The curriculum is all the planned activities which we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum (DfE,2014) and Early Years Foundation Stage (DfE,2017), but also the additional elements of learning that enable our children to learn in-line with the school’s vision and values.
The curriculum at The Discovery School is designed to be balanced, inspiring, enjoyable, relevant and purposeful. It enables teachers to strive to achieve the highest standards from learners, in order for them to be exceptionally well prepared for the next stage in their education and their future. This curriculum is cohesive and progressive, with skills which are built upon year-on-year, but also flexible enough to ensure that it evolves to remain relevant and stimulating and reflects the context of Kings Hill. Teachers ensure children are inspired to develop a thirst for learning and to leave The Discovery School with life-long happy memories.
Children are consulted in the development of their curriculum and pupil voice is used as a vital tool in the continuous evaluation of enjoyment, engagement and challenge which helps us with the continual development of our curriculum practice.
Click here to access The Discovery School Curriculum Policy and Subject Specific Guidance
Click here to access The National Primary Curriculum
The school adopts a creative approach to learning throughout the EYFS through to Year 6. National Curriculum subjects are approached in a flexible way throughout the school, and are planned sequentially to ensure that new knowledge and skills build on prior learning.
The school does not dictate a specific lesson structure and instead allows teachers the flexibility to plan for their individual class’ needs and learning styles. Teachers will make judgements about how to target children to achieve the best learning outcomes for all. It is expected that an effective balance is struck between meeting children’s individual learning needs and enabling all children to achieve the same learning intention through the use of practical and supportive resources.
Teachers will use a range of teaching styles and approaches to ensure that learning is engaging and appropriately challenging. We believe this enables children to be part of a learning culture, take responsibility for their learning, self-assess and self-evaluate.
Our school considers accurate and focused assessment as the cornerstone of high quality teaching, as it allows learning to be planned and taught accurately as well as meeting the needs of the requirements of the children and ensuring high levels of expectation. The intention of our curriculum is to not create unnecessary work load for our teachers. This includes planning and assessment.
The culture at The Discovery School is one of continually using what we know in order to move on children’s learning. This formative assessment happens all the time. Skilled teachers and teaching assistants will use this information to ‘zap gaps’ and to provide additional challenge for children as required and appropriate. This is most effective when done immediately and at the point of learning.
The school’s Feedback policy sets out further guidance on assessment against the National Curriculum.
Click here to access The Discovery School Assessment and Feedback Policy
Click on the links below to see yearly topic overviews, skills and content coverage for each year group: