Rationale behind our curriculum:
Our curriculum follows the National Curriculum and has been designed to reflect the community we serve - reading and speaking is at the heart of all we do. We carefully balance the requirement for pupils to reach Age Related Expectations (ARE) in core subjects with our wider curriculum aims of providing a balanced range of enriching experiences. Physical and mental well-being are both valued and prioritised.
Our curriculum is coherently sequenced with the primary aim to build knowledge. Following the National Curriculum exactly, it is relevant, coherent and challenging. Our curriculum is designed to be accessible and meet the needs of all Vale children. We have created progression documents that map the core knowledge from the National Curriculum and identify what we intend children to learn, know and be able to do at each stage in their journey through primary school and beyond. This provides the children with the opportunity to revisit vital skills and knowledge regularly and embed this learning. School systems ensure gaps are identified and filled allowing all children to confidently move on to the next stages of learning.
At Vale, every member of the staff team recognises their role in helping children learn and as such contributes to the good or better learning that happens here. At Vale School we know learning is meeting expectations when:
Teachers are well organised and have clarity over what must be learned
Children behave well in class and around the school
Learning is engaging and the quality of outcomes demonstrate high expectations
Children, staff and parents know what each person is doing well and what they need to do better/ next
Assessment systems drive the next stages of learnign for all pupils and helps to fill gaps in knowledge
Children’s progress is measured against the core knowledge we expect them to have remembered at each stage of their learning. Regular revisits and reviews of prior learning, low stakes quizzing and standardised testing of identified core knowledge ensures curriculum intent is being met.