The Grange Curriculum
The Grange Curriculum
Our curriculum aims to ensure that the requirements of the National Curriculum are delivered in the most innovative, stimulating and creative manner; providing for all of our children a rich and varied programme of activities and learning experiences, within and beyond the school day. We want the Grange Curriculum to be challenging and engaging so that children are curious, inspired and, above all, enjoy learning. Our curriculum recognises that to meet the needs, interests and aspirations of all our learners we need to go beyond the National Curriculum and create a curriculum specifically tailored and responsive to the needs of all of our children and our community. Our children play a key role in determining the content, direction and emphasis of their learning and the Curriculum evolves according to their interests.
The Grange curriculum is underpinned by a clear whole school vision and a set of Curriculum Drivers. Through consultation we identified three key curriculum drivers that help personalise our curriculum and respond to the needs and interests of the children at Grange First School in the 21st Century. Our drivers are areas that we value as a school; they give focus to learning opportunities and are embedded throughout teaching and learning, developing the child as a whole. Our topic planners share with parents how we reinforce these priorities in our daily learning experiences.
Community: We believe that it is important that our children have a strong awareness of their community and locality, of whom they are and where they fit in the world. We want our children to understand, celebrate and uphold core values of respect, tolerance and understanding that allow the many different communities and groups that we all come from to live and grow together in one Grange community. We believe that successful learning depends on a positive partnership between home, school and the wider community and we seek opportunities for our children to become involved in their community and develop partnerships that raise understanding of each other, show children the role they play in their locality, provide positive role models to our children and build up their skills and knowledge.
Creativity and Enquiring minds: We encourage active learning through exploration, enquiry, investigation and structured play using first hand experiences wherever possible. We recognise that technology is a part of our children’s natural environment and embrace a wide range of technology as an essential tool for learning. We provide a range of opportunities for children to develop, use and refine key knowledge, understanding and skills, and to practice and apply them regularly in different contexts.
How to find out more
We are always looking for new ways to inform parents about our Curriculum. Every half term a parent information sheet goes home that outlines the key learning of the weeks ahead. Across school we have regular drop-ins, parent consultations, events and workshops that focus on key areas of the Curriculum and allow parents to ask questions as well as to experience aspects of their child's learning. We bring in local consultants and experts to work with our parents and community and support their understanding of Curriculum changes. Finally, we pride oursleves on being an open school in which parents are always welcome to come and talk to us in detail about their child's learning and the Curriculum we follow.
Mrs Kidd-Scannell Deputy Head and Curriculum Leader