Loving Learning at Cambrai
OUR CURRICULUM APPROACH
“Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, to be delighted.”
At Cambrai Primary School, we understand that the importance of getting our curriculum right; a curriculum matched to the needs and interests of our children allows them to flourish – both academically and socially. In order to achieve this, we provide a curriculum that is broad, balanced, relevant and able to provide for varied needs.
Our ultimate school aim is to ensure that children leave Cambrai Primary school as 'good people'; we are determined to ensure that our curriculum enhances our school culture and climate in order to deliver this fundamental ambition. We aim to identify and remove barriers to learning and provide suitable learning challenges that respond to diverse needs, including those of the most able. Our curriculum has been deliberately designed to meet the needs of our children, in our school, in our area. This encompasses a variety of exciting, first-hand experiences to enable children to acquire appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding preparing them for today’s world. Through the provision of a stimulating environment and extensive school grounds, links within the community and beyond, children will develop their full potential. We are determined to reach our aim that any child should reach their goals and excel in any area of the curriculum - and not just in English and Mathematics. As such, children’s Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) development, and their Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE) is at the heart of our curriculum approach.
Our curriculum is aspirational; we aim to promote children's self belief and a 'can do' attitude. We make links to the 'real world' whenever we can, including occupations and locations which children may not relate to on a daily basis. We also aim to make relevant links for our Services Children whenever relevant, be it the choice of locality we chose to study, addressing gaps in children's learning and a core focus on belonging. We aspire for our children to be productive, successful and happy adults in tomorrow's society. We embrace the notion that what they are taught and experience today, directly sets the standard for tomorrow.
Our curriculum assessment procedures are designed to facilitate ever deepening learning in all subjects, often with key learning objectives revisited across a year and beyond in order to ensure that children's knowledge deepens each time a concept or skill is revisited. Our subject overviews highlight how this deepening is explored across the school and in individual year groups, with clear prior learning identified, key knowledge and skills to be assessed and the vocabulary which children should experience and know by the end of the unit of work.
Parents will kept up to date about curriculum foci by means of a curriculum overview sent out each half term by individual teachers, which includes how the curriculum can be further extended at home; we see the home school relationship as vital in making our curriculum purposeful and ‘real’ to the children.
Whilst our school is committed to a ‘topic’ approach, we value the study of each subject separately - being conscious of the very 'essence' of each subject. This ‘essence’ is clearly captured in the individual subject ‘intent’ sections as part of each subject overview. We want children to be confident historians, geographers, artists and musicians. Therefore we have clear subject knowledge and vocabulary expectations for each subject, which are purposely linked through the theme of a class topic – which is progressive over time.
The teaching of British Values is integral to our school's mission of ensuring our children are 'good people' and leave our school ready for life in Modern Britain. As such, our school 'House Point' system is aligned with the 4 key 'British Values' of:
Respect for the Rule of Law
Respect and Tolerance of others, regardless of beliefs, faiths or lack of faith
The teaching and promotion of British Values however, goes deeper than lessons - it embodies our school attitudes, ethos and the way in which we work and interact with children and families – including our school reward system. We truly do embody our school motto of 'Growing good people - doing great things'.