Our Curriculum

Intent

At Netherbrook, our curriculum is designed to enable our pupils to become confident, creative, curious and engaged learners who develop a strong set of moral values and a rich understanding of the world around them. We use a thematic, cross-curricular approach to the curriculum, creating stronger and more meaningful links between different learning experiences, resulting in a greater immersion and a deeper knowledge. This equips our pupils with the ability to not only remember and retain information but also understand, question and challenge what they learn.

Our themes integrate the individual national curriculum subjects within relevant and inspiring sequences of learning. These themes help children to make sense of their own learning, so that they have the ability to develop key skills, knowledge, concepts and values, equipping them well for life beyond primary school.

We aim to provide many and varied enrichment opportunities to engage learning. We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives, where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge, we aim to encourage this through designing fun, creative and inspiring lessons.

Implementation

Our learning pathway starts with one of our four themes, which we use to launch and structure our learning sequences. Teachers plan effectively for progression by having a clear outline of what skills and knowledge will be learned in each lesson of each subject area.

Each lesson has a ‘Learning Intention’ to make the intended learning clear and we use success criteria and exemplars in order for pupils to know how to be successful. Teachers then mark their pupils work against the Learning Intention to help children make rapid and sustained progress every day. We use ‘Gap Tasks’ in our marking to highlight the gap between what the children have actually achieved and what would be ideal. Children are encouraged to act on these ‘Gap Tasks’ quickly to further improve their progress in all subjects.

Our curriculum is implemented with our intentions as the drivers behind our actions. We carefully consider what motivates our children the most and have a flexible approach towards planning in order for this to happen. The activities planned offer our children the opportunity to engage in a range of processes and create lots of possibilities for open ended investigation and questioning. Our aim is to ensure that our children truly master the skills or the processes involved in each activity. Because of this, we plan with end outcome in mind and work backwards to ensure that the relevant key skills and knowledge are carefully structured to ensure that continual skill development takes place every day.

Learning Sequence Model

Learning Sequence Model

The curriculum knowledge and skills have been broken down into year group steps of learning, which contribute to a progression pathway throughout the school. We refer to prior learning every day, with the aim of making each new learning experience build on the last, so that new learning then becomes secure.

Aspects of our curriculum implementation include:

  • Progression of skills for all foundation subjects.
  • We use the Practise, Use and Prove approach to ensure pupils retain knowledge and can apply skills to different contexts across the curriculum.
  • We have specific thematic curriculum pathways to guide our learning sequences.
  • We use medium term plans to create specific planning for each subject and theme.
  • We use marking for purpose and ‘Gap Tasks’ to improve our children’s learning rapidly.

Impact

We aim to measure the impact of our curriculum through:

  • Pupil voice interviews
  • Feedback from teachers and parents
  • Teaching Coaches observations and reports
  • Ongoing internal assessment showing continual improvement
  • Improving outcomes against other schools nationally
  • Improving retention of knowledge and skills - visible through pupils’ confidence to talk about their work
  • Plotting the skills learned by pupils in each class against age related expectations and by reviewing this progress termly in all subjects.

Curriculum and Topic Plans

Find out more about our learning:

Key Skills Progression Documents