The curriculum at Lansdowne reflects our local context by addressing gaps in learning. We aim to broaden their understanding of themselves and other cultures, promote and enhance parental support, raise aspirations and develop vocabulary. We plan our curriculum using the overarching themes of identity, childhood, citizenship, locality, innovation and invasion. These themes allow the children to make connections as we know that children learn best building on prior knowledge. This approach makes the subjects more relevant and interesting for our pupils who have little experience of the world outside their immediate location.
Our curriculum is rich with knowledge-based facts that are progressively taught. We place an emphasis on developing the attributes our pupils need for future learning, including resilience, growth mind set and perseverance. The strengths of our curriculum are that we identify and promote progressive subject specific vocabulary in a talk rich curriculum with themes that equip our pupils to build links and enhance their learning across other subjects. We empower children with skills and knowledge that are not practised within the home environment.
Our curriculum is delivered through the use of a quality text to ensure high expectations are in place, it provides knowledge and context to drive the objectives that need to be taught. It also promotes reading for pleasure and enjoyment.
We see learning as an ascending spiral with sufficient repetition to ensure that learning becomes embedded and secure. Our understanding of cognitive science and participation in the Ambition Institute ‘Transforming Teaching’ programme informs our sequence of learning and range of strategies that are designed to optimise teaching and learning.
Lansdowne underpins all its work with the values; work hard, be kind, choose wisely, we include valuable first-hand experiences to enrich the curriculum, with a wide range of activities taking place during lunchtime and after school to enhance pupil provision. We work hard to motivate and inspire our learners to prepare children for the world they live in today and for the future.
We recognise the importance of parents as our partners in education and symbolise this in our school logo. We actively provide a range of workshops, curriculum events and celebrations alongside a comprehensive homework offer. This supports English, maths and the wider curriculum. All provide opportunities for our parents to feel confident and sufficiently equipped to support at their child’s learning at home.
Our curriculum is mapped carefully and delivered in subject specific or cross curricular lessons to facilitate optimal learning of the knowledge and skills. Religious Education and PSHE are highly valued at Lansdowne as we recognise the importance of developing the moral and social skills of our children with particular regard to their emotional health and wellbeing.
We want our learners to become rounded characters with a clear understanding of complex values like equality, friendship, trust and many others. From this they will develop a character that prepares them for living in the community demonstrating tolerance and equality. Our learners will be motivated by a strong personal sense of morality. They will make decisions for the right reasons and in the best interests of their community. They will be able to decide what is right and what is wrong and will be resilient to the influence of others. We measure this not just by the work our children produce, but in the behaviours, we see each and every day in all learners on the playground, in corridors, and in the many roles we give them.
Our children are to be guided by all staff on how to approach challenges every day. This could be on the playground, in a game or disagreement, or in class in a complex learning challenge. The impact should be that children don’t give up, are highly motivated to succeed and achieve and are equipped with all the personal skills to do this.