The Curriculum at Leverstock Green
The introduction of the revised National Curriculum in September 2014 was one of the most significant changes in education for years. At Leverstock Green, we have embraced the change and used it as an opportunity to develop the way in which we deliver the curriculum for our children. We have adopted a topic structure for our children’s learning experiences and we will continue to develop and build on this foundation over time. In this way, children will receive a broad and balanced curriculum through a series of carefully planned topics which add purpose to learning. Each topic includes links to the world of work and opportunities for outdoor learning, as well as the potential to take learning out into the wider world.
Each topic lasts for approximately six weeks with six topics per year. This enables us to continue our termly themed enrichment weeks, which have proved so popular in the past; examples of which are Mind, Body and Soul, Enterprise and Outdoor Learning weeks. Each topic begins with a ‘launch lesson’ and ends with a ‘fantastic finish’, with parents and carers encouraged to get involved through our ‘home learning’ activities. Topics cover Science, History, Geography, Computing, French, Design and Technology, Art and Music. English and Mathematics are taught discretely, linked to the topic where appropriate.
As a Voluntary Controlled school, there is an emphasis upon a regular, weekly Religious Education lesson which is taught using the Hertfordshire agreed syllabus. We also use our own bespoke scheme of work for PE and children receive two PE lessons each week. We use PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) themes to enable the children to learn about themselves and their relationships with others. Our children are provided with many opportunities to learn about British values: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance. Some of this is taught explicitly and some taught through the ‘wider’ curriculum, such as electing representatives for the Change Team or developing our Class Charters.
In addition, the 5 Rs are embedded into our curriculum from Nursery upwards; they are reflection, reciprocity, resourcefulness, resilience and responsibility. These are skills which children must develop to become successful lifelong learners.
Each September we hold ‘Meet the Teacher’ meetings during which teachers share with parents the topics the class will be covering and key learning for the year. Topic maps are also available on the class pages of our website. Each term, parents and carers are invited to join their children for Family Learning sessions, in which children are taught ‘high value’ elements of the curriculum which parents and carers can go on to support at home.
Teachers’ planning, preparation and assessment time out of class is currently covered by qualified teachers who provide specialist Music and Computing lessons from Year 1 – Year 6.
All aspects of our curriculum are accessible to all children, irrespective of their ethnic background, gender, disability, religious or linguistic background. We strive hard to meet the needs of those pupils with special educational needs, those with disabilities, those who are more able, those with special gifts and talents and the children who are learning English as an additional language. We provide a rich, challenging curriculum, which stretches all of our children. Staff are aware of children who have exceptional talents and gifts and monitor or track their progress carefully to ensure their academic potential or talent is continually developed.
If you would like any further information about our curriculum, please speak to Ms S. Hardie.