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Downsview Community Primary School - Introduction to the Curriculum

Downsview Community Primary School

Life at Downsview Community Primary School
 

Introduction to the Curriculum

We want all of our children to experience success and enjoy their learning whilst at school. We aim to achieve this through high standards of teaching and learning within a happy, structured and caring environment. The main aim of any curriculum is to help children to learn. At Downsview, we want to link learning with the real world and embed skills and concepts in a way that will inspire and be remembered.

 In September 2015, the school introduced the new ‘Cornerstones’ curriculum in order to increase creativity, stimulate and excite pupils on a daily basis. The curriculum is based upon ‘Imaginative Learning Projects’ and uses four key stages of learning: Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. The school plans carefully to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum that inspires children and gives them memorable learning experiences. For more details about the Cornerstones Curriculum, go to  www.cornerstoneseducation.co.uk. Children learn faster and more effectively when skills and concepts are linked between subjects at the same time and so the newly introduced curriculum fulfils our desire to help children learn as effectively as possible.

Through a variety of teaching methods and strategies, we aim to instil children with an enthusiasm for learning and prepare them for future school life. We recognise that children learn in a variety of different ways and as a result, we use a range of teaching methods as appropriate to meet the skill or concepts being focused upon.

During the course of the year, the children will encounter a range of teaching methods. They will mainly be taught by their own class teacher, but there will be times when the children may be taught by other staff. This enables us to best use the individual expertise of a talented teaching team.

 Our children are generally taught in mixed ability class groupings, with all children studying the same project, topic or concept. However, work is appropriately differentiated to match all ability levels. This means that work is either simplified or extended to ensure that all children are engaged and challenged in their learning. In September 2014, the Government introduced a new, more demanding curriculum. To find out how expectations have risen, and what your child is now required to achieve to be working at age-related expectations, please click on the link below.

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