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Our curriculum planning is underpinned by the values of the school. Essentially this is based upon the Fruits of the Spirit; our worship foundations.

Below each of the Fruits are linked Christian Values and British Values as well as other synonyms to allow flexibility for thematic planning.

We have an 'entry point' to each half term’s theme. This creates a sense of excitement and wonder that engages the children in the half term’s curriculum work. The best entry points are well planned and resourced in good time. Entry points could be collective as a school, Key Stage or phase but could also be special to each class.

The theme’s exit point gives the children an opportunity to apply their learning and use in a real-life context. Potentially it gives them motivation and reason to learn, ensuring engagement 

Parental involvement is hugely important and should be considered within each half term’s theme. Entry and exit points provide excellent opportunities for parents to come in and work with staff and children to secure the home/school link.

At West Monkton, we use high quality texts as a driver for the wider curriculum:

Core text - Each phase uses a book, linked to the theme, that is used to underpin the curriculum work. The book is chosen carefully and has a clear link to the value underpinning the half term’s work and is used within the English work during that half term. Core texts are chosen from a range of book and genre types (non-fiction, poetry etc.)

Gateway texts – Dependent on the Key Stage, the core text is a gateway to other texts within the English curriculum so that these can be used within the teaching of reading and contribute towards the rich diet of high quality texts - Reading for Enjoyment is a key driver for the 2014 National Curriculum

Wider curriculum texts – Other texts, linked to the Core Text, are used within the wider curriculum. By ensuring that text choices are clearly linked to the vision and value theme e.g. Love and Tolerance, we weave English throughout our literacy and wider curriculum, whilst ensuring that our values still underpin our curriculum rationale.

 
This diagrammatic representation is a hybrid from the Rose Review of the Primary Curriculum (2009) and the Cambridge Primary Review (2009).

The approach has five layers which run from the centre outwards:

The Vision and Values (having the courage and confidence to fly; Fruits of the Spirit)

The Child (Successful Learners, Responsible Citizens, Confident Individuals)

The Skills (Critical Thinking, analysing and synthesising information, Creativity, Problem Solving, Collaboration, Research Skills, Communication Skills)

The Application “Domains” (Arts and Creativity, Citizenship and Ethics, Faith + Belief, Language + Oracy + Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Physical + Emotional Health, Place + Time)

The Outcome (Inspirational Community, Parental Involvement)

The application domains harbour individual subjects but do not solely prescribe this approach. This is a move away from timetabling isolated lessons e.g. history and taking a more cross curriculum approach to the daily and weekly timetable.

Not all domains need to be taught within a half term’s theme. Whilst we are working within the 2014 National Curriculum there is management of yearly coverage.

Publishing - After each half term's theme is complete the work in the domains (aside from Communication, Language and Literacy; Maths and RE) are compiled and published to give children chance to work on presentation skills and see the totality of their work.

Love

Goodness

and Kindness

Gentleness

and  Forbearance

 

Self-Control

Joy

Faithfulness

Service

 

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

 

Warmth

 

Fondness

 

Humility

 

Forgiveness

 

Democracy

 

Virtue

 

Morality

 

Integrity

Compassion

 

Peace

 

Sympathy

 

Humanity

 

Consideration

 

Understanding

 

 

Wisdom

 

Endurance

 

Justice

 

Rule of Law

 

Restraint

 

Will power

 

Thankfulness

 

Hope

 

Creation

 

Individual Liberty

 

Delight

 

Jubilation

Reverence

 

Trust

 

Friendship

 

Koinonia (fellowship)

 

Mutual Respect

 

Dedication

 

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