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Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is based on our central value of enabling children in understanding the world around them and preparing them for the next stage of their education. We use educational research to develop our teaching and learning, with the aim of developing our pupils as lifelong reflective learners. By the time pupils have left Longshaw Primary School, they will have mastered a range of subject specific skills and factual knowledge through careful planning for progression and depth.

We use stimulating and relevant topics each half term to promote joined up thinking, use a common learning language (our Longshaw Learning Powers) to develop pupils understanding of expressing ‘how we think and learn’; and where pertinent link their learning across different subjects. We believe that every child must access a curriculum that enables them to succeed and grow to their full potential, whatever that may be.

We strive to prepare all pupils for lifelong effectiveness and success: for all pupils to feel triumphant in their achievements.

Implementation:  

  • A sequence of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth;
  • Learning journeys across all subjects are shared with pupils to ensure that outcomes are clear and small steps are understood;
  • We endeavour to develop mastery in mathematics through following the White Rose Maths Hub curriculum;
  • A consistent whole school approach to teaching reading and writing, through which pupils are exposed to a variety of writing genres and quality children’s literature;
  • We use the 1decision PSHCE scheme of work and the Waltham Forest Lifeskills project for years 4,5 &6 to underpin pupil wellbeing;
  • Music and PE opportunities are important and opportunities are sought for pupils to perform at inspirational venues;
  • Our extra-curricular provision ensures all pupil interests are catered for.

 

The wider curriculum is delivered through the following consistent approaches:

  • A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) all children must learn; 
  • Our Zoom in, Zoom out activity, which outlines key concepts/ideas in the learning journey to provide a baseline of current understanding and misconceptions; 
  • Conceptual questions for pupils to apply their learning through making links and questioning the impact of world events;
  • Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience;  
  • A curriculum newsletter for parents and carers so learners can be supported at home.  

 

Impact: 

Longshaw pupils love coming to school and will happily talk to visitors about their learning. Our pupils engage with all lessons and there is an overwhelming culture of respect within the school. As a result of our curriculum offer, pupils are making good progress.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: 

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes; 
    • A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school; 
    • Our zoom in, zoom activity enables us to track pupils understanding of key questions and factual knowledge;
    • Pupil responses to conceptual questions enable a review of the depth of pupils understanding in a subject
    • Pupil discussions about their learning; 
    • A sample of pupils’ learning across the school demonstrating mastery and greater depth of understanding; 
    • The annual tracking of standards across the curriculum.

 

Our school curriculum overview:

2020/21

 

AUTUMN TERM

SPRING TERM

SUMMER TERM

Nursery

 

This is me

 

Explorers

Growing and Changing

 

Understanding Scary Things

Animals

Moving on Up

Reception

 

Marvellous Me

 

A Standing Ovation

My Local Area

 

A Spring in Our Step

Traditional Tales

Where Will Our Journey Take Us

 

Year 1

 

Learning at Longshaw

 

Seasons

 

History of Transport

 

Here I am - our local Area

London's Skyline

Discovery - Europe 

 

Local Heroes

 

Year 2

 

The Great Fire of London

 

Here we are - Uk and beyond

Swinging Sixties

Chingford's Creatures

Discovery - Amazing Asia

1,2,3 Blast Off

 

Year 3

 

Learning at Longshaw

 

Stone Age to

Iron Age

 

United Kingdom - why settle here?

The Egyptians 

Mountains and Volcanoes

Discovery - South America

The Victorians 

 

Year 4

 

Anglo Saxons & Scots

 

The Vikings

Looking at Europe

Earthquakes

Discovery - Oceania

Ancient Rome

 

Year 5

 

Learning at Longshaw

 

World War Two

 

Climates Across the World

 

The Tudors

The Romans in Britain

Discovery - North America

 

 

Investigating Water

 

Year 6

 

The Mayans

 

Lets Improve the Environment

 

Ancient Greeks

Living on the Edge

Discovery - Africa

 

Early Islamic Civilizations

 

To view our long term curriculum plans, please visit the links below:
Year 1    Year 2    Year 3    Year 4    Year 5    Year 6

 

Curriculum Newsletters

For each half term, we publish a curriculum booklet to provide information about the learning ahead. 
Autumn Term

Reception   Year 1   Year 2   Year 3   Year 4   Year 5   Year 6

Spring Term

Reception   Year 1   Year 2   Year 3   Year 4   Year 5   Year 6

Summer Term

Reception   Year1   Year 2   Year 3   Year 4   Year 5   Year 6

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