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The Vine Inter-Church

Primary School

...opening hearts and minds...

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Curriculum

The Vine Inter-Church Primary School curriculum is underpinned by the aims and values of The Vine Inter-Church Primary School and is dedicated to fostering a love of learning and an enthusiasm for joining in with all aspects of school and community life.

The curriculum in Years 1 through Year 6 encompasses the statutory requirements in the National Curriculum (2014) and The Cambridgeshire Agreed Syllabus for RE. The learning in Reception and Pre School encompasses the requirements set out in the statutory framework for the early Years Foundation Stage (2017).

Curriculum Aims

Our aims are to build a stimulating, inclusive and relevant curriculum for all, we do this by:

  • providing a curriculum with a breadth of creative experiences developed in partnership with pupils

  • fostering curiosity and an enthusiasm for learning.

  • promoting personal development by developing an understanding of self, alongside a respect for others, a positive attitude towards life and learning and resilience for facing challenges.

  • encouraging and developing citizenship in preparation for life within local, national and global communities.

  • providing first-hand experiences both inside and beyond the classroom incorporating different learning styles: visual, auditory and kinaesthetic

  • delivering a curriculum that is broad and balanced with a clear progression of skills and the acquisition of subject knowledge alongside opportunities for consolidation and challenge.

Whole School Curriculum

Our curriculum plans are multi layered to ensure coverage and depth in all areas of learning. It includes a blend of rigorous, discrete subject teaching and cross-curricular topics or themes. We believe that both approaches are needed for effective learning. Our cross curricular approach helps link the learning across and beyond the curriculum.

• cross curricular learning is real, topical and relevant

• lends itself to addressing broad topics and questions

• encourages pupils to connect learning across subjects

• motivates pupils to ask questions and take ownership of learning

• encourages pupil teamwork and leadership and provides for the wider development of skills and values

• develops social skills and independence

• gives opportunities to solve problems, be creative, make decisions, use initiative and achieve academically

 

‘The Christian character of the school supports the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of all pupils, regardless of whether or not they share the Christian faith.

The school is a multi-cultural community, and pupils show great respect for one another, always keen to learn more about the faiths and practices of their friends who follow another religion. They showed considerable depth of knowledge about major world religions.

Governors and staff share the vision to ensure that the school is committed to serving the community of Cambourne and to strive to ‘open hearts and minds’. This is clear in the way that the well-being of all in the school community is of the utmost importance.

The RE curriculum ensures the pupils learn about Christianity alongside, Judaism, Islam Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism.

 

The school is committed to giving all pupils equal opportunities and discrimination is not tolerated. Pupils are well prepared for their life ahead and understand British values of tolerance and democracy. British Values and SMSC evidence will be found throughout all the curriculum areas. The British Values and SMSC form an integral part of the aims and values of The Vine.

 

Planned global learning through cross-curricular approaches enables pupils to gain a greater understanding of local, national and global issues. The planned global focus for each year group demonstrates to pupils that global learning is valued and a whole school priority that is an integral part of our curriculum.

Cooking and growing are planned activities that form an integral part of the curriculum throughout the school. Pupils are taught how to cook and how to apply the principles of good nutrition. We recognise that cooking is an important life skill that will help children to feed themselves and others healthy and affordable food, now and in the future.

To further enrich the curriculum, planned curriculum focus days, weeks and celebrations take place across the school and throughout the year. Pupils from all year groups have opportunity to learn with one another on a broad range of curriculum areas.

 

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