If you would like more information on how our curriculum is designed and what is included, please contact the class teacher or the office.

 

Please also visit the individual class pages (under the Children tab) to read specific class curriculum newsletters and view activities displaying our curriculum in classrooms.

 

Our Curriculum Statement of Intent

 

At Escrick Church of England Primary School it is our intention to provide opportunities for our children to develop a broad knowledge of their immediate and local environments and the wider world. We intend to equip them with ever- growing (or progressive) skills to understand and respond to the ideas and differing contexts of others with respect and compassion.

 

Achieving  our intentions:

 

  • We will improve educational outcomes for all our children regardless of their starting point.
  • We can nurture employable, lifelong learners through the development of skills that include responsibility, resilience, respect of and for learning.
  • Focus on the development of our children’s social, emotional and mental health development.
  • Give children opportunities in school to experience interactions with an increasingly diverse range of individuals and groups and deliver a curriculum rooted in Christian Values.
  • Give children the age appropriate skills that prepare them for the next stage of their education and put them on the pathway to achieving qualifications.
  • focus on our children having aspirations and understanding the possibilities that they can achieve, the responsibilities that they have in the local community as well as the wider world.
  • Give children a deeper knowledge of the world outside of their local community and what possibilities are available to them in terms of education, experiences, and achievements.
  • Share experiences with positive role models who children can aspire to be like.
  • Give children regular opportunities for them to consider how they can best present their work and findings.

 

Our School strongly believes in giving individual attention to the needs of the children in our care. It is our mission to offer every child a high quality education in a supportive, safe and challenging environment in which they feel valued and are inspired to become learners who are ‘striving to be the best’. 

 

Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) makes a crucial contribution to children’s early development and learning. We provide children with a rich variety of teaching and learning experiences that are appropriate to their needs. EYFS focuses on developing key learning skills such as reading, listening, speaking, concentrating, persistence and learning to work and co-operate with others.

 

Our Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum is underpinned by the National Curriculum, we enhance this with other opportunities and experiences that make up the wider school curriculum. We ensure learning is always exciting and delivered in a meaningful context for children. We place a strong emphasis on the development of the basic skills necessary to be confident, independent learners and successful adults, and recognise the importance of developing language acquisition and communication, reading, writing and numeracy skills across a range of subjects.  We endeavour to foster a love for learning while at the same time developing essential life skills.

 

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 have designed our curriculum to ensure every child receives an appropriate mix of academic and personal development, which means in practice our curriculum places equal importance on core and foundation subjects.  We recognise the importance of children’s physical and mental well-being and ensure our curriculum provides the children opportunities to develop strategies to support their personal development.

 

Curriculum Statement - being updated

English

At Escrick, we strive to take every opportunity to to write; and to write creatively! 

Writing is a key aspect of the curriculum and, along with Reading, Oracy, and Speaking and Listening, it makes a significant contribution to the development of children as thinkers and learners. It is a significant part of the school's aspirations that all children are challenged to develop their writing ability and develop a love for Writing. At Escrick we strive to provide children with exciting, purposeful and inspiring contexts in which to become writers with the audience and purpose of the writing being vital. This strategy aims to ensure that there is coherence, continuity and progression within our teaching throughout the school.

Our Intent

We aim to: 

  • Encourage children to become enthusiastic, confident and reflective writers
  • Nurture the children’s sense of themselves as writers
  • Create an ethos of achievement in writing
  • Provide purposeful writing opportunities where children write for a variety of audiences
  • Enable children to independently produce high quality writing across all curriculum areas
  • Immerse the children in a variety of experiences to support and stimulate imaginative writing
  • Encourage children to experiment with language and write for pleasure
  • Ensure children can write using a legible, joined handwriting 

Measuring the impact

Children can:

  • Write imaginative, interesting and thoughtful texts
  • Produce texts which are appropriate to task, audience and purpose
  • Organise and present whole texts effectively, sequencing and structuring information, ideas and events
  • Construct paragraphs and use cohesion within and between paragraphs
  • Vary sentences for clarity, purpose and effect
  • Write with grammatical accuracy
  • Experiment with adventurous and effective vocabulary which are appropriate
  • Apply their understanding of phonics and spelling rules to all forms of writing aided by discrete spelling/phonics lessons

An Overview of how we implement English strategies can be found in the document below

Forest School and Outdoor Learning Skills Progression 2020


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