Creative Curriculum and assessment
At Ash Cartwright & Kelsey Primary School we offer a new curriculum for 2017 which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.
The National Curriculum is mapped out for from Nursery to 6 and then individual year groups plan the curriculum for their pupils accordingly. The curriculum is underpinned by the school’s Christian Values (Forgiveness, Friendship, Perseverance, Happiness, Creativity and Community) and these are taught on their own and through other areas of the curriculum, including collective worship. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum.
As a church school, the RE curriculum is very important. We follow the Kent Agreed Syllabus and work closely with the Diocese to ensure that our RE provision reflects current thinking both locally and at a national level.
On occasions, specialist teachers and instructors support music and physical education. All subject leaders are given training and opportunity to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme days, whole school activities and opportunities within and outside school all enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and events extend these opportunities further.
Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers through school-based performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.
Promoting British Values
Ash Cartwright and Kelsey School is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Ash Cartwright and Kelsey School is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.
The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools. The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five British Values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
The school uses strategies within the National curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students.
Please click on the links below for our long term plan
There is also a parents guide to the national curriculum.
The school started using Target Tracker in September 2017. This measures pupil attainment and progress. Target tracker uses a system of bands and steps. This peforms the function of communicating progression and attainment in a simple format where the number of the level awarded is the same as the year group the pupil is currently in. Each group will in effect, be in a band, therefore year 1=band 1, year 2=band 2 and so on. Each year band has been broken down into 6 steps:
- beginning (b)
- beginning + (b+)
- working within (w)
- working within + (w+)
- secure (s)
- secure + (s+)
Lower and higher attaining pupils may be working at a band outside of their current year group. For children to be working at age related expectation, they would need to reach the secure steps at the end of the appropriate year, although during the transition period w+ is also acceptable. The s+ step means that the children should be provided with extension work to deepen and consolidate their learning of the concepts and skills already gained. We will be tracking progress as well and each child will ideally make 6 steps of progress from one year to the next.
For a pupil to attain thorough coverage of the year band, they should reach secure or (s) by the end of the appropriate year. We believe this makes reporting your child's progress and attainment much clearer for you. Be aware that the curriculum is no longer about just moving children on as quickly as possible to the highest level, it is now about breadth, depth and mastery too.