St Paul’s Curriculum
St Paul’s (Slade Green) C of E
The St Paul’s Learning Quest curriculum is designed to be inclusive and take the children on a learning quest to acquire new concepts, knowledge and skills across all subject areas. It is a tailor made curriculum which follows the statutory National Curriculum Programmes of study, whilst giving a wider breadth of opportunities to explore British values and national and international events, enabling children to become global citizens and flourish as members of the local community.
Our intention is that the St Paul’s curriculum:
- Is based on rich learning experiences that are purposeful and meaningful for all children, whilst ensuring a clear progression in the learning of key concepts, knowledge and skills over time. The curriculum is designed to support the children to “know more, remember more and do more” thereby preparing them for their next stage of learning.
- Places a strong emphasis on the importance of teaching phonics, early reading and maths skills throughout EYFS and Key Stage 1 to create a secure foundation upon which to build future learning.
- Provides opportunities to enrich language and vocabulary through all key stages.
- Promotes personal development, including character and well-being through RSHE, SMSC, British values, Christian values and the Right Respecting school’s agenda.
- Extends the cultural capital experiences of the children through engaging with the local community, undertaking trips to the local and wider area and experiencing a variety of visiting groups, thereby opening their minds to future aspirations and nurturing their spirituality.
- Inspires the children to become curious, independent confident and resilient learners as they begin their lifelong learning journey.
- Embraces Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction as an approach to teaching and learning.
- Incorporates the Trinitas Learning Values, developing self- regulatory learners who are able to transfer concepts, knowledge and skills to new learning.
Rosenshine’s Ten Principles of Instruction
Rosenshine’s Ten Principles of Instruction underpin all teaching and learning at St Paul’s (Slade Green) C of E Primary School, as we recognise the importance of ensuring that the children “know more, remember more and do more”.
The principles are used to support Quality First Teaching with a focus on the children’s growing and progressive acquisition of knowledge and skills enabling them to make greater progress and achieve as lifelong learners.
The Ten Principles of Instruction are:
1. Daily review – helps strengthen the connections of prior learning
2. New material in small steps – present new material in small steps so that each can be practised and mastered
3. Ask questions – truly effective questioning checks understanding and ensures misconceptions are tackled
4. Provide models – sufficient modelling, worked examples and teacher thinking out loud help clarify the steps
5. Guide pupil practice – provide close supervision and feedback for initial attempts to build confidence
6. Check pupil understanding – frequently check that pupils have understood
7. Obtain a high success rate – majority of the class must answer questions correctly before moving on to independent practice
8. Scaffolds for difficult tasks – needed to develop expertise but should be gradually withdrawn to achieve independence
9. Independent practice – frequent opportunities for pupils to do the things they have been taught by themselves, when they are ready
10. Weekly and monthly reviews – a powerful technique for building fluency, confidence and long-term memory. If pupils do not review the work, they will forget it