Our Curriculum: An Introduction

Our curriculum is based on 3 simple yet powerful ideas.
1.  Our curriculum exceeds the ambition of the National Curriculum by meeting the specific needs of our community to help children to grow.
2. The purpose of the Stogursey curriculum is for children to develop a deep body of knowledge and build 'cultural capital' so they do well in the education system and in life.
3. It is always in draft form and evolving.
What is our curriculum intent?
When the fledgling church was being formed, Saint Peter wrote his second epistle and he said, "Grow in the Grace and Knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."  We have taken this as our motto for the school and its vision.  We believe that children can develop both in knowing more things as well as developing their character in our Christian setting. 
Leaders in our school have set out powerful knowledge to be gained by the time children leave our school by setting out the following:
  • Statements of intent in the document below, setting out what children must know, understand and do
  • Indicating which knowledge exceeds the ambition of the National Curriculum, reflecting our spiritual mission to grow children and meet the needs of our community.  This is set out in green text within the document below.
How is the curriculum implemented?
We deliver a rigorous knowledge-based curriculum with subject teaching.  Where we make cross-curricular links, we do so.  We mainly teach in a small-steps way based on the QET principles of Teaching and Learning Excellence, themselves coming from Barak Rosenshine's work on effective teaching.
Here we set out the sequence of knowledge to be delivered per subject across phases in the school.
Below is an overview to show you how the subjects are organised in our 2-3 year rolling programme.  We organise it this way as we have mixed-age classes.
How do we measure impact?
Quite simply, we measure how much children know and remember against the transition points set out in each subject's intent.  We do this regularly and at points in the journey by evaluating what children produce in 4 ways:
Curriculum Development: An ongoing process
Curriculum development is never-ending and evolving.  As a small school, we have to take realistic actions to develop the curriculum we offer and this document outlines the plans to implement the ambitious curriculum we have planned.  To succeed in this, we decided on joint leadership across our schools, creating booklets to implement this alongside working with external subject associations and experts.  The strategy document outlines the roadmap ahead in order to achieve this.
Parents Guide to the National Curriculum
If you wish to find out more about the National Curriculum, there is a guide below.