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Curriculum

The Curriculum

Curriculum Vision Statement

At Springfield School, each child is precious and unique. They all deserve a curriculum that is broad, deep, engaging and personal.

We value a curriculum which promotes community, academic excellence, self-belief, resilience, responsibility and curiosity. A curriculum that is driven by our core values of Care, Aspire, Achieve. A curriculum that brings about children’s progress, whatever their starting points are.

The personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum.

Curriculum Aims

Our aim is for pupils to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for the next stage of education.

Each child at our school will develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding to make their own way in the world and to be the very best they can be.

Our curriculum will provide the children with a range of experiences that uses all that Jersey has to offer through visits, visitors and first hand experiences.

The Curriculum

Curriculum Vision Statement

At Springfield School, each child is precious and unique. They all deserve a curriculum that is broad, deep, engaging and personal.

We value a curriculum which promotes community, academic excellence, self-belief, resilience, responsibility and curiosity. A curriculum that is driven by our core values of Care, Aspire, Achieve. A curriculum that brings about children’s progress, whatever their starting points are.

The personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum.

Curriculum Aims

Our aim is for pupils to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for the next stage of education.

Each child at our school will develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding to make their own way in the world and to be the very best they can be.

Our curriculum will provide the children with a range of experiences that uses all that Jersey has to offer through visits, visitors and first hand experiences.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This learning challenges children and encourages them to develop into independent, motivated learners and thinkers, full of curiosity about the world around them within a fun, happy and secure environment.

Our Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is based on seven areas of learning:

• Communication and Language
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Physical Development
• Maths
• Literacy
• Understanding of the World
• Expressive Arts and Design

Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This learning challenges children and encourages them to develop into independent, motivated learners and thinkers, full of curiosity about the world around them within a fun, happy and secure environment.

Children have opportunities to explore, enquire and take risks through practical, hands-on learning experiences. We have a high quality outside learning environment which the children are able to use throughout the day.

Foundation Stage

The children have a slightly more formal approach at key times when Phonics and Maths takes place. The children engage with the learning environment both indoors and out through a combination of play, guided groups and one-on-one adult guided tasks. A topic and child interest approach is used in Reception, which lends itself to exciting curriculum opportunities, school outings and different visitors.

English

Our youngest learners from Reception through to the end of Key Stage 1 use the synthetic phonics programme Read Write Inc. to equip them with the sounds they need to learn how to read and write. In addition, the children are given regular opportunities to practice their reading and writing through a variety of planned, engaging and stimulating opportunities across all the other curriculum areas.

Spelling and handwriting are taught both discretely during grammar/handwriting based lessons, but also through rich, cross-curricular opportunities where the children can practise their skills and apply their knowledge through other curriculum areas.

At Springfield we cultivate a love of reading and expect our children to read everyday. ’We have several reading initiatives to support our learners, including a volunteer-based scheme called ECOF (Every Child Our Future) and Boosting Reading at Primary, an intensive one-to-one programme to boost reading achievement.

Maths

We have three mathematical aims for the students at Springfield School:

1) To become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

2) To reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

3) To be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

In order to achieve these aims, all teachers and support staff will foster a positive climate for good Mathematics learning. Positive relationships will support learners in their endeavours and encourage them to take risks to further develop their understanding. Throughout the whole school and beyond there will be a culture of sharing good practice and celebrating achievements.

IT

We follow the Jersey Curriculum requirements for IT which is comprised of three strands: Computer Science, Digital Literacy and IT Skills.

IT is taught both discreetly and through other curriculum areas where the children can embed their knowledge and skills.

We have a range of wireless devices that are used flexibly to support IT teaching and learning. These are also used for other curriculum areas, along with various software applications to support with content creation.

Science

Information coming soon.

Physical Education

Physical education is an essential part of a child’s educational development. At Springfield School we aim to provide a high-quality physical education curriculum that allows children to aspire to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities.

We aim to provide opportunities for children to grow in confidence and become physically literate in a way that supports their health and fitness. In addition, we aim to provide opportunities for children to compete in sports events and other activities. This positive participation in physical education will enable children to build, self-esteem, team work and positive attitudes in P.E.

We aim to:

• Develop confidence, skills and knowledge.
• Cultivate a supportive learning environment.
• Be proud of achievements.
• Promote team work and respect.
• Educate children on improved health and wellbeing.
• Provide quality sporting opportunities for children outside of school time.

Useful link

Jersey Curriculum (external link)

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