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About our Curriculum

At The Blossom Federation of Daubeney, Sebright and Lauriston Schools, we shape our curriculum to ensure all pupils have access to a rich, exciting, experiential curriculum, which celebrates the rich diversity of our schools. 

Drawing on the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum, we provide broad, balanced and inclusive cross curricular topics that encompass British Values throughout. We ensure a sequential development of concepts, knowledge and skills in order to help our children to understand the world they live in and the impact that they can have on it.

Each school has a Teaching & Learning Lead who oversees the curriculum and the subject leaders. The T&L Leads across the Federation work together to ensure consistency of provision and the sharing of ideas. At Daubeney please talk to Matthew Swarbrick.

Intent

The uniqueness of every child in our school is recognised and valued. Our curriculum embraces the community, recognising and celebrating our children’s diverse backgrounds and experiences. We recognise children's strengths, interests, diversity and learning needs, in order to promote a culture of acceptance, with PSHE, mental well-being and Growth Mindset at the heart of all lessons. We constantly reflect on our learning journey to ensure that it meets the current needs and interests of our children, offering an excellent education underpinned by a broad, culturally rich curriculum to ensure that all pupils are well equipped for the next stages in their education. Our curriculum is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values however, creativity is pivotal and used throughout. We aim to provide an environment that encourages lifelong learning.

Children leave us with a sense of belonging to a school community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, ask questions, self-evaluate, make connections and become resilient, lifelong learners.

Implementation

We ensure that all children have access to a broad, creative, balanced curriculum with Numeracy and Literacy at the heart of all learning. Skills and knowledge are taught in all subject areas; we ensure there is a progression of skills, across each subject, which is built upon each year and mapped across the key stages. The building blocks of our curriculum have been developed to allow children to learn more, remember more in a vocabulary rich topic based curriculum. We ensure that children have the opportunity to deepen their understanding by making links with reading and writing across all topics, which embeds transferable skills throughout. Trips and visits are a keystone of our learning to enthuse, immerse and deepen knowledge in our topics. We have WOW Days - as an end point to each topic, where pupils celebrate, make links and evaluate their learning with the aim of remembering and understanding more. 

The foundation subjects are taught through a half termly focus. This includes Geography, History, Art, Design Technology and Science.

Curriculum Impact

We plan our lessons with clear learning objectives, which are based upon the teacher’s detailed knowledge of each child. Reflective teaching and ongoing summative assessment, leads to planning that is constantly adapted to the needs of the individual classes.

Children are expected to make good or better progress in all subjects and this individual progress is tracked termly. Pupils are assessed in reading, writing, maths and phonics at the end of each term. Subsequent year group progress meetings identify the needs of a year group to ensure that they are on track to make expected progress or that there are support plans.in place. From these an action plan is created for the future term. SLT and subject leads use this in their monitoring of teaching and learning.

Below is more information on how learning is developed in different subjects.

Literacy

Reading

At Daubeney, we ensure that our children are taught to read with fluency, stamina, accuracy and understanding through a variety of discreet and cross-curricular learning opportunities. We have a range of approaches and strategies to develop children’s reading skills and love of reading. These include:

Phonics

At Blossom Federation we have devised our own phonics programme based upon the principles of Letters and Sounds to provide concentrated and systematic teaching of daily phonics in EYFS and Year 1. We use a range of resources and strategies to tailor the phonics provision to meet the needs of our pupils. It forms the foundation for early reading and aims to build children's speaking and listening skills as well as preparing them for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and decoding skills. All Year 2 children do daily phonics in the autumn term then targeted support is given to children needing additional support in Year 2-4.  

DSR (Daily Supported Reading)

In KS1, children do Daily Supported Reading four times a week which complements our teaching of phonics. This programme provides children in KS1 with a daily adult-led reading lesson. It ensures that children become fluent and independent readers. The programme develops children’s decoding, word reading and understanding of language. They then do a comprehension lesson every week to further develop their comprehension skills. In Reception Daily Supported Reading starts in the autumn term.

DLR (Daubeney Loves Reading)

Children in KS2 develop their stamina, fluency and comprehension skills through a combination of whole class and independent reading. They complete short tasks linked to the reading skills and weekly comprehension activities. They will read an appropriately levelled book independently and have regular opportunities to read 1:1 with an adult.

Writing

Writing is taught through quality texts and stimuli linked to the cross curricular topic to give the writing purpose and context. All children at Daubeney experience a range of fiction and non-fiction writing genres including narrative, poetry, reports, letters and persuasive arguments. Children will be immersed in the topic or text stimuli and look at the grammar, language and layout features of the genre they are writing. They are then given opportunities to draft, edit and publish writing in order to aid their progression and meet national expectations. 

Grammar

Children in Year 1- 6 are taught grammar through discrete sessions based on the National Curriculum expectations for each year group. This teaching is reinforced by applying the grammar rules and punctuation associated which each genre.

Spelling

In Year 1 - 6 spelling is taught following National Curriculum Guidelines. It is taught as a discrete session twice a week and also integrated into literacy and guided writing sessions. Children in Years 2 - 6 are given spelling to practice at home for a weekly spelling test to assess their progress.

Handwriting

Handwriting is developed through the school. In EYFS pupils are taught to hold a pencil correctly and begin mark making. In Year 1 they learn how to have a positive learning posture and form lower and upper case letters as well as digit correctly. In Year 2 they start to use the joins that lead to cursive writing and children continue to develop this in KS2 through the use of our bespoke handwriting book. 

Maths

  • Arithmetic:
    • Arithmetic is taught daily in all year groups to allow the fast recall of key facts. Year groups have specific skills that they must teach. 
  • Reasoning:
    • Across the Blossom Federation, we follow White Rose Maths to ensure that all children have access to apply their skills and knowledge and achieve maths mastery. Children will be embedding their oracy skills whilst completing reasoning activities.

Science

  • In Science, skills and knowledge sheets are used which follow the National Curriculum and the topics are linked to the humanities subjects where applicable, to allow for skills and knowledge to be transferred and developed. 
  • Children learn biology, physics and chemistry through a range of different areas including animals including humans, plants, materials and states of matter.
  • It is a spiral curriculum which shows progression across year groups. When starting a new topic, children link the upcoming unit to previous learning they have done. Recaps in every lesson allow children to learn and remember more
  • “Working scientifically” means that students can learn scientific skills through practical work such as predicting, performing experiments, observing, recording results, reporting results and drawing conclusions.

Computing

  • In Computing we follow the Purple Mash Scheme of Work. Internet Safety is taught in all lessons and is a focus whenever pupils use computing.

The Wider Curriculum

Humanities

  • At Daubeney, Geography and History knowledge and skills sheets are used. These are based on the topics and skills outlined in the National Curriculum. These topics, where possible, make links to other areas of the curriculum, for example literacy and science.
  • In Geography, children learn about a wide range of topics and countries, including the UK, through physical and human geography. Mapping skills are key to balanced geography understanding so children take part in two Mapping Skills Days each year which cover skills that progress from one year group to the next.
  • In History, children in Years 2-6 take on two historical topics; one ancient and one modern. Similarly to geography, these topics cover figures and events from all around the world.
  • In RE, we follow the Hackney SACRE scheme of work. All year groups visit a place of worship once a year.

Music

  • All pupils experience weekly music lessons in a spiral curriculum, delivered by a specialist music teacher, to develop their skills and learn the fundamental elements of music. These are pulse, rhythm, pitch, duration, timbre, texture and structure 
  • They have the opportunity to compose and perform their own pieces of music.
  • Individual lessons are offered in piano, woodwind and guitar. 

Art

  • Art is taught across the curriculum and skills are built upon termly
  • There is a focused topic block in the summer term with triannual focus on sculpture, textiles and painting
  • All children take part in a termly Big Draw art project. 

DT

  • Design and Technology uses Projects on a Page from DATA to ensure the development of skills.

PE

  • As well as taught PE sessions, with a specialist PE teacher, with half termly focuses there are also other sporting activities available, including cross federation sports events. 

PSHCE

  • The backbone of PSHCE at the Blossom Federation is JIGSAW. Jigsaw PSHE perfectly connects the pieces of Personal, Social and Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development.
  • There is a whole school focus each half term. 
  • Pupils also have SRE lessons that are taught in line with the national curriculum. 

Our Curriculum 2022 - 2023