Curriculum Whole School Approach
Our Curriculum Promise
At Yavneh Primary School, our curriculum promise is a guarantee of a high quality, rigorous and creative curriculum where the needs of your child are at the centre. Our curriculum promotes high standards and excellence in all areas. In addition to academic and creative subjects, we promote independence, questioning, life skills and a desire to learn in a fun, caring and mutually supportive environment. We provide the Programmes of Study outlined in the 2014 National Curriculum, details of which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum in addition to skills and learning opportunities over and above this.
Our Curriculum is a skills and knowledge based curriculum created around 3 key aims:
- Breadth of study – a range of studies across the whole of the National Curriculum, giving children a wide and varied general knowledge as well as high academic performance in the core areas of Maths and English.
- Depth of study – conceptual knowledge and understanding developed in key disciplines; being able to think like a scientist, a geographer or a historian.
- Cultural Capital – a sound knowledge and understanding of key people and places around the world, and celebrated works by some of our most significant artists.
These 3 broad aims ensure children can build a secure understanding of the world around them and are also able to transfer this and to remember key information; knowledge is ‘sticky’ – the more we can connect the learning together, the more likely they will remember this throughout their lifelong learning journey. Children’s confidence, through more experience in key concepts, is built on year on year. We work on the principle that our brains can never be full! The richer vocabulary and knowledge and understanding of the world children are exposed to and taught, the more successful our learners will be.
At Yavneh Primary School children learn through a skills and knowledge driven curriculum which takes into account the child’s interest and the requirements of the National Curriculum. All themes begin with a question which children investigate. While Maths is taught discretely, most learning takes place within the context of the theme and many of the children’s writing tasks are linked to this. There are many opportunities for History, Geography, Science, Art & Design, Design Technology, Music and Computing.
Some subjects, or elements of subjects, need to be taught separately if they do not naturally fit into the area of research. These include: Mathematics, P.E., R.E. and S.M.S.C. (Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural).
At Yavneh, we believe that knowledge is the essential foundation needed for learning, and for skills to be built upon. We want children to have a powerful memory, as well as making memories. Each theme has a set of knowledge and key facts and information that we want our children to acquire over the course of the topic. Our curriculum is designed so that the National Curriculum objectives are re-visited during a child’s Yavneh journey, in order to broaden and deepen knowledge.
Teaching vocabulary is crucial to developing our children’s reading ability. This is not just about being able to spell new words in spelling tests – it is about children acquiring, spelling, reading, writing, explaining and using new words taught through a systematic process.
Each child from Hachana (Reception) to Kitta Vav (Year 6) will research at least six themes per year. Each project incorporates several curriculum subjects but does have one subject as a main focus. Each theme is cross-referenced with the National Curriculum Programmes of Study in order to ensure a broad curriculum.