Curriculum Statement

Curriculum Intent

At Eastfield Primary School, the curriculum has been designed as a response to what we already know about our pupils. Our curriculum aims to build on what has previously been taught and learned to ensure that academic achievement, physical and mental wellbeing, growth of character and personal development are intrinsically linked for the purpose of equipping our pupils with firm foundations of the requisite knowledge, skill and strength of character needed to be successful in life. Our ‘SMART’ Values’ are set out to drive the curriculum and provide all stakeholders with explicit understanding of the school’s vision in securing quality of education for all pupils. The HCAT Signature and its five strategic pillars, underpin the core values for all stakeholders in our community and our SMART values harness all the core values for pupils.

Our curriculum is designed to:

  • Empower our pupils to be self-regulating, self-motivated individuals who are equipped for later life, through the values of Restorative Practice. Pupils will have a moral purpose and are confident that what they do will contribute to change in the world.
  • Be ambitious with a clear focus on developing basic skills in order to access the full curriculum on offer. The school considers reading and writing to be fundamental skills needed for knowledge acquisition and communication of learning across all subjects in the curriculum and has developed a specific whole-school reading diet to ensure fluency is secured across EYFS and Key Stage 1 with a program of phonics to support pupils to demonstrate the expected age-related skills in reading and writing. Where this falls short, phonic teaching is continued into key stage 2 to address gaps in knowledge for specific pupils. The teaching of reading is further developed across the school to promote children’s love of reading as well as language enrichment, through the use of texts to support learning and engagement across the curriculum.
  • Encourage pupils to nurture, develop and extend their interests beyond school to a high standard.
  • Be sequenced so that simpler concepts are presented before more complex ones. Concepts are planned and designed to interrelate at the appropriate level. We aim to offer a high-quality teaching and learning experience based on the acquisition of key knowledge and skills where across the school and in all subjects, knowledge is progressive and concepts are sequential. The skills and knowledge they acquire will help them develop a love and appreciation of every subject, both in itself and alongside other subjects, making links and comparisons to deepen understanding. Pupils should know more and remember more. The curriculum is also not designed with the end point simply being the fulfilment of the statutory national curriculum requirements, assessment will also consider how well pupils are able to demonstrate their personal development within a specific subject area, for example, can pupils reflect wisely on current affairs or be tolerant of the opinion of others, where theirs differs?
  • Meet the needs of all learners in order that all pupils realise their own potential. Starting points may be altered and progress is measured from individual starting points where this is the case. The curriculum will include clear planned opportunities for pupils to thrive together and understand that individual characteristics make people unique in a positive way.
  • Take in to account the local context of our pupils. It aims to provide opportunities to extend learning beyond the classroom and at times involve the wider community, in order to enrich the curriculum offer. All subjects will be planned to take into account high quality provision and resources in the local area as well as celebrating the greatest artists and designers of our time. Pupils need to be influenced by factors in their home environment so they can relate to the lives of others. Resources will be diverse and celebrate pupils’ heritage; resources will also serve to educate pupils on the similarities and differences in heritage, in order to promote the culture of the school.
  • Promote the necessary characteristics for future employability, centered around enterprising skills such as innovation, creativity, teamwork and strategic thinking.
  • Ensure each and every one of our pupils understands and embraces modern British values.

HCAT Signature

Pupils at Eastfield will demonstrate the key characteristics and skills required to achieve success:

Academic readiness: Achieve high standards across the curriculum.

Character building: Acquire and develop virtues to enable them to flourish as individuals, achieve their potential and live meaningfully and harmoniously in the community.

Wide experiences: Cultivate their particular interests beyond school.

Restorative behaviours: Be equipped with transferrable life skills that prepares them for a rapidly changing world, increases employability, gives them the ability to cope with setbacks and disappointment in a positive way and encourages them to learn for the rest of their lives.

Socially and emotionally secure: Demonstrate strong foundations of skills and attitudes that enable them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain by making a positive contribution to society.

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‘Excellent and varied extra curricular activities.’

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‘The curriculum is delivered in a way that makes his education fun & exciting.’

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‘Having opportunities for the children to take part in activities outside the classroom is a real positive.’

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‘Excellent school that manages to involve all pupils.’

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‘I’m very happy with my child’s progress, and can see how happy he enjoys his time learning.’

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