Our curriculum, based on the New National Curriculum, promotes high levels of achievement and good behaviour. There is challenge, progression and opportunities for enrichment thus ensuring a thirst for knowledge and love of learning. Our broad and balanced curriculum enables successful outcomes in reading, writing, communication and mathematics. As a result, pupils are well prepared for each key stage, including secondary education, and for adult life in modern Britain. The enrichment opportunities, including Saturday morning provision, offered to the pupils are of a very high quality and have a positive effect on all areas of school life. We promote the basic skills within all the subjects and, where appropriate, links between the different subjects will be made. The cost of all Educational Visits will be borne by the school so that every child can experience aspects of the curriculum first hand.
Our successful literacy curriculum comprises the Read Write Inc synthetic phonics approach for younger children and the Read Write Inc Language and Literacy scheme for the older children. For maths we teach using the Singapore mastery method.
The development of SMSC is intrinsic in all aspects of school life including a wide range of opportunities for children to engage in extra-curricular activity and supporting others in their local and global communities.
To teach geography, history, science, music, art and DT we follow ‘The Learning Challenge Curriculum’. PE, RE and French are taught discretely each week.
The Learning Challenge Curriculum
‘The Learning Challenge Curriculum’ is a question based approach to structuring and delivering the National Curriculum. The ‘Learning Challenge’ concept is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in their work. It requires deep thinking and encourages learners to work using a question as the starting point. The Learning Challenge Curriculum is organised as a series of lessons which captures the interests of the children and makes the learning relevant to them, whilst meeting the National Curriculum requirements. This cross curricular approach makes learning more meaningful for our children as they are able to see how everything fits together.
The ‘Learning Challenge Curriculum’ requires teachers to actively think what the curriculum for their year group needs in order to meet the needs of the children; leading to high standards across the curriculum. Teachers plan exciting and engaging learning opportunities so that children can be independent and explore the various topics. In order for children to know about their locality and community, some of our Learning Challenges are very specific to East Ham.
We make use of the local area and local people to bring the learning alive. At the end of each Learning Challenge, children celebrate the learning journey they have been on. They report, share and present their new skills in ways that suit the genre of the challenge.
We consider enrichment activities to be an important aspect of a child’s learning. It often provides the “wow factor” for providing the children with stimulating and essential practical experiences that support the curriculum. The school funds all educational visits as we believe that these are an important part of a child’s education. Throughout the year, children take part in a variety of enrichment activities. These include: workshops, visits from authors, educational visits, poetry retreats, competitions, debating, performances and work week.
For more information about our curriculum please contact Rhian Dickeson, Assistant Head Teacher, via the school on 02084720642